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A WORD from OUR PASTOR
Don’t you feel at times like you’d just like to hear some good news? Bad news seems to abound today, doesn’t it! It’s all around us, and some feel it’s all we ever hear… this constant barrage of negative, bleak, doom and gloom speak. Of all places, I thought it rather ironic and a bit humorous that CNN recently ran a story headlined “Too Much Bad News Can Make You Sick.” Funny, the kings of constant “bad,” negative, vitriolic news would in a way actually be admitting to us that they are trying to make us sick. Huh! Anyway, to quote CNN’s opening line in their hypocritical feed they said, “With every news alert or breaking story, our world seems to be pushed further and further into crisis. It is taking a serious toll on our environment but also on our mental health.” I don’t know! I just find that so ironic that they would be bewailing the problems with “bad” news. They are a big part of the problem. They are “bad” news!
I found these statistics from Pew Research particularly interesting and not at all surprising. You’re probably like me, and already felt like this was the case, but it is interesting to see our suspicions confirmed in actual data. Notice these stats…
- Approximately 90% of all media news is negative.
- Sensationalist stories form 95% of media headlines nowadays.
- Media reports with negative news or statistics catch 30% more attention.
- 7% of people exposed to negative news go on to develop anxiety issues.
- 63% of kids aged 12–18 say that watching the news makes them feel bad.
- 39% of Americans believe the media exaggerated the COVID-19 coverage.
- A staggering 87% of the COVID-19 media coverage in 2020 was negative.
All that and “Too Much Bad News Can Make You Sick.” Doesn’t it just seem like its bad news, all the time, every day, a constant bombardment of it? Isn’t there any good news? Isn’t there any place to find… to see… to hear good news?
Oh, my friend, doesn’t the answer to that last question seem rather obvious. Of course there is! There is “good news.” We call it so! The “good news” of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is hope. There is salvation. There is light, and life, and joy to be had. There are brighter days in Jesus, if you know Him, and walk with Him, and keep your focus on Him rather than on all the disheartening news of the day. And through Jesus, God provides us with every good and perfect gift (James 1:17), and every need that we have (Philippians 4:19), and this He gives to us every day… all the time. I love Lamentations 3:22-24, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed (even by all this bad news, all the time), because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in Him!” Don’t you just love that “good news?”
I’m a big fruit eater. Nancy and I have this thingy on our kitchen bar that I call “the fruit stand.” It has three levels. We keep those sweet little clementine oranges called “cuties,” on one level, apples on another level, and bananas on the lower level. Sometimes Nancy gets peaches or pears in the mix, and she always keeps grapes for me in the frig. I love all the fruit and it’s one of those things I can eat. Fruit is good for you. It’s healthy. It gives you healthy doses of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. But here it is, occasionally I pick up an orange or an apple or other piece of fruit and it’s bad… shriveled, moldy, mushy, big rotten brown spot. Icky! I don’t eat it! I don’t even want to! I throw it away, because if I eat it, it will make me sick. That’s how I feel about all this bad news stuff. Icky! Shriveled, moldy, mushy, big rotten brown spot! Throw it out. Don’t eat it! It will make you sick. There is still good to be taken in and eaten… good news found in what God has provided. Good in the perfect gifts He provides every day to be enjoyed and delighted in. Good in His rich mercies and faithfulness that are new every day. Good news in Jesus Christ, found in His Word and in a personal relationship with Him. There is good still to be enjoyed and taken in. It is all around us if we will just open our eyes to see it. Here is a favorite reminder to me from God’s Word that I need to focus on daily when all around things look bad and the news seems all bad. Psalm 33:5 reminds us, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” It really is! Eat that and a steady diet of it rather than the other.
God Bless you, Bro. Buddy
YOUTH NEWS – Re-Mind+
I am very excited to announce a special opportunity for Bible study starting this month that will take us through most of the summer. On Wednesday May 19th, we will be starting a Bible study centered around the hit TV show “The Chosen” which is a multi-season show about the life of Jesus. The creators of the show earlier this year released an interactive Bible study titled “What Does It Mean To Be Chosen?” and after months of preparation we will be going through it as a church.
I am very excited to be going through this unique interactive way of studying the life Christ and I have been praying that the Lord would use this to deepen our understanding of His Son and the Good News of the Gospel. The Bible Study will be 9 weeks long every Wednesday night starting May 19th, 6:00pm-7:30pm. Each lesson of the study is to be done following the watching of an episode of The Chosen which we will do together. That’s right! Television and Jesus! it’s a dream come true for me. But in all seriousness I would not be presenting this before my church family whom God has entrusted me with shepherding without diligent research and prayer about how God can use it bring our people in closer relationship with him. Adults and Youth will be studying this together throughout the summer as we all are blessed by this ground-breaking series about the life of our Savior.
If you have never attended our midweek Bible study but would be interested, join us May 19th, 6:00-7:30pm as we take a fresh look at the life of Jesus through the television series “The Chosen” and see the truth of God’s life. Trey Johnson
Wasn’t Easter amazing? Thank you to all who were involved in our musical presentation. Thank you to the choir for their availability and sweet spirits all through this weird time. We’ve got our sights set on a Fourth of July presentation. Come join us!!
In His Name, Nancy
What a blessed time we have had in our Children’s Ministry this year. Despite all the challenges and changes we have had to go through in 2020, God has been so faithful and blessed in so many ways. Our Sunday School and other Children’s programs are continuing to chug along like the little train that could. Praise the Lord! We have a few end of school year events and Summer events for children that we want to make you aware of so that you can be praying for our Children’s ministry, but also so you can get involved with our children and perhaps serve.
Wednesday, May 12 – AWANA AWARDS NIGHT at 6:30 p.m. (in the main sanctuary) You are invited to come and join us as we celebrate all the hard work the boys and girls have put in this year learning and memorizing Scripture. This is a very important time as we recognize and encourage our children in their growth in the Lord. Come join us.
Starting Wednesday, May 19 – SUMMER BIBLE CLUB FOR KIDS, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Kay Building Our Summer Bible Club will be led by Caitlin Quigley this year and will run throughout the Summer until AWANA starts back up. All children are welcome to come join us. For more information contact the church office.
Monday, June 7 – VBS SET UP DAY, from 9:00 a.m. to noon We will be setting up for VBS. You are invited to come and help that day.
Tuesday, June 8 through Friday, June 11 – 2021 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL We are so excited to be able to offer VBS this year. Vacation Bible School has always been one of our favorites times at FBC Buda. This year’s theme is “Concrete & Cranes” and is on building a life in Jesus. VBS will run from Tuesday to Friday, June 8-11 and will be each day from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It is for 4yrs (by Sept. 1, 2020) to 5th grade, and it is no cost. We will have Family Night on Friday, June 11 at 6:30. You can pre-register for VBS online on our church website: www.firstbaptistbuda.com
Children’s Ministry Team