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September 5, 2016, 7:41 AM

Labor Day 2016


Greetings From Sarasota,

Realized it has been a while since the last post.  Blogging is an interesting activity.   I don't feel inclined to preach or share a Devotional like some.  And my life has become so focused that it seems it would be of little interest to you.   But here I am.  So I will share somethings today that you have done/or should be interested in.

Even with the impact of summer NHBC has very busy.   It is a joy to see God at work in people's life.  The up tick of ministry has been the most awesome.   Ministry to Englewood Elementary, the homeless, to Solve and to others in our community.  For the first time in my ministry the benevolence fund was used to the point of zero and we have to tap the budget account allocated as a back up for this ministry.  We have started to rebuild the benevolence reserve with a special offering following the Lord's Supper Sunday.  Just to answer your unspoken question.  We maintain the BF as a specific designated ministry fund separate from the general budget.   We have placed in the budget a benevolence account with a modest fall back sum should the community needs exceed the available designated funds.  This summer  we proved the process and it worked.   No one was denied and legitimate needs were met... no one turned away.  God is good! 

One prayer that has been answered is our organized Women's Ministry.  A genuine fledgling effort They hit the ground running and have not looked back.  The Sandwich Ministry to the homeless is a growing ministry with 585 produced  in August as they planned the process.......then  the first week of September saw 307 added to the tally.    The first painting class was a beautiful success.  You can see the photos on the M & M Ministry page.  The first specific ladies Bible Study subject has been selected and materials will be arriving in a few days.    Watch for the announced meeting info.    Pray for this Ministry.

The greatest blessing for me has been how the ladies have stepped up to the task, accepted specific leadership roles and joined Ministry Coordinator Sugar Sims in a true discipleship ministry.  Serving Others.    I encourage all the ladies to join in this effort and not just sit back to be ministered to but really join the work.   Bring a friend.  Pray for Sugar and her ministry team.

We have purchased the equipment, have selected the study and in the next couple of weeks will announce our first off campus Bible Study.  Be much in prayer for this ministry.

I hope you have noticed the subtle change in the maintenance of the church grounds.  Steve and Jane Capo who are providing this service have increased their performance.   They now mow from Englewood Road all the way to  the creek and from north to south property lines including the county right of way on the south next to Keyway.   They are removing the volunteer growth of weeds and palmettos at the base of the trees, removing the vines from the trees and as licensed herbicide applicators they are doing some specific applications to reduce vines and weeds.  They are mowing as an on call service.   We have no contract and they have not increased their fees to cover these add ons..  God is good!   If you see them on the grounds thank them.   Pray for them.

I am thankful God has placed me here to minister with you.

I am serving him by serving with you.

Bob Sharp

1 John 4:4

 

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May 20, 2016, 5:31 AM

I am looking forward to May 22



I am looking forward to May 22, 2016.

 I want to thank the church for the months vacation that Pat and I received.  In eight years I was only out of the pulpit six times.    

It was difficult to relax in the sense of being on vacation.  But we managed somewhat.  I will do better next time :-)

Even though a week of that was back in Kansas to preform the service of Pat's Brother Duane.  

Then we managed some quality time at Lake Kissimmee State Park doing something we greatly enjoy.   Tent camping.   This time there were no canoes, no bikes , no kids.   Just some comfortable chairs and lots of books and a great camp site.  Lots of shade and privacy.  The weather was truly awesome.  Only some wind a couple of times racing through the taller pines.   Made for interesting sound effects.   Last time we were at this park.. gator season had just opened.   Airboats all night long .   Not this year thankfully.   Now I like airboats  ...just not at midnight.

I have on my Kindle a book by Will Mancini titled  Church Unique that I really wanted to read.   Mission accomplished.  Mixed into our time of reading and relaxing was a couple of walks, trips to get ice, climbing the  lookout tower, counting the Cardinals (not)   I have never seen such a concentration of  red birds.   Awesome.   And a couple trips to the camp store where WiFi was available. Our night time was interrupted a couple of times by some courting hoot owls and passing armadillos.  One time about midnight I was at the table on my computer and a panhandling raccoon crawled up on the table.   When I moved I saw a demonstration of just how high and how fast a coon can jump.  Never saw him again. I was able to photograph a flock of turkeys, several deer, Pat and a staring hoot owl.  All favorites.  Missed the raccoon and armadillo.

Pat and I prayed some.  Together and individually.   It was spiritually refreshing.   A renewal of purpose and vision.    I guess the vacation worked like intended.   Received an attitude adjustment regarding some things and some people.  Most which will remain between God and I.   God reassured me that if I do my work he will do his. He reminded me that my responsibility is to present the Gospel and doctrine truthfully and constantly.   The results are His.    I will only be held accountable for the  presentation .   The application is His.   When his Gospel and doctrine are rejected it is not my accountability that is on the line.
 

I am happy to serve at New Hope Baptist Church Englewood Florida

1 John 4:4

Bob Sharp

 

 



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05-23-2016 at 6:59 PM
Vicki Dingler
Okay Pastor Bob..now you have done it! You mentioned Sunday about you blog...Betty Purdy called me and asked, "what is a blog"? I should mention that Betty and her IPad are like mixing oil and water BUT I am going to do what I can so she can follow your blog **sigh**. I guess she wants you to have 26 blog followers? Welcome home Pastor Bob! LOL
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April 22, 2016, 4:38 AM

Isaiah 59:1-21 (NASB)


