November 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

November 2017
The Spirit of Thanksgiving
God Is the Only One Worthy of Our Praise

By Dr. Kevin Folger
Senior Pastor of Cleveland Baptist Church
There is no doubt that God expects His children to maintain and practice a spirit of thanksgiving and sincere gratitude.  This is, first and foremost, to be directed toward our Heavenly Father from whom all blessings flow.  How terrible it is to not show gratitude and praise to the great God of Heaven who gives us air to breathe and food to eat!
Not to be grateful to the God who allows our hearts to beat and sent His Son to die for our sin is the biggest insult.  It is overwhelming to think that we would not maintain a sweet spirit of thanks and praise to Him.  Yet, sadly, many Christians spend a good portion of their lives whining and complaining about what they want but don’t have.  The truth is that when we don’t thank God or give Him praise, it is indicative of the fact that our hearts are wrong, and that we think too highly of ourselves.  We need a good dose of humility.
I think of the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus in Matthew 15.  Her daughter was sore vexed with a devil, and she pleaded with the Lord to do something.  He did not respond; in fact, the Bible states, “He answered her not a word.”  Yet, she kept persisting to the point that the disciples pleaded with the Lord to send her away.  He responded that He was sent, “Unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
The lady finally came to Jesus and worshiped at His feet.  He responded with what seemed like an insult, “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”  I love the fact that this woman was tuned in and was desperate.  She responded to Him with, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
This woman realized her insignificant position; more importantly, she also realized in Whose presence she was standing.  He was God!  Although she was not a Jew, she wanted to be under His rule and control.  He did not have to do very much because He was so mighty; this was not a hard task for Him!  She just needed a crumb or two from His great table.
I love the Lord’s response.  Although what He said may seem cruel, it enables us to see that her faith in Him was great.  That was the point!  His response to her is very revealing: “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”
Is it possible that we often don’t see Him properly because we have a skewed view of our own selves?  Sometimes we are like the Pharisee that prayed in the Temple, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are.”  When we fall into this trap, we are not seeing ourselves properly.
During this season of thanksgiving, let’s begin by seeing ourselves as God sees us.  I understand that in Him we are heirs to all that He has, but remember, it is not because of who we are, but because of what He did.  Therefore, we need to see ourselves as saved sinners unworthy of the least of His favor, but blessed because He gives us all things richly to enjoy!
I trust that throughout our lives we will continue every day to give God glory, praise, and worship with a spirit of thanksgiving.  Let’s not wait for one day a year to share our thanksgiving.  Praise Him daily!  He is worthy, and we are blessed to be able to come into the presence of our great God and King as one of His children.

Parson to Person

          I love Thanksgiving!  It’s great for a number of reasons: One is that it is the passageway into the holiday season.  Just around the corner is Christmas and New Years.
There are certain sayings that seem to mark this time of the year.  Sayings like, “I’m not going to pig out this year,” but you always do.  “I’m going to stick to my diet,” and you never do.  “We’re not stopping until we get to Grandma’s,” and you always do, sometimes even before you get out of town!
For most people, the book of Leviticus ranks among their least favorite books in the Bible.  It starts out with a number of sacrifices and offerings the Israelites were to offer in order to restore them to a right relationship with God.  Someone said, “God’s laws and sacrifices were intended to bring out devotion of the heart. The ceremonies and rituals were the best way for the Israelites to focus their hearts on Him.”
Leviticus describes the burnt offerings, peace offerings, sin offerings, trespass offerings, and so on.  But it includes an offering that does not seem to get much attention — the thanksgiving offering.  It was to be offered to God as a symbolic “thank you” for all He had done for them.  It was also, “Brought as an acknowledgment to others of God’s deliverance or blessing bestowed in answer to prayer.”
God wants His people to be just as thankful and grateful to Him today as He did when Leviticus was written.  It should be as natural as being thankful to God for those who prepare our Thanksgiving feasts.
I remember reading about a survey where famous people were asked: “If you could be granted one wish that will come true right now — what would that be?”  Of course there were a great variety of responses, but one especially stood out: “I wish that I could be given an even greater ability to appreciate all that I already have.”
Why are people not thankful?
 Because of selfishness and ingratitude (our sin nature).
 Because of choice.  It is easier to be jealous over what someone else is enjoying.
 Because of focusing on negative circumstances.
 Because of taking everything for granted: air, food, hands, friends, church, health, and a million other things for starters.
 Because of no hope (for those who are not Christians).
Let’s agree for a moment that you have it tough.  But, is it not still possible to praise and thank the Lord for His excellent goodness toward you?  Consider some of the things we should be eternally grateful to God for:
1. Salvation by Grace Alone
Imagine what life would be like if you had to earn salvation like so many religions teach.  We realize we are saved only by the blood of Jesus: “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).
2. The Holy Bible
Without it we would have no final authority, or we would be like some other religious groups who trust their church leaders or denominational teachings.  Now that’s a scary thought!  The Bible lets us know that our God is not the God of the Koran and Islam, or the book of Mormons and Mormonism, or the God of the Hindus or Buddhists.  He is the Almighty!
3. Our Country
By the way, aren’t you thankful that our forefathers didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving with something less palatable than turkeys?  We set aside other days to celebrate America every year, but each of us should be thankful for this country.  This might be a good time to take a moment to thank God for the men and women who serve us by serving our country.
4. Family
This would be both our domestic family and our church family.  I love them both, and I’m sure you do as well.  We should be careful not to take either one for granted.
The Psalmist said in Psalm 69:30: “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”  Truly, we have much to be thankful for.
During this special Thanksgiving season, let us praise Him for all His goodness to us.  I often find myself praising the Lord for His bringing Linda, and I to Toledo and to the Faith Bible Baptist Church.  We love you and pray for you daily.
Pastor Tim Goodman

