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Senior Adult Ministry

We are gearing up for our spring and summer activities for our senior adults and that includes the day trips beginning again.  Our first day trip is April 27th and we will be journeying to New Albany and the Derby Dinner Theater for their presentation of the comedy “Sister Act.”  Our departure time is 9:00 am and the cost for this trip is $35.00 which covers both a great meal and the program.  The following month our trip date is May 25th and it will take us to Cincinnati to the Center For Holocaust Humanity and its program entitled “Ann Frank: A History for Today.”  Our departure time will be announced for this as the date gets closer.  June brings us to the annual outing to Johnson Christian University and its program for senior adults.  This week long event known as Senior Saints in the Smokies is always a rich time of fellowship and encouragement.  Our day trip for June will be on June 22nd and we will be journeying to Bardstown for the Stephen Foster Musical.  These are events for which we need to register early as tickets will sell out.  Please let me know right away if you want to be included in one or all of these activities, but trips are not the only things happening for our senior adults.  We also have our monthly lunch meeting known as BWAC or Better With Age Club.  This meets each 3rd Thursday at 10:30 am and we hope to involve more in this fellowship.  If you are retired why not consider joining us for this monthly event.  I would also remind you of our Wednesday morning Bible study which meets each week at the church at 10:30 am.  We have a great crowd which gathers each week for this study and we would like to encourage anyone else desiring spiritual feeding and fellowship to join us.  I hope you will consider becoming involved in our programs for senior adults if you haven’t been previously.  If you have, encourage someone else, and let’s enjoy an even sweeter fellowship this year than last!

Kim Beckwith

Grace is our Foundation

The theme of the series we are involved in right now is “The Grace Foundation.”  When I hear the word “foundation,” a building project automatically comes to my mind.  You see, I have been a builder all of my life.  From the time I was a little boy I have been nailing boards together, and through the years learned enough to build my own home and build church buildings as a licensed contractor.  Because of my tendency to want to always nail boards together, my longsuffering wife has had to live in a continual construction zone, as I can’t stop myself from fixing what I see wrong or changing something that could be improved upon.  Just ask her, she’ll tell you of the many messes she’s had to live with through the years we’ve been married.  Right now she’s dreading the next project in our home as I am going head to head with a continually cracking spot of sheetrock.  I say continually cracking because I’ve already patched it 3 times.  That tells me something else needs to be done.  You see the floor is sagging because it’s improperly supported.  I know the solution is to support the sagging floor with a foundation.  Problems always occur in a building when it is inadequately supported.

Now forgive me for using that very earthy illustration, but that is why our efforts at multiplication often fail.  They are not supported, not built upon grace.  I’m reminded of what the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 2 where he said, “You are saved by grace through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”  He says the foundation of our salvation is grace and grace is the solution for every life that is like a cracked wall.  Grace is the solution for lives that are like sagging floors, and, brothers and sisters, there are certainly a lot of people we encounter every day who are sagging floors and cracked walls.  Broken people are everywhere around us.

Now, to return to my analogy, that crack in the wall doesn’t bother my wife.  She knows a crack in the wall means a whole lot of mess if I undertake fixing it.  The trouble is, cracks in the wall trouble me.  I see the crack every time I walk thru the room and I can’t help myself, I have to fix it.  I know it will mean a mess, and I admit I often underestimate the time, effort, and money it will take, but again, I have to do it….It’s in my DNA.  Now the question for each of us is, are we bothered by the cracks in the wall or not?  Can we overlook broken people like my wife can overlook a crack in the wall?  Unfortunately, we far too often can and do because we look at their lives as being one big mess….a mess we don’t want to get involved in.  The reality is, however, that is not our DNA.  In that Ephesians passage on grace Paul speaks to those of us who have received that sure foundation, and he says we have been “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”   That work is foundation repair.   Yes, it is a messy work.  Yes, we’ll have to get our hands dirty.  Yes, it will be time consuming and effort filled, but people need that sure foundation in their lives.  People need the Lord Jesus Christ and the grace He gives.  Isn’t our DNA demanding that of us?  The words of an old song speak a timely truth for us all.

“We are called to take His light to a world where wrong seems right.

What would be too great a cost for sharing life with one who’s lost?

Through His love our hearts can feel all the grief they bear.

They must hear the words of life only we can share.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord 

At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.

When will we realize that we must give our lives?

For people need the Lord.

