May 2017

The Trumpet

The Trumpet is a monthly paper offered to the good folks of Faith Bible Baptist, Toledo Ohio, and is the work of the pastor.  He assembles the articles and edits them as a ministry to his church.  We offer it to those who read our Web Site but in a different format than is presented to the Church.  The purpose, is simple, to generate spiritual thought, and to encourage spiritual discussion within the body.  Where credit can be given, it is, but there is no claim of originality.  Further, the Trumpet is an avenue of current and future events scheduled for The Faith Bible Baptist Church of Toledo.

May the Lord bless you as you read this months issue of The Trumpet.

Pastor Tim Goodman

May 2017

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Thank God for Moms

Mothers Are a Gift from God

By Dr. John Goetsch

Executive Vice President

West Coast Baptist College

I am glad there is still a Sunday in May on our calendars designated as Mother’s Day.  The Bible sadly announces in Proverbs 30:11, “There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.”  While no mother is sinless or perfect, everyone ought to be thankful for the one who went through the travail of death to give us life!  How shameful that we live in a day when many dishonor and disrespect their mothers.

Emerson once said, “Men are what their mothers make them.”  Abraham Lincoln stated, “No one is poor who had a godly mother.”  Evangelist Billy Sunday preached, “I don’t think there are enough devils in Hell to take a young person from the arms of a godly mother.”  What a difference the right kind of a mother can make in a home, in a church, and in our nation!  God seems to indicate that the last deterrent before a nation slips into total depravity is the righteousness of women.  “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature” (Romans 1:26).

Personally, I can echo the words of the psalmist who said in Psalm 16:6, “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.”  How thankful I am for a mom who never wavered in her faith, her convictions, her prayers, or her love for the Lord or for me.  There were many times when I was not worthy of the time spent before God on my behalf, but I am thankful that while others gave up—she never did!  There is no doubt in my mind that much of what is accomplished through my ministry can be attributed to the prayers of my faithful mother.  Sometimes I hesitate to share my schedule with her because if she knows that I am preaching or driving, she will spend the whole night in prayer on my behalf.

Do not let this month go by without thanking God for your mom.  Proverbs 31:28a says, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed.”  If you are one of those people who have the special privilege of being called “Mom,” I hope you will realize the impact you have on this nation.  There is an old Spanish proverb that reads: “An ounce of mother is worth more than a pound of clergy.”  May God give us mothers who will not give up in the battle for what is right in this world.  We need mothers who will pray for their children, give them a pattern to follow, and cheer them on to do great things for God.

We will not notice everything that you do for us, and sometimes we will forget to thank you, but “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).  One day you will receive your true reward—a reward for every prayer, every sleepless night, every tear, every encouraging word, and every expression of love that you have shown.  On that day, our flowers, candy and cards will pale in comparison to the honor that you will receive from the One who truly sees all that you have done for us.

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Parson to Person

There are a couple events of note in the month of May, not the least of which is “Mother’s Day.”  Although many Hallmark holidays appear to be merely a marketing ploy to guilt people into buying yet another card for a newly invented special occasion, I nonetheless am grateful for the celebration of Mother’s Day.  This year I didn’t wait till the last minute to get the gift for our mom’s.  I trust they will enjoy the gifts we got for them.  The ladies are planning a great Mother Daughter Luncheon on the 13th.  As usual I’m sure the ladies will have a great time.

May is also the time we set aside to remember “Armed Forces Day,” on the 20th, and Memorial Day on the 29th.  Armed Forces Day is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces.  While Memorial Day is a day we set aside for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.  Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.  While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.  Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead.  By the help of our God let’s not forget the meaning of the day and just think of Memorial Day as a day off work and an excuse for a barbeque and a picnic.

I am truly thankful that the Lord brought Linda and I here to FBBC, and I want to say thank you for your faithfulness.  It truly is a blessing serving the Lord here at Faith Bible Baptist Church.  Linda and I pray for you daily.

