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It’s a group of real people like you and me who gather to worship our Creator and encourage one another.
 
We live out our theme of Here to Serve in charitable and community efforts.
 
We study the Bible, practice what we learn, and, in the process, grow together. 
 
 
 

Weekly Activities Schedule

Sunday
Preaching/Teaching Service – 11:00 AM
Sunday School – 3:00 PM
 
Thursday Afternoon
Bible Study – 3:00 PM
 

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Summer Reading Series: Excerpt from Created for Eden

Written by E. Neal Cameron, Created for Eden is a Bible study focusing on the story of Cain. Describing how Cain wandered away from the Lord, Cameron encourages the reader to walk more closely with the Lord.

E. Neal Cameron and his wife have served Christ in Canada and on the foreign mission field for 26 years. Along with the writing ministry God has given Neal, he continues to be involved in pastoral work and conference speaking in eastern Canada.

Eden was the land where God had placed Adam and Eve. It was here that they lived in harmony and intimacy with God and His purpose for their lives. In the Garden of Eden, Cain and his parents had experienced the fullness of God’s purpose until sin destroyed their fellowship.

The word “Eden” in the Hebrew language means “pleasure.” God placed Adam, Eve, and their children in the Garden of Pleasure and Delight. There is something very incredible about this. By placing Adam and Eve in “Eden,” God was showing them His purpose for their lives. God wanted to bless them and fill them with delight and satisfaction. He filled their lives with good things and chose to enter a deep and intimate relationship with them. There could be no greater satisfaction and fulfillment for them.

Though undeserved, Eden is God’s desire for His people. He longs to satisfy the deepest desire of your heart. He longs to become the greatest delight and pleasure you can ever know. His desire from the beginning of time was that we live in the Garden of Delight and Pleasure experiencing the fullness He has for us. He longs to fill us, and knows exactly what will bring us the greatest pleasure and delight.

God gives us many wonderful things in this world in which we can take delight. To limit pleasure to the things of this world, however, is to seriously misunderstand the fullness and satisfaction God wants to bring. He can fill us with more delight than anything this world could ever give. Our greatest pleasures will not be in what this world gives but in our Creator.

Only He can satisfy the true longing of our souls.

We do not deserve the fullness God wants to give. I fail daily in my walk with God–saying and doing things that displease Him. Were it not for His forgiveness and grace, I would have no hope. Although I am undeserving of God’s fullness, He created me to enjoy Him and find full delight and satisfaction in Him. I dare not add to my rebellion the sin of refusing to enter into this fullness.

To refuse the fullness of Eden is to be content with far less than He intends. It is also to sin against His purpose. I will never reach my potential as His servant if I do not learn to live in the fullness of His blessing and enabling.

Are we experiencing the delights of Eden today? Are we walking in the intimacy God desires for us? We were created for pleasure in God and His purpose. Have we settled for something less?
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Are you walking with God and enjoying the blessings of Eden today? Learn more about God each week by worshipping with the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church – Sundays at 11:00 am. 
For more information, call (902) 736-6465 or email northside1178@gmail.com

Created for Eden is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.ca/Created-Eden-E-Neal-Cameron/dp/1537299182/



Summer Reading Series: Excerpt from I’m Royalty


Written by Susanna Homan, I’m Royalty: Growing as A Daughter of the King is a devotional book written for Christian ladies. Susanna is a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Heritage Baptist Academy. She also serves in Sunday School and youth ministries at her church.

“Susanna’s book, I’m Royalty, is backed up by a life wholeheartedly devoted to her King. The principles and step-by-step biblical guidance given have already been lovingly mentored into many young ladies’ lives and will be a blessing to a great many more.” (Melissa Baker)

In this brief excerpt, Susanna writes about the importance of our quiet time with God.

God rules and reigns from His throne in Heaven, but we, as the daughters of the King, have the wonderful privilege of entering the throne room of God with no fear. We know that we will be welcomed into the presence of the King. What an amazing thought! God not only allows me into His presence, but He wants me there! Why do we need to enter God’s throne room on a daily basis?

1) To know God’s will
Genesis 6:9 “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”
Let’s begin with Noah, a man who lived in a corrupt generation. It sounds kind of like the days we live in. Noah learned to enter the throne room, and, while he was there, God gave him some very specific instructions that, when followed by faith, ultimately saved his family.
In Psalm 40:8, the psalmist says, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
But how can we know God’s will? This is a question which plagues people all the time. I hear it from teens and adults alike. The psalmist knew God’s will because God’s law was in his heart. And how did God’s law get into his heart? By his spending time with God in the throne room.