People need the Lord.”

Tell me brothers and sisters, how’s your DNA?

Kim Beckwith

Senior Adult Ministry Update

It is hard to imagine that a new year is now upon us, but imagination is not reality. The reality is 2017 is upon us and with it a host of activity. Some of these activities are new and some of them are continuing from years past, but all of them are our opportunities to live life together in the Lord. First of all, our Pairs and Spares Banquet is just around the corner and we are currently registering for this grand event. If you are new in our midst, or didn’t participate last year, just ask someone who did and I am certain you will want to be part of it this year. Seating is limited for this event which is going to be held the evening of Friday, February 10, so get your registration in right away to secure your place. Registration cut-off will be January 31, don’t delay.

Another activity is our Senior Saints in the Smokies which is scheduled for June 5-9. We always take a good group to this great program and we will begin registering for this soon. Along with these special events our monthly BWAC meeting continues as do our monthly day trips. As the Apostle Paul requested when he said “make my joy complete by being likeminded” so also we would like you to be like minded with us in seeing that the best times in the Lord’s kingdom are the times spent together in fellowship. For those who have reached those years often referred to as “golden”, join us for our 2017 programs. The years might not be golden, but the fellowship we enjoy certainly is!

Kim Beckwith

Enjoy the Journey

Many years ago while serving as a youth minister in Southern Illinois I was asked to go to West Virginia to hold a revival. Never having been there before we drove the interstate to Charleston. It was then that the map showed the road we needed to take exiting the four lane and taking a two lane road. I still remember the experience! It was the most winding, crooked road I had ever been on. Debbie and I were both worn out and a little car sick from driving it when we arrived at the church where I would be preaching. When the people there asked how our trip was, I commented about the road we had taken. They said, “Oh you shouldn’t have taken that road. You should have taken the interstate.” It seems our map was out of date and didn’t show a new interstate that would have replaced 70 effort filled sickening miles with an effortless and safe four lane. We ended up moving there and ministering to that church for four years. It was a sweet ministry and we still have fond memories of our time spent there, but that probably would never have happened if it hadn’t been for the interstate. The thought of traveling that winding road any time we wanted to get somewhere would have kept us from going there.

In much the same way, many people will be kept from the sweetness of Heaven because of the road they are taking. Winding roads of men’s inventions and alternatives. Even as those people said the interstate was the only way to go, Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14:6 There truly is a better way to go, the only way really, and it won’t wear out. It won’t disappoint or discourage you when you travel it.

Kim Beckwith

Senior Saints Update

I want to remind you that we have several things coming up on our schedule of events for the senior adult populace here at Tates Creek. One I would like to let you know about will be a discussion on seniors and technology. This will be at an upcoming BWAC meeting where I will be demonstrating some of the current technological advances. Often times these intimidate older adults but also offer advantages to many. One of those is what’s known as “Cutting the Cable,” or getting rid of high cost cable or satellite but still having access to many of your favorite TV shows. I would invite all our seniors to join us for this monthly meeting, particularly for this program. Also coming up in the very near future is our annual trek down to Senior Saints in the Smokies. June 6-10 is the date and its not too late to register and sign on for this great time of fellowship and encouragement. Be watching also for our late summer trip to see the Noah’s Ark replica. If anyone has any questions about these or any other opportunities for our seniors, please contact me here at the church. We have a great group and a rich fellowship. It would be even richer to have you join us!

Kim Beckwith

Senior Adults Update

As I write this article, we are just a few weeks past our Pairs and Spares Banquet and I want to take this opportunity to thank the many people who worked so hard to make this event possible. If I began to name them individually I would certainly forget to mention someone, so let me just say I am so very thankful for the many hands and hearts that were lent to see that everything was accomplished in such a superb way. I want to thank those who helped plan the event and decorate, as much time was given to these tasks. A special thank you goes out to the young adult group which did an extraordinary job in the kitchen, and the college and high school youth who served couldn’t have done a better job. Not only did I appreciate all the help, but it made the evening special for all those attending. So, thanks to all who helped in any way to make this a grand evening for all.
Now, as the warmer weather of these past few weeks has come upon us, I see people getting outside and walking after being cooped up all winter. It seems the older I get the more inactive I become during those cold months of the year. That’s why I am looking forward to getting out and being more mobile again, and I hope all of our senior saints are as well. We have a lot on the calendar for the upcoming spring, summer, and fall that promises rich times of fellowship, fun, and encouragement. This year’s day trips will include a trip to see the Cincinnati Reds play, a return to Renfro Valley, and an exploration of the recreated Noah’s Ark which will soon be open at the Creation Museum. Other events to look forward to are our yearly journey to Senior Saints in the Smokies and our annual fall trip. The dates for the Senior Saints in the Smokies are June 6-10 and this year’s program looks to be both fun and encouraging. Our fall trip this year will be in October and we are planning on journeying to the Charleston, South Carolina area. I hope many will join us for not only these events, but also our monthly Better With Age Club meeting which meets each third Thursday at 10:30 am. See you then!

