My WOW thoughts on the past 12 weeks

Written By: Lorna Holcombe

Do you ever know God’s will? The real answer is no not totally but we have to take steps. Twelve weeks ago about Twelve folks took this huge step of faith. As a group we stepped up to New Beginnings Church with God leading us. As I look over the last few months now. Its a ride I am thankful to be part of. I want to share part of what God has done and is doing in Pickens.

First of all we have had Four people accept Christ as Savior and Lord of their life and Seven folks have been baptized. Wow God! Next as a small church we decided we should share with others so we started to support the feeding of children on weekend thru a backpack ministry. Yes that was faith in God. We are a new church with a small amount of tithes. He is faithful!

Next we had a man decide that mission is on his mind and serving others. He asked the pastor. This week a group of 3 men and 3 young teens went to cut the grass of 2 families who do not even attend our church. God blessed 2 families! One of the men were on vacation and gave his time freely. Wow!

This week we have a teen who heard of a mission trip and decided she would save her money and go. She couldve taken a nice summer trip at the beach or somewhere. She doesnt know the folks she will be spending a week with but is determined God is telling her to go. WOW! God takes us out of our comfort zone and uses us even with all our weaknesses and faults.

Each week we have a group of twelve volunteers who give up part of their Saturday evening to set up a church. That means going into the rec building and unloading the COW.. (Church On Wheels) and set up the chairs, sound, hospitality and everything needed to welcome whoever God sends our way each Sunday. This group is amazing! Every Saturday… .who wants to give up each Saturday evening?!? WOW we have twelve who do!!!

We also have a man who God called to come and leave his own home church (where his wife and children still worship) and come to lead our music. Every week he practices and prepares for our service. Each week we are blessed! WOW! He doesn’t even worship with his family so Pickens folks may come to know the Lord!

The last few Sundays we have a lady who feeds each of us volunteers. She gives of her time and money to make sure we are taken care of. Mostly gives of her sleeping time I beleive! Wow! Thats love for others! WOW!

We have a small group of people who have come to love each other and love the community of Pickens. Each week our pastor, Stewart Hendricks, prepares what God lays on his heart to preach. He shares and each of these 12 weeks we have seen God doing wonderful things all because a few took the chance called walking in FAITH!!!

What a blessed ride we are all on and I sure am glad God called my family to step forward leaving behind folks we hold dear in our hearts and come home to Pickens to reach our own community. WOW! I know if we continue to let God lead us and… open our small ears to him, let him lead and take that step of faith HE WILL CONTINUE TO DO MIGHTY THINGS IN PICKENS! I thank my father for allowing me to have that faith and go as a family. I am in total awe of the last few months and where he has us! WOW is all I can say today as I humbly sit and ponder what HE HAS DONE! Weak as we are and so imperfect HE will still use us to win lost souls if we step in faith.


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Stewart Hendricks’ sermon for Sunday June 26th came from Genesis 11:1-9 Babel……....

Genesis 11:1-9
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Tower of Babel

1 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

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Noah’s Ark and the Global Flood

Happy Fathers Day to all our fathers.  The message at New Beginnings Church today continues the series from the book of Genesis. Genesis 6-9 covers the account of Genesis and the Flood. Mankind’s sin so offended God that the Lord was sorry he ever made him.

Genesis 6 – English Standard Version (ESV)

Increasing Corruption and Vast Wickedness in the World
1 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

[After Adam’s Sin and Cain’s Murderous act. Mankind continues to Rebel and Sin Against the God of Creation.]

5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

Noah and the Flood

9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.


  • The ark was exactly six times longer than it was wide. According to the Life Application Bible study notes, this is the same ratio used by modern ship builders.

16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks.

God’s Judgment is Given

17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die.

God’s Grace and Salvation

18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

Genesis 7 – English Standard Version (ESV)

1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, 3 and seven pairs  of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” 5 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

• Note: God instructed Noah to take seven of every kind of clean animal, and two of every kind of unclean animal. Bible scholars have calculated that approximately 45,000 animals might have fit on the ark.

