OPBC Communicator

A Biweekly Newsletter

Weekly Church Schedule

March 27~April 02, 2022

Sunday, March 27
Bible Reading: Judges 17-19
10:00am - Sunday School Service
10:50am - Prayer (Pastor's Office)
11:00am - Morning Service
4:00pm - Action Teens
5:00pm - Choir Practice
6:00pm - Evening Service/Family Fellowship
Monday, March 28
Bible Reading: Judges 20-21
Tuesday, March 29
7:00pm - Men's BBQ & Bible Study
Special Speaker: Pastor Little
Bible Reading: Ruth 1-4
Wednesday, March 30
Bible Reading: I Samuel 1-3
6:30pm - Prayer Meeting/Jr. Choir Practice
7:00pm - Evening Service, Family Conference
Thursday, March 31
**Happy Birthday Miss Gail**
Bible Reading: I Samuel 4-6
Friday, April 01
Bible Reading: I Samuel 7-10
9:00pm - Men's Prayer Meeting
Saturday, April 02
**Happy Birthday Jim**
Bible Reading: I Samuel 11-13
10:00am - Evangelism

April 03~09, 2022

Sunday, April 03
Bible Reading: I Samuel 14-15
10:00am - Sunday School Service
10:50am - Prayer (Pastor’s Office)
11:00am - Morning Service
4:00pm - Action Teens
5:00pm - Choir Practice
6:00pm -  Evening Service
Monday, April 04
Bible Reading: I Samuel 16-17
Tuesday, April 05
Bible Reading: I Samuel 18-19
Wednesday, April 06
Bible Reading: I Samuel 20-22
6:30pm - Jr. Choir/Prayer Meeting
7:00pm - Bible Study/King's Kids
Thursday, April 07
Bible Reading: I Samuel 23-25
Friday, April 08
Bible Reading: I Samuel 26-28
8:00am - WGVD Spring Sharathon
9:00pm - Men's Prayer Meeting

Saturday, April 09
Bible Reading: I Samuel 29-31
8:30am - Monthly Activity Meeting
10:00am - Evangelism

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.”
(Psalms 1:3-4)
Missionary of the Week (March 27)
The Needham Family
Missionary of the Week (April 03)
The Petersen Family
Uganda, West Africa
Church Events & News
Building Fund = $71,396.36
2022 Missions Fund:  Contribution Goal = $29,724.00  YTD Giving = $8,975.00
Weekly messages are available on CD, flash drive, or on our web page. Please see Bro. Mowery if you would like a message on CD or flash drive.
Future Events
March 29, Men's BBQ and Bible Study, Special Speaker: Pastor Sandy Little
April 12, Ladies Bible Study
April 13, Lord's Supper
April 17, Resurrection Sunday
April 18-20, Revival Fires Conference at Faith Baptist Church, Bourbonnais, IL.

April 26, Men's BBQ and Bible Study
May 22, Guest Speaker, Missionary Aaron Hiltibidal
July 17-24, Summer Jubilee & Revival Meeting.
August 07-12, Football Camp at First Baptist Church, Dwight, IL.
September 19-23, National Old Paths Conference at NW Bible Baptist Church, Elgin, IL.
October 15, Ladies Conference
October 16-19, Faith Promise Missions Conference
November 13, Thanksgiving Banquet
December 18, Christmas Program

WELCOME - New Church Members
John Dorsch

God's anointing and continued guidance as we maneuver through all the details of this new Ministry.
Labourers for the harvest.
Good reception and response from the families in the area. 
Funds for remodeling & kitchen cabinets
Small kitchen appliances
Lumber for building a small platform.
Padded chairs for the auditorium.
Tables for the fellowship area.
For more information about this ministry please contact Old Paths Baptist Church at (563) 557-7261.
Areas to Financially Support OPBC
Tithes & Offerings to General Fund
Faithfully support OPBC Missions
Donate to Jubilee Fund
Donate to the Building Fund
Donate to Chapel Ministry

