I wanted to send you an Easter Greeting and Blessing. May the resurrection power of God flow through you today. May you be surrounded with love. Let hope abound! Squash all the silly attempts of the evil one. Take time to share the stories of Jesus.
We will not have services at the chapel tomorrow. The cable will be open for people who would like to drive by and say their prayers. We are posting an Easter message on Facebook. We have done posts for Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday on Facebook under New Hope Chapel.
He Is Risen!
We would like to thank you for your continued faithful support. Although we cannot gather, we have tried to communicate through Facebook. We do have a Maundy Thursday and an Easter program planned. We are still praying on Tuesday evenings at 7, although it is prayer where you are. Pray Home!
We continue to lift up the church family daily. If there are specific needs, we would love to help. Generous people are still sending their tithes and offerings. It is wonderful to hear from our friends.
God bless you,
“To the Pilgrims…Grace to you and peace be multiplied.” (1Peter 1:1&2)
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
(2 Peter 1:2)
“That which we have seen and heard we declare to you….” (1 John 1:3) “Grace, mercy and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.” (2 John1:3)
“To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ; Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” (Jude 1:1&2)
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
These words are greetings from the apostles to struggling Christians during times of great persecution and unrest. Paul writes of the sufferings he endured for the gospel: “…in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness--” (2 Corinthians 11:23-27)
These difficulties experienced by the saints are vivid reminders that God rules and comforts in even the most difficult of times. I received a greeting from one of our church family saying words of comfort and encouragement we have sent out from our Facebook page brought much comfort. “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul.” (Psalm 94:19) That is our goal during these difficult times.
Our Sunday morning services are suspended for the time being. But we had an amazingly wonderful experience in our prayer meeting on Tuesday night. My son, Luke, arranged for us to meet in teleconferencing. The people who were at the last Tuesday night prayer meeting on the hill were invited to join in a teleconferencing prayer meeting. In the midst of a tornado watch, with thunderclaps and lightning bolts, we prayed. It was surreal! The presence of the Lord was in our prayers. The storm ceased. It was like Revival River Band’s song -- we will praise you in this storm. God is so good! We prayed for you, among other things.
We have made an effort to communicate through Facebook. We will seek other avenues to stay in prayer and worship and in touch. Please let us know how you are doing. Our prayers are not hindered. Our well wishes are strong. We just miss you. We really miss being together and seeing your faces.
May the Lord bless you and keep you until we meet again.
“Till we meet… Till we meet… Till we meet at Jesus’ feet. God be with you till we meet again!”
P.S. Please like us on Facebook! We can keep up better on that venue.
P.P.S. Some have asked about their tithes and offerings. We are trying to set up a way to make an offering online. In the meanwhile, people are invited to send their offerings to New Hope Chapel, 2000 Hwy 130 E, Shelbyville, TN 37160. Thank you so much.
God bless us all!
This Sunday, May 24th, 2020, is Ascension Sunday. Beginning at 9 AM on our Facebook page, accompanied by the Revival River Band, Reverend Ashley will have a message based on John 17:1-11. He will also have thoughts on Memorial Day, Graduation, and a special message about the future of the services for New Hope Chapel. As always, we miss being with all our church family and we are looking forward to being together again. We wish you peace.
God Bless All Affected by Storms and Outbreaks.
People are asking, “What can we do to help those in need? What do we do to prepare for things like virus outbreaks and devastating storms?”
We might buy one extra of the regular items we buy. We know a need will arise, and if we already have items to share in an emergency, we’ll be ready. It seems to me that it would be less expensive, and easier to store, to buy one extra item from time to time, than a great deal all at once. So if each person buys one extra of something they are buying for their normal use, we could call it “Buy One, Get One For Thee” -- Thee being the Lord, to direct how it should be used. I am confident He would lead each individual.
“Share your bread with the hungry.”
“Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?”
“You give them something to eat.”
“If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?”