6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, 14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.

  • NOTE Genesis 7:16 interestingly points out that God shut them in the ark, or “closed the door.”

17 The flood continued forty days on the earth.  The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.

Genesis 8 – English Standard Version (ESV)

The Flood Subsides

1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3 and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, 4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.

6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7 and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11 And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12 Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.

13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. 14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.

A Covenant Making God and Savior

20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse[a] the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.  22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Genesis 9 – English Standard Version (ESV)

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

In Closing…
2 Peter 3:5-7 (ESV) “For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.  But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”

Jesus Christ Said… “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:36–39, NKJV).

Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”

This sort of righteousness is found only by faith. The Apostle Paul says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9, NKJV).

This is exactly how Noah was saved. His righteousness was unattainable; so it could only come by God’s grace, through faith. Noah’s salvation, like ours, is by grace. Noah could not do anything to attain righteousness for himself. Neither can we.

[Sam Lawrence is Pastor of Discipleship at New Beginnings Church]

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Our First Baptism Service – at the Pickens YMCA

On June 5, 2011, we celebrated together with a Baptism service at the indoor pool at the Pickens YMCA.  There were four who came for baptism as new followers of Jesus Christ, in believers baptism.  The others came after recommitting their life to Christ and had never been immersed. To read more about Baptism, as we practice it at New Beginnings, Click HERE>>>

Here are some photos of our first baptism service.

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2011 Graduation Recognition & Cookout

On May 29th, 2011, New Beginnings Church recognized 3 of our graduates who attended the worship service (listed below).  Sunset Revival performed their new single “Awaken” on acoustic at New Beginnings Church of Pickens on May 29th 2011.

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Our 2011 Graduates:

  • Ansley Holcombe,  Easley Home Educators
  • Kyle Morris,   Easley High School
  • Cheyenne Walls,  Easley High School


More photos coming soon

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Spring Photo Sampler

Photo Sampler of Sunday Worship Services that were held at the Pickens Recreation Center at 545 Sangamo Road in Pickens SC.

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Launch Date 2011

Welcome to New Beginnings Church website. We are a new church focused on sharing the new beginning that can be yours through Jesus Christ. And today is the launch date of our ministry website and it will grow steadily as the ministry of New Beginnings Church grows.

We officially launched this new church ministry in Pickens SC on April 24, 2011.

Come and see what a new beginning can do in your life.

Everyone is welcome.

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The Cracked Pot

New Beginnings Church is to be a place where the hurting can find comfort, where broken and even ruined lives can find restoration and healing. It is also to be a place where those gifted by God for ministry can serve Christ in ways best suited to how God has shaped them. To illustrate, consider the story below.

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said. The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.” ~Author unknown~

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots in one way or another. But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father’s table. In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste. So as we seek ways to minister together, and as God calls you to the tasks He has appointed for you, don’t be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and allow Him to take advantage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway. Go out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find His strength, and that “In Him every one of God’s promises is a Yes.”

I love the analogy in this story because it reminds me of what it says in Romans 3:23 and 1 John 1:8, both verses confirm that all of of us fail to meet the mark of God’s holiness. But just like the story above, the Lord uses the weak, the feeble, the unimportant to accomplish his work. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians this in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written,”Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

That message in 1 Corinthians gets lost completely in our secular American culture. This is demonstated best by our obsession to television shows like “American Idol”.  Unfortunately Paul’s message gets lost in our traditional, and yes, even today’s “hip hop” upbeat churches, whenever the focus gets aways from the 5 main purposes of the church, and focus instead on bringing in the best talent and the brightest stars. That may be good, and it may entertain us to the highest degree, but it cannot compare to the depth of the riches of God’s blessings when HE gives the increase and it is not whipped up by our frail and foolish efforts. At New Beginnings Church, even the cracked and broken hearted can find in Christ… just that, a NEW Beginning!

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