Blog
Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15   Entries 1-5 of 72
August 15, 2017, 9:01 AM

"What does a Solar Eclipse Reveal?"


G’day Mate!

Are you a hardened agnostic? In other words, are you lost? This is a serious question at any stage of life! Where are you on life’s journey? I would like to invite you to visit ABC this coming Sunday as I address the question of, “What does a Solar Eclipse Reveal”? It is sure to be an encouraging eye opening message that focuses on the wonders of our Creator and that as Creator He is not far from any of us. God is NOT watching from a distance! Following this I will continue on Sunday August 27th with the 4th message in the series, “The Case for Christ”. The book written by Lee Strobel that led to the movie detailed his journey to faith. Lee was an outright atheist if there is such a thing and yet through his deliberate and exhaustive investigation into the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus led to saving faith in God. Allow me to ask you today… have you ever walked away from God? Are you thinking about your own spiritual life, and you’re realizing that you’ve wandered far from home. Or maybe you’ve walked away from God emotionally. You rarely pray anymore. You don’t search the Scriptures very often, and yet something inside of you wants to return. Or maybe you’ve found the Christian life too demanding, and so you feel like giving up. Some people have a strong sense of urgency that they desperately need to get back to God, but they’re just not sure how to do it. In John 14:2-5, Jesus was talking to his disciples about his true home. “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Some of us have a deep desire to be at home with Jesus; we want to go to the place he described. But we feel like Thomas, when he said, “I don’t know the way. How can I find my way home?” For others, it’s hard to even put into words how you feel. There’s a spiritual emptiness or confusion. Your soul is unsettled, and you’re drifting and searching for an anchor. Do you ever feel like that, like something’s missing, you’re searching for satisfaction, for peace of mind, for security, for meaning, for hope? When Thomas asked Jesus how he could know the way, Jesus answered him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Into that longing, that searching, that unrest, come the soothing words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”Anybody need that kind of rest? Anyone interested in finding the way home? It would be nice if I could tell you today that the way home to Jesus is a freeway, a wide-open road with no tollbooths demanding payment along the way. But the truth is, it’s not a freeway. The way home is actually a tollway. A toll had to be paid. There is a cost and it’s a steep one. But the good news, the truth that we can all embrace, is that Jesus has already paid the price for you. He has cleared your path back to him. The theological term for this is “Substitutionary Atonement.” These are big words with a simple meaning: The perfect Son of God paid the penalty we deserved for our Sin, so that we can go free. All we have to do is receive this free gift of his grace, and we’re invited into his Home forever. 1 Peter 3:18: “For indeed Christ died for sins once for all, the Just and Righteous for the unjust and unrighteous [the Innocent for the guilty] so that He might bring us to God.”

Isn’t it time you embrace the TRUTH?

Blessings in Christ, Pastor Matt Goodsell

Post a Comment





August 10, 2017, 11:52 AM

"VBS"


G’day Mate!

Discover the incredible mysteries of the final frontier—right from your own backyard. Your telescope becomes a portal through which you encounter amazing and wonderful things designed by a Creator who is even bigger than the vastness of His creation. But the most amazing wonder to be discovered truly boggles the mind. The God who created everything there is, the knowable and the unknowable, the visible and the invisible, wants a relationship with you! And from the very beginning, God had a plan to restore the relationship He knew we would break. Galactic Starveyors VBS will be on August 12th from 9:30am am until 1:30pm and is for kids ages 3 to those who have completed 5th grade. You can preregister by visiting the Ashland Baptist Church office 9:00am to 4:00 pm or download a registration form from www.ashlandbaptist.org or just turn up on the day and fill in a registration form. Where have you been the past 2 Sunday mornings? If you have missed the first two messages in the 4 part series on the Case for Christ, then “no worries”! Both messages and many more can be downloaded from the church website under the MEDIA tab. If you haven’t heard, the Case for Christ movie is based on a best-selling true story by Lee Strobel. We will be showing the movie on August 27th at Ashland City Park from 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Invite your friends and bring your lawn chairs. This is a completely “FREE EVENT” so please join us. In the mean time I still have two further messages leading up to the Movie in the Park on August 13th and 27th. As a recap this past Sunday the message title was, “Exploring the Evidence for Christ”. The focus was on the central theme of the Bible, Christ’s death on the Cross and His resurrection. First, Jesus was alive at POINT A. Virtually every scholar, secular and Christian agrees Jesus actually lived in the first century. John 1:14 reads, “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.” Matthew 9:35 reads, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” Jesus was Alive at POINT A. Next, Jesus was dead at POINT B. For the resurrection to be true, Jesus had to really die. But some deny the death of Christ, including most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. It’s been said that we’re lucky in the study of ancient history if we have one or two solid sources to confirm a fact. In the case of the execution of Jesus, however, we not only have reports in all four biographies of Jesus in the New Testament the Gospels each written within the lifetimes of his contemporaries, but we also have five ancient sources outside the Bible: Josephus, Tacitus, Lucian, Mara Bar-Serapion, and the Talmud. Besides, the cruel, degrading, and humiliating killing of their leader on a cross would not have been something that Jesus’ followers would have invented if it were not true. The Muslim teaching that Jesus didn’t die on the cross comes from Muhammad’s claim, 600 years after Jesus lived, that an angel in a cave told him it wasn’t true. No historical evidence was offered, and the eyewitness accounts were ignored. And as for the question of whether Jesus could have lived through his suffering on the cross, the evidence shows there’s no way Jesus survived the efficient brutality of Roman execution. Jesus was in hypovolemic shock or shock from a great loss of blood and in critical condition after the beating. Then spikes were driven through his wrists and feet. Crucifixion is an agonizingly slow death by asphyxiation, because the stress on the chest locks the lungs into the inhaled position. To exhale, the victim has to push up to lessen the stress. He would push up and sag down until exhaustion took over, and he would die from the effects of not being able to breathe. Then a soldier plunged a spear between Jesus’ ribs, puncturing his lungs and heart, and the expert Roman executioners confirmed that he was dead. Jesus was dead a POINT B. Now for the Good News indeed. Jesus was ALIVE AGAIN at POINT C! There are two strands of evidence that establish that Jesus came back to life: that his tomb was empty, and that he appeared to people. The women at the empty tomb were spoken too, ““Why do you look for the living among the dead? He isn’t here, but has been raised.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 declares, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.” It’s time you took another look into JESUS!