We already have many opportunities to share: Good Samaritan, God Can, Outreach, Soup Kitchen, and others. This would not be in place of the existing services but in addition to them. With natural disasters, violence, and medical outbreaks abounding,
it would behoove us to find ways to be prepared so that we can be of service. We are ripe for another great awakening. People will be driven to their knees to surrender and pray.
New Hope Chapel is a House of Prayer.
Jesus quoted Isaiah 56:7 when he said, “It is written: My house shall be called a house of prayer.”
We invite you to join us in prayer on Tuesday nights at 7 o'clock. Several people join us in prayer from home. We have seen large crowds with signs and wonders. We have had quiet evenings with just a few people praying and believing.
In whatever way you can join us in prayer, you are welcome.
We have been donating breakfast items to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry here in Shelbyville for over two years now, and they appreciate your help tremendously. Items such as cereal, oatmeal, toaster pastries, granola bars, or anything else you would like to contribute are most welcome. We collect the donations on the second Sunday of each month, but any time you might feel like bringing something in is a good time. Thank you so much for all you do for those who are in need.
We continue to serve our community by helping with the Bedford County Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen has grown out of a ministry of the Bedford County Ministerial Association, and it is now a freestanding ministry located at First United Methodist Church on the town square. Every Tuesday evening there is a free meal available for all who come. It is prepared, served, and cleaned up by volunteers. We have the invitation to participate each month. The next few meals there have been suspended until a way to handle the process without spreading infections can be found. We hope it can progress soon.
If your soul is hungry, one of the best ways to feed it is to volunteer to help in the Soup Kitchen.
Several people struggled and read the entire plan for last year. We found it to be a blessing. It is spiritually powerful to have the Word of God read out loud in our homes daily. It is encouraging to know that others are reading the same thing at the same time. This year we are recommending a simpler plan. The Moody Church in Chicago has a plan that includes the New Testament for the entire year. It is more like one chapter a day for five days a week. We invite you to join us in The New Testament In A Year Reading Plan this year. There are copies of the plan available at the church, or you can click the button below for a downloadable PDF file.
February 4, 2020 - Our deepest condolences to Tara Peek in the loss of her father, Richard Duffel Peek. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral Home with Brother Bobby McGee officiating. Burial will follow at Simpson Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the funeral home.
Dearly beloved, we rejoice that in the providence of God a door of usefulness has been opened to you in the Church of Christ. You are to give yourselves to the service of the Lord, going about doing good. You are to minister to the poor, visit the sick, pray for the dying, care for the orphaned, seek the wandering, comfort the sorrowing, and lead the sinning to their Savior. Such service lays upon you such solemn responsibility.
Do you believe that you are led of God to engage in this work and to assume the duties of this office?
O eternal God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, look upon these thy servants whom we consecrate this day. Grant that they may have strength of body, mind, and soul for the fulfillment of thy will. That they may worthily discharge the work committed to them to the blessing of mankind and the glory of Christ our Savior.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all the generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Are you persuaded that the Holy Scriptures contain sufficiently all truth required for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ? And are you determined out of the same Holy Scriptures to instruct people committed to our charge that they may enter into eternal life?
Are you persuaded and determined, by God’s grace, to faithfully exercise yourself in the Holy Scriptures and call upon God through study and prayer for the true understanding of the same? Will you live soberly, righteously, and devoutly in this present world that you may show yourself an example of good works unto others to the honor and glory of God?
Almighty and most merciful Father, who of thine infinite goodness hast given thine only and dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ to be our Redeemer, and has made some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to the edifying and making perfect of thy Church: Grant, we beseech thee, to this thy servant such grace that he or she may evermore be ready to spread abroad thy Gospel, the glad tidings of reconciliation with thee, and to use the authority given him, not to destruction, but to salvation; not to hurt, but to help; so that as a wise and faithful servant, giving all their portion in due season, he may at last be received into everlasting joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.