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Find out what is going on at Welch Creek here! The picture below was taken by the Hayes family for a special military project we were able to be a part of. A special packet was sent to our local National Guard with this picture from our church in it! We sure hope this packet was a blessing! 


"Memorial Day"

posted Jun 3, 2018, 2:07 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 2:08 PM ]


          The last Monday of May is "Memorial Day." A day set aside in memory of dead servicemen of all wars involving our nation. The word, "memorial," means something designed to preserve the memory of a person or persons or events. Thousands upon thousands of military servicemen have given their lives that we and our allies might have the freedoms we enjoy today. We should never take for granted the liberty our nation offers. Every time you see one of our nation's military, you should speak a kind and thankful word to him (her).
        Consider also the many missionaries who have their lives for the cause of Christ. Paul wrote to Timothy about being a good soldier for Jesus. Thousands have given their lives over the centuries that we might have our KJV Bibles, and they have built churches in places that seemed impossible. Even today, Christians in other lands are suffering and being put to death for their faith in Christ. Even here in America, we are seeing a resistance toward our Christian faith. May we never back down or give up in our stand for Christ and the salvation He offers every lost sinner.
        We have an enemy, Satan and his forces of evil. Each day we must prepare to face our foe. Our foe is powerful, but we have a power that our enemy is no match for. It is the power of God. Let's live each day in that power.
        All this week, remember and be thankful for those in our military who died in battle for our nation. Also, remember those who have died for the Great Commission of Christ.
                May 27, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"The Victorious Woman"

posted May 16, 2018, 11:04 AM by Dylan Lamb   [ updated May 16, 2018, 11:04 AM ]

                           
          Proverbs 31:10  asks this question, "Who can find a virtuous woman?" The chapter continues to describe this woman as she lives for her family. The word "virtuous" means good, moral, pure, honest, clean, upright and worthy. The verse goes on to say, "For her price is far above rubies."
        The virtuous woman is a woman that lives in victory. She lives on the winning side. This woman is described as a devoted wife to her husband, and a dedicated mother to her children. This woman has a good head on her shoulders when it comes to making decisions. She is wise-hearted (Prov. 14:1, 31:6), which means she never rushes into any decision. Proverbs 31: 25 says that she possesses "strength and honor." She is a woman that honors and respects her Lord, (vs. 30). This lady showcases the example of what a woman is to be like. She is a homemaker that Titus 2:5 speaks about. She dresses in modest apparel which 1 Tim. 2:9 describes. Her whole life is consumed with pleasing her God, husband and her children. "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her." "Her children arise up, and call her blessed" (Proverbs 31: 11,28). She lives in victory!
                May 13, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Great Success"

posted May 16, 2018, 10:55 AM by Dylan Lamb   [ updated May 16, 2018, 10:56 AM ]

"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body - -                                                         
                                    But, now are there many members yet but one body.." ~ I Cor. 12:13 & 20
                                      
          The above verses speak of the unity in the body of Christ, which is the local church. The camp meeting was a blessed success because the Holy Spirit worked in the hearts and lives of the members here at Welch Creek. For 29 years, we have been a vessel used of God to help and to encourage those who have attended. It's a wonderful testimony of the grace of God that has enabled us to be a little oasis in this dry and weary world we live in.
        The Bible speaks of God's people "having a mind to work," Nehemiah 4:6. Much work goes into the camp meeting - - not only physical work but spiritual work also. Both of these are necessary when it comes to seeing God bless any event. Your prayers and your labor of love have once again come together to see God be glorified. That is what we should live for all the time. We should so live that all that we do every day should glorify our Great God, and be used for the good of those around us. When this happens, the joy and peace of God fills the soul.This joy, and peace are the rewards for doing the will of God.
        As your pastor, I want to once again say "thank you" to the whole church family for honoring the Lord Jesus Christ with a passion most churches don't have. You have made me proud; but, even greater, I believe you have once again shown that you love our Saviour.
                April 22, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"The Hypocrite's Hope"

posted Apr 29, 2018, 1:04 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church