Pastor Matt Goodsell                                               



Comments

09-25-2017 at 4:38 PM
Audrey
I am from the baptist in mutare zimbabwe and ur words are inspiring..l would love to talk more and read more.God bless you
Post a Comment





July 25, 2017, 9:11 AM

"The Case For Christ"


G’day Mate!

What’s happening at Ashland Baptist Church this August? Discover the incredible mysteries of the final frontier, right from your own backyard. Your telescope becomes a portal through which you encounter amazing and wonderful things designed by a Creator who is even bigger than the vastness of His creation. But the most amazing wonder to be discovered truly boggles the mind. The God who created everything there is—the knowable and the unknowable, the visible and the invisible, wants a relationship with you! And from the very beginning, God had a plan to restore the relationship He knew we would break." “GALACTIC STARVEYORS” VBS will be on August 12th from 9:30am am until 1:30pm at the ASHLAND CITY PARK and is for kids ages 3 to those who have completed 5th grade. Registration forms can be found in the ABC Lobby or you can download from our website at www.ashlandbaptist.org. IMPACT NEWS: Flamingo sightings. There is a flock of flamingos making its way around Ashland. You can send these bright pink birds to a friend’s house for $20. Membership at ABC is not required to get involved, but a sense of adventure and humor is essential. All the money raised by the Flamingos will be dedicated towards Youth Mission opportunities. LIFEGROUP NEWS: August is the month for special emphasis on Lifegroups. If you have never been involved in a Lifegroup, now is the perfect time to join. Please note that you do not need to be a member of ABC to visit or join a Lifegroup. We grow closer together in Lifegroups; we share concerns and prayer requests and get to know one another better. We are better together! Also on Sunday, August 27th “ABC THEATER” will present the movie “The Case for Christ” at the Ashland City Park from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The Case for Christ is based on a bestselling true story by Lee Strobel. This is a completely FREE event and opened to the public. It will be projected onto a huge inflatable screen in HD with stereo sound. Refreshments will be provided free of charge as well. Please come, invite your friends and bring a lawn chair. Please don’t forget that September 10th is “Can’t Miss Sunday”! Did you pencil that date down on your calendar? That is the day you can’t miss church! This is a great opportunity for visitors to check out ABC as well. In addition, it is also Family Dinner Day, so you are sure to eat well. And speaking of eating well, when was the last time you ate a large chunk of God’s Word? Remember what Jesus said recorded in Matthew 4:4, “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”. Did you get up early this morning and read at least a morsel of God’s Word? Did you hear from the Lord today? Did you feel His Presence and Love surround you inside and out? Did you utter a prayer this morning that you have petitioned before? Are you still waiting on an answer? Please be assured that God has inclined His ear towards you as the Scriptures declare. Psalm 116:2 reads, “Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” I am so blessed to know as all Christians know, that the Lord is always with me wherever I go! Perhaps you feel estranged from God today as you read these words? Perhaps you sincerely don’t know the God who created you, the God who loves you so much to send His One and only Son to die in your place on the Cross, freeing you from the penalty and judgment of sin and eternal wrath. Now that’s God, the One and only True God that has your back. Whatever journey of discovery you are on I encourage you to visit ABC this week and learn more about the book that feeds our spirit, but more importantly to find what you have been looking for all your life, “JESUS”. I hope to see you this Sunday at 10:00 am as I embark on a series of messages related to the movie, “The Case for Christ”.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Matt Goodsell

Post a Comment





July 18, 2017, 8:38 AM

"Can't Miss Sunday"


G’day Mate!