Pastor Tim Goodman

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Baptist We Should Know

Jacob Gartenhaus

A True Israelite

By Doug Kutilek

Jacob Gartenhaus (1896-1984) was born in Bukowsko, a small I village in the far southeastern part of modern Poland, near the borders with Slovakia and Ukraine, though when he was born there, it was part of the immense but tottering Austrian-Hungarian Empire (which disappeared some 20 years later during World War I).  The village was isolated geographically, but also culturally, being almost wholly composed of rigidly observant Orthodox Jews.  Jacob, like his older brother Zev (there was also an older sister), was immersed in the language and literature of rabbinic Judaism from infancy, and was being prepared by his father to be a rabbi.  The family, like all of their neighbors, spoke Yiddish. Jacob’s father occupied nearly every waking moment – and frequent self-imposed night vigils – in traditional prayers, study of rabbinic literature, and attendance at the synagogue, rarely even laboring to provide for the family (Jacob’s mother kept a small shop which provided their barest of material needs).

Jacob Gartenhaus – 1896-1984

Jacob’s first exposure to the outside world came when at age ten he accidentally drank acid which badly damaged his throat.  He was rushed for medical care to a larger town some miles away, and later was sent for several months to a hospital in Vienna, where he discovered Gentiles, as well as non-observant Jews, were not the menacing “ogres” he was led to believe they were.

At 16, with no job prospects and facing the possibility of being drafted into the Austro-Hungarian army, he decided to leave for America (against his parents’ strongest wishes), though he had no money, no contacts, and spoke no English.  He made it as far as Berlin (illegally crossing the border without papers), before necessity ultimately compelled him to return home.  He set out a second time, with papers, money, and parental blessing.  He visited his brother in Vienna on the way (discovering he had become a Christian), before sailing via Hamburg for New York, knowing only the name of an uncle who moved there before Jacob’s birth.

In New York, all the ingrained Orthodox practices fell by the wayside, and the only goal in Jacob’s life was to work hard and get rich.  He took work in a hat factory.  His brother sent him evangelistic letters from Vienna and ultimately traveled to America to witness to him face to face.  Jacob also encountered missionaries working with Jews.  He began to attend a Jewish mission, and after great struggle and much study of the New Testament, recognized Jesus of Nazareth as Israel’s promised Messiah.  Jacob immediately began to endure repeated severe beatings.  He was ostracized by relatives and friends.  Intense pressure was put on him to renounce Christ and return to Jewish tradition.

Soon called to preach (a ministry that would last 65 years!), he enrolled at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and then Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, graduating from both.  During his student days in both schools, Jacob was continually and fervently active in Jewish evangelism, enduring great reproach for the name of Christ.  With his formal education complete, Jacob became the head of the department of Jewish Evangelism for the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, a ministry he continued for 27 years.  His focus was chiefly on Jews in the Southern United States (some 800,000 in those days), though he made frequent trips to foreign countries – Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.  He held numerous citywide meetings to educate Christians on Judaism and Jewish evangelism, to expose and refute anti-Semitism, and to help create rapport between Christians and Jews.

No doubt, Jacob’s most gratifying convert was his own father, who had moved to Palestine in the 1910’s and maintained his attempts to “establish his own righteousness” by keeping the traditions of the rabbis, who at 90 confessed Jesus as his Messiah during the final visit Jacob had with him.

In 1949, Jacob founded an independent work, the International Board of Jewish Missions in Chattanooga, TN.  This work, with a worldwide outreach, continues the ministry of Jewish evangelism, more than a third of a century after Jacob Gartenhaus departed to be with Christ.  They publish a magazine, Everlasting Nation, and, have literature available.

