"FOOD FOR THOUGHT" ~ a place to meditate on our 'walk'

Here on this page, you will find something new for out site.  Recognizing that testimony is important to the growth of our Christian Brothers and Sisters,  these devotionals are written by some of the members of Temple Baptist Church and approved by Brother Gary,  to encourage our visitors and church family.  If you feel led by the Holy Spirit to write a short testimony of your growth in Jesus Christ, something you've learned or helped you to draw closer to God, please consider submitting yours for review if you believe He would have us share it with others who may be needing to hear it.  We never know what folks are dealing with or how God might use us for His glory.  Please pray about it, write something, and submit it here for review.  If you have questions, you can use the contact form here or see Wayne or Vicky Bandy or Kathleen Kidder.  We look forward to seeing what God would have you share with us.

May 2015 - A Tribute To Our Mothers - written by Danielle Adams

Happy Mother’s Day

Tenderly from the womb you carried us in love and showered us with gentle kindness.  Now you carry us still in prayer; trusting the gentle arms of the Father to keep us.  You spent your days teaching us what was good and right and planted the seeds of God’s Word deep within our lives.  Those seeds grew with us and now we can see stately trees of righteousness growing strong in our character.  Even now, the trees of your integrity still give us a shadow to rest in.   The memories of how you did what was right, when you thought nobody was looking, burned an impression on our choices and we have learned to do right because God is righteous and He sees all.

First you held us close and then you let us go, and now we have learned to love with abandon and release with freedom.  You have covered our wounds and now we have learned to cover and help mend the hearts of others.  Thank you over and over Moms for all you have planted in us.  We pray we are found to be good soil so that you will see God’s harvest multiplied in your honor.  As for all the Moms that have gone to heaven before us, I’m sure they must be in the great cloud of witnesses, cheering, praying and encouraging us forward in the race that ends with Jesus, who is our great reward.

By Danielle Adams

December 2014 - God of All Comfort written by Mary Rayburn

The God of All Comfort

2 Cor. 1:3-5

      In his letter to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote,   “Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3)  For Christians, God is first and foremost known as the Father of Jesus, who in turn is the greatest blessing given to mankind. We can call Him our Heavenly Father only because He is the Father of Jesus. 

     Paul experienced firsthand “the God of all comfort” through his ministry as an apostle for Jesus Christ.  The comfort Paul is writing about in this Scripture passage has nothing to do with a sentimental, “warm and fuzzy” feeling we often associate with the word comfort.  God’s comfort is His encouragement and strengthening when believers experience difficult circumstances.  Paul wrote, “He comforts us in all our affliction…” (vs. 1:4a).  Paul suffered both extreme physical abuse and emotional turmoil as Christ’s apostle.  In this letter to the Corinthian believers, Paul wrote about afflictions he experienced in his mission work in Asia.  He said they were “burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life.” (vs. 1:8)  In his difficulties, Paul came to recognize not only God’s deliverance, but His purpose to teach Paul to rely completely upon Him.

     It is natural for us to want to avoid suffering.  Yet, the Bible repeatedly teaches that followers of Christ can grow spiritually through these challenges.  “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4)

     God had a greater purpose than comforting Paul.  The apostle would “…be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (vs. 1:4b) Through his personal example, prayers, and words of encouragement, Paul could come alongside others in distress, because he himself experienced personally God’s comfort.  Paul was, and we today are, able to comfort others because “…the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows.” (vs. 1:5)  Christ was, and is, the center and source for all comfort.

     The irony of the “holiday season” is that it can be some of the most discomforting days to get through for people who are experiencing difficult times in their lives.  People who are long-term caregivers, those grieving over loss of a loved one through death, loss of job, torn or broken relationships?  Can you identify people in your life that you can offer comfort to, through the comfort you have received from God through Jesus Christ?  You can be a blessing to someone today. 

Thank you, Mary Rayburn, for blessing us with this devotional moment.

December 1, 2014

November 2014    A Cornucopia of Blessings written by Vicky Bandy

               I enjoy being able to decorate at my home and at my church for special times of fellowship.  Whether getting ready for a festive time with my family or festivities where I worship, it always gives me joy in my heart to serve others.  However, my decorations can be pretty colorful, a lot of fun, and sometimes . . . there's a message involved.

              At Thanksgiving, Mom would humbly and beautifully decorate her hundred-year old dinner table with the small basket shaped like a horn.  She called it a Cornucopia; Horn of Plenty.  It would overflow with an array of fall colors.  Using flowers, fruits, apples, squash, pumpkins, pears and different colors of corn, she carefully arranged them in and around the basket and completed it with a raffia ribbon.  The centerpiece was bright and beautiful.  It reminded us of the abundance of blessings that God had given to us.  It was harvest time, a time of being grateful and sharing your blessings with others.

              God, who is Creator and Master of all things, has created a beautiful assortment of people here at Temple Baptist Church.  We are His Cornucopia design, every day.  We gather together to praise and honor Him.  We are not held together by a raffia ribbon, but he holds us together by His Grace.  We are a lovely bouquet of believers who join together to worship and serve the Lord.  We are beautiful in His sight.  We are God's array of love and beauty; a body of believers who shine through our spiritual gifts.   God must be smiling as we thank Him for nourishing our souls.

              We are shaped by His love and we serve with gladness in our hearts.  We know the Holy Spirit is molding us, teaching us, guiding us.  We are happy to sing praises unto our King of Kings.  We pray for one another and for those in our lost world who need Jesus Christ as their Savior.  Our mission is to carry His Message of Salvation to everyone; we gladly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

              Sharing the blessings with honor and privilege, we prayerfully thank God for everything.  We invite you to come and experience the Love of Christ, Bible Teaching, and Bible Study for all age groups, worship through song, and fellowship with one another.  Come; enjoy our 'Cornucopia' of believers - sinners saved by Grace.  Join us as we give praise to and worship the Creator of Everything.

Yours in Christ,

Vickie Bandy

2 Corinthians 9:8 New King James Version

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

September 2014  -   "Have You Noticed . . . ?"  written by Kathleen Kidder