“CAN’T MISS SUNDAY” is planned to be an annual event for Ashland Baptist Church. On September 10th this year during the morning service at 10:00 am is “Can’t Miss Sunday”. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE NOW!

It will be a Homecoming of sorts as we attempt to reach out to all the members of Ashland Baptist Church while indeed welcoming visitors at the same time. It plans to be the biggest attended service of the year. However, there is further vision attached to this outreach than just a one service wonder. We envisage that it will give the perfect opportunity for church members to reconnect with their church family, but more importantly God Himself. It will be an opportunity for the family to state categorically that we have missed their presence in service. With our Lifegroup numbers hovering at 100 it is essential that we reach out and see the Sunday morning service attendance grow in participation and regularity. It will definitely afford the occasion for members and visitors to view just how many people attend Ashland Baptist Church when they are all present at the same time. We foresee old relationships and friendships rekindled as we come to worship the King of kings and the Lord of lords. We hope and pray that God fills the sanctuary! And we will gladly affirm the glory of God and give praise to Jesus for all that He has done. I believe the invitation at the closing of the service will be a time of rededication and recommitment. As pastor I will be diligently praying that we would see people come to know Jesus the Messiah personally. I think we need to fill the baptistery that Sunday in anticipation of new believers desiring to be baptized and for Christians to follow the Lord in obedience and be baptized. Even though the message for that day is far in the future I have already begun seriously to seek the Lord regarding the message. I hope and pray to bring an encouraging word that would seek to unify the Body of Christ and communicate a message that would bring a deeper love for God for sending His One and only Son Jesus to die on the Cross for our sins. I believe a worthy goal is the family of God realizing how much we all need each other. The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 1 Corinthians 12:20 reads, “As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” Furthermore, 1 Corinthians 12:27 declares, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” I believe the time is ripe for the local family of ABC and beyond to assemble as “one” to continue the command of Jesus known as the Great Commission. That is, all believers working as “one” to communicate the gospel message, the Good News to a fallen world, making disciples of all nations. For this heavenly role to be successful we must understand the Biblical truth already mentioned above. We need each other and Jesus desires that we act on this truth. Jesus prays recorded in John 17:20, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Our oneness and regular gathering is a witness to our community. May love, mercy and grace abound as ABC moves forward as one, believing wholeheartedly that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the gospel offensive! Hope to see you soon…Blessings in Christ,                                                             Pastor Matt Goodsell

Post a Comment





July 1, 2017, 8:48 AM

"Sabbath Rest"


G’day Mate!

What are going to do this Sabbath? Depending on your relationship to Jesus Christ and your understanding of the Sabbath Day this question will return various answers. Some may see the Sabbath as the day we visit a local church and worship God while the remaining of the day we rest. Traditionally, this is definitely true for most believers. However, today many people are called to work in various important fields. Members of our police force, firefighters, and medical professionals, just to name a few must be available to care for the needs of our community. Of course, pastors and many others who actively serve their local church are also working on Sunday. Let me continue with a verse of God’s Word found in Romans 14:5 which reads, “One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.” There is a consistent principle from Scripture that has been originally revealed from Genesis 2:2 which reads, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” The very model of God from the beginning was a Sabbath rest and it was given as a gift to the emancipated people of God years later. Generations of Israelites were in slavery for years in Egypt and never received a day off regularly or even at all. However, after they were freed they were given the Ten Commandments which included the 4th Commandment recorded in Exodus 20:8 which states, “Remember the seventh day by keeping it holy”. Jesus declares in His earthly teaching recorded in Mark 2:27, “Then he said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” We must understand and accept today that a one day out of seven rest from our work is a GIFT from the Lord. Furthermore, you want to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in obedience, then you need to take a Sabbath day’s rest to refuel. To be sure, working a seven day week will not equal to more work done for the Lord. Do you believe God? Do you believe you can get the work you need to do completed in 6 days? Where is your faith in God? Perhaps you need to adjust your priorities today? As created by God in His image, we have been designed to be more productive through a 6 day work week. What is it you like to do that gives you rest? Personally, I like to hunt during whitetail deer season and shoot targets with handguns and rifles. This allows me to unwind from the heavy duties, responsibilities and stress of ministry. I had the privilege of sharing this passion with several of my brothers in Christ last weekend. It was a real blessing for me to share a rest activity with others who are like minded. If you can share an activity you love to do that allows you to relax, unwind and refuel then I encourage you to pursue this goal. Now, your family also needs you! Spending time with your spouse and your children is definitely a time of rest as you witness Christ in your life and as you contemplate the great blessings in life that we have been given. As a believer and follower of Jesus you need the Sabbath. It’s holy before the Lord if you rest from your weekly work. It is an act of weekly obedience to rest once a week. For many it will not be a Sunday anymore, but it does need to be a day. That truth has never changed! So what are you going to do? If you are looking for a church home or searching for the meaning of Life, then I encourage you to please visit this Sunday morning at 10:00 am for the morning service. Pray to see you soon...

Blessings, Pastor Matt Goodsell

Post a Comment



Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15   Entries 1-5 of 72