Men’s Group: Servant Leadership

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

servant leadershipGreetings Men – One of the advantages of growing “more senior” in years is that you have a broader perspective on life. For those of you who remember “The Beatles” (and for those of you who don’t – Google them), you will no doubt know this song. When the Beatles were in their heyday in the late 1960’s, I could remember every word of every song they sung from 1964 through 1968. One of the songs that still sticks in my mind is HELP! It was even a movie made in 1965. But here are the first few lyrics of the song – which in retrospect, I think are pretty sad:

When I was young, oh so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody’s help in any way.
But now these days are gone and I’m not so self-assured,
Now I find I’ve changed my mind, I’ve opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down,
And I do appreciate you being ’round,
Help me get my feet back on the ground.
Won’t you please, please help me?

The older I became, and the more responsibility I took on, the more I realized I needed “HELP”.

A good leader is one who realizes he/she needs “HELP”.

A good leader is one who says “I KNOW WHAT I DON’T KNOW, BUT I KNOW WHO DOES KNOW, AND I’M NOT AFRAID TO ASK THEM”.

This week, we will be talking about the role of a “servant leader”. What comes to your mind when you hear the term “servant leader”? For me, the best example of a “servant leader” is Jesus when he humbled himself and washed his disciples feet. Can you really imagine the God-Man creator of the universe washing feet? But the point Jesus was making was a huge one about servant-leadership and it was not about “BOSSING” – it was about serving!

One of my favorite leadership authors is John Maxwell – a pastor / business leader / trainer – who said that there are just two types of leaders:

Positional Leaders – like a drill sergeant in the Marines who gives orders and barks commands which you MUST obey… and
Influential Leaders – like Winston Churchill who got people to follow because of the positive influence he held over them and you WANTED to obey.

Here are some points from our video that we will be seeing on Wednesday night. Be thinking about these points, and think in terms of your roles as fathers, husbands, bosses, employers, husbands, church leaders… whatever. We will hear more about these on Wednesday, but I assure you that you will be challenged, encouraged and motivated in the leadership role God has assigned you! Don’t miss one either guys!

  • Leadership is not about the guys that call the shots.
  • Leadership is about serving!
  • Leadership and serving requires both wisdom and grace!
  • Leadership does not mean perfection – but it does mean showing grace, kindness, and humility!
  • As men we need to learn how to love, learn how to lead, how to be wise and gracious and how to treat others with dignity and respect.
  • A leader looks out for those around him.
  • Sometimes a leader mans up and takes charge and sometimes he falls back!
  • Leadership is about “doing the right thing”!
  • We need to be concerned MORE about LEADER DEVELOPMENT than we do LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT!
    • 1. LEADERS ARE INDIVIDUALS WITH ABILITITIES…
    • 2. LEADERSHIP TRIES TO TEACH INDIVIDUALS TO DEVELOP THOSE ABILITIES… IT SELDOM WORKS!
  • Every leader needs to have these four characteristics:
    • 1. BROKENESS – IT MOVES US AWAY FROM SELF RELIANCE
      • A. Brokenness Is Different From Woundedness!
    • 2. UNCOMMON COMMUNION WITH THOSE THEY LEAD
    • 3. SERVANTHOOD AS AN IDENTITY
      • A. A love and care for the people they lead!
    • 4. RADICAL IMMEDIATE OBEDIENCE TO GOD

God bless you men… Tom

How to Eat an Elephant

Tami JonesChurch News

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” This is a saying you have probably heard and may have used when facing a daunting task. But when you share that task with a large caring family who stands beside you with knife and fork in hand, the task becomes much more doable and fun.

This is what we, the Women’s Ministry Team, have experienced the last several weeks at IBC. As we prayed and planned for the Jen Wilkin Women’s Conference, and we saw the numbers grow “above and beyond all we could think or ask”, we also saw our Immanuel family step up to the “plate”, pick up their knife and fork, and dig in to help. We certainly want to take this opportunity to say a Big Heartfelt Thanks to all who helped and prayed for this event.