2) To flee temptation
Mark 14:38 “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
In Mark 14, we find some of the final moments before Jesus Christ dies on the cross. He has warned the disciples of what is to come, yet they do not understand. As Jesus prays, His disciples are near. But they are not praying or even listening while Jesus prays. They are so near to God, but not in the throne room. After Jesus comes back and awakes them, He tells them to pray, “lest ye enter into temptation.” Temptations cannot reach you nearly as easily when you are in the throne room of God.

3) To find mercy and grace
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
This verse is exciting to me because it actually mentions the throne of God! We are to approach the throne boldly. Yes, we are totally unworthy sinners, and on our own we have no right to enter the throne room at all. But we, as the daughters of the King, are saved and washed in Jesus’ blood! We are clothed in His righteousness, and God delights to spend time with His children. The same amazing grace that saved us is available to us each day as we live for God.

4) To praise the Lord
Psalm 45:13,15 “The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace.”
Another reason to enter into the throne room of God is simply to praise Him. Psalm 45 is one of my favorite passages regarding the King’s daughter. In verse fifteen, we learn that she enters with gladness and rejoicing. Often, when we go into the throne room, it is not with a rejoicing heart. It is with struggles and heartaches. But, in the throne room, we can find grace and mercy to help during those times. No, we may not enter with huge smiles, but we can always find something for which to be thankful.
We can always find gladness in the fact that we have access to the throne of grace. We can rejoice in the One who gives us this grace.
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Are you spending time in God’s throne room every day? Learn more about God each week by worshipping with the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church – Sundays at 11:00 am. 
For more information, call (902) 736-6465 or email northside1178@gmail.com



Summer Reading Series: Excerpt from Before The Box

Written by our pastor, Jason Homan, Before the Box is a journey through church history and culture. It describes the boxes (traditions, expectations, and extremes) in which modern Christianity has encased itself. To move forward in our spiritual lives and to make our churches most effective for Jesus, we must get back to a time before these traditions, expectations, and extremes. We must return to the vibrant faith and gospel-centered life of first-century Christianity.

In this excerpt, Pastor Homan writes about pleasing God and how it fits into a correct motivation for ministry. Love for God is the only correct, lasting motive for both ministry and the Christian life.

Where does pleasing God fit into correct motivation?

Revelation 4:11 tells us that we were created to please God.

Pleasing God, of course, is another effect of the landslide that is the love of God. Not a motivation in itself.

Funny enough, we think that it is what we do that pleases Him instead of who we are.

We think that He is more impressed with our production than He is in the person He is forming us to be. In thinking this way, we elevate our handiwork over the workmanship of God.

We exalt achievement and downplay character in our society. However, any parent worth their salt will tell you that they would rather have a godly teenager flipping burgers at the local fast food establishment than a rebellious teen heading up a dot-com empire. I think we have forgotten that God is a Father who is first interested in who we are, and then He helps us do what we do.

Did you ever read about God’s inspection of Adam’s work in the Garden? We all think in the back of our minds that this is the reason why God was showing up in the “cool of the day” – to inspect. Nope, it was to spend time with the one who pleased Him. Adam didn’t please God because of his own production, but instead Adam pleased God because Adam was God’s creation!

God isn’t nearly as excited about what we are doing (although we do right in response to His love) as He is excited about His new creation…what He has created in us and is doing in us! That is what He is pleased with.

The truth is that God is easily pleased. He is pleased when He sees what He has done in us, not what we have done to look good to Him. Remember the “filthy rags” part? (Isa 64:6) It’s what He does in me that matters!!!

For some tangled and bungled up reason, we have this notion that we keep God happy by our works. We couldn’t please Him with our works at salvation and we aren’t supposed to walk by works now. (2 Cor. 5:7)

Oh, how much pain we cause ourselves when we have a distorted view of God. So many times, we see Him as a quality inspector on an assembly line instead of as a grandparent waiting for the grandchildren to arrive for a visit. He loves us, because He sees Himself (Jesus) in us. That’s what pleases Him.
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Are you trying to please God by works, or are you resting in His love for you? Learn more about God each week by worshipping with the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church – Sundays at 11:00 am. 
For more information, call (902) 736-6465 or email northside1178@gmail.com

Before the Box is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.ca/Before-Box-Freeing-First-Century-Christianity/dp/1497406064/




 
 
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