Saturday, August 11, 2007

The fellowship of Joy - August 5, 2007

6 Congregations – 1 in Christ

Hmong Baptist Church of Fresno (the oldest and largest in the nation), Iglesia Nueva Vida, Baptist Temple (host), Three Angels SDA and …

Now with a mission/satellite in Stratford meeting at 6:00 P.M. on Sundays – the Church with No Name in Stratford

New Church with us on Sundays at 3:00 P.M. – Word of Life Ministries INC. – Pastor Calvin Bynom

New Staff Member – Andrea Sims, Business Manager and Director of Non-Profit Development (on the job and subject to a call of the church on August 26).

We are also the sponsor of NEW LIFE MINISTRIES – Pastor Darryl Curry, Director and The TEMPLE SKATE CHURCH – Pastor Bill Tucker

MEN! – Register for Promise Keepers today by calling 1-866-PROMISE or online at - $79 for adults, $59 for youth.

Property News – Room 16 has been thoroughly remodeled. The nursery area is now exclusively to be used for children’s ministries. All other classes and meetings can use the Long Room. We have new phones in the office and lots of things are in the works.

Work Day on the Building and Grounds – September 8, 8:00 – 11:00 A.M.

Equip Biblical Institute: FALL 2007

Begins Sept. 12 and 13

Now receiving applications and class enrollment! Cut off date, Sept. 7


1. Communication Dynamics 217 (10 Sessions)

Location: Fellowship of Joy

4141 Fresno St., Fresno, CA 93726 229-9379 or 647-2203

Wednesdays, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Begin, September 12, 2007

Instructor: Pastor Tom Sims

2. New Testament Survey 104 (10 sessions)

Location: Grace Community Church

17755 Rd. 26, Madera, CA 93638 674-1172

Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:15 p.m. Begins September 13 , 2007

Instructor: Pastor Sean Peifer

Each class costs $150.00 Including books. Class fee due with class enrollment. (Note: By being directly responsible for the enrollment

of another student, you will receive a 50% discount on tuition)

First time students must also fill out an application for EBI Mid-Valley at no charge.

Go to for more information on the Equip Bible Institute. EBI MV is affiliated with Southern California Bible College and Seminary, the Shadow Mountain Community Church pastored by Dr. David Jeremiah, El Cajon, CA., and the California Southern Baptist Convention.

Application packets (first time students) and separate class enrollment forms (for returning students) are available at Grace Community Church, Fellowship of Joy, and also at The Word Christian Store in Madera. Contact Pastor Randy Brannon, Director of the EBI Mid-Valley at 674-1172, OR Pastor Tom Sims, Assistant Director of EBI Mid-Valley at 229-9379 if you have questions.

Ephesians 4:12 : “Equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to the building up of the body of Christ”

Equip Bible Institute of the Mid-Valley

A ministry of education for all believers who desire to grow in their knowledge and application of God’s Word

Hmong Baptist Church, Iglesia Nueva Vida - Pastor Carlos: 275-6000, Baptist Temple Church: 559-229-937 Pastor Tom:647-2203, Pastor Jack 355-7361 Pastor’s Main Blog: , News from BT at:, Spanish- English Worship (2 churches) at 10:00 A.M. English Worship and Children’s Church at 11:00 A.M., Hmong Worship and Bible Study after English Services, Skate Church – Tuesday night., Bible Studies almost every day!

Pastor Jack’s Evening Service at 6:00 P.M., is taking a break till September.

Message from Jonah 1 - Running from God

When the Word of the Lord comes to you, which way do you go?

God called and Jonah chose to FLEE – Key Principle – You Can CHOOSE

F = FROM God

L = LUNACY of the whole idea

E = EFFECT on others

E = EVIDENT to anyone and everyone

F - FEAR - We fear what we don't know and what we do know.
L - LISTENING to the wrong voice within
E - EGO that has gotten out-of-control.
E - EFFORT - We just don't want to give it.

The Lord sent a STORM and Jonah went to SLEEP – Key Principle – You Could LOSE

S - SINKING SAILOR SYNDROME - You could go down.
T - TEMPESTS - Sometimes rocking on the waves gets attention.
O - OUTCRY - Sometimes others notice first and cry out to you.
R - REBUKE - Sometimes those same people come to you and speak truth.
M - MAYBE God will help attitudes around you.

S = SLEEP, but not as Jesus did.

L = LYING to self and others

E = ESCAPE is not possible. “Who are you”

E = EJECTION is the only option.

P = PEACE comes through surrender.

The Lord prepared a FISH. – Key Principle - Join the CRUISE

F = FIRST conversions of Jonah were on the ship.

I = IN the water and going down.

S = Sovereign God

H = HEAVENLY intervention.

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