The volunteers were many and came from every generation. Several homeschool moms and kids came in and scrubbed and set tables for Saturday’s lunch. The youth and their leaders cleaned and polished the sanctuary on Wednesday night. Many hands came in on church workday to help outside with trimming, mulching, planting flowers, and giving the outside a good bath. Nick Pugh was cutting grass every time we were there and Paul Dreiling was up a ladder, inside or out, doing whatever no one else could reach. Frank Mullican and the youth scrubbed and set up tables for lunch in every room possible in the church. Mike Bowles and his security team made us all feel secure coming and going from 450 cars in lots on both sides of Monument Avenue, along with a few going the wrong direction on Thompson Street. A team of men transformed the fellowship hall after registration into our lunch area, freeing up the ladies to attend the Friday evening session. Volunteers from Men’s Ministry served throughout the day on Saturday. They emptied trash cans, hauled 1400 water bottles, and served 511 lunches and made 750 cups of coffee in a new record time of 14 minutes. Then they stayed over to help Frank reset the facility for Sunday morning. Thanks all for going above and beyond the call of duty.

A talented decorating team of ladies transformed the halls and bathrooms. Others helped put name tags together for check in. Office staff members answered phone calls and answered questions and received mail registrations. Sara Bunn, our social media pro, kept everyone up to date and she and Gary Chaulklin made our first online registration a huge success. Candi Bowles and the Bowles team transformed the Mizpah room into a yummy Popcorn Bar. Friday evening the ladies enjoyed a delicious snack and time of connection.

Our excellent sound team was made up of Megan Clark, Kayla Cummings, and Jon Peterson, who ran sound, recorded, video taped, viewed, converted, and ran the PowerPoint. Without them we wouldn’t have seen or heard anything well. Kelly Ober and the registration team got everyone in, and the greeters made everyone feel welcomed and kept us all moving in the right direction. Then Sara Feiler and the music and worship team got everything off to a good start with beautiful worship together.

So now this elephant has been eaten and the “kitchen” is clean. You have certainly all been an example of the blessing of being part of a “family”, of coming alongside and working together, and of work done heartily for the glory of God. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your cheerful attitudes and servant hearts did not go unnoticed. Many ladies commented on the smoothness of the day, all that was done behind the scenes, and the helpful people available at every turn. It would have been impossible without your help and not nearly as much fun. We are so grateful for each of you. May God richly bless you. Now let’s wash our knives and forks and put them away clean in anticipation of our next meal, another opportunity to “feast” together.

The Women’s Ministry Team:
Tami Jones, Kristi Bowles, Amy Brown, Sarah Feiler, Doreen Haase, Sara Lowery, Kelly Ober, and Betsy Smith


Preparing for Sunday
Sunday Evening

To Love & Be Loved – 1 John 4:11
Pastor Wilburn


Church Library

New resources in the church library! Check them out here.


Braille Circulation Library
BRAILLE CIRCULATING LIBRARY is ooking for volunteer assistance 3-4 hours a week for computer data entry.
Moderate computer skills needed. This work will last for a couple of years requiring about 3-4 hours per week, dependent upon the supply of data being processed by an outside contractor. Working in a safe, comfortable place with new equipment and someone there to assist, at all times.

Contact William Jeffries at 804.543.1337 or email braillecirculatinglibrary@gmail.com


Women's Conference Jen Wilkin
Missed the Women’s Conference?
Jen’s sessions are available on the church app and website for the next 2 weeks. Enjoy listening to them for the first time or hearing them again.



New Members Class

If you have been worshipping with us, and you would like to learn more about our church, or if you think you might be interested in becoming a member, we invite you to attend our upcoming new member class, Sunday, April 30th after the morning worship service. Lunch is provided so please reserve a spot by registering here.

Participation in the class does not commit you to church membership, but it is an opportunity for you to find out more about the life and ministry of our church and to give prayerful consideration to whether you want to enter into membership. Childcare can be provided if that would make it possible for you to attend.

REGISTER HERE



Baby Dedication

Sunday, May 14 is Baby Dedication Sunday
If you would like to have your infant/child dedicated on Mother’s Day, sign up here.


Easter Breakfast
Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast

Once again we will provide our traditional Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:30 am. Since this is for the whole family, we will be suspending our normal Sunday School classes and nursery (both children and adults) so that all can attend. After the breakfast, the usual nursery and Church Time children’s activities will be provided. Please use this opportunity to invite your family and unchurched friends to the breakfast and the victorious service celebrating our Savior’s resurrection that will follow.



