Union Baptist Church - North Charleston, SC

We are the Church that sits beside the road where Everybody is Somebody and GOD is All.

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God's order???

Posted by WebMaster on January 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

What an awesome and orderly God we have!

For example:-the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;-those of the canary in 14 days;-those of the barnyard hen in 21 days;-The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;-those of the mallard in 35 days;-The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.(Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!)

God's wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!God's wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.-Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.-Each orange has an even number of segments.-Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.-Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.-Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.-The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all Kinds of weather.All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, and the Lord Specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundredfold - all even numbers.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day, so that Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!

Thus the Lord in His wonderful grace can arrange the life that is Entrusted to His care in such a way that it will carry out His purposes and plans, and will be fragrant with His presence.The lives of each of you may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, if you will only entrust Him with your life. If you try to regulate your own life, it will only be a mess and a failure. Only the One Who made the brain and the heart can successfully guide them to a profitable end.

Only the God-planned safe life is successful. Only the life given over to the care of the Lord is fulfilled.

I HOPE YOU FIND THIS AS FASCINATING AS I DID. WOW!!!May God bless you in ways you never dreamed of!

T'was the Month before Christmas

Posted by WebMaster on November 17, 2011 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

T’was the month before Christmas

When all through our land,

Not a Christian was praying

Nor taking a stand.

See the PC Police had taken away

The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing

About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say

December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod

Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down

At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears

You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty

Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen

On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter

To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith

Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded

The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'

Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS,

not Happy Holiday !

Please, all Christians join together and

wish everyone you meet

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christ is The Reason' for the Christ-mas Season!

Be who you are and say what you feel,

because those who mind don't matter,

and those who matter don't mind.

Theodor Seuss Geisel

The Temple is Within.


Call Jesus

Posted by WebMaster on November 4, 2011 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

As I was driving home this week worrying about all the crap going on in Washington

and how my life was falling apart I saw a yard sign that said:

 

 

 

NEED HELP?

CALL JESUS

1-800-005-3787

 

 

Out of curiosity and desperation, I did.

 

A Mexican showed up with a lawnmower.


Jesus Loves me (the Senior Version)

Posted by WebMaster on October 20, 2011 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)


"Here for you now is a Senior version of Jesus Loves Me":


JESUS LOVES ME

Jesus loves me, this I know,

Though my hair is white as snow

Though my sight is growing dim, 

Still He bids me trust in Him.


(CHORUS)

YES, JESUS LOVES ME.. YES, JESUS LOVES ME..

YES, JESUS LOVES ME, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,

With my hand in His I'll go

On through life, let come what may,

He'll be there to lead the way.


(CHORUS)

When the nights are dark and long,

In my heart He puts a song..

Telling me in words so clear,

"Have no fear, for I am near."


(CHORUS)

When my work on earth is done,

And life's victories have been won.

He will take me home above,

Then I'll understand His love.


(CHORUS)

I love Jesus, does He know?

Have I ever told Him so?

Jesus loves to hear me say,

That I love Him every day.

(CHORUS)

 


How would you spend 86,400 a day?

Posted by WebMaster on October 7, 2011 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Imagine that you had won thefollowing prize in a contest:  Each morning your bank would deposit$86,400.00 in your private account for your use.

However, this prize has rules, just asany game has certain rules.


The first set of rules would be:

Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you. You may not simply transfer money into some other account. You may only spend it.Each morning upon awakening, thebank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.


The second set of rules:

     The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, it’s over, the game is over!  It can close the account and you will not receive a new one. What would you personally do?


You would buy anything andeverything you wanted right?  Not only for yourself, but for all peopleyou love, right?  Even for people you don't know, because you couldn’tpossibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every cent,and use it all, right?

ACTUALLY This GAME is REALITY!


Each of us is in possession of sucha magical bank. We just can't seem to see it. The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!

Each morning we awaken to receive86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, anyremaining time is NOT credited to us.

What we haven't lived up that day isforever lost.

Yesterday is forever gone.


Each morning the account isrefilled, but the bank can dissolve your

Account at any time....WITHOUTWARNING.


SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much morethan the same amount in dollars.

Think about that, and always thinkof this:

Enjoy every second of your life,because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be Happy,Love Deeply and enjoy life!

Here's wishing you a wonderful andbeautiful day.

Start spending!!

 

Power of the Word

Posted by WebMaster on October 3, 2011 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that when you carry "the Bible", Satan has a headache,

when you open it, he collapses,

when he sees you reading it, he loses his strength,

AND when you stand on the Word of God, Satan can't hurt you!

And did you also know... when you are about to forward this message to others, the devil will discourage you, but let's do it anyway.

ASAP!

Posted by WebMaster on September 14, 2011 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

means  "Always Say APrayer"

"God, our Father, If it is your will, walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family

 in Jesus name, Amen."

