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Find out what is going on at Welch Creek here! The picture below was taken by the Hayes family for a special military project we were able to be a part of. A special packet was sent to our local National Guard with this picture from our church in it! We sure hope this packet was a blessing! 

"Jesus' Church"

posted Sep 6, 2017, 1:15 PM by Dylan Lamb   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 1:16 PM ]

"I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
                                                                                     ~  Matthew 16:18

          The church that Jesus speaks of here is a far cry from the churches of today. When most think of a church, they think of a building with a cross on a steeple and stained-glass windows. In our culture, many have made the church much like a glorified social club or a theater of entertainment. The church is not a building, but rather a body of believers who meet under the authority of their leader: Jesus Christ. This body of believers meet for a three-fold purpose: Exaltation of the Lord, Edification and growth of the believers, and the Evangelization of an unbelieving world.
        The main focus should be to exalt our great God. Psalm 100:2-4, tells how we can do this, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise." Since the church is a "called out" people, it must teach and equip its members on how to be spiritually minded and grow in the grace of God.
        The third goal of the church is to be evangelists in its outreach. Soul-winning should be the driving force behind every church ministry. We are to reach unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. He is the only Saviour; and our goal must be to plant and water the message of grace everywhere. The church should never forget it's purpose. When these three areas are being carried out by a local church, Satan cannot stop it. It will march on with the power of its God in it.
              September 3rd, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Rivers of Living Water"

posted Sep 5, 2017, 12:01 PM by Dylan Lamb   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 12:02 PM ]

"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, 
           out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."
                                                                                     ~  John 7:38

          Often, each of us will feel like we are not amounting to much in our service for the Lord Jesus. It's as if nothing we do is of any value. While you hear of others doing great things, your life seems to produce little to nothing for the cause of Christ. This reminds me of the rancher in Texas who tells of a rickety old windmill that stood alongside his family's barn and pumped water to their place. It was their only source of water for miles. In a strong wind, it pumped water abundantly, but in  a light breeze it would not turn. It required manually turning the vanes until the fan faced directly into the wind. Only when properly positioned did the windmill supply water for the ranch.
        God saved each of us for a specific reason. One such reason is so that He could use us to be a help and blessing to others. For that to happen, we must make sure we are positioned correctly so that the "wind" of the Holy Spirit can blow upon us - thus producing that abundant water which flows from God. This water comes from deep within our hearts and souls.
        Our position makes all the difference. Make sure that throughout each day, you stop and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you. As you do so, God can then use you to be a fresh drink of hope for those whom you come into contact with in this dry and sinful world.
              August 27th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Done In Secret"

posted Aug 22, 2017, 1:56 PM by Dylan Lamb   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 1:57 PM ]

"and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."
                                                                    ~  Matthew 6 : 18

          Many people look to their friends and family for applause, or reward, or compliments when they do something good. Not to receive any praise usually saddens their so called "good deed." Our above verse tells us that a reward day for our good deeds is left up to God, and will come after our death. Those human acts of kindness that are motivated by love, and done in secret are seen by God, and will not go unrewarded. Jesus called it, "Laying up treasures in Heaven." Treasures so great that they can never be done away with.
        Even the smallest of good deeds done in Jesus' name will be added to your treasure chest in Heaven. Jesus mentioned a glass of water in His name is seen by the Father. While the world seeks to applaud the achievements of people who live for praise, we who are saved, should live to seek the favor and applause of our heavenly Father.
        It takes great humility to do good in secret and never let it be known through your own words. Those who live to be patted on the back will lose that reward in Heaven. However, those who serve the Lord Jesus with the right motive will be honored greatly when they stand before God, and He reveals to all of Heaven what you while on earth for His Name's sake. What treasures are you laying up?
              August 20th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Face to Face"

posted Aug 15, 2017, 7:58 AM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 7:59 AM ]

"But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed."
                                            ~  Galatians  2:11