April 2 – Baptism

April 14 – Good Friday Service/Communion

April 16 – Easter Sunday

April 22 – Friends of Israel Prophecy Conference

April 29 – Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life

April 30 – Matt & Stephanie Van Gorden Report, Reception & Offering

May 14 – Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication

Men’s Group – Taking Initiative

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – First, let me say me again say thanks to all of you men who “Stepped Up” this weekend to help with the Women’s Conference. For the 530 or so ladies that attended, it was a real blessing to see men serving by handing out lunches and water bottles, keeping the coffee bar supplied with over 700 cups of coffee, emptying trash cans, directing traffic, walking them across the street and to their cars on Friday night – and the list goes on. We received many, many “Thank Yous” from the ladies, and I wanted to pass them on those of you who worked and prayed.

But one of the most interesting and impressive things I observed was the INITIATIVE I saw men taking. If they saw something that needed to be done, they did it – no matter what it was. Due to everyone’s hard work and initiative, the church facility was back in shape and ready for Sunday morning about two hours after the conference!

Interestingly, our session this week is about stepping up and taking initiative – particularly taking the initiative to keep our personal relationship with the Lord – as MEN – strong and vibrant. I came across this interesting definition of initiative I’d like to share with you.

Initiative is all about taking charge. An initiative is the first in a series of actions. Initiative can also mean a personal quality that shows a willingness to get things done and take responsibility. An initiative is the start of something, with the hope that it will continue. Government and business start initiatives all the time. You can also talk about initiative as a personal quality. A person with initiative is motivated to do things. If you take the initiative, you’re willing to get things done on your own.

In this week’s message, we hear both FROM and ABOUT people who took the initiative to do the right things in the eyes of the Lord – even though it cost some of them their lives. It begs the question for us as men, husbands, fathers, friends and brothers in Christ, “How much initiative are we willing to take to stay strong in the Lord?” And what does that require? This is another exciting and challenging series as we continue to learn to “STEP UP”! Don’t miss it!!!

God bless you men… Tom

Let Him Deny Himself

Paul DreillingChurch News

On December 4, 2006, 19 year old, Private Ross McGinnis, was on patrol with four comrades in the suburbs of Baghdad, Iraq, when an Iraqi insurgent threw a grenade into the Humvee where Private McGinnis manned the machine gun. As the grenade landed, he yelled, “grenade” to the men below, but rather than jumping from the turret to save himself, he dropped down the turret and used his back to smother the grenade. His ultimate sacrifice saved the lives of the men inside who were covered with his blood.

Private McGinnis’ life giving action drives home what our Lord was trying to teach his disciples when he said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matt 16:24) Contrary to popular belief, Jesus was not saying that we must accept a burdensome task or bear a problem that we have. No, by referring to the cross, the symbol of suffering and death, he was saying that we must put to death our plans and desires, turn our lives over to Him and do His will every day.

Let’s ask ourselves, “Is Christ master of our lives?” Have we turned everything over to him? In Bible days, when a person carried his own cross it meant only one thing – they were going to die. There was no doubt they were going to die a torturous death. Although Jesus most likely will not ask you to die for your faith, he wants us to turn over total control to Him. The Apostle Paul put it this way in Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (2:20)

“Commitment to Christ means taking up your cross daily, giving up your hopes, dreams, possessions, even your very life if need be for the cause of Christ. Only if you willingly take up your cross may you be called His disciple. The reward is worth the price. Jesus followed His call of death to self (“Take up your cross and follow Me”) with the gift of life in Christ: “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it” (Matthew 16:25-26).” Got Questions

Paul Dreiling


The King and His Kingdom

Preparing for Sunday Worship

Sermon Series:
The King & His Kingdom
(The Gospel of Matthew)

Sermon Title & Text:
Kingdom Disciplines
Matthew 6:1-34

Scripture Reading:
Jeremiah 9:23-26
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh— Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”

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Sunday Evening
Business Meeting

Pure Hearts & Confidence
1 John 3:2
Pastor Wilburn


Happenings at IBC

Braille Circulation Library
BRAILLE CIRCULATING LIBRARY is looking for volunteer assistance 3-4 hours a week for computer data entry.
Moderate computer skills needed. This work will last for a couple of years requiring about 3-4 hours per week, dependent upon the supply of data being processed by an outside contractor. Working in a safe, comfortable place with new equipment and someone there to assist, at all times.

