April 2009 Issue

We are praying that this newsletter proves to be a source of quality and helpful Christian living information to you and your friends. In this issue, you will find links to our newest articles, a request for your input, preview of upcoming articles, and a devotional thought.

For your information, my last Sunday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, in Dayton, Ohio, will be Sunday, May 10, 2009.

My installation services as the Senior Pastor of the Southern Baptist Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio will be Wednesday, May 13, 2009 through Friday, May 15, 2009 at 7:00 P.M. and then the climax will be on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.

Please keep both churches and my family in your prayers.

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Newest Articles The following have been posted in the month of February:

Frugality … Is frugality in your spirit? ... six helpful pointers ...

Popular Wisdom … Will you follow popular wisdom or God's plan? ...

Abundant Life … Do you know that God has abundant life for you? ...

Health Questions … Are you asking the right health questions? ... helpful suggestions ...

Your Input
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In the month of April, more core articles will be added to the "Christian Finance" section. In the "Devotional" section, articles will be added under "God Has a Plan." Daphene is working on some related articles, in the "Christian Health" section.

Devotional Thought
The following are notes from a sermon I preached to the good people of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, in Dayton, Ohio.

While Sitting at the Gate

Esther 6:7-11 “We should be mindful of wicked plans, God’s care, and sitting at the gate.”

I. Wicked Plans. As in our text, the devil (see Eph. 6:11-18) is using people to carryout wicked plans, while we are sitting at the gate minding our own business.

As we strive to live right, the devil can cause trouble in our families, finances (see Lk. 19:12-27; Mal. 3:8-10), and communities (see Mt. 5:13-16; 2:16).

Let’s not allow the devil to use us. When we fail to do the good that we could, we are sinning and being used by the devil (see Jm. 4:17; Neh. 6:3). Think about our cabinet positions, mentoring needs, soul winning commission, and election duties.

II. God’s Care. As in our text, God is carrying out a blessed plan for His people.No matter how big and bad our enemies may appear, God is working things out for the good of His people (see Ps. 23:5; Gen. 50:20; Heb. 13:5-6; I Jn. 4:4; Eph. 3:20; Rom. 8:28).

III. Sitting at the Gate. As in our text, we should learn how to sit at the gate – go about our daily living – with confidence that God is working things out for His people, as He did throughout the Bible and for our fore parents.

We should come to church with a mind to help one another sit at the gate with confidence in God’s care (see Gal. 6:2, 7).

… Will you obey God? Ask God to help you, in the name of Jesus. God will take care of His own! …

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