First Baptist Church of New Carlisle, Ohio has a rich and unique history in our community. Since 1955 we've been establishing ourselves as a lighthouse for Jesus Christ in our hometown of New Carlisle, Ohio.

We have Bible Study at 9:15 am and Worship Service at 10:30 am every Sunday. Childcare/nursery provided for all services. Wednesdays we have Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm and Revive Student Ministries for youth at 7:00 pm

Monday, July 1, 2013

Love, Laughter, & Lessons; An evening of music, comedy, & inspirational stories!

By Pastor Rick Shoemaker

 Life can be painful and hard! Years ago, Roxie Shindlebower who lived a life that was marked by periods of suffering and deprivation used to smile and say, “Pastor, I figure that when life goes bad, you might as well laugh as cry!” And Roxie laughed often! A healthy sense of humor is a wonderful shock absorber.

“Laughter is good medicine.” Did you ever wonder where that phrase came from? This is a paraphrase of a passage from the book of Proverbs that reads, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)                                                                                    
Numerous studies have shown that laughter tends to lower blood pressure, control blood sugar levels, reduce stress, and boost the immune system! Laughter provides health benefits and no prescription is necessary!                                                                                                                                           

Laughter is like a social magnet! In her poem, “Solitude,” Ella Wheeler Wilcox begins by observing, “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone!” People are attracted where laughter abounds, but where depression is found, folks are rarely around!                                                                

Have you discovered “Duck Dynasty?” These days so much on television is marked by rude and crude and even, obscene attempts at humor! But, “Duck Dynasty” is one program that I can readily introduce to my grandchildren and trust that nothing will be done or said that would be shameful or questionable! How refreshing to watch a cable show that consistently expresses faith and family values and clean comedy episode by episode!                                       

I have been introducing my grandson, Nathaniel, to some of the finest Christian comedians I know. Nathaniel has discovered Mark Lowry, Tim Hawkins, Ken Davis, Chonda Pierce, Jeff Foxworthy, and Dennis Swanberg on You Tube in recent weeks and with my full approval, he continues to Google for more Christian comedy options!                            

One hysterical new option coming to our church is the comedy duo, Brian and Rhonda Shoemaker from Louisville, Kentucky. I would like to invite you to an evening of inspiration and laughter hosted by the First Baptist Church of New Carlisle located at 8870 St. Rt. 571 on Sunday, July 14 beginning at 6:00 PM. Brian and Rhonda Shoemaker, will present a program filled music and comedy guaranteed to be family friendly…and hopefully, raise your endorphins and  lower your blood pressure!                      

Brian and Rhonda will introduce you to their original comedic characters, “Luther and Loretta Burlap” and “Steve and Stella Stirling.”  You will be treated to inspiring music and stories throughout the evening as well. Following the program, everyone is invited to the gym for sandwiches and dessert.                       

In a world where stress and pressure tend to overwhelm us, I hope you will take the time to join us for some family friendly fun!  And invite family and friends!

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