3 Consequences of People Pleasing

Christians are called to fear God (Proverbs 1:7).  They are to live with a holy regard for His character and His Word.  Unfortunatetly, many choose to fear other people, more than the Lord.  They are what I would call “people pleasers.”  This is sad, considering all of the harm such a lifestyle incurs.  The Bible says “The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected” (Proverbs 29:25).  The word “snare” was used of a trap.  In a society well acclimated with hunting and farming, Solomon’s readers got the picture of his words.  He portrayed a person like an animal, cau...
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Devotional Books

Let me recommend, as a nice gift for yourself and your loved ones, the devotional book, Living In The Light.  What makes this gift so special is that it includes a scripture passage and devotion for every weekday and weekend of the year, making it a gift that will bless you and your loved ones for the entire year.  Not too many gifts, I know of, are designed to do that.Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.  He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).  This daily devotional book, compiled by fifty one devoted men of God, including our senior pastor...
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3 More Secrets of a Strong Prayer Life

Concerning prayer, Charles Spurgeon said, “Fall back upon the intercessory power of Christ in every time of need, and you will find comfort that will never fail you.”  Prayer is one of the greatest tools in the Christian’s spiritual tool box.  Through it, we appropriate the perspective, presence, and power of God into our lives.  It’s no wonder the Bible encourages us to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).   Why is it that we often neglect prayer?  I believe part of the problem lies with ignorance.  If we don’...
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Thanksgiving Banquet 2017

After the first harvest of the New England colonists in 1621 Governor Bradford made a provision for a day of thanksgiving and prayer! In 1623 a day of fasting and prayer in the midst of a drought was changed to Thanksgiving by the coming of rain during prayers. In 1817 New York adopted it as an annual custom, and it spread through many of the states by the middle of the 19th century. In 1864 President Lincoln appointed a day of Thanksgiving, and since then the Presidents have issued a Thanksgiving proclamation generally designating the last Thursday of November. (Funk and Wagnalls)This is a tr...
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4 Secrets of a Strong Prayer Life

One of my favorite Bible verses on prayer is one which is often overlooked.  It is found in Genesis 4:26.  It says, “A son was born to Seth also, and he named him Enosh.”  The word rendered “call” implies distance.  Because men and women had been dismissed from the Garden of Eden, there was a sense of separation from God.  Since that time, people have had to “call” on the Lord in order to spend time with Him.  Most of us desire to have such interaction with our Creator, but we are often uninformed on how to have it.  Let me share four secrets that will help. Use variety.  When I hear some peop...
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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 2017

As Nov begins here at First Baptist we begin taking our international missions offering, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This offering goes 100% directly to support missionaries and their ministries in places all around the world. Last year Southern Baptists reached a record $165.8 million dollars. Our church gave generously and surpassed our goal for 2016. We want to meet or surpass our goal of $45,000 for 2017 because there are still so many who have never heard the Gospel message. In the last year nearly 2 million people around the world heard a presentation of the Gospel from Southern ...
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The Three Relationships of Life

Having relationships is at the core of what it means to be human.  While blue whales are noted for their abilities to send messages over thousands of miles of oceanic waters, their capabilities pale in comparison to those of humans.  This is because God made mankind distinct from other species.  In Genesis 1:26, God is recorded as saying, “Let Us make man in Our image.”  For centuries, theologians have debated what it means for man and woman to be created in the “image” of God.  An answer to the controversy is found within the Genesis narrative.  Notice that the aforementioned verse begins wit...
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Volunteer for LCT

Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no once can boast.” (HSCB) As God the Father extends His grace through the Son, to those who believe, so we desire to extend this “free gift” to our community. If you desire to be involved in this ministry, here are a variety of ways to volunteer.Volunteer for “Holiday in the Park” Parade.On Sat, Nov 18 at 6:00pm walk along side the FBC float and distribute LCT tickets. This is a wonderful outreach opportunity in our community. Volunteer for LCT Constru...
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3 Keys to Spiritual Progress

Growth is a basic part of life.  When a new baby is born, parents anticipate development — first words and initial steps.  My family and I look forward to some sort of produce from your yearly garden.  Business managers expect the development of new products and increases in sales.  Growth is a fact of life.  It is also a fundamental part of the spiritual realm.  The Lord has created our relationship with Him to involve a continual, ongoing progression.  In one of his writings, the apostle John said, “Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed” (1 Jo...
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Operation Christmas Child 2017

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a global charity that distributes small gifts in shoeboxes around the world. OCC is administered by Samaritan’s Purse - a nondenominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, and persecution in more than 100 countries, with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.FBC Lawton supports OCC in two ways: first with our bulk packing party and second as a collection site during national collection week. Our bulk packing party will be Nov 12, after the chi...
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