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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! 


"Marriage"

posted Oct 21, 2018, 2:32 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Oct 21, 2018, 2:33 PM ]


          The Bible looks upon marriage not as a social contract between two individuals that may be dissolved at will; but rather, it looks upon marriage as a mystery. Paul writing to the Ephesians said, "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh." (Ephesians 5:31.) In other words, your marriage is designed to be a reflection of the relationship between Christ and His church.
        Thus, contrary to natural thinking, much of the real joy in marriage comes from giving, not from getting. For marriage is modeled on the relationship between Christ and His church. In every Christian marriage, the world should be able to see that mutual giving and self-giving which characterizes the relationship between Christ and the church.
         What opportunities present themselves daily to man to give or express toward his wife the love of One who gave up His very life for His bride! What opportunities present themselves daily to the wife to give or express the faithfulness of the Church as it is described in Ephesians 24 and 27; subject in everything to Christ - - without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish! This is not merely an ideal, but is the projected goal of the Holy Spirit with every Christian marriage.
                October 21, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Love or Lust"

posted Sep 9, 2018, 2:31 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 2:31 PM ]

"And Jacob loved Rachel; and said,                                                                                                                     
I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter - - 
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel;         
                                                                                        and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had for her."
 - Genesis 29: 18, 20

          Esau rushes in from the field about to faint. He is exhausted from a day of hunting. The stress of the hunt has led Esau's request of his brother, Jacob, to fix him a meal as quickly as possible. Jacob seized the moment as an opportunity for his own gain; "Your birthright for a bowl of beans." So, Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of food.
        "Lust is the impatience of a desire," says Oswald Chambers. When one must possess something or else, he or she is lustful. The contrast between the love that Jacob had for Rachel, that cost him seven years, and the lust of Esau, who could not wait, is quite revealing. Patience is a virtue, while lust is the embodiment of selfishness. Jacob's love for Rachel was a controlled love, while Esau's "lust" exploded with the desire of NOW. Jacob's love said, "I can wait, it will be worth it." Esau's lust said, "I want it now, no matter what it cost!"
         Jesus spoke about the lust that evolved into adultery just by the look of wanting an illicit relationship (Matthew 5:28). The patience of love and the passion of lust battle each other. When love has run its course, there is satisfaction at the end. When lust has run its course, there will be sin - - Sin will never end well.
                September 02, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"I Recommend Grace"

posted Sep 9, 2018, 2:14 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 2:14 PM ]

Beginning the first Sunday in October, I will begin a series of messages on marriage and the home. Pondering on that thought for today, allow me to share something greatly needed in every marriage, in every church, and in every place you often find yourself.

"...from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God." (Acts 14:2)
"Being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God." (Acts 15:4)

          Having been in the ministry now for just over 46 years, I can honestly say that it takes grace, more grace, and great grace in dealing with people. If there's one element of Christianity that needs to be seen in our world, it's Grace. Grace and Mercy run together. Grace and Truth also run together. Were it not for God's grace and mercy, we would still be lost in our sin and have no hope in this world-- or for eternity. Grace gives us what we do not deserve, and mercy holds back what we do deserve. Grace gives us forgiveness and Heaven, while mercy holds back what we really deserve-- judgment and Hell. We need both of these if we are to be the Christian that God would have us to be. It takes grace to overcome personal differences, personal preferences, and personal judgment.
        I know that in my own life over the last 46 years that I have shown too little grace in some situations. It has been in these situations that the Holy Spirit reminded me of God's grace toward me.
        If we are guilty of something, may it be of showing Grace and Mercy!
               September 09, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"The Just Man"

posted Aug 26, 2018, 2:21 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Aug 26, 2018, 2:22 PM ]

"For a JUST man falleth seven times, 
and riseth up again: 
but the wicked shall fall into mischief."
 - Proverbs 24:16

          Understand this, it is not standing uprightly that qualifies a person as "just," but getting up from a fall. It is not honor that makes a man shine brightly, but humility. Nothing else speaks more of the power of Christ as mightily as a person who humbles himself, takes full responsibility for their own transgression, apologizes, and makes amends. 
        A person without Christ may abstain from the passions of their flesh by mere determination or even disposition. It requires a supernatural strength to enable someone to humble himself and make apologies for their wrong doings, thereby testifying of His Saviour, Who humbled Himself of no reputation. May it also be noted that falling forward still gives a person several feet of progress! We have no confidence in the flesh, and just the moment we do, an obstacle will fall upon us to remind us of our total dependence and reliance on the Arm of Grace.
         If you've fallen lately, get up and dust yourself off, and go on for Christ. Doing so makes you qualified as a Just Man. "He that shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord requrie of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." Micah 6:8
                August 26, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Giving According to Grace"

posted Aug 5, 2018, 7:52 AM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Aug 5, 2018, 7:52 AM ]

"Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down,                                                                             
        and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. 
                                                                For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
                                                                                                                                                        - Luke 6:38

          Giving reflects the real spirit of any saved person. For most church people, real giving means putting a few dollars in the offering each week. For other church members, giving only the tithe is their position. That in itself is a great position since most church people really don't tithe. There is a deeper and more abundant giving yet. Giving reflects the personal commitment in the heart of each believer, and the Holy Spirit is the One who must prompt both the amount of giving as well as the proper attitude toward giving.
        Beyond the tithe, there is a higher principle in giving. That is giving according to love and grace. This grace giving is reflected in the above verse. The Bible teaches that God loves a "cheerful" giver. The cheerfulness comes as a result of your obeying the Holy Spirit in your giving. Plus, this grace giving has a bonus to it. Not only does it help the one receiving, but it also helps the one giving. Notice the little word, "it", found twice in the above verse. God says that whatsoever the "it" is in your giving, if done according to grace, you shall receive it back. You will receive back in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over "that" which you give in love and grace.
         Very few saved people ever really reach this point in their giving. Don't you be one of them. Learn to give according to love and grace.
                August 5, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Getting It All"

posted Jul 29, 2018, 2:51 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jul 29, 2018, 2:52 PM ]

"That ye may know what is the hope of his calling,                                     
                                        and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints."
                                                                                                    - Ephesians 1:18

          The story is told of a very wealthy man who lived in England. His wife died while giving birth to their only son. This only son meant the world to his father. His son grew up to be a brave young man who joined his nation's military. The father had a portrait made of his son in his uniform. It was hung in the front entrance of their large home, alongside many other portraits of far greater value.
        Word came that the son had been killed in battle. The father became heart-broken and grieved for many years. The only real friends the father had were his butler and the butler's family. They had been there since the father's son was a baby. The butler's children grew up with the rich man's son. The death of the son was also a great loss to them.
         The father became very ill and passed away suddenly. In his will, all his portraits were to be auctioned off. All of them, except his son's portrait were worth millions of dollars. The will stated that the son's portrait was to be the first auctioned off. Collectors from all over the world came to bid on the "famous" portraits. The auctioneer put the son's portrait up first, as the will stated. No one offered any bid on the son's portrait. Finally, after some still minutes, the butler stood up and offered what little money he had for the son's portrait."Sold!" yelled the auctioneer, and then he said, "The auction is over!"
          Astonished, those waiting to bid on the million dollar portraits asked, "WHY? What about the rest of the portraits?" The auctioneer stilled the crowd and made this announcement: "According to the father's will, whomever purchased the son's portrait would receive all of the other portraits, the house and all the land." Everything was to be given to the one who chose to bid on the portrait of his son. This, the poor servant became a very wealthy man because of his love for the son and his father.
         What a blessing that we poor sinners are made wealthy in God's grace and mercy. We also enjoy His many blessings here and will reap the rewards of Heaven later. All because of a Father, a Son and a Servant (Holy Spirit) who made it all possible.
                July 29, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Purchased By The Bridegroom"

posted Jul 22, 2018, 2:23 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jul 22, 2018, 2:24 PM ]

Today's reading comes from Pastor Craig Burcham of 
Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Summit, Missouri. 

