3 Benefits of Bible Reading

For years I have made it my goal to read the entire Bible over the course of a year.  When I was in college, I became acquainted with a man who maintained the practice for nearly 70 years.  He was  a storehouse of godly wisdom.  I wanted to be like him, so I adopted his habit.  I try to avoid being legalistic in the matter.  My goal isn’t to complete a religious chore.  My desire is to interact with the Lord, and to allow His truth to change me.  From Scripture, I am convinced that the road to spiritual maturity travels through the pages of the Bible.  Believers grow into Christlikeness as the...
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See You At The Pole 2017

1. What is See You at the Pole? See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September. See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at their school’s flagpole before school to lift up friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole™ is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.2. How can you be involved? As adults, you can be involved by setting the day a...
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3 Marks of Humility

Oswald Chambers is one of my favorite heroes of the faith.  Several years ago, I read a biography on his life.  When he prayed in public, he was known to often say, “Lord clothe us with humility.”  What a great prayer!  It’s actually grounded in Scripture.  First Peter 5:4 says, “All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.”  Oswald Chambers desired to be lowly like Jesus.  He remarked, however, that the pursuit of humility can be a tricky thing.  The moment you think you have it, he said, you’ve lost it.  I’ve discovered that Chamber’s observation is correct.  How can we kno...
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LCT Preview Party 2017

The 37th Living Christmas Tree (LCT) is quickly approaching. If you are unfamiliar with this annual event, here are a few details: LCT is presented as a gift to the community from First Baptist Church by a 100 voice choir, full orchestra and drama cast. The 39 foot metal constructed tree is covered with 100,000 computer controlled lights moving in synchronization to music. It is a unique sight to behold. Each year offers a new presentation, but the message is always the same. The purpose and heartbeat of this event is to share the gospel message of Christ and His love.Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “...
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3 Requirements for Trials

I once heard a preacher remark that every believer is either in a trial, coming out of a trial, or going into a trial.  It’s a fact of life — we will face suffering.   Since this is true, God’s children must be equipped appropriately.  I have known too many believers who have quit on God because of some type of hardship.  They naively assume that He should protect them from all harm, or that He doesn’t love them because He allowed a difficulty.  Discouraged and disillusioned, they have become faithless.  They are like a man in Jesus’ parable, who allowed the pressures and persecution of life t...
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Edna McMillan Offering

In 1932 she said “A rich man is one who has enough for himself and enough left over to help others.  Though he be possessed of millions, a man is poor, who has only enough for himself” The lady who made this statement was Edna McMillan.  She was born in the late 1800’s in Mississippi. She was taught at an early age how to pray by her father and how to serve others by her mother. She married George McMillan in 1890 and the couple moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1902. Both of the McMillans became faithful stewards of their time and resources as they served in their local church. Edna was especial...
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3 Reasons the Christian Life is Best

Sometimes I hear people talk about Christianity as if it is a burden.  They view Jesus’ teaching as hard and difficult, as if adherence to His words might cramp their style and ruin their life.  I have a hard time relating to this type of thinking.  I’m of the opinion that Jesus’ life is the best type of life there is.  He offers a qualitatively and quantitatively better type of existence.  I’m a Christian, not just because of the prospect of heaven, but because of the pay-off in the here and now.  I firmly believe that life is better for those who follow Jesus, even though there may be pain a...
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Discipleship University

Summer is winding down.  The kids are back in school and football season is upon us.  We had a fantastic summer of Falls Creek, CrossTimbers and multiple mission trips.  Promotion Sunday is over and now it is time to move back into our next academic year.This September we will begin a new discipleship strategy here at FBC Lawton.  In our Sunday School classes we will begin TOPICAL lessons.  We will use the SBC’s most used literature, Bible Studies for Life.  Patrick will continue to preach in his EXPOSITORY style going verse by verse through the Scriptures.  And, I am excited about our new for...
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3 Ways to Prepare for the End

In the maze of modern Christian beliefs, there is much mania concerning end time events.  A proliferation of movies, books, and media reveal humanity’s keen interest in the subject.  Even amongst mature Christians, fascination sometimes takes hold, causing negligence in more important spiritual disciplines.  Sometimes harsh debates and divisions ensue.  It’s important for us to understand that the Bible doesn’t speak on this topic for the sake of spiritual entertainment.  It does so for our spiritual edification.  Peter referenced this reality in 1 Peter 4:7-10.  The Lord isn’t as concerned wi...
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Falls Creek Centennial

It has been reported that standing in the rustic wilderness of the Arbuckle Mountains in 1917, it would have been hard to imagine that the rocky trails and dense tree stands would ever produce much more than a challenge for hikers. It was faith in what God can do as one follows God’s vision that caused J.B. Rounds and W.D. Moorer to see the desire God had for the trails and trees and to pursue that vision to fruition. These men were immediately attracted to the 160 acre parcel of land and agreed it was the place for the annual summer meetings of the Baptist Young People’s Union. There were 273...
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