Contact William Jeffries at 804.543.1337 or email braillecirculatinglibrary@gmail.com


Easter lily in memory
If you would like to order an Easter lily or hydrangea in memory or honor of a loved one, please contact the church office. Cost is $12 for the lily and $18 for the hydrangea. Deadline is March 26th.


Upcoming Events

April 1 – Monument Avenue 10K
April 2 – Baptism
April 14 – Good Friday Service/Communion
April 16 – Easter Sunday
April 22 – Friends of Israel Prophecy Conference
April 29 – Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life


Easter Breakfast
Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast

Once again we will provide our traditional Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:30 am. Since this is for the whole family, we will be suspending our normal Sunday School classes and nursery (both children and adults) so that all can attend. After the breakfast, the usual nursery and Church Time children’s activities will be provided. Please use this opportunity to invite your family and unchurched friends to the breakfast and the victorious service celebrating our Savior’s resurrection that will follow.


Immanuel Baptist Richmond VBS PiratesVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
July 31 – August 4
9-12 noon

Men’s Group – Standing Firm

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Men's Group - Stand FirmGreetings Men – Each of us are born – gifted from God – with unique talents, gifts and abilities. Some folks can sing beautifully, excel at sports, speak eloquently, paint beautiful pictures, sculpt, etc. When I think of these folks, I think of the words in Psalm 139:13-14 – “For You Oh Lord created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

While the Lord did “fearfully and wonderfully” make me and gave me certain mechanical and other abilities, one of the “gifts” he did NOT give me was the gift of athletic ability and coordination.

If you doubt me on this, just ask my bride. Over our 45 years of marriage – just to name a few instances – I have tripped her up on an icy parking lot, fallen on her while roller skating, and cast a fishing line around her head and landing the fishing worm square on her cheek! (But that is another story). Therefore, if we are walking on ice or snow and I say “Hold on to me dear”, she will politely and sweetly but firmly decline and say “That’s OK – I’ll be fine”. She knows that coordination and standing firm on slippery surfaces is not one of my strengths – and I must agree with her!

But there is another kind of standing firm that we as men MUST strive to achieve. Our instructions from the Lord are very clear:

  • So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart) – Ephesians 6:14

There is no unclarity in this instruction from Paul to the church in Ephesus, OR us as men today. Like me trying to unsuccessfully help my bride navigate over ice, if I do not stand firm, and hold my ground, I will fall to the wiles and fiery darts of the devil. And often so will she and others around me. So we must diligently and constantly be careful to “STAND FIRM”!

This week’s message is one of the most powerful we will experience this semester. Our speakers are open and honest about times when they stood firm, times when they did not, and the results of both. No matter where we as men are in life, this week’s session will move us to evaluate our lives in light of Christ’s expectations of us as men who are seeking to follow Him. Please make every effort to be there Wednesday night! You WILL be blessed!

God bless you men… Tom

Closer than a Brother

Paul DreillingChurch News

FellowshipGod spoke profoundly through King Solomon in Proverbs when he wrote, “A man (or woman) of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (18:24). God is saying that it is better to have a few close and intimate friendships rather than a large number of acquaintances. But also tucked away in this verse is a comparison between close friends and our siblings.

I don’t know about you, but my siblings live in Wyoming, Iowa, and North Carolina and we just don’t see much of each other. I love my family and appreciate when we get together for our reunions, but God wants us to know that our friendships with other brothers and sisters in Christ can be closer than our actual family. How special when I hear of friends at Immanuel taking vacations together and spending time together outside of church. We are going to be in heaven together so why not enjoy these friendships now?

One of the rich benefits of being a missionary was working alongside colleagues who shared our same goals and aspirations. Not only did we get to minister together but we went on vacations together, our teammates attended our kid’s weddings, and we’ve gotten to know their extended family. How true it is what Pastor Jim Bennett once said, “True fellowship is two fellows in the same ship.”