          Here we have two giants of the faith coming together, the apostle, Peter and the apostle, Paul. Peter had been fellowshipping with saved gentiles, but when the Judaizers arrived, (these were religious leaders who believed that sinners were saved through Jesus, plus keeping the law of Moses) Peter would separate himself from the gentiles. Seeing this hypocrisy, Paul, in love and compassion, confronted Peter face to face for cowering down to the legalistic system that was powerless to change lives. He vigorously reminded Peter that grace leads to freedom from sin's slavery, and obedience to God.
        Having this type of courage with fellow Christians can be difficult, but it can produce and promote unity and purity. What Peter was doing had to do with the doctrine of Grace. This was no small issue. Unless corrected, it would lead to deeper problems. We can assume Peter corrected the error of his ways, and that he would go on to be the man God would greatly use. Here is the question - what would you do if you were either one of the two men? You would be surprised at how many people would react to that situation in today's churches.
              August 13th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                             James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

What Are You Doing With Your Privileges?

posted Aug 7, 2017, 10:25 AM by Dylan Lamb   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 10:25 AM ]

"...called to be SAINTS, with all that in every place call                                     
                   upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord."  ~ 1 Cor. 1:2

          According to Catholicism, not all of God's children are saints. That is something you must earn. You must do extraordinary things during your lifetime. Then, Rome decides whether or not to grant "saint-hood."
        However, according to God's Word, every saved person is a saint. Your being a saint is not according to your performance, but it is a privilege granted to you by God's grace. Here is the question: "Are you trying to honor that privilege?"
        A saved person is called a Child of God. What a privilege! Are you living like one? A saved person is privileged to be a part of the Bride of Christ. No loving bride would be unfaithful to her husband. Are you faithful to Christ? Saved people are privileged to be called sheep in His fold. Sheep are loved and led by their shepherd. Are you following the Chief Shepherd, Christ?
        Every privilege we have is in Christ. Each privilege we have comes with accountability and responsibility. Most saved people don't take their privileges seriously. Are you one of them? I pray not! Be a faithful Child of God, a faithful soldier in battle, a faithful bride, and an obedient sheep.
              August 6th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                             James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6


posted Jul 30, 2017, 2:31 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jul 30, 2017, 2:32 PM ]

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature."  ~ Mark 16:15

         Charles Finney tells that he wento a church service as an unsaved lawyer and heard a bunch of indifferent church members speak proudly of the lost condition of sinners in their town. He said, "You bunch of hypocrites! You say sinners are going to Hell, and you don't believe a word of it! What are you doing about it? You go on with your houses, building your barns, not turning a hand to do anything for anyone of them, and here you stand and tell men ought to be saved! If there is a Hell, what are you doing about it?"
        It cut to the heart of the young lawyer so deeply, he said, "But what am I doing? If there is a Hell, what am I doing about it?" Upon leaving that plae, he went to a wooded area alone, trusted Christ, and prayed until God mightily filled him with power. Then he was greatly used of God in winning lost souls because he got the "GO YE" right.
        Since there is a Hell, what are you doing about it? Do you have the "GO YE" in you? These are the two words that would solve most of the soul winning deficiency faced in our churches. Two littles words - one big important job: "GO YE".
              July 30th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                             James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Dads Needed"

posted Jun 22, 2017, 9:12 AM by Dylan Lamb   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 9:13 AM ]

"... a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."  ~ Proverbs 29:15b

           America has many problems, but most of these problems could easily be dealt with if the men of America would be loyal enough, to take a stand for manhood. It is tragic that "shame" comes to most homes, especially mothers because men shun their duties at home. 
        Training a child right will take more than a parent teaching a child how to color. Children need a man who is masculine. Masculine does not necessarily mean that the dad have bulging muscles. It has nothing to do with the height or weight of a man. It may not have to do with the job he works at.
        David was a shepherd boy, but one with a heart for God. David was not a big man compared to his brothers. But, His brothers, who were in the army, were cowards. They feared Goliath, yet Davis fought Goliath. 
        The Bible speaks of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. This woman is hard to find today. What we need today are some virtuous men. The word "virtue"deals with moral goodness, bravery, trustworthy, committed, abstaining from evil or bad, a quality that sets a good example. A real father will be that man who by example shows his wife, his children, and others that living for God, but he surely can be the one who walks, and lives as an example for them to follow. May God gives us some virtuous men!

