Why do you roast coffee beans?

by Pastor Tim Mitchem

Wow the first quarter of the year
has flown by!  In the past few months, we
have been trying to stabilize our youth ministry.  We have had some students return that had not
been faithfully attending as well as several visitors.  There is still an excitement in the air as we
are settling in.  Continue to pray for
our group, and the impact they can have on their friends, family and community.

One thing we have continued and
slightly changed is our weekly youth bible study.  We have called it Roasted and have met at the
Chocolate Moose and Chick-Fil-A on Harper Road. 
You may ask why I titled this article the way I did, but it is to
explain the name Roasted Bible Study. 
Roasting coffee transforms the chemical and physical properties of green
coffee beans into roasted coffee products. 
The roasting process is what produces the characteristic flavor of
coffee by causing the green coffee beans to change in taste.  Roasting brings out the aroma and flavor that
is locked inside, taking the high temperatures to reach peak perfection.

We started Roasted Bible Study
with a look at the book of James.  In
chapter one verses two through four we read this (New Living Translation) Dear
brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an
opportunity for great joy.  For you know
that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So, let it grow, for when your endurance is
fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  In Zachariah 13:9, God says, I will bring
that group through the fire and make them pure. 
I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold.  My hope with Sunday School, 4th
Floor worship and Roasted Bible Study is that our youth will be changed from
green to gold!  Taking the lives and
bringing from inside them the flavor and aroma that God has locked inside them
and see them transformed.

We have had great
fellowships.   In February we went to
Buffalo Wild Wings and enjoyed a meal and fun together.  This month we are going bowling at Pin Heads
in Oak Hill on March 15 or 16th
More details to be announced.  So,
if you have a child or grandchild that is Illuminate age, tell them about our
bible study, our Sunday activities or even have them sign up for bowling and
encourage them to be a part of what God is doing in our lives.

This past Tuesday night at
Roasted, Tammy who cleans the dining area, was listening to our bible study, as
were others around us.  One of our teens
noticed even people behind us taking our picture.  They seemed amazed that others were paying
attention to us.  Not us, but Christ
being Illuminated through us!

News from the Glow Kids

by Pastor Jim Adkins

We are off to a great start with the GLOW KIDS meeting on Wednesday nights! Debbie King is our leader! She is doing a great job. One of the highlights in February was our “visitation night.” The kids made some nice get well cards and then, during the week of Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, February 13th) we made several visits to shut-ins and those who cannot get out! The kids went to Pine Lodge, we visited Edna Nasby and Roy Bazzaree. The folks we visited were thrilled that we stopped by. We shared a scripture and prayed with them. The kids were great!

Our goals on Wednesday nights are: 

1. To love the kids and build a relationship with
them. 

2. To model Jesus Christ to them. 

3. To teach them about the love of Christ through the
scriptures and activities that we do! 

Melissa and I are serving alongside of Debbie. We are picking
kids up EVERY week. We usually leave the church building around 5:15 PM and
pick up kids in the community. Will you please pray for us as we minister to
these children and their parents? If you know of any kids who would like to
attend and they need a ride, contact me (Pastor Jim) call/text:
209-890-5326. 

Glow Kids are Meeting Again!

a note from Jim Adkins

Greetings Church Family!

We are excited to begin ministering again to the children in our communities. Debbie King, Melissa and myself will begin the GLOW Kids ministry on Wednesday night, February 6th! We are now making contacts with kids and their parents. I will be driving the BIG WHITE VAN and picking kids up every Wednesday night! Will you join with us and begin praying for this ministry outreach? And would you pray about more workers – we know, the more kids we reach, the more adult workers are needed. Debbie King, Melissa, Pastor Doc and several others have been working on the THIRD floor, getting the rooms set up and prepared for kids, ages Kindergarten to 5th grade! We are so blessed with a great building to serve the community and minister to our children.

Here are the details:

  • Ages K-5th Grade.
  • 6 PM every Wednesday night.
  • VAN pick up available for transportation.
  • Our passion is to love these kids, share God’s Word with them, have fun and create a safe place for them!

