4 More Things That Happen at Salvation

I can still remember the day I was saved.  It happened on a Sunday morning.  The preacher preached a gospel message and called for a response. I went to the front of the church and told him I wanted to become a Christian.  I distinctly remember change.  I recall telling a family member that I felt like a brand new person.  Since that time, I have often remarked on how I didn’t fully understand what happened at the time of my salvation.  I knew I was different, but I didn’t comprehend much Bible doctrine.  Since my conversion, I’ve learned more about what the Bible teaches.  On the day I was sa...
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Lottie Moon Offering

Ten year- old Lottie Moon sat on the back step of her family’s large Virginia estate with her cousin Sarah.  Sarah and her family were about to give up plantation life and move to Jerusalem for mission work.  Lottie was disappointed in her uncle for taking the family away.  Lottie said “It’s a long way to go from Virginia to Jerusalem just to waste your time telling people fairy stories.  All Christians do is argue and the Bible is just a story book.” After a few years in boarding school, which was designed to groom young women to become Southern belles, Lottie enrolled in college.  On her 18...
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3 Ways God Delivers from Sin

When Jesus came to earth, He announced the purpose of His ministry, saying, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).  The word “lost” is a good description for those who don’t know Christ.  It depicts a spiritually estranged status.  Though each was made for a forever relationship with God, sin has separated us from Him.  Because He is holy, He will not be near to unholy people.  Scripture is accurate when it describes the human condition by saying, “We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way” (Isaiah 53:6).  By virtue of our ancestry from ...
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Operation Christmas Child

An amazing statistic - every 24 hours more than 30,000 children hear the Gospel at Operation Christmas Child shoebox outreach events.  Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a global charity that distributes small gifts in shoeboxes to children around the world. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. However, it’s the message of the Gospel that is more valuable than the contents of the shoebox. OCC is administered by Samaritan’s Purse - a nondenominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural...
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4 Results Of Prayerlessness

I don’t know about you, but I often need motivation.  I need encouragement to pursue the priorities which matter most.  I especially need such help in regard to prayer.  I’ve discovered that I have a tendency towards prayerlessness, so I have to regularly remind myself of the harm which will come if I fail to pray.  Jesus was burdened that His disciples should “pray always and not give up” (Luke 18:1).  Consider four results of prayerlessness which can motivate us to regularly talk to God. Godlessness I once read a book by Jerry Bridges entitled “Respectable Sins.”  In it, the author discus...
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LCT Volunteer 2018

Jeremiah 29:11-13 states, “For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration— “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.” As God the Father extends His grace through the Son, to those who believe, so we desire to extend this “future and hope” 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...
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4 Works of the Spirit

The work of the Holy Spirit presents confusion to many.  Questions swirl concerning His activity.  When and how does He indwell a person?  Can a believer lose the Spirit?  What differences are there between His activity in the Old and New Testaments?  By briefly considering four works of the Spirit, I believe Christians can have a better understanding of its role in their lives. Creation All too often, the Holy Spirit is relegated to an inferior status.  It is seen as the weakest link in the Trinity.  Scripture indicates otherwise.  It pictures the Spirit being a part of the Godhood from th...
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Pastor Appreciation

Being a pastor is widely recognized as one of the most difficult vocations in our modern society. The month of October is generally recognized as a time to pay tribute and honor pastors and their ministry. Studies have shown that one of the most significant factors for the well-being of pastors is the support they feel from their congregations. A partnership between pastors and their congregations is very important to a pastor’s effectiveness and well-being. With those thoughts in mind, your Personnel Committee is seeking to recognize and honor our four pastors and their families. We have prep...
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4 Gifts from the Holy Spirit

If you’re like me, you love receiving gifts.  Good books are my favorite.  When I get one, I feel loved and appreciated.  Why?  Because I love certain types of books.  The fact that someone gives one that I like is proof that they know me, and that they know what’s important to me.  As Christians, we have a Heavenly Father who gives good gifts.  What’s more, He gives the types of gifts that are really important to us.  He gives us, as Peter has said, “everything required for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).  During the New Testament age, most of His gifts to us are distributed through the pr...
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Student Fall Retreat 2018

Fall Back Weekend, or Fall Retreat as some call it, is a great weekend for students.  Last year we had about 1,500 people gathered at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. This year’s dates are October 19 & 20 at Falls Creek. I love Fall Retreat and have the opportunity to serve on a board of ministers to plan this event.  I have been leading in this role for many years now. The thing about Fall Retreat is that it gives our students the chance to revisit things they were challenged by at Falls Creek from the summer.  It also is focused a little more towards discipleship and how to be a be...
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