Kim Beckwith

Get Out of Jail Free?

Fifteen years ago, I journeyed to Russia with Debbie’s sister as she went there to adopt a child.  While there, we had a facilitator who made all the arrangements to see that the adoption process was accomplished in the 3 weeks we were there.  We also had a driver who took us to the orphanage daily as well as on sightseeing outings while we were waiting for the process to unfold.  I will tell you, I have never been as frightened in a vehicle as I was that 3 weeks.  The driver loved to speed, and I mean speed.  He was stopped multiple times over the 3 week period by the police for speeding, but each time he pulled out his wallet and flashed some sort of identification.  It obviously carried some weight, because each time he would just drive off without a warning and un-ticketed.  He obviously had a get out of jail free card of some type that he used over and over to go as fast as he liked, whenever he wanted.  I thought about that as I considered the subject of sin and grace.  In Romans chapter 6, the Apostle Paul asks and answers an important question.  The question: “Shall we go on sinning that grace may increase?”  Paul is concerned with those who know the answer to sin is grace, and that Christ’s willing death made grace available and sufficient for any and all sin.  In a sort of convoluted way of thinking, some might reason that since God’s desire is to give grace to us, we should sin more so that God could do what He so desires to do.  Grace, therefore, becomes a get out of jail free card we can use to behave the way we want without getting ticketed, for God really loves to give us grace.  But Paul stops that way of thinking in its tracks when he answers the question.  He says very emphatically “By no means!  We died to sin, how can we live in it any longer?”  Paul says that when we first accepted grace we did so acknowledging we needed it.  We knew we were wrong and had broken God’s law and we appreciated it.  To take advantage of that grace, to use it as a get out of jail free card over and over again when we willfully sin is like that driver whose behavior never changed when confronted by his lawbreaking.  He obviously thought he was above the law.  Brothers and sisters, we have something far greater than a get out of jail free card.  We have grace, grace sufficient for all our sin.  But God’s willingness to give it liberally is only promised to those whose desire is to need it sparingly.  Unlike that driver who drove the way he wanted, Paul says our desire is to drive the way God wants us to, and when we fail at that, grace is there to cover our sin.  God is not in the business of giving get out of jail free cards to willful law breakers, but praise His name He is in the grace business.  With this in mind we should all ask ourselves, “How’s my driving?”

Kim Beckwith

Grounded in Truth

When I was growing up I remember my mother was a tremendous personal evangelist. She was always trying to give the Word of God to those living in our neighborhood who didn’t know Jesus. She had far more failures than successes in her efforts, but I can think of three families who came to the Lord by her efforts in the various neighborhoods where we lived. The Houlton family is one of those three. It seems to me that there were seven kids in the family and my mother saw that as a whitened field ready unto harvest. The Houltons, via my mother’s efforts, came to know Jesus, and I have no doubt the family was changed for the better. I ran into Debbie Houlton, who was my age, at a high school reunion several years ago and she was still walking with the Lord and raising her own family in the Lord. That was one of my mother’s successes.
One of the failures she experienced was a neighbor family who rejected her premise that they needed the Lord. He was a scientist who completely rejected the Bible and the concept of God. Truth, as far as he was concerned, was what could be verified in a test tube or on a microscope slide. The last word I had on that family was when my mother called to tell me their son, who was also my age, shot and killed himself.
Now these are simply anecdotal evidences, but I have no doubt that those families who are centered on the Word of God have a much better chance of a positive outcome than those who reject God’s Word. Anecdotal evidence is seen in our public schools. Look at the state of our public schools and one could chart the beginning of their downward spiral to the efforts of athiests who insisted God or His Word had no place in the public school. Look too at the state of our culture. Again its downward spiral and the acceleration of that spiral is directly proportional to the growing hostility our culture has to God’s Word. We have far more than just anecdotal evidence though, we also have historical evidence in the nation of Israel. When Israel was obedient to God and His word they flourished. When they weren’t they floundered.
Do you want your family to flourish? Then ground them in the word of truth. The evidence clearly points to that being your best hope in producing a positive outcome.

