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WHEN TO SAVE A DROWNING MAN by Jeff Carnie

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Watchman Nee tells the story of his stay in China with twenty other Christians. The bathing accommodations were inadequate in the home where they were lodging, so they went for a daily dip in the river.

On one occasion, one of the men got a cramp in his leg and began sinking fast. Mr. Nee motioned to one of the other men, who was an excellent swimmer, about the drowning man. To his astonishment, however, the man did not move. He just stood there and watched the drowning man.

Mr. Nee was agitated, but the swimmer was calm and collected. Meanwhile, the voice of the drowning man grew fainter and more desperate. Mr. Nee hated the swimmer who just stood and watched on the shore when he could have jumped into the river and rescued the drowning man. As the drowning man went under for what looked like the last time, the swimmer was there in a moment, and both were soon safely on shore.

After the rescue, Mr. Nee chewed out the swimmer, accusing him of loving his life too much and being selfish. The response of the swimmer revealed, however, he knew what he was doing. He told Watchman that if he had gone too soon, the drowning man would have put a death grip on him and they would have both drowned in the river, and he was right. He told Mr. Nee that a drowning man cannot be saved until he is utterly exhausted and ceases to make the slightest effort to save himself.

Such is the case with our salvation. When we stop trying to save ourselves, then the Lord can step in and save us when we yield to Him. When you see the struggle that is a sign that you’re sensitive to sin and that is where God can help you.

(From a sermon by Daniel Darling, The Monster Inside – Saying No To Yourself, 2/1/2011)

 

Be BLESSED!!

Pastor Jeff Carnie

8:00 and 9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

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PRAYER AND THE MOTORCYCLE by Jeff Carnie

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There was a woman at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter.

She returned to her car to find that she had locked the keys inside the car when she went into the pharmacy and was now unable to get into her car to drive home.

She didn’t know what to do and started to panic, so she called home and told the baby sitter what had happened and that she did not know what to do. The baby sitter told her to find a coat hanger and see if that would open the door.

The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground, possibly by someone else who also had locked their keys in their car. Then she looked at the hanger and said, “I don’t know how to use this.” So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help.

In so doing, she obeyed the command to never stop praying. Do you think God would reward her for that?

Within five minutes a motorcycle roared up and pulled into the parking space next to her car. A rough, dirty-looking biker got off and saw her situation. He asked if he could help her. The woman thought, “This is what you sent to help me, God?”

She finally told him yes, as she needed to hurry and get home to her sick daughter. He walked over to the car, and in less than one minute the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said, “Thank you so much! You are such a nice man.”

The man replied; “No, I’m not, Lady. I just got out of prison for car theft.” The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out to God, “You even sent me a professional.”

Be BLESSED!!

Pastor Jeff Carnie

8:00 and 9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

www.jeffcarnieandspectrum.com

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Something Funny! The blog by Jeff Carnie

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A turtle family went on a picnic. They had prepared seven years for their outing. The family left home, searching for a suitable place. During the second year of their journey, they found it. For about six months they cleared the area, unpacked the picnic basket, and completed the arrangement. They discovered, however, that they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed.
After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt at home. Although he was the fastest of the slow-moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He agreed to go on only with one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left.

Three years passed, and the little turtle had not returned. Five years. Six years. Then in the seventh year of his absence, the eldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and began to unwrap a sandwich. At that point, the little turtle popped out from behind a tree shouting, “SEE! I knew that you wouldn’t wait! Now, I am not going to get the salt!”

Be Blessed

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A Christmas Package by Jeff Carnie

Christmas Presents

Jeff Calendar’s three year old daugh-
ter along with the rest of her family
was observed opening Christmas packages.
As is often the case, Jeff’s wife had
recycled some bows from previous times,
and their daughter grabbed one and them
placed it on top of her head. The old
tape left on it caused it to stick to
her hair. That sight caused everyone to
begin laughing which excited her. In
the midst of their laughter, she cried,
“Look, I’m a present!” [And, in the
end, aren’t we all? On the otherhand,
are we ’a present’ worth keeping and
using in the Kingdom of God?]