Gartenhaus authored more than two dozen books, nearly all of them involved with evangelizing Jews with the Gospel message.  The most famous of these is probably Winning Jews to Christ (Zondervan, 1963), which gives a solid introduction to Jewish literature, beliefs, and perspectives, and suggests methods for effectively approaching Jews with the Gospel.  He also provided sketches of the lives of notable Jewish Christians – including Alfred Edersheim, David Baron, Christian David Ginsburg, August Neander, and others (33 in all) – in Famous Hebrew Christians (Baker, 1979).  His autobiography is Traitor? A Jew, A Book, A Miracle (IBJM, 1980).

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Let Us Never Forget

Remembering Those Who Paid the Ultimate Price

By Dr. Paul Chappell

I’m thankful for Memorial Day.  First, I’m thankful for the unspeakably precious sacrifices men and women have made for our freedom.  Second, I’m thankful that we have set aside a day to honor and commemorate these sacrifices.  We so easily forget what is truly important in life—especially that which others have given us.

The history of the nation of Israel through the time of judges reveals that it’s not just Americans who have a foggy memory.  Time and again, Israel forgot her God.  Israel’s history is rich with miracles of God’s deliverance—and it’s replete with the miseries of her national spiritual forgetfulness.  Judges 8:34 records, “And the children of Israel remembered not the Lord their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side.”

Israel’s history should serve as a memorial to us of what happens when nations forget God—their forgetfulness stages their national downfall.

Our American history, too, is rich in leaders who knew the Lord and whose heart’s desire was to establish and maintain a nation in which the Gospel of Christ could be freely propagated.  They recognized that at the heart of the need for freedom is a need for every person to have the liberty to know and worship God.  Many of these leaders sealed their desire for this sort of freedom with their blood, sweat, and tears as they served in military capacities.

Ronald Reagan said of George Washington, “The image of George Washington kneeling in prayer in the snow is one of the most famous in American history.  He personified a people who knew it was not enough to depend on their own courage and goodness; they must also seek help from God, their Father and Preserver.”

May we as Americans never forget the true heroes of our country.  American children know the names of sports and entertainment stars, but they know little of those who have bled, died, and suffered for our freedom.  Our values have become so warped that we memorialize the insignificant heroes in place of the true heroes.

May we never forget the God who has “made and preserved us a nation.”  Even as Israel repeatedly forgot the God who created her nation, preserved her heritage, and delivered her from invaders, I’m concerned that our nation is forgetting God as well—systematically removing the name of Christ from public sectors.

So how can we preserve our freedoms?  Here are four ways to remember our God:

  1. We Must Teach Our Children the Greatness of God.

Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”  If we do not teach our children the greatness of God at home and at church, they will not learn it through the media or society at large.

  1. We Must Memorialize the Miracles of God.

Memorials designate honor and importance.  For instance, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC honors the sacrifices of those who have given their lives for our freedom.  It tells succeeding generations that this is important to us.  The names etched into the stone walls make you proud to be an American. Even so, we need to memorialize the things God has done for us.  In years to come, I want my grandchildren see what God has done in and through my life and say “My grandpa served a great God!  I want God to do the same for me.”

  1. We Must Follow the Word of God.

Our natural tendency is to live according to the dictates of our own wills.  Yet God has given us clear commands in His Word that should govern and shape our lives, and He has given us principles that should direct our choices.  Especially in the selection of government officials, we must remember to vote according to biblical principle if we want our nation to remember God.

  1. We Must Keep Our Vows to God.

Ecclesiastes 5:4 emphasizes the importance of our vows to God: “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.”  If every Christian American fulfilled the vows they have already made to God, we’d have revival.  We prove that our God is important to us when we remember and keep the promises we have made to Him.

As Christians, and as Americans, may we never forget our God.  May we lift up the name of Christ and continually remember our God—on Memorial Day and every day.