        As a child of God, you never stand, sit, walk or live alone; you are never alone. You will never face anything alone. Believe that and accept that truth. We are not given the spirit of fear, but we are given the spirit of faith. Alone -- NEVER! He is ALWAYS there. Jesus - What a Precious Saviour and Friend!
              June 18, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                             James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"He Is There"

posted Jun 11, 2017, 3:27 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jun 11, 2017, 3:28 PM ]

"And, lo, I am with you, even unto the end of the world. Amen"  ~ Matthew 28:20b

"I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you."  ~ John 14:18

"Let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  ~  John 14:27

           Down through the trials of life, each of us will come face to face with situations that we don't know how to deal with, and we'll wonder what to do. Thankfully, we don't have to travel the road of life by ourselves. He is ever with us. At the bedside of a dying mom or dad, He is there. Standing at the graveside of a child, He is there. When the doctor returns with the prognosis of cancer, our God is there. With the spouse who just learned that the love of their life has left them, He is there. With the parent who is pacing the floor alone as their child is out at a late time, He is there. No matter what heartache, trial, storm or fear, Our Lord is there!
        As a child of God, you never stand, sit, walk or live alone; you are never alone. You will never face anything alone. Believe that and accept that truth. We are not given the spirit of fear, but we are given the spirit of faith. Alone -- NEVER! He is ALWAYS there. Jesus - What a Precious Saviour and Friend!
              June 11, 2017                                            
                                               From the Pastor,
                                                                                             James H. Baker

"40 Years"

posted Jun 4, 2017, 2:51 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 2:52 PM ]

        It was June of 1977, I was twenty-seven years old and Mrs. Baker was twenty-five years old; that was the month and year we came here to Welch Creek. It was 40 years ago. Our children were seven, five and three years old. I was working full time at the local Sky City Department store in the camera and sporting goods departments. Mrs. Baker was in nursing part-time, and was still taking classes.
        We came here following the two years that Brother Paul Weber was your pastor. Brother Paul and I were in Bible-college together for a while in the early 70's.
        It was a time when a struggling little church needed a pastor, and it was time when a struggling little preacher needed a church to pastor. It's amazing how God brought both together! The Lord Jesus surely has done a gracious work here as a result of we two coming together as a pastor and people. We still have approximately a dozen of those charter members still with us.
        I cannot begin to tell each of you how much I appreciate your love for me and Mrs. Baker. You have been more supportive of us than any preacher I know of.  We have sailed through many troubled waters. We have had our winter-time seasons. We have gone through some dark and dreary times. BUT, our Great God and Saviour has sustained us and protected us in those trying times. We have never seen Him let us down, nor fail us. It has been by His mighty hand and power that we have what we have today, here at Welch Creek.
        May our Heavenly Father richly bless you as we continue to labor together the cause of Christ and the Gospel.
              June 4, 2017                                            
                                               From the Pastor,
                                                                                             James H. Baker

                                                                                                         Proverbs 3: 5-8

"Come See A Man, Which Told Me"

posted May 22, 2017, 12:00 PM by Dylan Lamb   [ updated May 22, 2017, 12:01 PM ]

"Come see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: 
is not this the Christ?"
John 4:29

           These are the words of a woman who met Jesus at Jacob's Well. We find that she had been married five times and was living unmarried with a man. It does not sound like she was in any way a lady. No doubt her lifestyle had all kinds of problems and heartaches. But on this day, Jesus would turn her life around.
        She came to the well for physical water, but returned to town with everlasting water. The first thing she did was leave her water pots and return to tell those in town about the One Who told her "all things that ever I did." Because of her testimony, others would come to believe on the Lord Jesus. (John 4:39)
      This woman, before she did anything else, wanted others to know what Jesus had done for her. Because of her changed life, the people of the city knew something had happened to her. It would be the greatest day of her life. We can see her returning to where she lived and telling the man she shacked up with that it was over for them. She tells her children, possibly from five different husbands, what Jesus had done for her.
      May we who are saved, live each day to tell others the words of that woman, "Come see a man, which told me all things!"
              May 21st, 2017                                            
                                               From the Pastor,
                                                                                             James H. Baker

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