If you know any kids that need picked up, please call/text, Jim Adkins (209) 890-5326 (or you can also call the church office).

Illuminate

by Rev Tim Mitchem

2019 has brought change to our student ministries. But we serve a God of change, that makes all things new. With Ryan’s resignation and call to another ministry, God worked on my heart to step back into a passion I have, youth ministry. Since coming in June, I have enjoyed being a part of the family at First Baptist, and have slowly begun to use the gifts given to me. I enjoy being with my best friend Doc and supporting his ministry, but I believe one reason I came to Beckley First was for this time!

I am so excited to see what this year brings to the students of Illuminate. We are continuing with Sunday school each week, we have a lesson and plan some time to talk and fellowship as well. Sunday night is being branded as 4th Floor Worship; we have live student led worship, and a sermon that I am working on each week for the students. We also will have fellowship time and allow them to express their relationship with God, and encourage each other. We also meet for a Tuesday night bible study. Currently we have been at the Chocolate Moose, but may also go to a few other places including the New Chick-Fil-A on Harper Road. This bible study is currently going through the book of James and discussing growing our faith and accepting the challenges that the book holds.

We are also planning some activities such an escape room, bowling, skating, movies, lock ins, scavenger hunts, and lots of social and fun things. I want to help our youth see that God cares about every side of them; physical, spiritual, emotional, social, and mental. I also want to help them see they are a part of the body of Christ and the Beckley First Baptist Church. I hope to plan some things where different generations can share with each other and that you can get to know the awesome people with in our group. I will have events planned better for March to put in next month as well.

We also want to get parents and grandparents involved! We will be having a meeting to lay out a vision for our group and get some feedback. We also would love any help and volunteers to help carry out what God wants us to do. We will have a schedule in next month’s Beam to let you know of more events, until then, pray for our students, us, and that God is glorified.

Nothing but the Best

by Pastor Ryan Haddox

It’s not easy being queen. So it should come as no surprise that monarchs like Queen Elizabeth like to escape from London sometimes. On one such occasion, the queen asked her chauffeur to take her for a ride in the country. Then she asked him to pull over so she could just take a little walk by herself. No crown, no gown – dressed down. So for those golden moments, the queen was just an ordinary lady, taking a walk in the country. She had gone about a mile down the road when this sudden rain shower opened up. The queen knocked on the door of a small hut that was nearby and she asked the lady if she had an umbrella. The lady actually had two umbrellas – a tattered, battered old umbrella and a brand new one. She gave her beat up umbrella to the queen. The queen promised it would be returned the next day. Well, you’ve got to imagine the scene as a uniformed chauffeur pulls up in this royal limousine. He goes to the door of the hut and he announces, “I’m returning this for the queen.” Needless to say, the woman was in shock. All she could say was, “If I had known it was for the queen, I would have given her my best!”

It’s amazing how many people give their least, not their best – to the King, that is. The King. The one an ancient hymn calls the “High King of Heaven.” The one the Bible calls the “King of kings and Lord of lords.” Oh, we’ll stand when they sing that in the “Hallelujah Chorus.” We’ll really get into singing praise songs to Him, but when it comes to the stuff that really matters in our life, we hold onto the best and give what’s left to the King of all kings.

Hanging onto our best – giving the King less than our best is not a new thing. In our word for today from the Word of God in Malachi 1:13-14, God rejects the offerings that His people have been bringing. He had commanded them from the beginning to bring the best of their flocks to Him as an expression of their love for Him. He says: “‘When you bring injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?’ says the Lord. ‘Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great King,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and My name is to be feared among the nations.’”

Later in this same book, God poses this shocking question, “Will a man rob God?” Then He gives the answer. “Yet you rob Me.” When God’s people ask how they have robbed Him, He says, “In tithes and offerings.” That’s one example of withholding your best from the King – by giving Him the money you have left over after you’ve spent what you really want to spend on yourself. But there are many ways to rob our King. By giving Him your leftover time; by making Him Lord of the things that don’t matter that much to you and holding onto the things that you really care about – that relationship, that child, that dream, that favorite thing – that sin. You can rob God by taking on a work for Him and just doing it halfheartedly, by being lazy or irresponsible in getting it done.