Kim Beckwith

Pray with Expectation

Our topic this month is effective prayer. Now when I think of this I can’t help but share my favorite illustration on the topic. That is: A mother told her young son to head up to get ready for bed. She told him to brush his teeth, put on his pajamas, say his prayers, and get in bed, then she would be up to tuck him in and kiss him good night. The boy dutifully did as his mother said, but when his mother found him in bed she also found a rope tied to his bed post. “What’s the rope for?” she asked her son. He said, “Tonight when I said my prayers I asked God for a pony.” Brothers and sisters that is a prayer said in faith. He prepared for God to answer his prayer. I wonder how many of us pray that kind of prayer? I hate to admit my spiritual shortcomings but a fews weeks ago I failed miserably at that kind of prayer. I have been trying to pour some concrete for a sidewalk at my house for nearly a month now, but the rain keeps interfering and keeps my workplace a mud hole. This past Monday, in anticipation of my day off the next day, I prayed that it would not rain so that I could get this job done. I was tired and discouraged at all the rain keeping me in a mess, so I prayed for no rain on my day off. Well, the next morning the first thing I did was consult the weather report and sure enough it was calling for rain. I checked it hourly through the morning and it just kept calling for rain, so I decided not to pour the concrete lest it get rained on. Well it did rain. It rained on the north side of town, the east side of town, the west side of town, but it did not rain on the south side of town where I live until well into the evening. I could have poured the concrete and it would have had plenty of time to cure before evening when I could have safely let it get rained on. Here’s the problem. I prayed but then I consulted the weather. If I had prayed the type of prayer that little boy prayed I would not have consulted the weather I would have just gotten to work believing it was not going to rain on my project. I would have gotten the job done. I’m afraid that’s most often the prayer we pray. We pray, but then check the weather, not really believing God would honor our prayer. I learned a great lesson that week, that is to pray the kind of prayer that brings a rope along with it. That is the basis of effective prayer, a prayer said in faith.

Kim Beckwith

Prayers of Old

When I sat down to write this month’s article on Prayer in the Old Testament I moaned a little bit about the topic. I must say this looked, at first thought, like one of the most obscure assignments of them all. “Prayer in the Old Testament?” In the midst of my moaning, however, my thoughts went back to something Wayne Shaw said at the recent Senior Saints In the Smokies program. He talked about the fact that the Bible, from start to finish, speaks about the great commission. He said God’s plan and purpose, from Genesis to Revelation, has been that the lost would be saved. As I thought about it and applied Dr. Shaw’s thought, I realized that prayer has been humanity’s privilege from Genesis to Revelation. In 61 of the 66 books that comprise our Bible, this privilege of speaking to God is either addressed or actually practiced, and many if not most of those times were in the Old Testament. We should not think that since Jesus taught us how to pray in the midst of the Beatitudes it was something new. Quite the contrary, some of the greatest prayers that have been lifted up came from the lips of Old Testament characters and in the midst of Old Testament circumstances. In fact, they are some of our greatest examples of prayer that demonstrate how great a privilege this is for humanity. Prayers in the Old Testament address things such as help in the time of trouble, strength in the time of weakness, wisdom in the time of confusion, and a whole host of other times of petition and praise. One is uttered by Moses on behalf of a sinful people and is recorded in Exodus 32. God was ready to destroy the stubbornly sinful people but Moses intervened on their behalf. This prayer that Moses uttered is a window into the work that Jesus actually did for us, a yet stubbornly sinful people. His prayer was an intervention between the wrath of God and sinful humanity just as Jesus life and sacrificial act was for all humanity. A second prayer is a window into the privilege we have because of what Christ accomplished. Psalm 51 records David’s prayer of repentance as he prayed “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love.” This Old Testament prayer is a window into our greatest privilege. That is to approach God’s throne of grace through prayer and find forgiveness there. In hind sight, there is nothing obscure in the fact that God had given this great privilege to humanity since the beginning when man first fell. The question is, do we all realize the great and precious privilege we have yet today?

Kim Beckwith

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