4 Truths about God and Giving

Many believers are weary of hearing Bible teaching about money.  Some have even bought into the lie that preachers and teachers shouldn’t mention the subject.  It’s a personal issue, the rationale goes, so the church ought to keep silent.  Ironically, the Bible is chock-full of instruction on money.  In fact, one author counted around 500 verses on prayer, but he found over 2,350 on money and possessions!  God’s Word says a lot about our finances, because God knows they are likely to compete with our affections.  In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, since either he w...
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Share the Gift

In Luke 14 the Lord Jesus Christ used a parable concerning a great supper to illustrate the truths of His great salvation.  In this parable, Jesus emphasized our responsibility to reach the unsaved.  We must go into the highways and hedges of life, and compel people to come in that His house will be full.  We don’t need to pray that God will fill His house as we gather to worship when God has told us to do it.  God’s plan is simple enough.  Lifeway Research reveals that the Christmas season is now the most likely time of year that an unsaved person will attend church.  SHARE THE GIFT follows G...
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3 Benefits of Obedience

I once had a pastor who often said, “Obedience is the most important word in the Christian dictionary.”  Though believers are positionally pure before Christ (1 Corinthians 6:11), and though they are guaranteed to never lose their spiritual standing (John 10:28), they must practice practical obedience in order to experience the full life of Christ.  The Hebrew children had to learn this principle.  The Lord warned, “Now if you faithfully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all his commands I am giving you today, the Lord your God will put you far above all the nations of the earth...
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Stewardship

Stewardship is one of the nine processes FBC Lawton has embraced and when the word comes up it is often associated with sermons on tithing, calls for more money from the Budget & Finance Committee, or in the approving of annual church budgets. However, have you ever given much thought to what stewardship actually means? Psalm 24:1 says “The earth and everything in it exists for the Lord” which means God owns everything while retaining the rights of ownership and that we, as Christians, have the responsibility to manage and tend to those things for which we have temporary possession here on...
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3 Reasons to Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is to be a default mode of thinking for Christians.  An attitude of gratitude should envelop them in all that they do.  Bible admonitions concerning this matter are numerous (2 Corinthians 9:11 and Ephesians 5:20).  In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul said, “Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  I don’t know about you, but I don’t always feel like being thankful.  It seems that the promptings of my unredeemed nature sometimes beckon me to be negative and selfish.  Instead of seeing the glass as being half-full, it is easy to regard it as half-empty...
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LCT Blitz 2017

Every Christmas season our church’s gift to the community, the Living Christmas Tree presentation, is met with much practice, preparation, prayer and promotion.  Through much practice our 100 voice choir and orchestra will be ready to beautifully share the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior, in song on December 8th, 9th, and 10th.  Through many hours of preparation and labor the tree will be constructed and the computer lighting will be made ready to work well.As our church family looks forward to this year’s 37th annual LCT presentation, we desire to pray that God will use thi...
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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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