Isaiah 59:1-21 (NASB)
1  Behold, the LORD'S hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear.
2  But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
3  For your hands are defiled with blood And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken falsehood, Your tongue mutters wickedness.
4  No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
5  They hatch adders' eggs and weave the spider's web; He who eats of their eggs dies, And from that which is crushed a snake breaks forth.
6  Their webs will not become clothing, Nor will they cover themselves with their works; Their works are works of iniquity, And an act of violence is in their hands.
7  Their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Devastation and destruction are in their highways.
8  They do not know the way of peace, And there is no justice in their tracks; They have made their paths crooked, Whoever treads on them does not know peace.
9  Therefore justice is far from us, And righteousness does not overtake us; We hope for light, but behold, darkness, For brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10  We grope along the wall like blind men, We grope like those who have no eyes; We stumble at midday as in the twilight, Among those who are vigorous we are like dead men.
11  All of us growl like bears, And moan sadly like doves; We hope for justice, but there is none, For salvation, but it is far from us.
12  For our transgressions are multiplied before You, And our sins testify against us; For our transgressions are with us, And we know our iniquities:
13  Transgressing and denying the LORD, And turning away from our God, Speaking oppression and revolt, Conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words.
14  Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands far away; For truth has stumbled in the street, And uprightness cannot enter.
15  Yes, truth is lacking; And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Now the LORD saw, And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice.
16  And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him.
17  He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
18  According to their deeds, so He will repay, Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; To the coastlands He will make recompense.
19  So they will fear the name of the LORD from the west And His glory from the rising of the sun, For He will come like a rushing stream Which the wind of the LORD drives.
20  "A Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob," declares the LORD.
21  "As for Me, this is My covenant with them," says the LORD: "My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring's offspring," says the LORD, "from now and forever."

 

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July 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

SharpRemarks it's about time



Greetings  

I pray that all is well with you and yours. I pray for you daily.

As you are very much aware the Christian Community is like an ant hill that has been kicked.  My righteous response is "it's about time".  It is sad that it takes a moral issue like same sex marriages to energize the Church.  My prayer is that this energy will be properly directed to benefit the Kingdom and bring glory to God.

I know that many will say" Ho Hum"  and continue on as usual.  Many will run in frantic circles until they grow weary and wind down.  Some will focus their concerns into anger.  All of which do not profit the Kingdom.

Wiser sources than I are warning us of the coming attack on the Church.   I know we have been under pressure and attack in the past but we are being warned of a coming storm.   

There is no doubt we should respond.  How we respond is a matter of concern and we should earnestly seek the leadership of God and His Holy Spirit.   I submit to you a short list of things we should do that will focus us and direct us on the right path. 

1. Pray
2. Draw close to God
3. Consciously endeavor to radiate God's forgiveness and grace.
4. Build a Community of Biblical Faith and Strength.
5. Reach out to our surrounding community to invite them to join this Community of Faith.
6. Take necessary steps to  protect ourselves, our Church and our Ministry Resources both legally and physically.
7. Be proactive in the surrounding greater community.
8.  Keep informed and take advantage of current communication avenues.

I pray that you will join me in these efforts and others as we see the need.

Below are listed a couple of sources of information and comment that join the article I posted on our home page.  They are simply for your own information so you may remain informed.  I will continue from time to time to post relevant articles.

Please share your comments using the box at the end of this blog.

Praying for you, our Church and Our Nation.

Regards,
Bob

 

http://www.flbaptist.org/news/articles/tommy-green-scotus-same-sex-marriage-ruling/

https://erlc.com/store/product_detail/18876

You might also want to check Focus on The Family and  other Ministry websites that you regularly view and trust.

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June 1, 2015, 8:29 AM

June 1 Sharp Remarks


Sarasota
June 1

May was the most amazing month for me. I' m undecided if to celebrate it or just give a great sigh of relief.

God speaks in the most amazing of ways.  I was honored to officiate three Memorials.  Blessed that all were believers.   One I observed intense family love and the remarkable impact he had on the lives of family, another was again great family love and deep faith.  Both of these were very traditional in theme and conduct.  I have, to me, important and fulfilling connections to the entire extended family.  And will continue to minister to them as long as I am allowed.  God is good!

The third funeral was entirely different.  Very casual. At a park on the  bay front.  Very diverse  crowd.   Mourners arrived in high end cars, pickups and motorcycles.  Rock and contemporary music was the theme.   Yet speakers all gave testimony to the deceased's impact on their lives including her faith.  A single Mom who loved her son and gave her all to provide for him and his future.  God is good!

God answered prayer in May when we were able to call Charlie Hahn and his wife Lawanna to lead our Music Program. Charlie is a long time friend reaching back to somewhere around 1979-1980.   Charlie and Lawanna will be great additions to our ministry at NHBC.    God is good.

I saw a host of our family who have northern residences "head out".  Happy for them to be returning to their roots,yet sad that they will be out of our presence.  But we have the hope of their return this fall and memories of their faithfulness and support of our work to sustain over the summer months.  God is good.

May is graduation time.   I was blessed to attend three commencement exercises.  990 graduates received their diploma and a simultaneous launch into the real world. I was blessed to have two granddaughters and one from our church at these three ceremonies.  All primed and eager to start the next leg of their journey.  All continuing their educational sojourn. All are believers and seek God's guidance.  God is good.

May contained days of my greatest spiritual challenge.  God's word was proved to me in both the positive sense and the negative view.  I believe that I am stronger in the ministry and have greater faith and trust in God.   God is good.

God is opening doors for ministry  for New Hope and for myself.  I pray daily for his revelation and guidance.   I approach each door with enthusiasm and curiosity.  Seeking God's presence and direction.  God has entrusted us with great opportunity and with a corresponding responsibility.    I pray that we are found adequate and faithful.  Each day and each encounter grows my understanding and view of the New Testament church and the body of believers that constitute that fellowship.  God is good.

I am so happy to be at NHBC!

Serving Him
Serving You.

Blessings

Bob Sharp
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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