It is wonderful to see how Immanuel folks step up to the plate to serve and enjoy rich fellowship at the same time. We on the staff are amazed at the faithfulness of so many of you. You give of your time and talents so that the Lord’s work here can flourish. A special thanks to our youth leaders who are carrying an extra load right now, our ladies who are preparing feverously for the Jen Wilkins conference, and a number of our men will be helping out at the conference with security and the cleanup. Tomorrow some of us will be sprucing up the church grounds on our spring workday. Come join us and join rich fellowship with friends that “stick closer than a brother.”

Paul Dreiling


Preparing for Sunday

Sermon Series:
The King & His Kingdom
(The Gospel of Matthew)

Sermon Title & Text:
Kingdom Living
Matthew 5:13-48

Scripture Reading:
Isaiah 51:4-8

Give attention to me, my people,
and give ear to me, my nation;
for a law will go out from me,
and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.
5 My righteousness draws near,
my salvation has gone out,
and my arms will judge the peoples;
the coastlands hope for me,
and for my arm they wait.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will never be dismayed.

Is. 51:7

“Listen to me, you who know righteousness,
the people in whose heart is my law;
fear not the reproach of man,
nor be dismayed at their revilings.
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
and the worm will eat them like wool;
but my righteousness will be forever,
and my salvation to all generations.”

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Sunday Evening
Missionary Report, Reception and Love Offering for Carol Orwig, Wycliffe Bible Translators


Braille Circulation Library BRAILLE CIRCULATING LIBRARY is looking for volunteer assistance 3-4 hours a week for computer data entry.
Moderate computer skills needed. This work will last for a couple of years requiring about 3-4 hours per week, dependent upon the supply of data being processed by an outside contractor. Working in a safe, comfortable place with new equipment and someone there to assist, at all times.

Contact William Jeffries at 804.543.1337 or email braillecirculatinglibrary@gmail.com


baptismBaptism will be held on Sunday, April 2. If you have any questions about baptism or church membership, Pastor Michael would be happy to talk with you.


Easter lily in memoryIf you would like to order an Easter lily or hydrangea in memory or honor of someone, please contact the church office. Cost is $12 for the lily and $18 for the hydrangea. Deadline is March 26th.


Upcoming Events

• March 19 – Carol Orwig Reception, Report & Love Offering
• March 24 & 25 – Women’s Ministry Conf. w/Jen Wilkin
• April 1 – Monument Avenue 10K
• April 2 – Baptism
• April 16 – Easter Sunday
• April 22 – Friends of Israel Prophecy Conference
• April 29 – Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life


Easter Breakfast
Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast

Once again we will provide our traditional Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:30 am. Since this is for the whole family, we will be suspending our normal Sunday School classes and nursery (both children and adults) so that all can attend. After the breakfast, the usual nursery and Church Time children’s activities will be provided. Please use this opportunity to invite your family and unchurched friends to the breakfast and the victorious service celebrating our Savior’s resurrection that will follow.


Immanuel Baptist Richmond VBS Pirates
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
July 31 – August 4
9-12 noon

Belief Beyond Vox Populi

Michael WilburnChurch News

Believe Beyond Vox PopuliWhy do you believe what you believe? Who set your biblical convictions? How many of your beliefs are subject to change? You weren’t born a Christian. So it’s worth considering when your spiritual convictions were set and who shaped them.

Let me encourage you to believe beyond Vox Populi. Vox Populi is the opinions and beliefs of the majority. American Evangelicals are particularly vulnerable to establishing biblical truth by popular vote, but I assure you that the future Kingdom of God will not be a democracy. Faith can’t be crowdsourced. It stands together or it stands alone, but, regardless of popularity, truth stands.

Let’s be honest and admit that beliefs are not formed in isolation. We learn from others. Biblical preaching and Christian discipleship must have their place. If you’re the type of Christian who convinced yourself of all things then you’re in an equally helpless position as the person who’s convinced by the latest podcast. The Great Commission requires evangelism and teaching (Mt 28:18-20). Every Christian must place themselves in Paul’s instruction to “entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim 2:2). You receive then pass along the faith. So allow four voices to speak to every conviction.