"Ruth the Moabites.... have I purchased to be my wife." Ruth 4:10

          In this verse, we read of the purchase of Ruth by the kinsman redeemer, Boaz, to be his wife. But I am reminded of another bride that was purchased by Hosea (Hosea 3:2). As I consider these two purchased brides, I am reminded of the church: "..which he had purchased with his own blood." (Acts 20:28). There are some wonderful truths we can discover in looking at these two bought brides.
        First, we see that Ruth was a stranger by her birth (Deut. 23:3). Likewise, we too are alienated by our birth (Ps. 51:5). Gomer was a sinner alienated by her behavior. So too, we are alienated from God by our behavior (Ecc. 7:20, Rom. 3:23).
        Ruth pictures man in his self-righteousness. Though she was a good woman (Ruth 2:11). She could not by her own efforts change her condition. Gomer pictures man in his sinful rebellion (Hosea 2:2-3). As Isaiah describes it, ".. we have turned every one to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6).
        Concerning Ruth, as a stranger, she found the bridegroom's compassionate favor (Ruth 2:10). "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men" (Titus 2:11). Regarding Gomer, as a sinner, she found the bridegroom's complete forgiveness offered to us today (Isaiah 1:18).
        Finally, these two brides remind us that no matter who you are (Ruth the Moabitess), or what you have done (Gomer the adultress), there is the promise of the Bridegroom, "..him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37) - CRaig Burcham
                July 22, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Enjoy Every Bite"

posted Jul 22, 2018, 2:08 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jul 22, 2018, 2:08 PM ]


          Sometimes when I'm eating, my wife will look over at me and say, "Slow down and enjoy your food." How many of you reading this are guilty of the same thing? To really enjoy any meal, you must take your time and enjoy the taste of each part of a meal separately, and not mix the food together in their mouth in order to enjoy it better.
        I wonder how many of us rush through our Bible reading without really savoring each verse. Notice the words in the above verse, "Sweeter than honey to my mouth." That sounds good to me! What are the benefits of enjoying the rich food of God's Word? A daily meal of God's Word helps to keep anxiety, pride, fear, temptation, and depression from plaguing our undernourished hearts, and strengthens us for a victorious day. His Word gives us wisdom and understanding. It helps us restrain our feet from sin. Just as our physical digestive system distributes our minds, our emotions, and our will. Rather than grabbing Hid Word on the run just before dashing off somewhere, it is important to read it at a time and place where you can really fellowship with God. Make t a time that will allow your mind to fully taste the greatness of God's Word. "Sweet" are the Words of our God! "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb." ~ Psalm 19:10
                July 15, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Memorial Day"

posted Jun 3, 2018, 2:07 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 2:08 PM ]


          The last Monday of May is "Memorial Day." A day set aside in memory of dead servicemen of all wars involving our nation. The word, "memorial," means something designed to preserve the memory of a person or persons or events. Thousands upon thousands of military servicemen have given their lives that we and our allies might have the freedoms we enjoy today. We should never take for granted the liberty our nation offers. Every time you see one of our nation's military, you should speak a kind and thankful word to him (her).
        Consider also the many missionaries who have their lives for the cause of Christ. Paul wrote to Timothy about being a good soldier for Jesus. Thousands have given their lives over the centuries that we might have our KJV Bibles, and they have built churches in places that seemed impossible. Even today, Christians in other lands are suffering and being put to death for their faith in Christ. Even here in America, we are seeing a resistance toward our Christian faith. May we never back down or give up in our stand for Christ and the salvation He offers every lost sinner.
        We have an enemy, Satan and his forces of evil. Each day we must prepare to face our foe. Our foe is powerful, but we have a power that our enemy is no match for. It is the power of God. Let's live each day in that power.
        All this week, remember and be thankful for those in our military who died in battle for our nation. Also, remember those who have died for the Great Commission of Christ.
                May 27, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"The Victorious Woman"

posted May 16, 2018, 11:04 AM by Dylan Lamb   [ updated May 16, 2018, 11:04 AM ]

                           
          Proverbs 31:10  asks this question, "Who can find a virtuous woman?" The chapter continues to describe this woman as she lives for her family. The word "virtuous" means good, moral, pure, honest, clean, upright and worthy. The verse goes on to say, "For her price is far above rubies."
        The virtuous woman is a woman that lives in victory. She lives on the winning side. This woman is described as a devoted wife to her husband, and a dedicated mother to her children. This woman has a good head on her shoulders when it comes to making decisions. She is wise-hearted (Prov. 14:1, 31:6), which means she never rushes into any decision. Proverbs 31: 25 says that she possesses "strength and honor." She is a woman that honors and respects her Lord, (vs. 30). This lady showcases the example of what a woman is to be like. She is a homemaker that Titus 2:5 speaks about. She dresses in modest apparel which 1 Tim. 2:9 describes. Her whole life is consumed with pleasing her God, husband and her children. "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her." "Her children arise up, and call her blessed" (Proverbs 31: 11,28). She lives in victory!
                May 13, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

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