Notes From Dr. Marty

On this page, you'll find updates about our church, our building program, and what's going on around Sand Ridge. Check back frequently for updates!

18 Day Until Harvest Day: Your Transition Committee Is At Work

As we prepare to move into the new worship center in 2019, we have a Transition Committee that is hard at work preparing for the move. They are studying the myriad of issues that are arising and developing recommendations for addressing them. Here are just a few: 


Where will every Sunday School class meet? Most classes will be changing rooms as we aggregate children, youth, and adults into common areas of the facilities. 


How many greeters/ushers are needed and at which entrances will they serve? How will our welcome desk operate? What kinds of activities will take place in the new commons to make guests welcome and enhance fellowship among the SRBC family? What kind of worship schedule will we have on Sunday mornings, evenings, and Wednesdays? How will media be used to enhance the experience we have in the Commons? How will technology impact our ability to check-in children into our Children's Ministry area? How do we make certain procedures are in place for effective security for our children and youth? What kind of signage do we need on the property? How will we gather the church family for joyful celebrations of baptism? Can we utilize the Commons for weekly ministries and Bible studies? How do we make certain that our worship is effective and inspirational for all age groups? How do we train the church to use technology for maximum efficiency of ministry? What about a church app? How do we make sure handicap access is available for people who need to be in different parts of the building? How do we repurpose our existing worship space to enhance ministry? Do we provide new ministries for children during worship? 


As you can see, these are just a few of the many questions that arise as a result of our building program. Pray for you Transition Committee. 


HARVEST DAY IS NOV. 4th. The offering goal for the Building Fund is $60,000. 


Pray and Plan Now about your sacrificial gift to the  HARVEST DAY OFFERING

19 Days Until Harvest Day: Sacrifice, Not Size, Is What Matters


Mark tells us about a widow who only possessed two mites, small copper coins worth only a fraction of a penny, and put them in the temple treasury.  They were a gift from her to God.  Jesus said of this gift “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury: for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood” (Mark 12:43-44). 

Jesus never considered to amount of the gift to be the critical factor in determining it’s importance.  The way to determine the greatness of a gift is not by looking at it’s size, but at it’s sacrifice.  How much sacrifice did it cost to the one who gave it?  

Some people can give thousands or even millions of dollars with no change in their personal lifestyle and no sacrifice in their standard of living.  


Other’s give $10 or $20 and it causes them to change their lifestyle. It means they skip lunch, wait to buy a new dress, or that alter their lifestyle in some other significant way.  The greatness of giving is never determined by amount, but by sacrifice.  

Jesus teaches us some very simply lessons about giving.  He teaches us that giving is more than dollars and cents.  It is more than a check in

an envelope.  He teaches about How we ought to give to God.  And what matters in giving is the sacrifice, not the size. 



HARVEST DAY IS NOVEMBER 4TH. As we reach our goal of $60,000 for the HARVEST DAY OFFERING, let us be committed not to giving equal gifts, but to sharing in equal sacrifice. May those who come behind us FIND US FAITHFUL!

20 Days Until Harvest Day: Why Should You Participate?

November 4th is HARVEST DAY at Sand Ridge Baptist Church. Each year the church sets aside this Sunday for a special offering for our Find Us Faithful Building Fund. The goal this year is $60,000 in addition to the regular Sunday offering. 


Why should you participate in this special offering? 


Old Testament believers were commanded to "Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing..." (Proverbs 3:9). 


The Harvest was a time of Thanksgiving for the people of God in Israel and Judah. Without the blessing of God on the Harvest, life was extremely difficult. Giving God the first-fruits was a way His people honored him with their wealth. 


Though we don't live in a society dominated by agriculture like those in ancient Israel, we still are commanded to follow the principle of honoring God for His blessings. 


Why should you and I participate in the Harvest Day offering? We do so out of a thankful heart for God's provisions. And by giving we are recognizing the principle that "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it.." (Psalm 24:1). As the prophet Haggai proclaimed, "The silver and gold are mine,' declares the Lord." (Haggai 2:8).


God is the source of all of our blessings. Harvest Day allows us to sacrificially give to His work as we acknowledge that without Him, we would have nothing. 

Devotional Thought - Blind Spots

In America, there are millions who are visually impaired. The American Foundation for the Blind says that every 7 minutes another person becomes blind or visually impaired.

 

I am thankful for my vision. But there are areas in my life where I have found myself to be blind to things that should have been obvious to me. Let me give you an example.


When my Dad died suddenly and without warning in February, 2005, I was shocked. As the months and years have rolled by, I cannot tell you the number of times I just wanted to call him and ask him something or see how he was doing. 


At the same time I have realized that while he was alive there were many times I should have called, should have gone to see him, or should have reached out when I was too busy or too preoccupied with something else to do so. I was blind to the blessing of my father. 


We all have our blind spots. Before my father died, I had told countless other people that “dead noses smell no roses” and that they should appreciate their loved ones while they are here. But I was blind to that in my own life. And now I see, but its too late.


Max Lucado says that just because you live near a garden doesn’t mean you’ve see the beauty of one flower. Just because you are married doesn’t mean you’ve paused to really see the beauty of your wife. Just because you have children doesn’t mean that you’ve viewed every moment with them as a gift from God. 


We can be blind in so many ways.


Let's take a moment to reflect on the blessings God has given to us and appreciate them. Let's also ask God to show us our blind spots. We all have them. 


When is the last time you told your child you loved them? When is the last time you did something spontaneous to show your spouse their importance in your life? When was the last time you called that friend you haven't seen in years? When was the last time you told a struggling friend about Jesus and invited them to church with you? When is the last time you spent time with Jesus in prayer, worship, and study? 


We all have blind spots. Where is yours?