4 Evidences of Salvation

Assurance of salvation is an issue with which many believers struggle.  From time to time, the child of God doesn’t feel as if he or she is saved.  The Devil deals in doubt (Genesis 3:1), and he desires to keep God’s people from spiritual certainty.  I can remember having struggles with assurance as a young believer.  I attended a small church, and there was a godly man who mentored me.  I recall a Sunday evening service in which I was weighed down with guilt and confusion.  He encouraged me to trust Christ.  He read 1 John 5:13.  It says, “I have written these things to you who believe in the...
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United Weekend

We are looking forward to a great event coming January 26-27 for our students called United Weekend. You might ask the question, “What is United Weekend, Aaron?” United Weekend is simply a name change to something First Baptist Church has done for years called Impact. We have changed the name to United Weekend because we are uniting with seven other churches in our community and surrounding area to worship and fellowship together-UNITED.One objective of the weekend being united is for our students to recognize they aren’t alone in Lawton as young believers. The cost for students to attend is $...
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4 Steps For Handling Stress

Stress is a fact of life.  From time to time, all of us are going to feel its burden and burn.  Our concern shouldn’t be with whether or not we will encounter stress.  It should be with how we handle it.  Countless books and magazines offer advice for handling stress.  Popular pundits gladly promote seemingly simple techniques.  Avoiding caffeine, getting more sleep, managing time, and practicing deep-breathing exercises are set forth as cures for emotional hardship.  Sure there is a place for practicing such things, but it seems that our problems go much deeper.  As beings created in the imag...
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200 Visits & #LOVELAWTON

I am so grateful for the many of our church members who signed up to involve themselves in 200 VISITS and #LOVELAWTON.  You understand that the precious seed of the gospel does not need to stay in the “barn”, but must be scattered in the “field” to produce fruit.200 VISITS is our church’s all out effort to visit 200 homes on Sunday afternoons in the month of January 2018.  These visits are to individuals or families who made decisions at the Living Christmas Tree, the unchurched involved in AWANA and Upward, and inactive Sunday School members.  A free lunch is provided after the morning worshi...
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3 Keys to Christian Living

At times, the Christian life can seem impossible.  Perhaps you’ve experienced struggle.  You hear others talk about things like prayer and witnessing, and you wonder why you don’t have the same experiences.  The joy and peace of which Scripture promotes seems allusive.  Old habits die hard; attitudes and emotions seem hard to control.  You often don’t feel like reading Scripture, praying, or sharing your faith.  A sense of spiritual excitement doesn’t grip your soul. Sometimes, a part of our problem lies with our expectations.  We anticipate perfection, not knowing that a struggle with the fle...
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Winter Bible Study 2018

Christmas was a wonderful day for our family.  Great worship, great food, and a great time spent with everyone.  We are so blessed.  The Christmas season is now closing in our church for the year.  Sunday School parties, the Living Christmas Tree and our Family Communion Service all are great traditions.  Now we move on to a new year.  And the great news is we get more sunlight everyday from now until June! The shortest day of the year signals something else, the first day of winter.  So that means we are going to start our Winter Bible Study.  This is our first step in the New Year at First B...
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Immanuel

When reciting the Christmas narrative, emphasis is often placed on Jesus’ mother — Mary.  Joseph’s involvement is sometimes overlooked.   Matthew’s account is worth noting.  He told of the way in which an angel appeared to the Messiah’s earthly father.  The angelic being proclaimed, “See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel” (Matthew 1:23).  The moniker “Immanuel” means “God with us” (see Matthew 1:24).  Its inclusion in the birth announcement ties Jesus’ birth to Messianic prophecy.  In ancient Judah, the prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “Therefo...
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Christmas Eve Service

I hope you enjoyed one of our Living Christmas Tree performances. Our worship ministry does an awesome job with that. There are a lot of people around Southwest Oklahoma that look forward to that every year. This year we had 40 people indicate they had made a decision for Christ.  That in and of itself makes it all worth it.Now we move on to the celebration of the Holidays.  We are going to make a little change in the way we do that this year at First Baptist Church.  Every 8 years Christmas falls on a Sunday. (Leap years make it 8 years instead of 7).  In order to maximize our time with famil...
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3 Gospel Realities

The word “gospel” simply means “good news.”  For Christians, it is a fitting designation for the message concerning Jesus.  Because God’s Son can save people from sin and the penalty it deserves, the message of the cross is indeed good news.  Since the Christian message contains such blessed truth, it is important for believers to be well acquainted with its content.  I have found that many church-goers suffer from a sort of spiritual amnesia.  Though they have been saved, they are forgetful of the core truths of Christ.  This is unfortunate, because it keeps them from effectively living for G...
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LCT Thank You

My dad is a pretty good farmer. He has been farming my entire adult life. There is a lot of hard work that goes into farming before a crop is produced. Two of the most important items in farming are the seed and the soil. Good seed usually produces a good crop, but that seed first needs to be planted on fertile soil. The sower of the seed must scatter or place the seed before it may grow. Jesus taught on this parable in Matthew 13:1-23.This past weekend, many members of our church scattered a lot of “seed” by sharing the gospel through the 37th Annual Living Christmas Tree.Once again, God used...
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