This prayer is so powerful. Please share with others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

A Christian

Posted by WebMaster on August 24, 2011 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston , Texas . Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area.


When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.'


Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount?


Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet.'


When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here,you gave me too much change ..'


The driver, with a smile, replied, 'Aren't you the new preacher in town?' 'Yes' he replied. 'Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church on Sunday.'


When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, 'Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.'


Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read.


This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself 'Christian.'


Watch your thoughts ; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits..

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny


. I'm glad a friend forwarded this to me as a reminder. So, I choose to forward it to you - my friend. God bless you.

Beware

Posted by WebMaster on August 16, 2011 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

WARNING

BEWARE OF TERRORIST GROUPS IN CHURCH

Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in many of our churches.. They have been identified as: Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin.

Their leader, Lucifer Bin Workin, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ . The plan is to come into the church disguised as Christians and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy..


However, there have been reports of a sixth group. A tiny cell known by the name Bin Prayin is actually the only effective counter terrorism force in the church.. Unlike other terrorist cells, the Bin Prayin team does not blend in with whoever and whatever comes along.

Bin Prayin does whatever is needed to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ. We have noticed that the Bin Prayin cell group has different characteristics than the others. They have Bin Watchin, Bin Waitin, Bin Fastin, and Bin Longin for their Master, Jesus Christ to return.


NO CHURCH IS EXEMPT!

(However, you can spot them if you bin lookin and bin goin.)

Plant the seed

Posted by elden heyward on August 14, 2011 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The farmer opens the earth drops the seed in the hole, covers the seed with the earth, some how that seed pushes up through the earth and reaches the light nothing stops it, yet we who are more than a seed allows things that are covering us henders our pushing towards to light. What are you waiting for keep on pushing you are almost there.

Alone ?

Posted by elden heyward on July 6, 2011 at 1:43 AM Comments comments (0)

Alone? well not really listen ! hear anything? I thought you would, every sound in your ear is powered by God. 

The Son

Posted by WebMaster on June 15, 2011 at 4:01 PM Comments comments (0)

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art..

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands..


He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly.... He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.'


The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift..'


The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.


On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'

There was silence...


Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.'


But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'


Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh'S, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real bids!'

But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'


Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford..


'We have $10, who will bid $20?'


'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.'


The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son..


They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.


The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'

A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!'


The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over..'


'What about the paintings?'


'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will... I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.


The man who took the son gets everything!'


God gave His son over 2,000 years ago to die on the Cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The Son, the Son, who'll take the Son?'

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything!


FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE...THAT'S LOVE

The Bible

Posted by WebMaster on June 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM Comments comments (0)

When you carry the Bible, Satan gets a headache..... When you open

it, he collapses..... When he sees you reading it, he faints..... When he sees

that you are living what you read, he flees..... And when you are about to

forward this message.... he will try and discourage you.. I just defeated

him!!! Any other takers?

 

Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point!

Layman's 10 Commandments.

Posted by WebMaster on May 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Someone has written these beautiful words. Read and try to understand the deeper meaning within.

They are like the Ten Commandments and should be remembered all through life.

  1. Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs you along the right path throughout life.

  2. Why is a car's windscreen so large & the rear view mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.
  3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
  4. All things in life are temporary. If it's going well, enjoy it! It can't last forever. If it's going wrong, don't worry, that wouldn't last long either.
  5. Old Friends are like Gold! New Friends are like Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond in place, you always need a Base of Gold!
  6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, my dear one, it's just a bend, not the end!
  7. When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems, HE has faith in your abilities!
  8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"
  9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them. So at other times, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
  10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.

Money-the Rest of the Story

Posted by WebMaster on May 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In the book of Acts, Chapter 18 you will find is account


24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor[a] and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.


In many churches today preachers will site scriptures in Tithing. And just like Apollos, while what they are telling you is true and biblically sound, it is only part of the story. The sad part is that for the most part, this tactic of just telling their members to tithe is just not working. According to most national statistics 53% of Christians have not given to their church in the last month. Not only that, but church giving has not exceeded 3% as a portion of income in 40 years. Church members want to give, but they are so burdened by personal debt that tithing is difficult. If Pastors and other spiritual leaders really want their church to be the givers that God wants them to be, then they need to give their flock the whole story about how God wants us to relate to money.

Let take a look at the congregation, when you pull up you see a lot of nice car, but do you consider those nice care payments. You enter the doors and you see a nicely dressed congregation, but you don't see the credit card bills
Our members may seem to have plenty, but the majority of them are probably struggling to make it. With all of their bills-credit cards, student loans, car payments. mortages-they don't know how they can afford to give.

Sadly, 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. The reality is that church and charity giving isn't always a part of their budget. The result? Churches with limited resources for ministry progress, outreach and missions.