MERRY CHRISTMAS and BE BLESSED

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Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

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Celebration News by Jeff Carnie

New Spectrum Single “Come Down”CD-Cover_Come-Down_1400x1400 

Our worship team, Spectrum Is pleased to announce the release of their newest music project single, “Come Down.” I am pleased with the outcome and I pray that those of you who appreciate music will welcome this song to your “like list.” This song was written by a friend of mine and given to our team to perform, it’s an original. I encourage you to recommend this song to your family and friends if you like. Thanks in advance for your support of our efforts. Available now on itunes!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/come-down-single/id586355330

Senior Banquet

On November 8, 2012 “The Carnies” were given the privilege of singing for the annual Senior Banquet. When I was approached about providing music for the event, I jumped at the opportunity without hesitation; I felt honored to be asked to be part of the evening. I knew it would be a opportunity for Carole, Debra, and me to sing songs from our “Carnie” repertoire.

When we entered the auditorium, the entire group sensed the evening would be special because the room was so beautifully decorated; we were not disappointed. The evening was really sweet. When planning which songs “The Carnies,” Carole, Debra, and I would be performing, my objective was to select music which would have a broad appeal. From the response received after the program, those who attended the event were pleased with the musical choice. Carole, Deb, and I had so much fun, it allowed us the opportunity to sing songs we seldom do anymore; the time spent that evening was nostalgic! The Carnies have shared a long sweet association with First Baptist Church and its members, approximately twenty years; we were able to walk down memory lane musically. We sang one of our most requested songs, “HUSH.” My only concern for the evening was that “Baby Daniel Whalen may have been contemplating becoming a worship pastor.  Well good for me,  he won’t be ready for a few years.

Changes with the New Year! 

There are many changes that will be taking place in the “Celebration Service” area at the beginning of the year. As we prepare to say goodbye to one of our team members, we will be embracing additional members. Although it’s not always easy or pleasant to see people we have come to care about move on, I’ve come to understand it’s necessary. I realize God is in control, and with that been said I must be accepting and willing to adjust to all changes.

Join with me and our team in saying goodbye to George Rivera as he leaves to serve in the worship department at his home church. George has played on team Spectrum as a bassist for about two years. You’ll be missed man, blessings!

As I move our team forward to 2013, I am presently considering two individuals as bassists for the Spectrum team,  Larvin Prendhal and Russel Johnson. Please pray that God gives me clarity in who is best for the team both in skill, chemistry, and commitment. Welcome with me our new drummer, Brandon Harris; take the time to welcome him to our team and church. If you had the opportunity to hear him play with our team in November, you will agree with me that he is awesome.

I am really excited about the growth of our community choir, we have three additional members since our last newsletter. Please welcome Mikaela DeRose, soprano, and Crystal Finn and Myashra Hudson, both altos. 

Thanksgiving 2012 

Because of the generosity of so many of you, Loving Hands Ministry was able to be a blessing to so many families. Between the “Concert for Cans” effort and the can and dry good donations from many of you the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, we were able to share your generosity with others. Again, we collaborated with Anna Kirchgater School to provide for families which were identified by them as in need of assistance. We served 33 families.

The HELPS fund and Loving Hands Ministry will together identify families in our community and church who are in need of assistance during the Christmas holiday. The privilege of serving individuals needing help is beyond fulfilling. It helps to keep things in perspective, it is a reminder of our purpose, “to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”

Atascadero

In September, “Spectrum” led the services for the First Assembly of God in Atascadero, CA. Because we have had the privilege of leading services for the First Assembly in Atascadero for the past three years, it was a reunion of sorts.  We were all thrilled to re-acquaint ourselves with individuals we had previously met, but it was just exciting meeting and praying with new acquaintances.

Carole shared a touching testimony which connected with many in the service. Her heartfelt message was, it’s not always easy to do what’s right, but as Christians we are required to make choices which clearly represent the God we stand for. The time we spent with our brothers and sisters in Atascadero was pleasant. We always look forward to our time with this church family, and can’t wait until next year.

Spectrum Community Choir

I couldn’t resist giving a shout out to our very own “Spectrum Community Choir,” who participated in all three services on December 2nd. They performed a song, “You Are Mercy” which was an original song written by a personal friend of mine. “You Are Mercy” is scheduled to be recorded on our next project. I could not have been prouder of our choir’s recent performance of the song “You Are Mercy,” and if the response from the FBCEG congregation after hearing “You Are Mercy” is any indication; they were just as pleased as I was of the performance. With that I say thank you to all my choir members.

