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A church with conservative services
reaching people for Christ and His kingdom.
7271 Muncaster Mill Road
Rockville, Maryland 20855
301-670-1971
Dr. Frederick W. Carroll, Pastor

August 2017

Dear Friends,

This month this local church, Central Baptist Church of Rockville, Maryland, celebrates 50 years of existence because of the faithfulness of our God and Savior. For which we should praise the Lord.

Psalm 89:1 states, I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. Mercy! Faithfulness! How wonderful is our Lord. Folks, God cannot fail. He is faithful to His Word and faithful to His own character. Psalm 89 is a prayer that God would honor the Davidic Covenant, that God would keep His promises to David and Israel. Yes! the Lord keeps His promises (see John 3:16; 1:12; Hebrews 13:5; Phil. 4:19; etc.) The psalmist was determined to “sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever” because they endure forever. That is why we sing the hymn of Thomas O. Chisholm—“Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Look at the third verse—“Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!”

Yes! “morning by morning”—consider Lamentations 3:22b, 23 …because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. The Lord’s mercies and compassion are new every day because He is faithful in all His dealings with His children (those who are saved).

In Revelation 19:11, Jesus is “called Faithful and True.” One commentator wrote: “He is faithful to His promises and true to His own character.” What a wonderful and blessed Savior we have who has provided for this local church and its people for 50 years.

Way back in Deuteronomy 7:9, Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; we are told God will never abandon His covenant of love (see verse 12) to Israel. In the New Testament, consider 2 Timothy 2:11-13, especially verse 13, If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. Ryrie notes: “believe not…Literally, if we are unfaithful. He abideth faithful…a strong promise to the believer of the security of his salvation…”

In this 50th anniversary year of God’s faithfulness to Central Baptist and its people, please consider one more verse in 2 Thessalonians 3:3, But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. Things were not well in the Thessalonian church (and in our world today). But we see confidence here in the faithfulness of God, not in men. As we enter the 51st year of Central Baptist Church, the character of God should be the basis of our confidence—His great faithfulness. The psalmist (36:5) wrote: The mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to each of us and to His local church! I leave you with 2 Thessalonians 3:5 as my prayer for each of you. And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

On Sunday, August 6, we are celebrating 50 years of God’s faithfulness to our church. After our morning worship service, we will have a catered lunch (desserts provided by our members), followed by an afternoon worship and celebration service at 2:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Frederick W. Carroll, Th.D.
Pastor