Baptist We Should Know
Paul Anderson
The Strongest Man on the Planet

By Doug Kutilek
In the world of heavy weightlifting in the 1950s and 1960s, every possible superlative available in the English language was used to describe the accomplishments of Paul Anderson (1932-1994) of Toccoa, GA (and later Vidalia, GA), including “the world’s strongest man” and even “the strongest man who ever lived.”
There was nothing physically remarkable about Paul Anderson in his childhood and youth.  When he was five, he had a serious bout with Bright’s disease, an inflammation of the kidneys, which nearly took his life (kidney disease would ultimately end his life decades later).  And though he was a stocky 190 pounds in high school – on a 5’ 9” frame – there was nothing extraordinary about him as an athlete.  But he was good enough to get a football scholarship to Furman College.
Paul’s first efforts at weightlifting were discouraged by his high school coach, lest he become “muscle-bound” (an ungrounded fear in those days) to the detriment of agility and quickness.  At Furman, Paul met two students who were dedicated weightlifters, and he decided to join in.  He discovered he was able to quickly add strength and muscle mass.  Within a year he weighed 275 pounds; his peak weight would be over 360 pounds.  He left college to focus full-time on weight training.
Within two years of self-directed bodybuilding, Paul began to win local and regional weightlifting competitions, with growing fame and notoriety nationwide in the sport.  He began breaking national and even world records in various events.  He won the national championship in 1955, just three years into his participation in the sport, and in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, won the Olympic gold medal in the heavyweight competition.
Paul had been raised in a conservative Christian home, attending at various times Methodist, Baptist, and Christian churches, and had several relatives who were preachers.  Paul mentally assented to the Biblical truths he had been taught, and was moral and well-behaved in personal conduct, but had made no soul commitment to Christ.
At the 1956 Olympics, Paul, who had just turned 24, seemed the shoo-in to win the gold.  But for two weeks before the competition, he was extremely ill, unable to train, and almost unable to compete.  His victory seemed almost surely lost by “poor” lifts (by his standards) in the first two events.  During his final lift, he requested the bar be loaded with enough weight to ensure his victory overall.  By his own testimony, he cried out to God during this final lift, and counted his conversion to Christ from that moment.  He pushed 414.25 pounds overhead and held it for the requisite two seconds.  He was officially “the strongest man in the world.”
Once, on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” Paul did a full squat with 15,000 silver dollars, and the steel boxes necessary to hold them – right at 1,000 pounds.  His heaviest squat was an astonishing 1,200 pounds – nearly double the world record when he began weight training!  Once, he back-lifted 6,200 pounds – a feat never equaled nor seriously challenged to this day.
Paul sensed God’s leading to start a home for troubled youth.  He started the Paul Anderson Youth Home in the early 1960s in Vidalia, GA.  During Paul’s lifetime, hundreds of boys passed through the home – staying a year on average.  The teen boys were given Bible training, education, purpose, and firm but loving discipline, with nearly all developing into productive individuals, and many becoming truly outstanding citizens.
From the 1960s through the mid-1970s, Paul kept a brutal schedule of personal appearances to raise funds for the home, speaking about 500 times per year – for Youth for Christ, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, local churches, at least one Billy Graham crusade, but especially public high schools.  Paul always gave his own testimony of salvation through Christ, and declined speaking engagements where he was not permitted to speak of his personal faith.  As one author noted, “Paul Anderson didn’t … focus on maximizing his fame for personal gain, but instead, turned his attention to helping boys whose lives had gone awry.”
This exhausting speaking schedule proved detrimental to Paul’s health, which seriously declined by the early 1980s, ultimately requiring a kidney transplant.  He was largely confined to a wheelchair the last decade of his life and his weight dropped to 160 pounds.  He died at the early age of 61. The Paul Anderson Youth Home continues the ministry to youth for which it was founded.
Two accounts of Paul Anderson’s life are: A Greater Strength by Paul Anderson, with Jerry B. Jenkins and James R. Adsir. (Revell, 1975, 1990); and Paul Anderson: the Mightiest Minister by Randall J. Strossen (IronMind Enterprises, 1999).
Note:  I usually reserve this article for those who have accomplished something remarkable in the Baptist faith.  I also like that the life story would give a clear salvation story.  Paul’s story lacked both of these elements but I liked his story so much and I thought you might enjoy it and I decided to include it in “Baptist We Should Know.”

