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June 27, 2017, 8:20 AM

"On Mission"


G’day Mate!

God is AWESOME… Can I get an amen? Psalm 47:2 declares, “How awesome is the Lord Most High, the Great King over all the earth.” The Impact Youth group of ABC just returned on Saturday from a week long mission trip to California in Missouri. While on mission the group of 24 youth and 4 adult leaders completed odd jobs which included cleaning up, washing fences, painting houses, just to name a few. Apart from the blessing of helping people with physical work, the youth grew closer together as a unit. They demonstrated the principle of One in Christ while working together for the Kingdom of God. They were mightily blessed throughout the week and when they returned they shared with their church family. With 22 youth on stage in front of the entire church body, each one shared what they enjoyed most about the Mission Trip. Statements like, “I grew closer to God”, “I met new friends”, “It was great to help people” were common. These youth tremendously blessed their church family, with a highlight being that one of the youth were saved on the mission trip! Can I get another amen? The truth when it comes to mission work is that it never ends. We have all been placed in our community to be the hands and feet of Christ. I am originally from Australia if you didn’t know. I am a missionary sent from Australia by God to the United States of America. While I am a proud citizen of the USA and this is definitely my home, I am a missionary. I would encourage every believer to understand that they too are on a mission trip every day of their lives as they serve our Lord Jesus. Who around you needs help? Perhaps a neighbor? Perhaps, someone you know who is going through a difficult time? As a Christian, do you know what your mission is? Let me share that the mission of every believer is to witness Christ in word and deed. We are called to share the gospel message with those who have not heard. We are called to live a life of obedience to God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are called to witness a genuine relationship to God by the way we display fellowship with God. Do our actions reflect a loving relationship to God? Do our words reflect the truth that we now know God? If you are like me and I suspect you are, then you will fall from time to time. During those times God showers us with grace, mercy and forgiveness in the Cross of Jesus Christ. I believe all Christians should be walking and talking examples of forgiveness and love. There is so much hate in the world today, only the love of Christ displayed through God’s people can make a difference. Love God. Love People. Share Jesus. These three truths are printed on our church t-shirts and is a solid motto for our church family. I hope that every believer reading these words has a church home, but if not then I would encourage you to visit Ashland Baptist Church this week. We are a growing church family that has welcoming arms of love and grace for every visitor. The Bible states clearly in Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” The Day of Christ’s return is closer than yesterday, so if you have questions concerning the Bible or Jesus then I also plead with you to visit a Lifegroup on Sunday morning at 9:00 am. The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” I hope and pray to see you at ABC this week…

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Matt Goodsell

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May 16, 2017, 8:21 AM

"It's Race Day!"


G’day Mate!

Are you ready to run or walk the 4th annual “Run the Good Race” 5k Run/Walk and 10K run? This is a family event with many children and teens registering every year. For the serious runners both race distances are certified with the USATF. It is not too late to sign up, so please come by the church office or come to the Friday evening’s registration sign up and Packet pick-up, May 19th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm or on Race Day from 6:30 – 7:15 am. Awards will be presented to the overall male and female finishers for both runners and walkers. In the runner’s category, the top three finishers, per gender and age group, will receive awards. Categories for both male and female runners range from 10 & under, up to 60 & over. There is also an award for the youngest and oldest participants. Half of the proceeds from this race will go to support “The Baptist Home” of Ashland. The Baptist Home has been providing care for senior adults in Missouri since 1913, and the Home is excited to break ground on a new 73-acre campus in Ashland this year! The ministry of the Home is to provide compassionate, Christian care to those who are in need. I am proud to recognize our Race Sponsors for this year. At PLATIUM LEVEL ($250), Jose Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant, Ashland. At GOLD LEVEL ($100), The Baptist Home, Ashland. Jason Travis, River City Pawn & Gun Store, Jefferson City. Brooklyn Pizza, Fulton. Shelter Insurance, Troy Lowrey, Ashland. Central Bank of Boone County, Ashland. PC Avenue HiFi Technology, Columbia. Hoyle Chiropractic & Holistic Solutions of Ashland. Child's World Play School, Ashland. Sentinel Lumber, Ashland. River Region Credit Union, Ashland. The Law Office of Matt Uhrig, Ashland. Wren's Automotive, Ashland. Pizza Haus, Ashland. Brad Matthews Construction, Ashland. AT SILVER LEVEL ($50), Carl & Sandy Freiling, House of Brokers - The Freiling Group, Ashland. Chad & Brenda Robinson, Robinson Funeral Homes of Ashland. Top Quality Motors, Ashland. Bluegrass Terrace, Ashland. BRONZE LEVEL ($25), The New Image, Ashland. Angell & Co. Insurance, Ashland. B&B Bagels, Columbia. Culligan Water, Columbia. Mosers, Ashland. I encourage local citizens to utilize the goods and services that these local businesses offer to Ashland and indeed all of Southern Boone County. We are very thankful for their support and encouragement. When it comes to encouragement there is no one I believe who doesn’t appreciate a word of encouragement. As pastor of ABC I am very encouraged that we nearly had 200 in the worship service this past Sunday. However, what I have come to understand over years of ministry is that what makes ABC a loving, inviting and hence growing church family are the people who serve and make up the church body. Everyone in a church body working together for the sake of the Kingdom of God is what is making us grow. Yet, at the end of the day… all glory goes to God! It is also important as a church grows to share and take ownership in its unique vision from God. I shared this past Sunday as a suggestion what I would like to call our “Core Vision”. This is not a vision statement for that is what is more unique to a particular church. The core vision states, “Love GOD. Love PEOPLE. Share JESUS. Connect. Grow. Serve.” In reality this Core vision is the same core vision for every church for it is strictly biblical in essence. It contains the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Is this core vision something you can get behind, then join us Christian! I encourage all visiting believers and searchers to connect with us through our weekly “Lifegroups”. We certainty have a place for you and your family. Great things are happening at Ashland Baptist Church and we welcome you to be part of its future. Perhaps you would like to connect with ABC in a different setting. We are planning our first church Picnic in the Ashland City Park on June 4th, after our morning 10:00 am service. I hope to see you this Sunday…

