July 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

July 2017
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The Patriotism We Need Today
America Needs Revival

By Dr. Paul Chappell
I’ve never been more thankful to be an American.  I’m thankful for the men who pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to sign the Declaration of Independence and then gave of themselves in unspeakable sacrifice to birth this great nation.
These men understood that patriotism meant so much more than grabbing the family rifle and charging the red coats.  It involved giving whatever was necessary to uphold the God-given values of freedom and equality which they had come to embrace.  For many, patriotism meant giving their lives, their families, and their fortunes.  They purchased freedom at a heavy personal expense.
I’m thankful for the heritage of these patriots, statesmen, and soldiers who embraced and upheld freedom—even at the expense of themselves.
I’m thankful for men and women around the world today (some from our church family) who are sacrificing for continued freedom.
But more than the patriotism of a soldier, we need another kind of patriotism today.  America is in a state of spiritual and moral decline that, frankly, is frightening.  We seem to have lost our moral compass and our willingness to sacrifice for the biblical values of truth and righteousness.
Today, we need the kind of patriotism that Nehemiah of old embraced. Nehemiah’s nation was in desperate straits.  The wall of Jerusalem was burned and broken down, and the enemies of the Lord mocked the city’s disgrace.
But when Nehemiah heard of the travail of Jerusalem, he made a decision to give his life to the cause of revival.  He prayed with compassion and fervency.  And he made it his purpose to seek the spiritual welfare of the city.  He persevered through criticism, attacks, and discouragement.  And in the end, he did what his enemies said couldn’t be done—he revived the stones to build a great wall around the city.
More than ever before, America needs men and women who—like Nehemiah of old—will be burdened to pray for our country with genuine compassion, and then have the passion and courage to seek the spiritual welfare of our God-blessed nation.
Yes, it will require personal sacrifice.  But, as Americans, we value sacrifice more than enslavement.  May we earnestly seek God’s face and give of ourselves for the cause of revival!
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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Parson to Person

It is July and I just discovered I didn’t publish a June Trumpet.  As Maxwell Smart would say, “Sorry about that!”
The familiar lyrics to the song, “God Bless America” reflect a hope and a prayer, trusting that God would indeed bless our country.  “God Bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her… Thru the night with a light from above.  From the mountains, to the prairies, To the oceans, white with foam. God bless America, My home sweet home.”  For generations, America has indeed been a home of freedom, patriotism and hope for many who have journeyed many miles to make America home.  America is attractive because of the freedoms our country has that other countries simply do not.  Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms… just to name a few.  And many would love to believe that with our country’s foundation of the Constitution reflecting a trust in our Great Creator God that our country would have a faithful commitment to God, and that we would remain true to the principles upon which we were founded.  In fact, on September 11, 2001, Congress held a press conference about the attacks on the World Trade Center towers, and spontaneously burst into song on the steps of the Capitol.  The song they chose to sing, at a time when love of country and patriotism and resolve to remain strong was needed most, was none other than “God Bless America.”
Our country has been blessed by God.  Our country was founded because of a desire to worship God in freedom.  Our country has been a blessing to God.  Driving through many towns all across the country, you will see churches of every type and denomination, who gather in freedom to worship the One, True and Living God whenever they desire.  However, just because we have churches, Christian schools and organizations, and the freedom to worship and talk about Jesus, our country does not always operate in a manner that is a blessing to God.
When our country’s leaders make long-lasting decisions that have obvious moral effects on our country in clear opposition to the Word of God, then our country can no longer expect God’s hand of blessing to be upon us.  Although American’s patriotism runs deep, and a belief in the American flag and all it represents, and a sincere appreciation for men and women who have defended our freedom still makes eyes water and hearts swell, when immoral decisions are made which will impact the moral fiber of our country, the less we can expect God to be pleased with our country.
Herein lies the problem.  Many people across America don’t care about the blessing of God, if they even believe He exists at all.  They want America to be a land of opportunity, a place to do what you want and however you want to do it.  But that’s not the kind of country we are.  And that’s not what we were founded upon.  America was never designed to be a land of “do what you want to do without any thought of the effect on the world.”  America was not founded upon the principles of “whatever feels good, do it.”  America was never blessed by God because we use freedom to simply live without any restraint.  And this country certainly was not established to begin with God and His Word, only to turn our back on Him when the time or situation was right.  In fact, that’s not even the motto on our currency, which says, “In God We Trust.”  That isn’t what we believe in, and that’s not even in the patriotic songs many will sing this coming weekend.
America the Beautiful says, “America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood. From sea to shining sea!”
My Country Tis of Thee says, “Our fathers’ God to Thee, Author of Liberty, To thee we sing, Long may our land be bright, With Freedom’s holy light, Protect us by thy might Great God, our King.”
The Battle Hymn of the Republic says, “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.  He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored, He has loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on.”
If God is to bless America, then America must be willing to be a blessing to God.  If we are to be the nation we are supposed to be, and the nation we were meant to be, and the nation that is truly the greatest country in the world, then we must be a nation that seeks to be a blessing to God and to His Word, rather than being a collection of people who does whatever they want.  No nation that does what is popular at the time, or gives people what they want without any sense of truth and morality will stand for long.  Without a clear sense of right and wrong, moral and immoral, what we do and do not stand for, then our country will never be the great nation we were meant to be.  And to have that sense of truth, morality, and what is right, we must look no further than God’s Word that does not change, and trust in the One, True God who has and will bless our nation… if we trust in Him!
May the Lord richly bless our great nation and may the Lord bless our church.  I am truly thankful that the Lord brought Linda and I here to FBBC, and I want to say again 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
Johann Gerhard Oncken
Every Baptist a Missionary