Amos’s Prayer for the Nation

By, David Cloud,
Way of Life Literature
The following is an excerpt from a new Advanced Bible Studies Series course, which is scheduled for publication later this year or early next year.
In Amos 7 we see the power of intercessory prayer.
God’s people need to learn from Amos and pray fervently and persistently in the most desperate, wicked times.
When Amos saw the first two visions of coming judgments (a locust invasion and a great fire), he beseeched God to withhold judgment, and the Lord repented (Amos 7:3, 6).
There can be no doubt that a chief lesson of this passage is that prayer changes things.  Only the Lord knows how many things have been changed in this world, how many times judgment was withheld, because of believing prayer.
“We may debate endlessly how this incident reflects on the issues of predestination and human responsibility, but clearly we are left with the impression that the plague either came or was held back based on the prophet’s prayer” (David Guzik).
Amos’s prayer issued from a heart of concern.  Amos could have said nothing, but he was moved with compassion for Israel; he was concerned about the matter.  We will not pray effectually until we care about something.  We must care about our own spiritual lives, our families, our churches, our nations, our unsaved neighbors, and when we care, we are moved to intercessory prayer, and God always answers.
Amos’s prayer was fervent.  Observe the passion. “O Lord God … I beseech thee…”  He beseeched God.  This is effectual fervent praying (James 5:16).
Amos’s prayer consisted of reasoning with God.  Prayer is talking with God, reasoning with God on the basis of His character and His promises.  Amos called Israel “Jacob” to remind God of His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Amos reminded God that Israel was small and helpless in the midst of her enemies.  Amos reminded God that He was Israel’s only help.  What wonderful reasoning with God.
Amos’s prayer was based on his right thinking and outlook.  Unlike the average Israelite in that day, Amos knew that Israel was small and helpless without God’s protection and intervention.  He knew that except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain (Psalms 127:1).  He knew that Israel’s wealth and military strength could not protect her if God was against her.  This wisdom comes only by God’s Word.
Amos’s prayer sought mercy.  Amos was not asking for justice but for mercy.  He didn’t say, “Lord, Israel is good.”  Amos knew all about Israel’s “mighty sins” (Amos 5:12).
Amos’s prayer was based on his knowledge of God.  Amos was asking God for mercy, because he knew that God is merciful.  The better we know God, the more we know of His character through the study of Scripture, the more effectual our prayers.
Amos’s prayer was persistent.  He didn’t stop praying after the first answer.
As a result, God was moved by Amos’s plea and withheld His hand.  God did eventually judge Israel, but He withheld those particular judgments at that time in answer to prayer.
Amos’s prayer reminds us of Abraham’s intercessory prayer for Sodom (Genesis 18:23-32) and Moses’ intercessory prayer for Israel (Exodus 32:7-14).
This prayer situation is an example of how that prayer can bring some respite, some divine help, even when a nation is heading toward ultimate judgment.  It is a perfect prayer for America today.  If God’s people will pray effectually for the nation, there will probably not be a great Awakening after the fashion of the First and Second Awakenings, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t pray and shouldn’t expect God to do something.  God can bring much mercy to bear for the nation.  He can give more wisdom to its leaders, more protection against its enemies, more unity to the people, calming the fierce divisive passions.  He can withhold devastating “natural disasters.”  I am convinced, for example, that prayer caused hurricane Irma to reduce dramatically in power in September 2017 before it hit the U.S. mainland.  The destruction was great, but it was nothing compared to what it would have been had it hit the mainland with category 4 or 5 strength as had been forecast.
Note that Amos did not pray after the third vision.  There comes a time when no prayers can avail against coming judgment. Compare Jeremiah. 7:16; 11:14; 14:11.

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