Be blessed

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

www.jeffcarnieandspectrum.com

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THE SCARAB BEETLES! By Jeff Carnie (También en español)


Many people find beetles and bugs somewhat creepy, but if here’s one beetle in the world that could turn you into a beetle lover – the jewel scarab.

Jewel scarabs live in the jungles of Honduras and have the shape of your regular Christmas beetle. But their colours are so dazzling and beautiful that they can sell for up to $500 a beetle.

Beautiful flaming reds, bright golds, silvers that resemble bright, shiny chrome. Even the beetle hater finds jewel scarabs dazzling and beautiful!

But the jewel scarab’s beauty doesn’t come automatically. Every scarab has modest, even ugly beginnings.

The scarab starts life as a soft, mushy, grey-white grub growing inside a rotting tree stump.

They spend their life like this for around a year, until finally, when the rainy season arrives, the adult scarabs emerge soft bodied and pale.

Then within hours, their bodies harden and their splendid colours show.

They only live for another three months, but what a glorious existence it is.

People are just like scarabs. We may not feel terribly beautiful and attractive. In fact there may be parts of you that feel distinctly ugly – and I’m not talking just about your body, but about your spirit, your mind, your thought life, your character, your home.

But it’s the work of the Spirit of God to make us beautiful.

It may seem to take a lifetime, but as the Spirit works on us, we will emerge as beautiful, dazzling, shining creatures gloriously bearing the image of our Creator.

Be blessed

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

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 Los escarabajos! Por Jeff Carnie   en español

Muchas personas encuentran escarabajos e insectos poco espeluznante, pero si esto es un escarabajo en el mundo que podría convertirse en un amante de escarabajo – el escarabajo joya.

Escarabajos joya viven en las selvas de Honduras y tienen la forma de su habitual escarabajo Navidad. Sin embargo, sus colores son tan deslumbrante y hermoso que se puede vender por hasta $ 500 al escarabajo.

Hermosas rojos llameantes, dorados brillantes y plateados que recuerdan cromo brillante, brillante. Incluso el enemigo escarabajo encuentra escarabajos joya deslumbrante y hermoso!

Pero la belleza del escarabajo joya no viene automáticamente. Cada escarabajo tiene orígenes modestos, incluso feos.

El escarabajo comienza su vida como un suave, blanda, de color blanco grisáceo gusano que crece dentro de un tronco podrido.

Pasan su vida de esta manera alrededor de un año, hasta que finalmente, cuando llega la temporada de lluvias, los escarabajos adultos emergen de cuerpo blando y pálido.

A continuación, en cuestión de horas, su cuerpo se endurecen y sus espléndidos colores muestran.

Sólo viven por otros tres meses, pero lo que una existencia gloriosa que es.

Las personas son como los escarabajos. Es posible que no se sienten terriblemente hermoso y atractivo. De hecho, puede haber partes de ustedes que se sienten claramente feo – y no estoy hablando sólo de su cuerpo, sino su espíritu, su mente, tus pensamientos, tu carácter, tu casa.

Pero es la obra del Espíritu de Dios que nos haga hermoso.

Puede parecer que tomar toda la vida, pero a medida que el Espíritu obra en nosotros, vamos a salir como criaturas hermosas y deslumbrantes, brillantes gloriosamente con la imagen de nuestro Creador.

Sean bendecidos

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Adoración Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd..

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

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The Right Side by Jeff Carnie

THE RIGHT SIDE

The story is told of a little girl who had lived her life in the city and was acclimated to the many street lights at night. She had opportunity to go to the country on a vacation. One starlit night, she and her mother stood gazing up into the sky without any street lights to conceal its aura.

The child was awestruck by its sparkling beauty. She exclaimed, “Mama, if heaven is so pretty on the wrong side, I wonder what it looks like on the right side!”

Imagine with me for a moment, what heaven might look like! Now, imagine being there!

Keep pushing toward the prize! I know I am!

 
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.     John 14:3 New International Version (NIV)

Be blessed

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

www.jeffcarnieandspectrum.com

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