By Thomas Ray
Charles Spurgeon described Johann Oncken as “The Apostle Paul of Germany.” Baptist historian Irwin Barnes states, “Oncken was the father not only of the German Baptists, but of the entire modern Baptist movement on the Continent.”  Johann Oncken was born January 26, 1800, at Varel, Germany.  His father died when he was only two, and his grandmother attempted to provide not only for his physical but spiritual needs.
Johann was baptized as an infant in the Lutheran Church and was confirmed when he was 13 years of age. That same year, John Anderson, a Scottish merchant, arrived in Varel.  While visiting with Johann’s grandmother, the Scotchman took an interest in the fatherless youth and invited him to return with him to Scotland. With his grandmother’s approval, Oncken began a spiritual journey that would change the course of his life and turn him into one of the continent’s most effective evangelists and church builders.
While residing in Scotland, Oncken, for the first time in his life, was exposed to the Gospel. Nine years after his arrival, he left Scotland and moved to London. In London, Oncken began to seriously think about his eternal destiny. His conversion occurred one Sunday morning when he attended a Methodist chapel and heard a sermon on Romans 8:1. His surrender to Christ was complete and from that day he resolved to devote his life to propagating the Gospel.
His first act of service was the distribution of Gospel tracts, a ministry he would continue throughout his long and useful life.  Although Oncken had no formal theological training, the Continental Society appointed him as a missionary to Germany.  He arrived in Hamburg in December 1823.
A month later he preached his first sermon to a congregation of 18 people.  In less than two months, the meeting place could not hold the crowds. His ministry although plagued by civil and religious persecution, prospered beyond his wildest expectations.
Although Oncken was not a Baptist, his study of the Scriptures caused him to question the validity of infant baptism. After much study and consultation, Oncken embraced believer’s baptism by immersion. (This was in spite of his pastor’s objections. It is worth noting his pastor, T. W Matthews, would eventually also embrace Baptist principles.) There were no Baptists in Germany who could baptize Oncken, therefore he sought advice first from Scotland and then London, but the only advice he received was to baptize himself or make the journey to England and be baptized there. Neither of these alternatives seemed to Oncken a feasible course of action.
Eventually, news reached America of the young German evangelist who had embraced Baptist principles and who desired to be scripturally baptized.  In 1834, Barnas Sears, an American Baptist visiting on the continent, contacted Oncken and on April 22 at midnight he baptized Oncken and his wife, along with five other believers, in the Elbe River. The following day he organized them into a Baptist church with Oncken as their pastor.
When Oncken’s baptism became known, his former friends and associates treated him as a traitor. The opposition to his Baptist principles was great, but God’s blessings overcame and defeated his enemies. Using Hamburg as a center for his ministry, he took the Gospel into Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, and Russia.
His personal ministry came to an end in 1879 when he suffered a stroke. He lingered an additional five years and entered into his well-earned rest January 2, 1884.
Oncken’s life was truly remarkable. During his ministry as a Baptist, he and his associates constituted over 280 churches, 1,222 preaching stations, and they formed 771 Sunday schools in Germany. They also founded over 170 churches in Scandinavia and the Slavic States. It is estimated he was responsible for distributing over two million Bibles and untold millions of Gospel tracts. His motto, “Every Baptist a missionary” should be indelibly written upon the heart of every Baptist.