This is heavy on my heart in this season of mine and Anna’s life. We are so grateful for the ministry of this church and the opportunity to share Jesus with these young students and children, but also the whole church and the community! God is moving in big ways in this community and state and I’m excited to see where He can take this church!

Grace and Peace,

Ryan

Doing Our Best

by Pastor Ryan Haddox

Tere’s a story that goes like this:

Many years ago in a textile factory there was a sign on the wall which read: “If your threads get tangled, send for the foreman.” One woman who was fairly new was a diligent worker, but her threads got tangled one day. She tried to disentangle them, but her efforts only made matters worse. Finally, she gave up and called the foreman. He came and looked for a few moments and then asked: “You have been trying to untangle them yourself, haven’t you?” “Yes,” she replied. “Why didn’t you send for me, according to the instruction?” She shrugged her shoulders and said, “I did my best.” With much tact, yet, with great insight, he quietly said, “Remember that doing your best is sending for me.”

How often in life have we tried to straighten out our own messes, only to make things worse, and certainly not to solve things? We think that a little more human effort, a bit more human wisdom, and a touch of human ingenuity are the solution. But mankind in general and individuals in particular tend to make the same mistakes over and over again. Bad habits remain in place. Errors are repeated. We may even excuse our conduct by saying: “I did my best.” Then God gently, yet firmly, reminds us: “Doing your best is calling for me.”

Paul did the best that he could do, but it was not good enough. He mused: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate….I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do….Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7:15-24). But Paul had learned that to call on the name of Jesus was the best he could do and the solution to his problem (Rom. 10:9-13)

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Ryan

I Don’t Like Leftovers

by Ryan Haddox

At the risk of appearing snobbish or ungrateful, I’ve got a confession to make: I don’t like leftovers, i.e. cold food that is in need of being reheated. I always have the best of intentions to pull last night’s meal out of the refrigerator, throw it in the microwave, nuke it, and consume it, but I fail to do so time and time again. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve eaten my fair share of leftovers, but I can’t honestly say that I enjoy eating leftovers. The food never seems to taste or look the same. It lacks something.

With respect to your Christian walk, do you realize that God is not interested in your leftovers? In fact, Jesus says that we are to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33, emphasis added). Among other things, this means that God should come first in every aspect of our lives. Indeed, we should NOT give God our leftover love (Matt. 22:37-38), time (Eph. 5:18), thoughts (Phil. 4:8), service (Gal. 5:13-14), or money (Prov. 3:9; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8-9). In the mind of God, such leftovers lack something.

Being content with giving God the leftovers reveals something about the person who has this attitude. John said, ”We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:9, emphasis added). God loved us all so much in the midst of our sin that He took the initiative by sending His Son into the world to die in our place (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8). God gave us His very best; in return, He expects the same. Indeed, contentment in giving God the leftovers exposes an ungrateful, selfish attitude.

Leftovers are fine when it comes to nourishing our physical bodies. At times, leftovers are unavoidable, even necessary. However, with respect to God and our spirituality, life of leftovers is unacceptable, especially when we take into account the example of His Son (cf. Phil. 2:5-11).

Grace and Peace,

Ryan Haddox

Parents Must Teach and Encourage Their Children

by Ryan Haddox

We in the Lord’s church are losing 75% of our children who fall away from the Lord and become lost  when they leave home.  This is a tragedy!  The main reason we are losing our children to the world is a lack of teaching of God’s word at home by the parents.  Parents are commanded to teach their children the word of God.  “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  Can we as parents be pleasing to God if we fail to teach our children the word of God?  The lack of Bible knowledge will cause our children to go off into atheism, agnosticism, denominationalism, and unfaithfulness, which will cause them to be eternally lost.

