3 Marks Of A Disciple

The word “disciple” is one which is used a lot within Christian circles.  The Greek word from which it is translated appears over 250 times in the first five books of the New Testament alone.  During the expansion of the early church, Christians were commonly referred to by the term (Acts 20:30 and 21:16).  Recent trends in the evangelical church have placed great weight on discipleship.  There seems to be a lot of talk about being a disciple, and making disciples, but few have a real grasp of what such talk means.  What’s involved with being a disciple?  Consider three characteristics.  Each ...
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Budget Overview

When most people hear the word budget they most likely cringe and want to run the opposite direction. I suspect that many church members feel the same way when they hear it is the church budget season. The Scriptures give us numerous passages throughout the Old and New Testament that use numbers including days, weights and sizes of certain items, or in the design of items such as the tabernacle.  Numbers are important to the Lord and I believe that they should therefore hold importance to us. A church budget is a plan that helps guide the ministerial staff and church leadership throughout the...
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5 Ways To Share

Jesus has charged His church to be busy about inviting others to salvation.  A church that doesn’t witness isn’t much of a church.  It is guilty on reneging on one of the most basic duties which God has given His people.  A church that doesn’t speak up for Jesus will suffer.  Spiritual anemia is inevitable and spiritual death is probable.  From his London pulpit, Charles Spurgeon once said, “You shall see a church which does not believe in the simple gospel grow few and feeble.  According as the churches cease to be evangelical they are finished and brought low.”  Believers must be constantly ...
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Budget Q & A

One of my favorite Bible studies is Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God. It teaches us to see where God is at work and to join Him there. An easy way to see where God is working in our church is to look at the church budget and how the money is used. How much goes to missions, both local and global? Our budget is 12%. How much goes to the different ministries i.e., children, student, senior adult, music? We give 13%. Ask yourself, how can I better give and support the missions and ministries of our church? With the end of our fiscal year fast approaching, the Finance Committee has been hard at w...
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3 Reasons We Don’t Share

I’ll never forget the first time I got to lead another person to faith in Christ.  The feeling of joy was indescribable.  Looking back over my Christian journey, some of my greatest spiritual highlights are those moments in which I have been used to lead another person to salvation.  I find it sad that some believers never get to experience the joy of being used in such a way.  Scripture teaches us that Christ’s followers should be compelled to lead others to Jesus.  When the earliest disciples were told to stop talking about Jesus, they replied, “We are unable to stop speaking about what we h...
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Stewardship Philosophy

I can hear it now.“Uh Oh, I just heard the term ‘stewardship’ and ‘Treasurer’ in the same sentence.  That means a money talk, and one about separating me and my money for sure.”Duh?  That’s what Treasurers do, neighbor! So, bear with me for a short shot on your cash giving and then some Stewardship philosophy.REGULAR. If you are not a regular giver, consider becoming one earlier rather than later.  A small amount regularly will help you form a giving pattern, and then you can develop your offering program and expand it to tithing as your situation and walk with the Lord matures.INCREASE. If yo...
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3 Reasons We Should Share

The King James Version of Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; And he that winneth souls is wise.” Solomon metaphorically portrays the faithful child of God as a fruit tree which provides nourishment for many.  It is God’s desire for us to live in a way that makes an impact on others.  We are alive to know God and to make Him known (Genesis 1:26 and Matthew 5:16).  Solomon said “he that winneth souls is wise.”  To be wise is to be skillful in living.  Those who are astute at living according to God’s will are used by God to win people to Christ.  The Lord uses th...
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200 Visits & #LoveLawton Recap

Back in January, thanks to a lot of faithful volunteers, we were able to make visits to almost 200 homes/families in the Lawton area.  This effort of “200 VISITS” on Sunday afternoons was fruitful as we connected with people who had joined us at the Living Christmas Tree presentations, AWANA and Upward ministries, and others who had not attended Sunday School in awhile.  We let people know that God loves them and so do we.  We invited people to come to Sunday School and worship services.  We made connections with people and prayed concerning their specific needs.  I want to take this opportuni...
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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Shy Away from Theology

Many modern believers seem allergic to words like “theology” and “doctrine.”  Buying into misguided notions from popular culture, they assume that learning isn’t an important part of their spiritual journey.  It’s ironic that an increase in knowledge in science and other disciplines has been accompanied by a deemphasis on knowledge by many evangelic Christians.  I’ll never forget an occasion on which a mother chastised me for allowing our youth pastor to teach on the book of Genesis.  She reasoned that such material was too deep for kids.  It seemed strange that she wanted her son to be enroll...
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Road to Calvary

A Journey of Grace and Resurrection - Jesus Saves! What an incredible biblical truth! Once again, the message of the gospel will boldly be presented on Easter Sunday, April 1st. The Celebration Choir will sing with books and present selections from a DVD accompanied musical entitled, “Road to Calvary,” followed by Pastor Patrick delivering a gospel centered Easter message. Resurrection Sunday is the celebration of the glorious truth that Jesus Christ arose from the dead! This is Christianity’s most important holiday. As Christians, we walk by faith, trusting and accepting that Jesus died on th...
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