It’s America’s fourth favorite social media website: Pinterest has something or everyone. One of the site’s top pinners created a board that has nearly 30,000 — yes, 30,000 — of the most popular pins, which are mostly recipes. Check it out: The Girl Who Ate Everything (Sounds like a perfect title for many of us, eh?)
Looking for some new pins on Pinterest? Do a search for “Christian Living” and see what pops up. A recent search found “Bad habits every Christian must break,” which is also an e-book and the author says putting other things before God is our No. 1 bad habit. Yikes!
The author also lists:
No. 2: Not making enough time for prayer
No. 3: Laziness (we’re all guilty and we know it)
No. 4: Poor stewardship
No. 5: Grumbling and complaining (who, me?)
No. 6 Gluttony (maybe the food pins being so popular is our first sign?)
Check out that pin here and read more.
We all need a good recommendation for music to listen to in the car, in our headphones, during workouts, at work … anywhere.
If you’re not in the 11 a.m. service on Sundays at First Baptist Church Hamilton, you can still enjoy the songs that are sung there. In this blog, we’ll try to list those for you on a regular basis so you can go to your favorite music app and stream them. Here are some popular Christian songs to create a great praise a worship playlist (many we have sung in the service):
Fear Is A Liar (Zach Williams) Watch it on YouTube
You Say (Lauren Daigle) Watch it on YouTube
What A Beautiful Name (Hillsong) Watch it on YouTube
Born Again (Austin French) Watch it on YouTube
Reckless Love (Cory Asbury) Watch it on YouTube
Great Are You Lord (All Sons & Daughters) Watch it on YouTube
Who You Say I am (Hillsong) Watch it on YouTube
Here Again (Elevation Worship) Watch it on YouTube
Great Things (Phil Wickham) Watch it on YouTube
To see what will be sung in the 11 a.m. service each Sunday, go to the YouVersion app, click events, find First Baptist Church of Hamilton, and check out the weekly bulletin there. Bonus: The sermon notes are there, too.
It’s a fairly obvious thing: We should all read the Bible in full. But unless someone is studying to be a pastor or faith leader of any sort, chances are, reading the entire thing is a very slow process or isn’t happening at all.
Good news: The popular Bible app YouVersion is offering a “Bible in One Year 2019” plan that, really, you may start at any time. It offers daily readings to get you where you want to be by Day 365. It’s not too late to catch up on the first or second weeks of the year, either. Some folks at FBC Hamilton are doing it, and you can join that effort, even if you’re late to the game.
Don’t let the current date stop you from getting started. Download the YouVersion app if you haven’t already and search for the plan. How cool would it be if most folks at FBC read the entire Bible and could apply it to every situation? We would be bringing more people to Christ through that unity and effort. CHALLENGE!
Here’s an example of what you will find in this YouVersion plan: On Day 6 of the “Bible in One Year” challenge, the plan included a devotional to read, and the Bible passages to read include Psalms 5, Matthew 5:21-42, Genesis 11:10-32, Genesis 12 and Genesis 13. It can be a lot. But it’s your goal to read the whole Bible right? How much time have you spent mindlessly watching TV and movies, or playing games on your phone? Swap that time out. In one year you will be able to say you have read THE ENTIRE BIBLE. Seriously, this is important.
Let the challenge begin!
This word came up a lot in the first sermon of 2019 at First Baptist Church Hamilton. The pastor, Dan Clemens, laid out a number of challenges for the new year. But he didn’t put a one-year limit on these challenges … he simply wants people to renew their devotion to things they should be or are already doing. A challenge is a call to take part in a contest or competition. But it is also an invitation to engage. Pastor Dan is inviting everyone to engage in:
• Group meetings. You are encouraged to get together with a community group through First Baptist Church Hamilton, or any church to which you belong, and do so as often as possible. (Can’t find one? Start one!) Weekly meetings would be ideal. Why are groups so important? It keeps us connected. It pushes us a little farther away from loneliness. It keeps us accountable. It creates lasting friendships. The benefits are limitless. (Suggestion: If your group has members who are all smart phone users, download the free “GroupMe” app to stay connected and avoid getting a ton of texts in your phone’s default messenger app.)
• Regular attendance at church. This is sort of a “duh” — and a very obvious “challenge.” But it IS a challenge … it is reverence to the Lord if you are at church in a worship service on a weekly basis. It’s required of all of us, as Christians. We owe it to God. He asks us to worship Him. We don’t owe it to the pastor or the music leaders or the children’s ministry or our friends at church. We owe it only to God. So if others aren’t noticing your presence, so what? God will notice, and that’s what matters. Frankly, if you feel like no one is noticing your presence, have you met the above challenge of finding a group and having regular gatherings? Are you purposefully speaking to others? Are you at the right church for you? Is your reason for going the right reason?
There are several more “challenges” to consider. Download the podcast by going to your favorite podcast app (We recommend Stitcher) and searching “First Baptist Church of Hamilton.” You can listen to any Sunday sermon there.