83 Years And Counting

Yesterday, we celebrated the 83rd Anniversary of Wilson Ave Baptist Church. It was a great day with Bro Tom Hanson and Bro Randall Moody coming in to preach for us and well as provide some special music.
I want to express my appreciation for all of those who were involved in the services as well as those who spent hours with the decorations and preparing the noon meal. As always, it was beautiful and delicious.
I also want to say that after 83 years in Aurora, MO there are some things that are still the same and some things that are very much different. Obviously, the membership has changed somewhat and the ways that we are able to reach people with the gospel has advanced. But, we still preach the same message of salvation by grace, through faith in Christ’s death on the cross. We still hold true to the KJV and we are still a welcoming and loving family of believers. Thank you to those who have been a part of this ministry for such a long time.
If you are seeking a Church home, pray and come visit with us. If you are born again, God has a place for you to grow and serve and you need to be there.

A Great Day Coming

There are exciting times ahead. We don’t really know what the future holds, but as we make plans for the future those plans usually involve something exciting. Well, we have made plans and there is excitement in the air.

Join us this Sunday at Wilson Ave Baptist Church for a day of celebration. We will be looking back over 83 years since the Church was organized.

We will have the following schedule.

10 AM – First morning service with Bro Tom Hanson singing and preaching for us.

11AM -Second morning service with Pastor Melrose preaching and lots of congregational singing and special music.

12 PM – Dinner on the grounds for all

1 PM – Afternoon service with Bro Randall Moody preaching and again lots of singing and special music.

Everyone is welcome for all services. We want to invite those who at one time attended Wilson Ave as well as those who have never been with us. Our desire is to share the Love of God and salvation thru Jesus Christ with all will hear. May God bless and we look forward to meeting you soon.

Labor Day

Tomorrow we celebrate Labor Day. A day that was set aside to recognize those who have worked hard to make our country prosperous and growing. How do we define “labor”? What is stressful work for some is very enjoyable to others. My dad worked with Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. for many years before he went to Heaven. We also lived on a farm where he spent most of his weekends taking care of what needed to be done. It was not uncommon for dad to spend his Sunday afternoons on the tractor plowing or mowing or any number of things. One day the Pastor asked dad why he worked on Sunday and didn’t he think this was a bad testimony? Dad’s reply was that he worked mon – fri but when he was seated on that tractor it was his time with God – watching the the fresh earth turn over by the plow or seeing the crops come in. You see, we never missed going to Church where he served God leading the music for many years. That was his true labor of love.

So, as you celebrate Labor Day think about that which brings you sweat and toil and that which brings you a sense of peace and contentment. Ask yourself this question, “are you serving man or God”? Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that we should seek Him first (priority) and all these other things will be added. Matt 6:33 Hope you have a great time with family and friends.

Don’t Miss Out

THE SITUATION

In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music. This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities. This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . ..

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Enjoy life NOW .. it has an expiration date!

Special Thanks

I just want to say a special thank you to all who were involved in helping us get the outside of the Parsonage fixed up. We had some major concrete work done on the front porch along with putting up new porch posts. Then that was painted along with painting the back porch as well. We also had a shortened rail adapted to the back porch to add a little safety measure. Then there was the guttering that was hanging low that is now ready for some rain. We have also done a few things on the inside as well as a little painting on the west end of the garage.

It was a team effort and for those who helped out – THANK YOU and may God bless.

Hope I didn’t leave anything or anyone out.

A Special Evening

Here is your special invitation to join us Sunday evening for a time of singing and testimonies during our evening service and then a cooling time with our Ice Cream Freeze-Off.

We will enjoy some special music from those who don’t usually sing during the services and hear some encouraging testimonies of God working in our lives. It will be a blessing, so come prepared to share.

Then, we will move to the fellowship hall to partake of some cold refreshing ice cream. As we close out the Summer months the temperature is still rising, so this will help to cool things off. Plus, we will have a special prize for the best tasting “home made” ice cream as well as one for the most unusual ingredient. Some are not ice cream makers but can add to the enjoyment with some cookies, cakes, etc. Regardless, you don’t want to miss this great time starting at 6 PM Aug 29th. Hope to see you here.

3 Stages of a Christian

As a Christian, we still are in a fleshly body that has a sin nature, and far too often yields to that fleshly desire. Tonight, we will doing a study in I Corinthians 2-3 on the 3 different stages of man and where we should be.

Man is born in a natural state and cannot understand spiritual things. When a person is “born again” they receive the Holy Spirit indwelling that allows them to begin to understand God – Who He is and what He wants of us. At that point we are babes in Christ, growing in Grace, being nurtured by the Holy Spirit. The ultimate goal is that we become mature spiritual children of God that we can sense His presence in our lives and follow His leadership.

I want to invite you to join us at Wilson Ave Baptist Church tonight at 7 PM as we look more deeply into this topic. If you are unable to be with us, check out our web site, wabcaurora.com, to hear our study.

God’s Doing

Have you ever noticed how God does thing His way because His way is always the best way. The includes our prayer requests. Sometimes our prayer may have a request that involves a couple of different areas and God answers them both, but not like we ask. Let me explain.

God has blessed us with the opportunity to meet a number of different people since we have been here in Aurora, MO. Most of which we have invited to come to Church and many to come to Jesus. We have continue to pray for these, but honestly to little avail. But, then, in walks someone that we are meeting for the first time. Someone that we have not yet had the chance to meet and invite, but God answers our prayer in a different way. Now, our prayer is that God will allow us to be a blessing to them and help them find God’s will for their lives. Please pray with us as we minister to those whom God brings our way.

But It’s Wednesday

Why is it so important to come back to Church on Weds. night? A question asked by many Church members these days. I am going to be honest with you when I say it doesn’t bother me “as much” when they posed this question. As much as what? As much as the Church member who doesn’t ask the question.

Hopefully, when someone questions a mid-week service, at least it is a point of consideration. Herein lies the problem – for most, if not all, who do not come to prayer and Bible study, the possibility never enters their mind. The same goes for those who do not come to Sunday School or the evening service.

So, why should we come to these services? If, for no other reason, because God’s Word tells us to. Heb 10:25. There are other reasons listed in the verses here as well. V 23 says that we should “hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering”. It shows a consistency in the obedience to God’s Word. V 24 that we do so in consideration of other believes to encourage them in their love and good works. V 25 continues that thought and reminds us that “the day is approaching”. It could be the day of return or it could be the day of our departure.

The point is that we need one another. Coming to Church in the middle of the week reminds us that we have a family that is praying for us as we face the world around us. It is a time to learn more about our Lord and Savior and His Word. It is a time to claim the promise that if any two agree whatsoever we ask we shall receive. Obviously, there is much more that can be said, but I hope you get the point. I know that some people can’t come and our prayers are with you.

Looking forward to seeing you later today. That will make it a great day for you and for us.

An Unusual Blessing.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the blessings of God come in some unusual ways. I got a message from one of our Missionaries today as they celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Church they started when they first went onto the field. It was a great day with one person being saved.

Now, let me share a blessing with you that most people would just pass over. As is the case with most Churches, the Pastor can “take roll” by looking out into the congregation and see who is “not in their spot”. You know what I mean. We tend to sit in the same spot every time we come to Church. I don’t say that as a bad thing, just a real thing. Well, here is the blessing. some of our folks have had to find a new place to sit because someone new has come in and taken up residence in their pew. Praise God!. So far, no one has been asked to move, 😁 and there is still room for all, but we can see that God is beginning to do a work, and for that we are grateful.