"And the hypocrite's hope shall perish." ~ Job 8:13
                                      
          In Matthew chapter 23, Jesus uses the word "hypocrite" to describe the religious rulers of his day. These were spiritually blind leading the blind.
        These blind leaders and followers had their assumed hope in what they could do in regards to the law of God. These leaders and followers wore their masks really well. Just like many today, they went about their daily lives using religious words and expressions that made them look and sound spiritual. Hypocrites claim to be something they are not, and to have something that they do not possess. The hypocrite's greatest enemy is self and the assumed traits that compromise their false testimony. 
          Judas wore his mask extremely well, for awhile. Jesus said that he was a devil from the beginning. Jesus also speaks of the hypocrites in Matthew 7: 22-23. In spite of all their good works  mentioned, Jesus says to them, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
        Are you wearing a mask? So you have others and yourself fooled into believing that you are really saved? According to Job 8:13, your hope will perish. Before it's too late, take off that religious mask and ask God to forgive you, and to come into your heart. By doing so, you receive a "sure" and "blessed" hope which comes with salvation. Don't live another day wearing a mask.
                    March 18th, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Pleading His Cause"

posted Apr 9, 2018, 1:29 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 1:30 PM ]

"But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel." ~ Colossians 1:18
                                      
          In verses 12-17 of our above text, Paul tells why some others served God. Our verse tells us why he served the Lord that he loved. It was His love for Jesus and His love for lost sinners that compelled him to share the Gospel.
        Charles Finney was 29 years old when he came to know the Lord. On October 10, 1821, he went to a wooded area for a time of prayer. He wrote these words later, "While there, The Holy Spirit - - Seemed to go through me, body and soul - - Indeed it seemed to come in waves of liquid love."
        Finney was a lawyer and the next day he met with a client who had come for legal help. He told the man, "I have a retainer from the Lord Jesus Christ to plead His cause and cannot plead yours." He left his law practice and entered the ministry. He was greatly used by the Lord to see others come to Christ in salvation.
        In our text, the word "set" means appointed. Like a lawyer, Paul tells us that it was appointed to him to defend the Gospel. He was to plead the case of Christ every where he went. We, who are saved today, are to do the same thing. We say we love the Lord, and we love people. That can only be true if we are busy sharing the Gospel. Ours is not a ministry of silence. Learn to speak up for Christ. Like Mr. Finney, get alone with the Lord and let Him fill you with His presence. Then, you will be able to tell others.
                    April 8th, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

1 Corinthians 15"

posted Apr 9, 2018, 1:15 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 1:16 PM ]

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:20
                                      
          This chapter in the Bible is the resurrection chapter. The four Gospels give the detail of our Lord's resurrection. This chapter tells us why the resurrection is the finished product of Christ's work in salvation's story. All that Jesus did, was a part of His ministry. His birth, His life, and His death had to be done exactly at the right time. The resurrection stands out as the one element that sets our Saviour apart.
        Without the resurrection, our preaching is in vain. Without the resurrection, our faith is in vain. The word "vain" means weak, void, worthless, having no substance, of no value or unimportant. In other words, what good is there in a dead god? Without the resurrection, we are still in our sins (vs. 17). Without His resurrection, we are most miserable (vs. 19). The Gospel of Jesus Christ would be no good news had not Christ resurrected Himself from the grave.
        We, who have believed upon Him can now and forever rejoice because our Saviour did what only God could do. He has defeated every enemy man has. Death, Hell and the grave have been conquered by Christ. No longer is sin the victor, nor death, nor the grave. Our Lord has paid the sin-debt for us. He has taken the sting out of death and replaced it with peace, joy and blessed hope. He has robbed the grave of its darkness and replaced it with the Light of Heaven. Verse 57 says to us, "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
                April 1st, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Pre-eminence"

posted Mar 18, 2018, 2:14 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 2:15 PM ]

"And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw not man, save Jesus only.~ Matthew 17:8

Pre-eminent: To be above and before all others. To be "Number One"

"...that in all things, He (Jesus) might have pre-eminence." ~ Colossians 1:18
                                      
          Notice the two words, "all things." Our heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible, always give pre-eminence to Jesus. When He was born, it was not Mary or the angels, but Jesus who had the glory. When He was baptized, it was not John the Baptist nor the ordinance of baptism which was given pre-eminence, but the Lord Himself. When he died on the cross of Calvary, God glorified Him. It was not the thieves who died or the religious leaders who had Him crucified who were pre-eminent, but Jesus was exalted.
        When we look at the empty tomb and see the women gathered there and later the apostles who showed up, it was Jesus who was pre-eminent. We see the Lord Jesus as the apostles carry His Name throughout the world in that day. We should make sure that in all we say and do, that Jesus is the main focus. Our message, music and motives should all be about Him. We must make sure that He is pre-eminent in our homes, our jobs, at school, at church, and all other areas of our lives. It is not about us or any program of man, it is all about Him. Amen!
                March 11, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Why?"