The Historical Voice
Listen to voices from the past. Bible doctrine rests on centuries of debate and refinement. Whenever you hear something new about the Bible chances are it isn’t new. It’s just new to you. So read the Church Fathers, Reformers, and Puritans. Rewind the historical tape and filter a conviction through an unhindered generation. These are dead voices and some of them died for what they believed. Stripping away your situatedness refines your belief down to the timeless purity essential to all truth.

The Other Voice
Listen to the other side. Belief doesn’t grow by beating straw men until candy drops. If you’re a Baptist, talk to a Presbyterian. If you’re a complimentarian, read about egalitarianism. If you’re a young earth creationist, learn about theistic evolution. It takes humility to listen and courage to disagree. Both are necessary for belief beyond Vox Populi. If you’re a parent or a pastor thinking you can protect innocent ears from knowing another side exists, think again.

The Pastoral Voice
Listen to pastors you know. Value the preaching of your local church pastor for two reasons. First, the pastor you know will give an account to God for you (Heb 13:17) and exercises a divine mandate to shepherd your life. Second, you are close enough to compare his doctrine to his life. It’s just as important to associate doctrine and practice as it is to consider two sides of a doctrinal debate.

The Biblical Voice
Listen to Scripture. Above any past, present, or future voice, God’s Word alone settles the Christian faith. Read, study, memorize, and apply the Bible. If you can’t root your conviction in Scripture, then it’s not belief beyond Vox Polpuli. Get in the Book. God’s Word comes with the Holy Spirit’s conviction and illumination, an authority far surpassing other voices.

So are your convictions stronger than the will of the majority? They must be or they aren’t really yours. Belief beyond Vox Populi means “we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Eph 4:14).

Pastor Michael L. Wilburn


Immanuel Baptist Richmond Spring Forward


Preparing for Sunday

Sermon Series:
The King & His Kingdom
(The Gospel of Matthew)

Sermon Title & Text:
Kingdom Ethics
Matthew 5:1-12

Scripture Reading:
Psalm 37:1-11

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

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Sunday Evening
Compassion & Money
1 John 3:17
Pastor Wilburn


Happenings at IBC

Immanuel Baptist Church Work Day

baptismBaptism will be held on Sunday, April 2. If you have any questions about baptism or church membership, Pastor Michael would be happy to talk with you.

Easter lily in memoryIf you would like to order an Easter lily or hydrangea in memory or honor of someone, please contact the church office. Cost is $12 for the lily and $18 for the hydrangea. Deadline is March 26th.


Upcoming Events
  • March 18 -Church Work Day
  • March 19 –Carol Orwig Reception and Report
  • March 24 & 25 -Women’s Ministry Conf. w/Jen Wilkin
  • April 1 – Monument Avenue 10K
  • April 2 –Baptism
  • April 16 –Easter Sunday

the truth about dinosaursOrigin Science Meeting
Saturday, March 18
Time: 7:00 pm

Place: IBC – Mizpah Room
Uncovering the Truth about Dinosaurs explores the most fascinating and mysterious creatures of all time – Dinosaurs

We will view a new DVD from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) Truth on Tour series, featuring Markus Lloyd


Immanuel Baptist Richmond VBS Pirates
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
July 31 – August 4 – 9-12 noon

Men’s Group – Manhood, Mentor and Patriarch

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

STEPPING UP: MANHOOD, MENTOR, PATRIARCHGreetings Men – Last week, we talked about 2 of the 5 “steps” in our “Stepping Up: A Call To Courageous Manhood” series. This week, we will cover 3 more “steps” – Manhood, Mentor and Patriarch. Everything so far has been background for what we will get into next week – “The Power To Step Up”. This is where the rubber begins to meet the road and we begin to get into the HOW TO part of Stepping Up.