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Lessons from an Afternoon of Soulwinning

God Is Still in the Soul Saving Business 

By Dr. Jeff Amsbaugh

Pastor, Greater Rhode Island Baptist

This afternoon, our ministerial intern and I returned from an afternoon of soul-winning praising the Lord that He used us to lead a soul to Himself.  The new convert is a woman who has been carrying a lot of guilt for a long time.  Her life started out well in law school, but through a series of bad decisions she ended up having two abortions, and now in her fifties, she is addicted to alcohol to try to drown the sorrows of her past.  She participated in virtually every Roman Catholic sacrament, but still felt empty inside.  She was living proof that the way of the transgressor is hard (Proverbs 13:15).

God, however, opened her heart today, and she attended unto the words of the Bible.  She believed that she was going to heaven because she was not guilty of any crime, loved animals, and voted consistently green.  But deep down, she knew her justifications were ringing hollow.  She was very cognizant that she was thirsty, but had no idea that Jesus could assuage her parched soul.

As she prayed with tears, telling the Lord that she was “the worst sinner that ever lived,” we rejoiced at the transformation.  She obviously has a long road of growth ahead of her, but we left her house today exhilarated that God is still in the soul saving business.  In so doing, I was reminded of three great lessons.

The first is the fellowship of soulwinning.  The Bible is clear that some plant, some water, but God gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).  Two of our ministerial students, home on summer break, were the first to make contact with this home, going door to door on Saturday.  They were the first to present this lady with the gospel message.

They planted. They gave me her contact information, and the follow up took place today.  We watered.  The Holy Spirit spoke to her heart this afternoon.  God gave the increase.  In such a scenario, the ones who plant and the ones who water feel connected together.  They have worked together to bring forth fruit (1 Corinthians 3:8).  And both the planters and the ones who water feel more connected to God as He blesses their efforts with increase (1 Corinthians 3:9).  There is fellowship that comes through sharing the gospel.  Christians feel connected to each other, and Christians feel connected to Christ.  The thrill of sharing the gospel unites believers around the Great Commission.  There is less bickering among Christians when they put their petty differences aside to do commission work.

Second, there is forgiveness of sins.  How great it is to see a soul flooded with the realization that nothing can keep it from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:39).  A woman may abandon her own child, but God will not abandon her (Isaiah 49:15).  God can take a soul that is full of spirits and help it to be full of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).  There is forgiveness with God (Psalm 130:4).  Let us never get tired of saying it and seeing it!

Finally, there is fruit in service.  How often we want to sit around and debate about what compels a fish to bite rather than putting our line in the water.  No matter what motivates a fish to grab the worm, he is only motivated if someone goes fishing.  The promise of God is that they who sow in tears reap in joy (Psalm 126:5-6).  I want to be a reaper, and the only way that can happen is for me to enter the harvest field.  All things considered, the lazy man catches fewer fish.  To be sure, there are days when they just aren’t biting, but they will never bite if we never fish.

In all the duties of the pastor, including but not limited to sermon preparation, shut-in visitation, administration, counseling, and planning, let us never forget that God has called us preachers to be an example by doing the work of an evangelist (2 Timothy 4:5).  There are some days, like today, when you are glad you did.

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How to Become a

Member of

Faith Bible Baptist Church

By Profession of Faith and Baptism

If you will receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and follow Him in baptism by immersion, we welcome you into our fellowship.

By Letter

As a Baptist whose church membership is elsewhere, if God directs you here we will be pleased to welcome you into our church family.  We will happily take care of appropriate details for transferring your membership.

By Baptism

If you know in your heart that you have been saved and want to become a member of Faith Bible Baptist Church, we invite you to join us by baptism.  This gives testimony of your salvation and your obedience to His direction.

By Statement of Faith

In the event church membership records are not available for a transfer of membership, or if you were once a Baptist church member, we will accept you upon your statement of faith.

You may express your desire to fulfill any of the above by presenting yourself during the invitation at the close of each worship service.  Of course, any decision assumes your commitment to being faithful in prayer, church attendance, tithing and participation in our Lord’s work at Faith Bible Baptist Church.

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