posted Feb 11, 2018, 2:23 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 2:24 PM ]

"Therefore I will not refrain my mouth;                                        
 I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; 
                                        I will complain in the bitterness of my soul."
                                                                                                                                ~Job 7:11
                                      
          A tornado swept through Joplin, Missouri, in May of 2011. A husband and wife took cover in the bathroom tub. The husband covered his wife with his body. He died, and she lived because of his love for her. She dealt with her sorrow for over a year, but then realized that even on that worst day, she was loved.
        "Worst days" come to everyone, even those who are children of God. Job is a good example. In one day, he saw everything in his life taken away. All ten children were killed, he lost all that he owned, and even suffered the worse case of boils that a person could have. You can understand why he said what he said in the verse above. Simply put, Job was asking, "Why?"
        His wife told him to curse God and die. His so-called friends accused him of sinning, and believed that he deserved what he was getting. It's no wonder the reason Job was asking, "Why?" God spoke to Job and assured him of His control of matters, and Job trusted the Lord. God never answered the "Why?"
        Our Lord may never answer all of our "Why's?", BUT, praise His wonderful name. Even on our worst days we can know for sure that we are loved by Him!
              
              February 11, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Caught Red-Handed"

posted Feb 4, 2018, 2:35 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 2:14 PM ]

"Be sure your sins will find you out."
                                                                                                                                ~Numbers 32:23
                                      
          How well do I remember the day I got my arm caught in a candy vending machine! I don't remember my exact age, but I was around ten years old. There was a park we all went to in the summer to swim and play many games. It was the number one gathering place for all the kids. The park had a drink machine and a candy vending machine. All the candy lay on a little tray, and the tray would fall when you put your money in and pulled a lever to get it to drop. Since I had really skinny arms, I found out that I could reach up into the machine and push the tray holding the candy, and it would fall.
        On one particular day, my good friend, Roger, and I were at the candy machine; I told him to watch out as I reached up the machine to get us some free candy. He was my "look-out buddy." Well, I got my arm up into the machine, and the candy fell down, but to my shock, i could not get my arm out, no matter how hard i tried. I became frightened and hollered for Roger to help me. Instead of helping, he ran out of the door and left me. It wasn't long before he returned with the park director. To make matters worse, the park director could not free my arm even with the door of the machine now unlocked. By now a large crowd had gathered to view my trapped arm. As a last resort, the rescue squad was called to the scene. No candy bar was worth this! After some time, the rescue rescue team freed arm. I was free at last! But, news spread fast in a small town, and what awaited me at home was a spanking that I never forgot. My sins had found me out, and there was a price to pay. "Be sure, your sins will find you out."
              
              February 4, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Flipping A Coin - Heads or Tails"

posted Jan 28, 2018, 2:58 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 3:02 PM ]

"Brethren, I count myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those thins which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
                                                                                                                                ~Philippians 3:13-14
                                      
          Some people live their life like flipping a coin, in hopes it land on the side that is a win for them. Life is not gambling or a guessing game as some think it is. As Christians, we are to live a life of commitment to Biblical goals. I came across some of those goals in a list by Dr. Guy Goodell, Pastor in Hudson Falls, NY.
        "First, we need to set goals that will advance our personal relationship with Christ. Second, we need to set goals that will advance our personal growth. Third, we need to set goals that will promote righteousness. Fourth, we need to set goals that will help pursue holiness in conduct. Sixth, we need to set goals that win Christ's personal approval., Seventh,  we need to set goals that will indicate our willingness to handle responsibility."
        "There is a tendency to look at accomplishments rather than character. We ought to put integrity ahead of events. Some godly goals are: 1.) Be a husband worth respecting. 2.) Be a father/ mother worth imitating. 3.) Be a wife worth honoring. 4.) Be a leader worth following. 5.) Be a teacher worth hearing. 6.) Be a servant worth trusting." How are your goals?
              
              January 21, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

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