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Dear Brothers and Sisters of Bayou George House of Prayer.
I’m writing to update you on the situation we are facing as a church because of the Corona Virus pandemic and the recommendations being put forth by the government.
Heb 10:24,25 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Bayou George House of Prayer believes strongly in this doctrine of consistent church attendance for the purposes of worship, fellowship and the hearing of the Word. But we also know that God instructs us to use wisdom in every area of life. Proverbs 22:3 says, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
The threat from the highly contagious Corona virus, which causes the Covid-19 disease, is real and growing every day. We are thankful that the “social distancing” practice, being made to slow the spread of the virus, has shown considerable effectiveness. I believe that following these safety practices is in the best interest of all concerned. Therefore, after much prayer and deliberation; I have decided to suspend our “in-church services” for the time being.
As Christians and good citizens, we do not want to contribute to the possibility of anyone contracting or spreading the virus. As believers we will continue to pray for mercy from the only God who is able to prevent, heal and end this pandemic. Jesus Christ has all power in heaven and earth (Mt 28:18); and he is the One who commands the wind and the seas and they obey him. (Mt 8:26, 27) I believe the Lord is allowing this trouble in order to speak loudly to the world in these last days. The message today is the same as it was in the book of Ezekiel, where the Lord said 67 times “I am the Lord!”
Acknowledge Him as Lord and ask for His mercy; it is available to us today. We are told 6 times in 2 Chronicles and 33 times in the Psalms that the Lord’s “mercy endureth to all generations.” Be encouraged and unafraid dear saints. Our Lord is God!
Please check the church website, BGHPchurch.com, for sermons, scripture lessons, articles and more, as we carry on with the ministry of Bayou George House of Prayer. Things will be different going forward but we will still be worshipping the Lord and fellowshipping the saints in the best ways available to us at this time. Send us a note or a prayer request by e-mailing us at BGHPCHURCH@GMAIL.COM, or by visiting the website and clicking on the “CONTACT US” link.
Some have questions about giving during this time that we will not be meeting together.
I want to first thank those who have been so consistent and generous in their giving. The Bible says, God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7) and that if we are faithful in our tithes and offerings, He will “open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” The Lord promises to“rebuke the devourer for our sakes, and not destroy the fruits of our ground; neither shall our vine cast her fruit before the time….” (Mal 3:10, 11) God is faithful to bless us; let us continue to be faithful to give to the work of His kingdom.
If you choose, you may mail your check, made payable to Bayou George House of Prayer, directly to the church Treasurer, Suzanne Walters 5822 Pinetree Road Panama City, FL 32404.
Perhaps the simplest way to give is too add the church to your on-line Bill Pay Service at your bank.
For your convenience, we are also setting up a simple web-based method for giving. It will allow you to do your giving with the click of a button from the website. We will send out the details of this new method for giving as soon as the service is up and running.
May God bless you as we continue to worship and serve the One who is worthy.
Pastor Homer S. Hutto
Pastor Homer Hutto
The marble tablet measures 24 by 15 inches, with the koine Greek inscription appearing in fourteen lines.
The Nazareth Inscription or Nazareth decree is a marble tablet inscribed in Greek with an edict from an unnamed Caesar ordering capital punishment for anyone caught disturbing graves or tombs. It is dated on the basis of epigraphy to the first half of the 1st century AD.
The text is read by scholars in the context of Roman law pertaining to exhumation and reburial, mentioned also by Pliny the Younger. (Pliny the Younger was a lawyer, author, and magistrate of Ancient Rome. Pliny the Younger wrote hundreds of letters, of which 247 survive and are of great historical value. Some are addressed to reigning emperors or to notables such as the historian Tacitus. Pliny served as an imperial magistrate under the Roman Emperor Trajan (reigned 98–117), and his letters to Trajan provide one of the few surviving records of the relationship between the imperial office and provincial governors.
Although the text contains no reference to Jesus of Nazareth, it has been of interest to some authors for its indirect relationship to the historical record of unusual circumstances surrounding the death and burial of Jesus.
Edict of Caesar
It is my decision [concerning] graves and tombs—whoever has made them for the religious observances of parents, or children, or household members—that these remain undisturbed forever. But if anyone legally charges that another person has destroyed, or has in any manner extracted those who have been buried, or has moved with wicked intent those who have been buried to other places, committing a crime against them, or has moved sepulcher-sealing stones, against such a person, I order that a judicial tribunal be created, just as [is done] concerning the gods in human religious observances, even more so will it be obligatory to treat with honor those who have been entombed. You are absolutely not to allow anyone to move [those who have been entombed]. But if [someone does], I wish that [violator] to suffer capital punishment under the title of tomb-breaker.
By Writers Richard Bennett and James G. Meredith
The Book of Galatians was written to the group of churches located in the region of Galatia (now central Turkey). Paul wrote this letter for the very specific purpose: A group of false teachers, called Judaizers, were misleading Gentile Christians in the region. They wanted them to believe that they had to follow teachings of the law of Moses in order to be made in right standing (justified) before God. Paul spent much of the letter emphasizing that since Jesus had come to fulfill the Law and had made the full sacrifice for sin, people became Christians through faith in Christ, not by doing good works. In fact, relying on good works is equivalent to declaring that the blood of Jesus is insufficient to cleanse a person from sin.
As you move through this unit, you will find that the Book of Galatians has a lot to say about what it means to be a Christian. Some of the specifics are very different (such as the focus on circumcision),but the fundamental teachings are relevant to Christians today, just like in New Testament times.
As you go through the lessons, think about how each one applies to the other Christians. Lesson 9 introduces the theme of the book: the one true gospel. Turning to works in an effort to earn salvation is turning to another gospel. Lesson 10 will instruct you on living by faith rather than relying on works. Lesson 11 explains why relying on human works (including the Law) rather than grace undermines the promises of God. In lesson 12, you will celebrate the freedom that comes with being a child of God. It is an important lesson because it emphasizes how our freedom interacts with our responsibilities as Christians. Lesson 13 looks at some practical ways we are to live out our faith.
As you study Galatians, think about how false teachers might lead Christians astray today. What are some false teachings you know about, and how can they affect the way you look at God and salvation? Spend some time, as well, examining your own heart about things that you may do or - that you may require of others to do - in an effort to win God's favor. People can only come to God by His grace, through faith in the crucified and resurrected Christ. This is a great hope and promise for all Christians.
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