3 More Tips for Spending Time with God

I love the old hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”  Anyone who has regular encounters with the Lord knows that personal worship is indeed sweet.  I can testify.  Spending time with the Lord is often the highlight of my day.  The problem with many believers is that they don’t know how to bond with the Lord in a meaningful way.  Consider three more tips for spending time with God. Get a plan.  If you want to excel in personal worship, you can’t enter your time with the Lord as a blank slate.  You need to have an agenda.  Sure, there may be times in which you enter the prayer closet, sparks fly, and ...
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Creation Ministries Weekend

Rarely do we host a special event that is designed for the personal spiritual growth of our church members while simultaneously giving us such an awesome opportunity for evangelism.  The CREATION MINISTRIES WEEKEND is designed to accomplish this both. CREATION MINISTRIES WEEKEND will be held in our Worship Center on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., 10:50 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.   Gary Bates, renowned Christian scholar and apologist, will by sharing on the subjects of “Dinosaurs and Fossils: Amazing Evidence for Creation”, “Creation, Not Confusion”, and “Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception...
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2 Tips for Spending Time with God

Jesus assumed that His followers would engage in one-on-one time with the Heavenly Father (Matthew 6:6).  I believe most believers know that they should spend time with God.  On top of this, I believe most honestly want to have time with Him.  The matter with personal worship is not usually an issue of “what” or “why.”  It is often a matter of “how.”  Many believers have never been given practical instruction concerning a daily devotional time.  Consider two tips for spending time with God. Find a time.  During my college days, I lived with my grandfather for a couple of years.  He had been...
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Missions Fair

Healthy churches are sending churches.  Have you been interested in knowing more about missions, going on a mission trip, or about how you can help others in our church continue to go on mission?  Around 50 church members took the opportunity, stepped out in faith, and went on one of the six trips FBC offered in 2018.  Our church goes to many different places around the world, but we also reach across the street here in Lawton, Oklahoma with the good news and hope of Jesus Christ.    Consider this your invitation to join us for our first ever Missions Fair.  You can take a look at what our c...
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Christmas Traditions

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people. Many of us and our families have traditions that we have observed over the years.  I remember traveling to Bluff Dale, Texas to visit my grandparents on their small farm.  Thinking back it was amazing just how many aunts, uncles, and cousins we managed to squeeze into that small house every year and somehow, despite close quarters, we all got along.  I remember their tree was always a fresh cut cedar from the field and I always got an envelope from my grandmother with a dollar inside.  I think inflation alone will require a larger donation to...
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3 Lessons from the Life of Jesus

When I was in college, someone taught me an important life principle.  I was told that I can learn something from everyone.  I have tried to take that lesson to heart.  As a pastor, I’ve been exposed to all types of people.  Consequently, I have had the opportunity to learn a variety of things that I would have never learned otherwise.  There are men I can think of who have taught me little lessons about marriage, parenting, people skills, yard work, home repair, auto maintenance, spiritual disciplines, and other subjects.  I don’t claim to be completely proficient in any of these areas, but I...
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4 More Truths About Jesus

4 More Truths about Jesus Years ago, there was a popular Christian movement that popularized the question, “What would Jesus do?”  It spawned a line of bracelets and jewelry which helped people think about how our Lord would act.  Such thinking surely has its merits, but it can also have a drawback.  If one doesn’t actually know what Jesus would do, one can’t do what He would do.  As a result, knowing Jesus is critical to Christian growth and development (Philippians 3:10-14). Jesus was a fulfillment of prophecy. The way in which He fulfilled a multitude of Hebrew prophecies is nothing sho...
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Living Christmas Tree Thank You

Living Christmas Tree 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 38th Annual Living Christmas T...
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Weekly Newsletter Subscription

January is the time for a new year and new beginnings. One of our new beginnings will be our weekly newsletters sent straight from FBC Lawton. In September of this year we learned from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) that they were changing their mailing options. The results were semimonthly printed Baptist Messengers and no more special wrap pages. The wrap page is this custom front and back page that announces all FBC Lawton events. Fear not though, while the BGCO wants to move away from weekly mailings, we still want to send out information to our members. So, during this ...
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3 Truths About Jesus

3 Truths about Jesus Christmas time is a time in which many believers celebrate Jesus’ birth.  Certainly there is merit in the holiday, but it can become misguided.  If we are not careful, we can have a sentimentality concerning the nativity which overlooks the weightier message of Christ.  Jesus was indeed a babe in Bethlehem, but His birth was accompanied by several significant truths.  Let’s consider three of them. Jesus is the central theme of Scripture   Long before the cattle were lowing, God ordained Jesus to be a sacrifice for sins.  In the Bible, our Lord is seen as early as the fir...
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