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Matt Goodsell                                                   

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May 2, 2017, 8:46 AM

Searching?


G’day Mate!

The “IMPACT” Youth group will be having a Youth Car Wash this Saturday May 6th beginning at 10:00am. Bring your dirty car in and take a clean car home with you. All donations will directly benefit Impact Youth activities and the Summer Mission trip. It looks like it’s going to be a sunny day so come on down to the ABC parking lot to get your car cleaned. The “Run the Good Race” 5k Run/Walk and 10K run is here again. This year the event will be held on May 20th starting at 7:30am from the parking lot of the church. Both 5k and 10k courses are certified with the USATF. Half the proceeds this year will go towards the Baptist Home of Ashland. This is the 4th year we have held this race and it proves to be a great community event. In the past we have given half the proceeds to the YMCA of Ashland and also the PTA of Southern Boone School District. Whether you are a runner, a jogger or walker this is a family friendly event. Please stop by the church office from Monday to Thursday, 9am-4pm to pick up your registration form from Ginger. More information: check our home page at www.ashlandbaptist.org.

Are you saved? Are you searching for answers in life? Are you struggling with depression, grief, your purpose or to the meaning of life? When was the last time you went to a local church where Jesus Christ was preached? I would like to invite you to any Sunday morning gathering at 10:00 am to hear a message that would uplift, encourage or challenge you in your search for understanding the big questions in life… why am I here, what is my purpose and where am I going. In addition to regular Sunday morning attendance we have a vibrant Lifegroup ministry that has really grown of late. I believe wholeheartedly that Lifegroups are extremely vital to the health of any church. I believe that every follower of Christ needs this kind of close small group to grow together, sharing the ups and downs of life’s journey within the context of Holy Scripture. Furthermore, for the person searching for meaning, visiting a Lifegroup and experiencing the closeness of that group can be a life changing moment. Lifegroups for all ages are available on a Sunday morning at 9:00 am. Please see Susan Light at the Welcome Center Desk as you walk in the foyer and you will be guided to the Lifegroup that may best suit your needs. For the one searching for truth I see a verse of God’s Word that may help you today. The apostle Paul, inspired through the Holy Spirit, writes these encouraging words recorded in Philippians 3:13-14. “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” There is a principle here that I could relate to initial salvation, because when you first believe in what Jesus has accomplished in the Cross you are totally forgiven for the past. God chooses to forgive and forget our sin in the blood of our Savior Jesus. The new Christian must also forget what is behind regarding sin for Jesus Christ has atoned for it. You can’t change the past, but it doesn’t matter anymore regarding your acceptance to God because Jesus has paid the price. It’s time you “LET IT GO”! Also, we strain toward what is ahead.

The goal of a life transformed by Christ’s sacrifice is glory. It is the Presence of God for all eternity that every believer is designed and destined to live. I hope to see you soon!

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Matt Goodsell

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April 18, 2017, 10:11 AM

"Cheerful Giving"


G’day Mate!