One 40-minute Bible study class each week at church or two if they attend Wednesday evening Bible study does not give our children enough spiritual food to fight off the world’s influence they receive at school, TV, etc.  Our children spend 30 hours per week in public school preparing for life in this world, but less than 2 hours per week in trying to prepare for eternity.  Which is the most important?  We become upset if our children make bad grades on their report cards, but it doesn’t seem to bother us if they fail to study their Bible class lessons.  We closely watch their scholastic and athletic progress, but what about their spiritual progress?  We have become passive about allowing our children to grow up without a soul saving knowledge of the Bible.  We need to know that the greatest thing we can do for our children is to instill in them a lasting faith in God and the Bible so they can be eternally saved.  There is nothing greater we can do for our children.

We should help our children with their school subjects at home, but studying the Bible with them is of much greater importance than their school subjects.  Why do children fall away and become lost when they leave home?  God’s word says, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).  If our children are lacking in a knowledge of God’s word they will most likely be eternally lost in hell.  If they are lost, we as parents will have to give an account to God for our failure to teach them (Romans 14:12).

Bible study with our children will increase their faith in God, because “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).  God’s inspired word says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

We have a good example in the Bible of a young person who was instilled with a genuine saving faith by his mother and grandmother.  Paul says to Timothy, “When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also” (2 Timothy 1:5).  Here we see that Timothy had become a faithful Christian because his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice had instilled in him a genuine faith in God.  It did not happen by accident.  If it wasn’t for their teaching Timothy would probably not have become a faithful Christian.

To save our children we must be much more serious to help them prepare for eternity. We must set aside a certain time each day for Bible study with them.  This teaching must begin at birth and continue as long as we have influence on them.  We must teach our children to have proper spiritual values and this can only be done by teaching them God’s word.  God has commanded us, “And these words which I command today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

Our teaching is a 24/7 task.  We must demonstrate by our lives that God and His word are the most important things in our lives.  Our children are watching and being taught by our example.  Actions speak louder than words. We must not expect our children to “do as I say, not as I do”.

It is not if our children are going to be taught.  It is who will teach them and what they are going to be taught?  If we don’t teach them, someone else will.  Let’s take parenting seriously and bring our children “up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) so we and they can be together in heaven.

Grace and Peace,

Ryan Haddox

Vacation Bible School – Walk Like a Disciple

Come join the youth of Beckley First Baptist, as we “walk like a disciple” for Jesus on August 4th from 4:00 – 600 p.m. All activities will be held at the YMCA Soccer Complex, where we will be taking a journey to become a disciple of Jesus, but we must make stops along the way to receive guidance from some very important men and women of the Bible—all of whom had an important role in the story of Jesus, whether it was leading up to his birth or the continuation of spreading the Good News. Feel free to contact Ryan Haddox or one of the Christian Ed. Board members with any questions or concerns, and we hope to see you there!

Be all that you can be — Aim High!

You can be anything you set your mind to be! These are but a few examples of nice-sounding slogans intended to build up our self-esteem, or self-concept. While it is true that we live in a nation of vast opportunities, it is not factual to say we can always be anything we want to be.

We all have limitations with which we must learn to deal. These limitations can be physical and/or mental. What each of us needs to do is come to grips with our own personal situation. This does not, in any way, mean that we cannot overcome obstacles by striving to improve our life, but in all our efforts we must remember who is providing our abilities, and watching over our lives.

We do not have to ride the wave to the top in order to find happiness. Very often happiness is right under our noses, yet we fail to smell the roses. We may have the highest of ambitions, but if God has other plans (see Proverbs 16:9) we must find happiness where we are, and give it our all, and our all to the Lord.

If we place our trust in God, nothing else is of much consequence. We can make the most of what we have been given. In this way, we will learn many valuable lessons, including patience. So frequently, we look around and see what others have acquired or accomplished, and wonder why the same has not fallen into our lives. We must be willing to grow at our own pace, the pace God has set for us. At the same time, we must not fail to do our part. We are in this race together with God, and He will be there for us, if we are there for Him.

Be all you can be for Him!

Grace and Peace,

Ryan Haddox