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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3 Forms of Jesus

I can still remember one of the first times I read my Bible as a new Christian.  I opened the Old Testament and began scrutinizing its pages.  I was eager to learn about God, but it wasn’t long before I was confused.  I knew the Bible was about Jesus, but I didn’t see His name mentioned anywhere.  What was the deal?  In time, I discovered that the Old Testament primarily deals with God’s work through the nation of Israel.  The New Testament details the way in which God’s plan of salvation through Israel was finally accomplished.  This new understanding helped me, but it also caused me to be sh...
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Expressing Thankfulness

We said a prayer of thanksgiving, enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends, and probably ate more than we should. Thanksgiving as a holiday is over until next year, but thankfulness as a way of life is a yearlong endeavor.   For me, thankfulness is closely tied to stewardship. While I enjoy saying thanks through worship, praise, and prayer, I need to do more. I need to give and I need to work. Giving regularly takes my focus off what I can do and puts it on what God has done and will do. Giving helps me remember that any ability I have is a gift from God and my continuing use of that abi...
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3 Categories of Thanks

Thanksgiving should be a regular part of the believer’s life.  It isn’t something for a holiday alone.  The Bible says, “Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  The problem with such praise is that we often don’t know what to say.  I’ve found that if I think in categories, the giving of thanks comes much easier.  Praise flows and a renewed perspective grows.  By counting my blessings, I realize that God has been so good.  Don’t you want to do God’s will?  Don’t you want to experience the joy that comes from giving thanks?  Consider th...
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LCT Blitz 2018

Every Christmas season our church’s gift to the community, the Living Christmas Tree presentation, is preceded by 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 7th, 8th, and 9th.  Through many hours of preparation, the tree will be constructed, and the computer lighting will be made ready to work with perfect timing. As our church family looks forward to this year’s 38th annual LCT presentation, we desire to pray that God wi...
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5 Types of Angels in the Bible

In 1994, a new television show hit the airwaves.  By its fourth season, it became the fifth most watched program in America, snatching up nearly 22 million viewers.  It was called, “Touched by an Angel.”  Each week, captivated viewers sat enthralled, as angels helped humans face some of life’s most difficult dilemmas.  While the show was entertaining, and although it dealt with some important themes, it had one flaw.  Its view of the angelic was warped.  It promoted ideas which weren’t necessarily true.  Indeed, angels are fascinating beings.  It is for this reason that the show was so popular...
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