Missionary News
Abotchi Family - Please pray for: Peace in Togo, Missions team, Salvation of souls, protection and provision, and education of kids. 
Berg Family - Please pray for: Healing for Don's throat, Baby Jessica for her heart surgery, the church family and church growth.
Bruner Family - Please pray for: Traveling to Brazil, the new ministry in the Amazon, a new home in the area, and learning Spanish.
Compton Family - Please pray for: The people of Selawik as they deal with COVID, the church families will come back to the services, and that the sink hole under their building will stop spreading.
Edminster Family - Please pray for: The newest addition to the Edminster family - Mercyanne Truth Edminster, born February 25! 
Fannin Family - Please pray for: Gaylene's knee replacement, the national pastors in the Philippines.
Finley Family - Please pray for: The Finley family, and the work and people in Ireland.
Friesen Family - Please pray for: The work and students at Canadian Baptist Bible College. 
Hamilton Family - Please pray for: As they labor in Italy
Hanson Family - Please pray for: The Hanson's while in language school, and their transition in Panama.
Lemon Family - Please pray for: Joseph's final semester at Engineering school and the Lord's will for his life, unexpected return to the States, the people and work at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Korea, Ministry difficulties due to Coronavirus, Johnathan receiving Fire and Rescue training, family health, and Homeschooling needs. 
Light on the Law -  Please pray for: Jim Robideau as he defends religious liberty.
Liston Family - Please pray for: A quick end to the renovations being done to Church's meeting place; people going through winter depression; and continued church growth.
Lowe Family - Please pray for: The church will be able to fully resume all services and ministries, the church to do well while the Lowe's are on furlough, Audrey and Ian at college, and for Jason's health. 
Needham Family - Please pray for: Construction on their Airplane Hanger, delivery of new airplane, Foumbot Bible study, 
Petersen Family - Please pray for: Teaching at Bible Institute, and Street Preaching Ministry.
Podbereski Family - Please pray for: Deaf ministry
Pranger Family - Please pray for: For the work of the ministry during Covid and restrictions, and for Hungary's elections this spring. 
Szwarga Family - Please pray for: Border restrictions in New Zealand to continue to ease as they finish the deputation process. Praise the Lord for answered prayer; Their support is at 97%, His Dad is recovering well from heart surgery, and Covid restrictions in New Zealand are on the decline. 
Thomas Family - Please pray for: The Thomas family as they travel and raise fund for help and relief for the people of Ukraine. Click on the link to watch the latest video of Compassion for Ukraine.
WGVD Radio - Please pray for: For the radio ministry.
Kyte River - Please pray for: The 2022 camping season.
Missionary Friends of OPBC
The Doolittle Family - Mato Grosso, Brazil
Anthony Diaz - Liberia
James Young Family - Jasper, Indiana
Old Paths Baptist Church is accepting new and gently used winter coats, gloves, hats, boots, and blankets. These items will be distributed through the ministry of Friendship Baptist Chapel to those in need. It was a blessing to be able to help several people and families this past winter with these items. We are looking forward to be able to do more to help this next year. 
Anyone wishing to donate please contact me at (563) 557-7261. We would be happy to pick up any donated items. 
Thank you in advance for your kindness!
The Pastor's Pen
A word from the Heart
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)

