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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Let This Cup Pass From Me! - By Ken Lawler

This is the first in a series of four articles about topics that apparently I and a lot of Christians disagree on.  These topics are:  what was going on in the garden, on the cross, in the tomb, and the Atonement.
In the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives Matthew records Jesus saying, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:  nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt."  Matthew also tells of Him being "sorrowful and very heavy," and saying, "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death" (Matt. 26:37-39).  I have heard numerous sermons during my lifetime on these passages and this event and every one (except when my Dad preached on it) explained the events as Jesus' humanity showing through, and most of them said, in so many words, that Jesus was asking His Father if there was some other way than the cross He wanted it.  I don't believe it for a minute!
Let's look at the word cup and how The Lord used it.  The Greek word translated cup meant two things.  First, it's a drinking-vessel.  Second, it's used for the contents of a drinking-vessel, i.e. a cupful (draught), figuratively used as one's lot or fate.  It's obvious Jesus is using the word in reference to His lot in life, or His fate; His being sacrificed on the cross for the sins of the world.  In Matthew 20:22 He asks James and John and their mother if they are "able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of."  In the garden, according to Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:36, and Luke 22:42 He refers to what is happening there asthis cup.  The cup is obviously referring to the crucifixion, while this cup, I think, is referring to what was happening at that moment in the garden.  According to Luke 22:44 He was "in an agony, and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground."  I believe He felt like He was dying there in the garden (this cup), before He was going to get to the cross (the cup).  He then shows His total trust in His Father when He says, "nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."  Luke then says an angel came down and strengthened Him.  I suspect Satan was unleashing everything he had to kill Him there in the garden and keep Him from the cross.
Jesus came to Earth to die on the cross as the Passover atonement for man's sin.  Just hours before this garden agony, just after His entry into Jerusalem, He discussed in detail with some Greeks that Philip and Andrew had brought to see Him what was about to happen.  He reminded them that a kernel of wheat had to go in the ground and die before it could bring forth much fruit.  He then said, "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say?  Father, save me from this hour:  but for this cause came I unto this hour."  Don't sound to me like a guy looking for a way out of a bad situation.
I'm sure Jesus wasn't looking forward to the severe beating He was about to take and the crucifixion; but it doesn't sound to me like He was trying to get out of it.

JOHN 3:16 - by Wanda Hess

1.            GOD – the greatest lover,
2.            SO LOVED – the greatest degree
3.            THE WORLD – the greatest company
4.            THAT HE GAVE – the greatest act
5.            HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON- the greatest gift
6.            THAT WH0S0EVER – the greatest opportunity
7.            BELIEVETH – the greatest simplicity
8.            IN HIM- the greatest attraction
9.            SHOULD NOT PERISH- the greatest promise
10.          BUT – the greatest difference
11.          HAVE – the greatest certainty
12.          ETERNAL LIFE – the greatest possession

by Davies

Have a thoughtful day and pass it forward!  

Kitchen Korner - OH BOY! BISCUITS - by Dolly Lawler

Right off hand I can't think of any food Ken likes better than homemade biscuits covered with sausage gravy.  After eating it all these years, I'd have thought he would be tired of it by now.  Nah baby nah.  I have several good biscuit recipes, but this is our favorite.  I've been told these biscuits are very much like the delicious ones at Bob Evans.  I'm not necessarily trying to plug Bob Evans, but I do use his zesty hot sausage to make my gravy.  He's a good guy, what can I say.

(Makes 8-9 large biscuits)
2 cups self-rising flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ cup butter or margarine (½  stick)
1 cup buttermilk
1.  Preheat oven to 425°.
2.  In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour and baking soda.
3.  Using a fork, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
4.  Make a well in center of flour mixture and add the buttermilk at once; stir until
5.  While still in the bowl, knead dough by gently folding and pressing dough 10 to 12
     strokes or until nearly smooth.
6.  Turn out on lightly floured cutting board and press the dough out to about ½ to ¾
     inch thick.
7.  Cut dough with a floured 3-inch biscuit cutter.  (Carter Bates gave us his mother's
     antique biscuit cutter and it's perfect.)  If you don't have a cutter, you can use a
     drinking glass. (I usually cut 7 biscuits from dough, then rework the scrap dough to
     cut a couple more.)
8.  Place biscuits, just touching, in an 8x12 inch baking pan sprayed with Pam.
9.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes.  (I test mine by sticking a toothpick in one.  If it comes out
     clean, they are done.  We like our biscuits more white than golden.  Either way,
     they're great.)
10.Remove biscuits from pan and serve hot.
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