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Freedom from Sin’s Power
Increasing Your Love for God

By Dave Delaney
Pastor of First Baptist Church
In Long Beach, CA

On July 4th, 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote some of the most powerful words in all of history: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
On that day in 1776, the founders declared America’s independence from Britain.  Everybody knows this—but the fact we tend to gloss over is that the fight wasn’t finished right then and there.  They kept fighting for that freedom until 1783—seven more years of struggle and sacrifice.  In fact, “we the people” didn’t adopt our Constitution until 1787, more than 11 years after those 56 men gathered in a room and signed their names to a piece of parchment that said there’s a better way for men and women to live: in freedom.
There is a worse bondage than that of political dependence, one that is able to enslave the soul.  Romans 5:12 says, “So death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”  We were all held in bondage as sin’s slaves, subject to its penalty.  But because of Christ, His death, and His resurrection, we have freedom from the penalty of sin.  You see, sin’s authority over people who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ has been completely removed.  Our death to sin has freed us from sin so that it no longer rules over us.  Sin once reigned and its reign resulted in death (Romans 5:21), but the penalty of sin’s reign has come to an end (Romans 6:12) for the believer.
But the struggle has just begun.  While sin’s penalty no longer reigns over us, we struggle every day with its power.  Sin pulls relentlessly at the hem of our garments, and leans against us slightly, yet persistently, until we bow under its enduring weight.  This is the power of sin.
Again and again the New Testament encourages us to fight against sin, by:
 Presenting our members as instruments of righteousness unto God (Romans 6)
 No longer making provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14)
 Putting off the old nature (Colossians 3)
 No longer walking according to the flesh (Romans 8:13)
 Not loving the things of the world (1 John 2:15)
So today, would you declare you dependence on Christ?  Realize that by yielding to His Spirit and obeying His Word you can fight against the power of sin.  But it will be a fight.  Love for the things of the world will try to steal your love for God.  So in order to fight against the power of sin you must decrease your love for the world and increase your love for God.
This is a struggle because many of the things that rob us of our freedom from sin’s power are morally neutral.  They’re not inherently bad things.  Facebook is not bad.  I enjoy TV, but it doesn’t take long for me to begin to find humorous on TV what the Lord finds heartbreaking.  Sports are not bad, but if I start watching sports, I begin to care too much.  If what a 19-year-old kid does with a ball begins to ruin my day, that’s a problem.
These are the kinds of things that rob my love for Christ and set me back under the power of sin.  Fill your life with things that stir your love for Him.

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What Will it Be like?

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”  (2 Timothy 3:1)
What will it be like when we get close to the Tribulation Period?  Daniel said there would be two obvious things; many people would be universal travelers and knowledge would be accumulating at incredible speeds.  Jesus said the world would be concerned with wars, food shortages, incurable diseases, volcanic action and plate tectonics (earthquakes).  Paul said two things would be firmly entrenched; a low regard for the sanctity of marriage and a high regard for a healthy diet.  If words could paint a picture of our current world situation, these words would be on the artist’s pallet.
Paul described the last days as when “men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (unrestrained), fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady (willful), highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness.”  Which word would you reject as a description of the current state of affairs?
Daniel said peace negotiations between Israel and the Arabs would be a prominent event.  The Prime Minister of Israel and the leader of the Palestinians are in Washington today negotiating such a treaty.  Paul said, “When they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them.”  Sudden destruction with God could be like three and a half years with us.  What will it be like when we get close to the Tribulation Period?  As I have said before, so say I now again, it will be just like it is today, July 2nd 2017.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”  (Luke 21:28)

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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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