God has the right to say, "No."
I recently preached a Sunday evening message titled, "When God says No." The main purpose for the message was to Scripturally show what the believer's response should be and ought to be when God's answer to their prayer is "No." The secondary lesson of the message and just as important to understand is, God has the right to say, "No."
The child of God has been granted the incredible privilege of prayer. Through Jesus Christ, we have access to the Father and we are able to petition the throne of grace that we may obtain the Father's mercy and help. There is no greater comfort than for the believer to know that God the Father hears their prayers and cares about them and their needs. 
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
However, access to the Father's throne is not a guarantee that the answer will always be yes! Just as a parent has the right to say, "no" to their child's request, God has the right to say, "no" to His children's request.
There has been a lot of bad teaching and preaching on how to get God to say, "yes" to ALL your prayers. The misinformed child then approaches the throne of grace with a "name it claim it", "blab it grab it" attitude. Hearing "NO" is a great shock to their system and they either demonstrate their disapproval by exhibiting a rejected depression or a badly thrown temper tantrum. In their self pity they learn another valuable lesson, God rejects the proud and gives grace to the humble.
It would be good for us all to remember that God is not our butler or a magic genie eager to grant us our three greatest wishes. God has the right to say, "No" and for whatever reason He says, "No" it is always for His glory and for our good! Now, I know that explanation sounds a little cliche and like some cute little response to conceal shallow theology or the fact that we don't always know why God says, "yes" and why God says, "no". Time and space prevent me from further explanation. If you are interested in a more thorough explanation listen to the message on Youtube.
Here is the thought I want to impress upon you from Paul's experience when God said "No" to his importunate prayer. God always provides sufficient grace to go with the disappointment. One's first reaction might be, "I would rather have my request, than grace." May I remind you that all answer to prayer IS GRACE!
Grace is not just some theological word haphazardly scattered throughout the Bible. The Grace of God is the POWER of God! It is the LOVE of God! It is the COMPASSION of God! It is the hand of God working in our life and in our burdens, problems and cares. The grace of God is sufficient to sustain us in our adversities, strengthen us in our weakness, equip us to continue, elevate us to victory, and bless us to thanksgiving and gladness. The grace of God is sufficient enough to produce the same results in us whether God says, "Yes" or whether God says, "No". 
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
(2 Corinthians 12:9)

Run your Race, Finish your Course, Keep the Faith!
Love ya,
Pastor E. R. Mast 
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WGVD radio is a Christian radio station operating out of Dwight, IL under the ministry of First Baptist Church and Pastor Dan Woodward.
You can enjoy this radio station by going to and listening from your computer or you may visit your app store and download the WGVD app.
WGVD radio is a fundamental Christian radio station, located in Linton, IN. It is a local church ministry of Bethal Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Doug Cassel.
You can enjoy this radio station by going to and listening from the internet or you may visit your app store and down the WYTJ app.

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The Bible Way to Heaven

Dear Friend you are about to be asked the most important question of your life. Your abounding joy or great misery for all eternity depends upon your honest answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you have been or if you are a good church member, but are you saved? Are you 100% for sure if you died today that you would go to Heaven?
God says for you to go to Heaven, you must be born again. John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”
The Bible gives God’s plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. God’s plan is simple and you can be saved, forgiven, and on your way to Heaven today.

You must realize you are a sinner.

“…There is none righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:10

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

All people, everywhere, are born sinners. Regardless of name, position, wealth, or works, everyone is born a sinner with a sin nature.

Because you are a sinner…There is a Penalty.

Because you are a sinner you are condemned to death.

“For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23

This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

Jesus Christ died to pay for your sin.

God loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to bear the penalty of your sin and to die in your place. (John 3:16)

“…He hath made Him (Jesus, Who knew no sin) to be sin for us…that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” II Corinthians 5:21

Jesus Christ had to shed His blood and give His life on a cross that you might be saved.

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). “…without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

“…God commendeth His love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

“…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Although it may be difficult to understand,God says my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus Christ and He died in our place. He became our substitute.

Jesus Christ invites you to be saved today!

“God…commandeth all men everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30

Repentance is a change of heart and mind about sin. Repenting is agreeing with God that you are a sinner, and you need to be saved. It also agrees with what Jesus Christ did for you on the Cross of Calvary. In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippians jailer asked Paul and Silas: “…’Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved….’”

Simply believe on Jesus Christ as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Saviour. 

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” John 1:12

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

Believe on Jesus Christ and be saved today!

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Right now you can pray, Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I am genuinely sorry for my sin, and I need to be saved. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Saviour. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”
You can take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. God does the saving.
God’s plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith. Salvation is really that simple. Believe on Jesus and receive Him as Saviour today.
After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth: Pray, you talk to God; Read your Bible, God talks to you; Witness, you talk to God.
You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. “Be not there ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…” 2 Timothy 1:8

Did you trust Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour? Let us know by calling or emailing


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