But this week, I want to go back to something one of our speakers – Voddie Baucham – said in one his sessions last week. He basically said that the absence of men in the lives of kids today – both boys and girls – has lead to disastrous results. As my bride and I look through the plots of television shows and view television commercials, so often men are portrayed as bumbling and incompetent or simply missing in action. Some of this is no doubt deserved because we as men have failed to Step Up and have abdicated our roles as men and fathers. The consequences have been horrendous! Take a look at these statistics from a 2011 article in ‘Psychology Today’ – a secular publication – titled “The Decline Of Fatherhood and the Male Identity Crisis”. I am also including the link below and highly encourage you to read the entire article.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201106/the-decline-fatherhood-and-the-male-identity-crisis

According to David Blankenhorn, author of Fatherless America, chair of the National Fatherhood Initiative and founder/president of the Institute for American Values, research conducted by Popenoe and scores of other researchers found that:

· Approximately 30% of all American children are born into single-parent homes, and for the black community, that figure is 68%;

· Fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy, and criminality, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics.

· Over half of all children living with a single mother are living in poverty, a rate 5 to 6 times that of kids living with both parents;

· Child abuse is significantly more likely to occur in single parent homes than in intact families;

· 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census;

· 72% of adolescent murderers grew up without fathers. 60% of America’s rapists grew up the same way according to a study by D. Cornell (et al.), in Behavioral Sciences and the Law;

· 63% of 1500 CEOs and human resource directors said it was not reasonable for a father to take a leave after the birth of a child;

· 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes according to the National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools;

· 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes according to a report in Criminal Justice & Behavior;

· In single-mother families in the U.S. about 66% of young children live in poverty;

· 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes;

· Children from low-income, two-parent families outperform students from high-income, single-parent homes. Almost twice as many high achievers come from two-parent homes as one-parent homes according to a study by the Charles F. Kettering Foundation.

· 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes according to a study by the Center for Disease Control;

· Of all violent crimes against women committed by inmates about 65% were committed by either boy-friends or ex-husbands, compared with 9 % by husbands;

· Girls living with non-natal fathers (boyfriends and stepfathers) are at higher risk for sexual abuse than girls living with natal fathers;

· Daughters of single mothers are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 111% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a premarital birth and 92% more likely to dissolve their own marriages.

· A large survey conducted in the late 1980s found that about 20% of divorced fathers had not seen his children in the past year, and that fewer than 50% saw their children more than a few times a year.

· Juvenile crime, the majority of which is committed by males, has increased six-fold since 1992;

· In a longitudinal study of 1,197 fourth-grade students, researchers observed “greater levels of aggression in boys from mother-only households than from boys in mother-father households,” according to a study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

· The Scholastic Aptitude Test scores have declined more than 70 points in the past two decades; children in single-parent families tend to score lower on standardized tests and to receive lower grades in school according to a Congressional Research Service Report.

If anyone can look at these statistics and still underestimate the role of men – particularly godly men – in the lives of others – particularly their families – they are totally delusional!

The reason for this is not complicated at all. Dennis Rainey articulates it at the end of this week’s session. He basically says “God designed and created us as men to fulfill a particular purpose in the lives of those around us. When we violate God’s design and purpose, there are tragic consequences.” Don’t miss this week’s session men! It is an excellent, challenging AND encouraging one!

God bless you men! Tom

Lent…What Is It?

Paul DreillingChurch News

Ann Voskamp tells of her conversation with her brother who asked her what Lent is?
“Hey. So tell me. Lent. Fill me in, sister.”

Our faith community doesn’t practice Lent. My brother doesn’t do Google. When he’s got a question, he calls me on his cell. If need be, he waits for me to Google. My brother’s a welder.

I can hear the rumble of the diesel engine of his pick-up. He can hear the low roar of my kids.

“Okay… Lent. It’s the preparing the heart for Easter. Like going with Jesus into the wilderness for forty days, that we might come face to ugly face with our enemy. Our sacrificing that we might become more like Christ in His sacrifice.”

The other end of the line is silent. I don’t know if this is good. I keep talking…

Read the full article


Preparing for Sunday


Sermon Series:
The King & His Kingdom (The Gospel of Matthew)

Sermon Title & Text:
The King’s Speech (Matthew 4:12-25)

Scripture Reading:
Isaiah 9:1-7

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
3 You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4 For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Sunday Evening:
Disciplined for Holiness (Hebrews 12:1-17)
Pastor Wilburn


Happenings at IBC

baptism
Sunday, April 2 at 10:45 AM
Baptism will be held on Sunday, April 2. If you have any questions about baptism or church membership, Pastor Michael would be happy to talk with you.

in case you missed it
Not able to make the Bible Conference? Want to hear all of the sessions from the conference? They are available to watch on the church website.


