He had been low man on the totem pole all of his life.
He was born blind in an era that had no technology to help
the blind. Braille had not been invented. There
were no guide dogs, no organizations dedicated to the blind,
no computers to translate text-to-speech. He was
forced to be a beggar. There simply wasn't any other
option for him.
But it's worse even than it seems. He lived in a
culture in which it was assumed (falsely, as Jesus points
out) that his blindness was the result of his own sin.
Therefore, there was little in the way of compassion
offered. I'm quite sure that he had been called every
name in the book and been put down in every way possible.
Jews could be compassionate, but they could also be cruel.
And then he met Jesus, and Jesus gave him sight.
That's the nature of Jesus. He shows compassion to all
people, but he shows extra compassion on those who need it
And as often happened, when Jesus showed compassion, He
received criticism because the healing was on a Sabbath.
(Technically speaking, the healing itself wasn't criticized.
It was the "mixing of spittle and mud" that was against the
law. In a previous miracle we studied, it wasn't the
healing of a lame man, but the telling of the man to "carry
his mat" that was criticized.) The criticism was as
petty as possible.
But the man refused to participate in the criticism.
Instead he answered the critics perfectly.
Essentially, he said, "I don't want to get into your
theological discussion, and I am not going to criticize
Jesus myself. All I know is what He did for me.
I was blind. Now I see. That's all I need to
That's a great answer, and one we can learn from. We
don't always have to answer every theological question, but
we do need to give testimony to what Jesus has done for us.
So if He has done something for you, speak up. People
need to know what we think of Jesus!
Join us this weekend as we study Jesus healing a blind man.
If you've driven by the church this week, you will have
noticed that our solar and shade structure is under
construction. We are making real progress!
Here are some details you may not have heard: (1) The
entire project is being done at no cost to the church.
(2) We will, though, get significant energy savings and 36
shaded parking spaces. (3) We will not be
responsible for upkeep and maintenance. The company
doing the work for us will actually own the structure and
maintain it. They will also receive energy savings,
tax-savings, and depreciation.
It will significantly improve our campus!
At our next business meeting (on October 31 at 6:30 pm),
Pastor Jack will present a proposal to change our name to
Avondale Baptist Church. We will not take action that
evening, but it will be a chance to find out the "why" and
the "how" and the "when" of changing our name. We will
vote for it officially in our January business meeting.
Up A Copy!
Mission Passport 2018-19
Pick up a 2018-19 version of our Mission Passport.
It will let you know how we view and do our mission work and
it will present some of our newest plans for 2019.
You will learn that we give to missions out of our budget
and through special gifts. You will find out that we
go on mission trips. (We may have two mission trips in
2019!) We start new churches. We pray for
missions. We partner with many other organizations.
We help struggling churches. We do an abundance of
ministries to show God's love right here in our own
Our Mission Passport will give you the details and
give you many ministries to pray for and to serve in.
You can get a copy in the church foyers or office.
It's 8 full pages of how we do missions as a denomination
and as a church!
Children are not a distraction from more important work,
they are the most important work.
If that thought resonates with your heart, we need you in
our Children's Ministry. Teaching a class. Leading a game.
Praying with and for our kids. Assisting in a classroom.
Preparing a craft or activity. Sharing the gospel with
children. Coaching a basketball team. Supervising a Fall
Festival game. Wrapping presents. Collecting pennies. This
is a short list of the possibilities of serving in the
Children's ministry and taking part in the most important
work: Showing love to children and leading them to Jesus.
Our greatest needs are on Sunday morning at 9:45 and
Saturday night at 6:15 pm. Want to join our team? Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 623.261.7824.
The Building and Grounds Team
would like to thank all those who have generously
contributed to the remodeling fund over the past few years.
We've completed the remodeling of the bathrooms in the main
building and they look great!
And you may have also noticed that the
solar panels are going up in the west parking lot.
(This project is being completed at no cost to us!)
However, our remodeling fund is now
depleted and we would ask that you continue to prayerfully
give. Our next project will be to remodel the bathrooms in
Thank you for your support of our
church and our building team!
Pick up a few of our business-card
sized Invite Cards this weekend, and use them to
invite others to worship. They have basic church
information on the front, and a very simple A-B-C-D format
that you can use to talk to people about Jesus. (And
even if you only have time to give them a card, they now
have it in writing!) NEW . . . our Invite Cards now
include our Saturday worship service!
It's time to sign up for one of our
biggest outreach events of the year - Fall Festival. Each
year our Fall Festival attracts hundreds of our neighborhood
families. We offer a fun, family friendly event for all ages
with food, games, face painting, cake walk, carnival style
games, candy, a train, and more! You can help by running a
game booth, supervising an inflatable, getting in the dunk
tank, providing cakes, donating candy, setting up, and
cleaning up. It's a big job and a great way to show love to
our neighbors. You can sign up to help by emailing
email@example.com or calling
or texting 623.261.7824.
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