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The consequences of faith are not always expected, easy, logical, or comfortable, as borne out in Hebrews 11.

By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain which ultimately led to his own death at the hands of his jealous brother.

Enoch’s faith took him directly to heaven so he never experienced death.

Noah’s faith enabled him to hear God’s warnings, and his obedience to build the ark brought much derision, but a family (along with mankind) was saved from a worse disaster.

By faith Abraham obeyed God and was sent to live in tents like a foreigner in another country.

By faith Abraham trusted God to give him a son in his old age.

By this same faith Abraham obeyed God when told to sacrifice his son, and God gave his son back to him.

By faith Isaac blessed the future of Jacob and Esau.

As he was dying Jacob’s faith enabled him to bless each of Joseph’s sons, the beloved Joseph he thought had been lost many years before.

When Joseph was dying, his faith allowed him to speak of Israel’s future deliverance from bondage and give instructions about what to do with his body when he was gone.



Earn College- and Masters-level credit in Southwest Virginia
Church History: Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:30
Christian Education: Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:30
(Both classes offer 3 college-level credit hours)
Cost: $375 per class (Audit: $188)

Introduction to Preaching: Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:15
(2 Masters-level credit hours)
Cost: $600 (Audit: $300)

All classes offered at Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke
Week of January 28 through May 19, 2008

Tuition supplements available for BGAV church members
For further information and registration, please contact
The Southwest Virginia Christian Leadership Network
Phone: 540.777.3014 or 1.866.223.9344 (toll-free)

A Ministry of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board

Focus on Our Family

Highlights of Big Island Church’s activities from the last three months:

Missions: Puppet Ministry visiting area nursing homes; CD Ministry of Sunday worship services delivered to shut-ins; blankets/coats Appalachia Ministry; 99 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child; mailed supplies and Bibles to Army Reserve Unit in Kuwait; Food for Friends delivered a meal to shut-ins in community; Food Pantry for community needs; exceeded goal for Lottie Moon Christmas Offering; Brunswick Stew...provide Christmas for the girls of the Miller Home.

Youth: Adopt-a-highway in Big Island and Terra Nova Conference in Nashville, TN

Music: We now have a set of 3-octave handbells. Our handbell choir has performed at Bedford Middle School, Heritage Green, community sings, and at BIBC’s Christmas Cantata, “There Is Peace In the World Tonight”; Children's Christmas Play, “You Can’t Cancel Christmas”

On the 4th Sunday of every month, Flint Hill has services at Carriage Hill Retirement Community. Recently, the church provided 30 lap throws, fruit, and candy for the residents. Prior to Christmas, the Men on Mission delivered 20 baskets to shut-ins in the community. The church also provided items to the Bedford Community Christmas Station; supported Chad Smith with prayers and money as he ministers in Mississippi; and, along with Chamblissburg Rescue Squad, provided food boxes and children’s toys to thirteen families throughout the community; and provided 57 shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. The church’s Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions was $1,450.


Mar 2 Philip Ayers (Glade Creek)
Mar 4 Daren Davis (IMB Missionary)
Mar 7 Rick Mallory (Morgans)
Mar 24 Dennis Moore (Beaverdam)
Mar 31 Harold Lewis (Walnut Grove)


Mar 28 Phil & Jean Day (Retired)

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Click for 2007 Budget Expenditures


Mount Olivet is in need of a paid piano player immediately. If you know of someone qualified to help, please contact Kelly Daniel at 540.587.5536.

Norwood is looking for a pianist to play for Sunday morning and Wednesday evening services. Send résumé to Personnel Committee, 1045 Random Way, Forest, VA 24551, or email to

ALEXANDER, The Servant Boy Who Became A Colonial Virginia Frontiersman, published by Infinity Publishing, is now available. The 385-page book contains 25 pages of pictures, documents, a bibliography, and a genealogy chart for the benefit of researchers. It has a high-resolution laminated cover, a perfect bound binding, and retails for $19.95. To purchase, go to or call toll-free 877.BUYBOOK. (877.289.2665) For more information, you may contact the author, Charles Stinson, at 434.384.5879 or

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Lois Stevens, WMU Director
1118 Roundtree Dr., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-7409

Women on Mission: Radford is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor in January, February, and March. Mount Olivet will host the February birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Diamond Hill will host it in March.

The Sedalia Stars WMU met Saturday, January 12, and made 33 quarts of vegetable soup which they delivered to elderly shut-ins and unchurched people in the community.

Mark your calendars!
SBA WMU Annual Meeting
Saturday, April 19, 2008, 10 a.m.
Timber Ridge Church
(More details later)

In Sympathy

Patsy Ruth Hatcher Miller, 79, died Sunday, January 6, 2008, in Oakwood Manor. She was a member of Suck Spring Baptist Church where a funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 9, 2008, with the Rev. Michael Cox and the Rev. Jerry Parr officiating. Burial followed in the Sedalia Baptist Church Cemetery. She was the wife of the late Rev. Jack Ralph Miller.

We too often love things and use people when we should be using things and loving people.

Help us all stay informed. If you have information about what's going on at your church, please share it with us. Items for the next newsletter should be written and in the association office by Wednesday, February 20.

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