Upcoming Events

March 19 – Carol Orwig Reception and Report
March 24 & 25 – Women’s Ministry Conf. w/Jen Wilkin
April 1 – Monument 10K
April 2 – Baptism
April 16 – Easter Sunday

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
July 31 – August 4
9-12 noon

Men’s Group – STEPPING UP – A Call to Courageous Manhood

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Stepping Up
Greetings Men! This may seem like a rhetorical question, but how many of you MEN went through boyhood and adolescence? I trust you all did! Do you remember when your BOYHOOD stage ended and your ADOLESCENT stage began? Do you remember when your ADOLESCENT stage ended… and again I trust it has for all of you! Life is a series of stages that we pass through over the years, and these first two I believe are the most critical and formative in the life of young men.

I am not alone in this thought. For instance, S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A, wrote a book entitled “It’s Better To Build Boys Than Mend Men”. Mahatma Ghandi, the preeminent leader of India through much of the 20th century, said “It is easier to build a boy than mend a man”. The Latin motto for Hampden-Sydney College, one of only 3 all male liberal arts 4 year colleges in the United States, is “Huc venite iuvenes ut exeatis viri”, which translates to English as “Come here as boys so you may leave as men”.

Are you catching a theme here? Everyone from the founders of Hampden-Sydney in 1775 to the founder of Chick-Fil-A in 1946, clearly recognized that the BOYHOOD and ADOLESCENT stages of a person’s life have everything to do without how they turn out as men. If you remember the e-mail the Sheriff in the movie COURAGEOUS read to his deputies about how many criminals came from fatherless homes and the impact that the absence of a father had on some of the deputies in the department, you quickly begin to realize that the passage from BOYHOOD to ADOLESCENCE to MANHOOD is both difficult and is something that happens in stages. And it requires input from others who have traveled this same path and are willing to help provide guidance to others.

Personally, I can’t recall a specific date when I transitioned through these stages, but I do remember several things very clearly. Here are a few:

  • ALLOWANCE was not a word that existed in my house. If you wanted something that cost money, you had to figure out a way to earn it. My first experience with this came when my Dad suggested picking up glass bottles in the ditches around my hometown and turning them in to Harry Harding’s Grocery Store for the deposit return. I wanted a model airplane that cost 90 cents but had no money. When all the bottles were collected and turned in, I had 93 cents – and did I ever feel rich. Over the years, my Dad continued to offer suggestions, but they always involved work on my part, and advice and teaching on his part. This included things such as hauling coal into my elderly neighbor’s house in the winter, mowing lawns, pulling tobacco, cutting pulpwood, working in a furniture factory and working in his TV repair shop cleaning out the inside of dirty TV sets and testing all the tubes (I’ll explain that to the younger men Wednesday night). I will never forget the great feeling I got when I had saved up enough money – $50 – to buy my first car – a 1950 Studebaker that must have weighed 5,000 pounds, and used more oil that it did gas! But it was mine and I earned the money to buy it! (NOTE: This was also the same car on which the brakes failed causing me to hit Joe Keeton’s mule late one night – but that is a story for another time!)

At the time, I can’t honestly say that I enjoyed any of those tasks. But that was not the point my Dad wanted to make. And although he did not sit down and say to me “I’m going to teach you how to transition from boyhood to adolescence to manhood, I was learning the relationship between wanting something and doing what was necessary to get it, and that it always involved increasing responsibility and leaving childish behaviors behind – but always in small steps and in different stages. I believe this is exactly what Paul was talking about in 1 Corinthians 13:11 – “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.”

This week’s session in our series A CALL TO COURAGEOUS MANHOOD will help us understand that WE as MEN have a CRITICAL role to play in the lives of those boys and adolescents in our lives – regardless of whether we are a father, a grandfather, an uncle, a Sunday School teacher, a youth worker, a neighbor – whatever. God has an important part for us to play to help boys successfully reach manhood, so this process can be passed down from generation to generation, and produce other Godly men to keep the cycle going. Wednesday night, we will see clear examples of how this can be done well, and not so well – and the outcomes are entirely different. Don’t miss this one men!