Church leaders need to rethink what messages they are giving their members about handling money God's Way. If these instructions are given the right way, and people learn that they don't need to try to impress their neighbors, then an amazing thing will start to happen with your congregation. You will see some of the following:

  • Increase giving
  • Develop a long-term plan for your church-without debt.
  • Create church-wide energy and motivation to get right financially.
  • Help repair marriages that are strained by financial problems.
  • Make church financial decisions easier.
  • Reduce pastoral counseling load.
  • Develop and grow new leaders.
  • Learn how to revive and renew the church.G

God the father has given his children, more than 800 Scriptures about money. Here are a few of the many verses that will help you understand how God views finances.

God the father has given his children, more than 800 Scriptures about money. However, my churches leaders only insist on telling part of the story. They insist on doing the same thing, the same way and expecting a different result. This will not work. Perhaps it's time for those churches that want to see change, to do something different, perhaps it's time to teach your people the how God wants them to handle money, riches and blessings, so that they can in turn become givers the way God wants them to. There are already several great Bible themed money management programs(Crown Financial, Momentum) , and those churches that have been using them, have seen a big difference in their congregation in terms of giving, and in turn of spiritual growth. Of course getting Church leaders to change is just a difficult as getting their members to change, in this age tradition often supersedes the word of God.

 

DIRECTIONS TO OUR FATHER'S HOUSE.

Posted by WebMaster on May 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM Comments comments (0)

Make a Right onto Believeth Blvd.

Keep straight and go through the Green Light, which is Jesus Christ.

There, you must turn onto the Bridge of Faith, which is over troubled water.

When you get off the bridge, make a Right turn and Keep Straight.

You are on the King's Highway - Heaven-bound.

Keep going for three miles: One for the Father, One for the Son, and One for the Holy Ghost.

Then exit off onto Grace Blvd.

 

From there, make a Right turn on Gospel Lane .

Keep Straight and then make another Right on Prayer Road .

As you go on your way, Yield Not to the traffic on Temptation Ave.

Also, avoid SIN STREET because it is a DEAD END.

Pass up Envy Drive , and Hate Avenue .

Also, pass Hypocrisy Street , Gossiping Lane , and Backbiting Blvd.

However, you have to go down Long-suffering Lane , Persecution Blvd. And Trials and Tribulations Ave.

But that's all right, because VICTORY Street is straight ahead!

AMEN!!!!!


Life is God's gift to you.

The way you live it.............is your gift to God.

Jesus Facts

Posted by WebMaster on April 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM Comments comments (0)

Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

(I got this from Mark)

The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you

Posted by WebMaster on April 7, 2011 at 9:37 AM Comments comments (0)

A woman baked bread for members of her family and an extra one for a hungry

 passerby. She kept the extra bread on the Window-sill, for whosoever would

 take it away. Everyday a hunch-back came and took away the bread. Instead

 of expressing gratitude, he muttered the following words as he went his way:

 "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" This

 went on, day after day.

 

 Every day the hunch-back came picked up the bread and uttered the words: The

 evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" The woman

 felt irritated. Not a word of gratitude she said to herself...Everyday this

 hunch-back utters this jingle!

 

 What does he mean? One day, out of desperation, she decided to do away with

 him. I shall get rid of this hunch-back she said. And what did she do?

 

 She added poison to the bread she prepared for him! As she was about to put

 it on the window sill her hands trembled. "What is this I am doing?" she

 said. Immediately she threw the bread into the fire, prepared another one

 and put it on the window- sill.

 

 As usual, the hunch-back came, picked up the bread and muttered the words:

 "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" The

 hunch-back proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware of the war raging in the

 mind of the woman.

 

 Every day as the woman placed the bread on the window-sill she offered a

 prayer for her son who had gone to a distant place to seek his fortune. For

 many months, she had no news of him... She prayed for his safe return. That

 evening, there was a knock on the door; as she opened it she was surprised

 to find her son standing in the doorway... He had grown thin and lean. His

 garments were tattered and torn.

 

 He was hungry starved and weak. As he saw his mother, he said, "Mom, it's a

 miracle I'm here. While I was but a mile away, I was so hungry that I

 collapsed. I would have died, but just then an old hunch-back passed by. I

 begged of him for a small part of his food, and he was kind enough to give

 me the whole bread. "As he gave it to me, he said, "This is what I eat

 everyday.Today, I shall give it to you, for your need is greater than mine!"

 "As the mother heard those words, her face turned pale and red. She leaned

 against the door for support.

 

 She remembered the poisoned bread that she had made that morning. Had she

 not burnt it in the fire, it would have been eaten by her own son, and he

 would have lost his life! It was then that she realized the significance of

 the words: "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to

 you!

 Do good don't ever stop doing well even if it's not appreciated at that

 time. If you like this, share it with others and I bet you, so many lives

 would be affected.

 

 Have a wonderful day. Remember, "God is what we need, to do the will of

 God!"



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