3 Realities About Materialism

Charles Spurgeon once said, “The world was never meant to fill a believer’s soul.”  Each of us has a part of our heart that can only be satisfied by Jesus.  Sadly, many are in a frenzied panic, trying to find satisfaction through the things of earth.   Materialism is alive and well, and it is distracting the hearts of many of God’s people.  As a result, we need to consider some biblical truth. Materialism is a form of idolatry. We may not worship golden calves or bow before Baal, but we have false gods none the less.  Idolatry is alive and well in the twenty-first century church, and mater...
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Summer Giving

This year the church has been doing a great job of giving. The question is “Can we maintain our giving throughout the summer?” Every year the Budget and Finance Committee, church staff, and other committees develop a budget that allocates projected revenues against the cost of maintaining the buildings, paying the ministers and staff, and resourcing the work God has directed. Our part is to assist this work through our giving. While we have been doing well this year, each summer we normally see a significant drop in giving. Often, this lack of income causes a budget deficit that is never fille...
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4 Benefits of Obedience

Obedience is one of the most important words in the Christian life.  Without it, Christians don’t experience the full joy of Christ.  Sadly, many miss out.  They settle for a faith that involves a whole lot of hearing without much doing.  James admonished believers, saying, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).  Without follow through, Christians short-circuit the life of God.  Though they talk a good talk, they don’t walk the real walk.  One Christian author has said, “Obedience is the mark of true discipleship.  Obedient disciples are not those w...
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Vacation Bible School Recap

What a great week at Vacation Bible School! We had 240 children registered for VBS this year, and 162 children on average for attendance. There were 12 decisions for Christ, and we are working to follow up with everyone of these for baptism. Vacation Bible School couldn’t happen without you, our workers, 90 plus strong. The children raised over $500 for the Baptist Children’s Homes of Oklahoma. VBS was all in all a great week for children to hear the word of God and sing about Him and learn His scripture, as well as taking this back to their homes and sharing with the rest of their families. W...
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4 Things That Happen at Salvation

For too many, salvation is little more than another life decision.  In their mind, they decided to follow Jesus, so they joined a church and got baptized.  Just as they got married and had children, it was a decision they made.  Their allegiance to Christ is simply another life priority which exists alongside others.  Jesus and the church are checkboxes to be checked-off of an overly busy to-do list.  Instead of being the purpose and priority of life (Philippians 1:21), Christ is only a part of such people’s life.   The reason for such a shallow view of the faith is found in our understanding ...
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Summer Prayer Ministry

As Christians we have been given the privilege of Prayer. As summer arrives we will have many opportunities to pray for different programs our church will be involved in. One of these is the mission trips that are occurring. It is important that we commit ourselves to pray daily for the success of the efforts of about 40 members that will be involved. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 instructs us to pray for others. As we pray for God's will to be done, our hearts will unite with those involved in missions as we pray boldly, persistently and with humility. Hebrews 4:16 “To come boldly to the Throne of grace, ...
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3 Reasons To Observe The Lord’s Supper

I can still remember my first experiences with the Lord’s Supper.  It seemed like such a mystical and magical event.  The preacher distributed bread and juice, and everyone sat in deathly quietness.  I wondered how I should act.  I recall trying to conjure a spiritually somber mood.  But it was hard.    The weird wafer was stale and the sugar-free juice had an awkward tang.  When I became more serious about my walk with the Lord, I gained a greater understanding of the observance’s significance.  I discovered the truth of why we practice the event.  Consider three reasons for celebrating the L...
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Summer Camps

We have great opportunities for children and youth to go to camp this summer. First, is our student leadership camp called Super Summer Oklahoma. This camp is for the students in our ministry that are leaders. This camp has been around since 1985, and is hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University. We have 9 students going to camp with us this year. Please pray for us as we go June 11 - 14. Second, is CrossTimbers which is for our Children grades 3rd-5th. CrossTimbers is celebrating 10 years this year. It is a great camp to focus on missions and adventure. Our pastor has the privilege of preaching ...
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3 Reasons For Baptism

Shortly before ascending into heaven, Jesus told His disciples to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them” (Matthew 28:19).   The Greek word used for baptism is one which means “to dip.”  As a result, it seems that baptism involves immersing a person under water.  The New Testament indicates that this event is to take place shortly after conversion (Acts 8:36 and 16:33).  Though the newly converted Paul spent three years preparing for his public ministry (Galatians 1:18), his baptism occurred immediately after his conversion (Acts 9:18).  By studying the New Testament, we can discover t...
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