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” This passage spoken by Jesus is found in Matthew 6:1-4 and details the practice of giving. According to verse 1, giving is an expression of righteousness towards a person less fortunate than you. It is an “act of righteousness” which should not be confused as an act leading to righteousness, for in truth no one is righteous. However, in Christ we have been declared righteous in the Cross of Jesus. In addition, please understand that Jesus spoke these words under the Old Covenant. Under the New Covenant, once a person is born again, the only real righteousness to speak of is Christ Himself. As Christians we give out of thankfulness to God for saving us and even the very act of helping the needy is a role that God has already destined for us. We deserve no “pat on the back” for being obedient to the will of God. One could then ask, what is the reward that Jesus speaks of in verse 4? Simply completing the will of God with a sincere giving heart is a reward. Knowing that you have obeyed the Lord, there is a divine peace that is offered to you. If what you do in secret is rewarded, then it must also be rewarded in secret. Peace and joy in serving the Lord is one of the greatest rewards in this life. In saying all this, there is an important principle which concerns our motive for giving and the right practice of giving. If giving for the sake of man’s adoration, then that is all you will receive. If you do it out of thankfulness to God then your motive is sound and you can rest in God’s goodness and continued provision. In over 16 years of ministry I have personally experienced that the most generous givers are the ones who adamantly expressed their desire to remain anonymous. I recall on one occasion at a previous church where I was given a $5,000 check towards youth ministry and the individual was not a member of the church or even attended. I have also witnessed individuals and couples give large amounts to Church building Funds or paying large portions of already present mortgages. It was often anonymous and the generous givers wanted no recognition. They did not give for the praise of man but for the honor of God. As you read this week’s devotion, what is the Lord calling on you to do as one of His children? I would like to mention at this point that the “Impact Youth” of ABC are raising funds for a mission trip over summer. They will be having a Garage Sale at the church this Saturday, so perhaps you can visit and take a gander of their wares. Most if not all Christians today give towards the weekly offering that is collected every Sunday. Usually referred to as a tithe, it can be a tenth of what you earn or more. The Bible says, “The Lord loves a cheerful giver”. Christians committed to Christ and connected to a family of believers give weekly so that the ministries of the church continue. Most importantly, we give so that we carry on with the Great Commission given by Christ Himself and therefore we preach Jesus Christ and him crucified. We give out of thankfulness with the hope and belief that others will come to know Christ and therefore be saved. This past Easter Sunday with 200 in the main service, a young boy of 7 years of age came weeping at the invitation to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. And that folks is what it’s all about! I encourage you that if you are looking for a new church home or would just like to explore the Christian faith, please join us any Sunday at 10:00 am. I hope to see you soon…

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Matt Goodsell

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April 11, 2017, 7:30 AM

Happy Easter


G’day Mate!

May I declare a Happy Easter to one and all from my family to yours! But why would one be happy at Easter? Young children would definitely be happy at Easter due to the various opportunities for Easter egg hunts. I mean seriously, what person young or old would not be happy with a basket full of candy and chocolate! Can I get an Amen? Easter can also be a happy time for often families will get together for a gathering over a meal. There may be many other reasons why people would be happy this upcoming weekend, however, what is the real meaning of Easter? It’s not about the cultural phenomenon of the so called Easter bunny that miraculously delivers chocolate eggs to children. Easter is about Jesus the Christ and what he accomplished through the Cross on Good Friday and His Resurrection from the dead on Sunday. The meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ's victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. The meaning of Easter also symbolizes the complete verification of all that Jesus preached and taught during His three-year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, if He had merely died and not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher or Rabbi. However, His resurrection changed all that and gave final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had conquered death once and for all. However, Easter did not always symbolize Christ's resurrection from the dead and the meaning of Easter was quite different than what Christians celebrate today. The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated in the early spring, it honored the pagan Saxon goddess Eastre. When the early missionaries converted the Saxons to Christianity, the holiday, since it fell around the same time as the traditional memorial of Christ's resurrection from the dead, was merged with the pagan celebration, and became known as Easter. The meaning of Easter was also changed to reflect its new Christian orientation. Today, the meaning of Easter, for millions of Christians, is that of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him. So why would you truly have a happy Easter this year? Hopefully, you have already been born again of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. And yet, you may have not been born again, but the claims of Jesus in the Bible and the successful Christian witness you have seen from those around you are starting to open your eyes to the truth of Scripture and the message of the Gospel. I would encourage you to join us at Ashland Baptist Church this weekend for one of more of the services that are offered to bring together the body of Christ to worship Jesus, our Risen Savior and King. On Good Friday, April 14th, we will offer a Good Friday service that will focus on the Cross, death and burial of Jesus, the Son of God and yet God in the flesh as John 1:14 states. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”. On Resurrection Sunday we will offer a “Sunrise Service” at 8:00 am for the early risers, followed by a fully catered breakfast for those who attend the Sunrise service and for those coming early for the main service at 10:00 am. A hot breakfast will be served at 9:00 am in lieu of the regular Sunday morning Lifegroup hour. While the Fellowship committee furnish the main dishes for breakfast there are other church members that have offered to bring sides. I assure you that it will be a feast of celebration. The main Sunday service at 10:00 am will focus entirely on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and what that means for us today as believers and followers of Jesus. Please join us this weekend and experience the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. It will definitely be a Happy Easter for all who attend.

Blessings in Christ and Happy Easter

Pastor Matt Goodsell                                                     

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