4 Works of the Spirit

The work of the Holy Spirit presents confusion to many.  Questions swirl concerning His activity.  When and how does He indwell a person?  Can a believer lose the Spirit?  What differences are there between His activity in the Old and New Testaments?  By briefly considering four works of the Spirit, I believe Christians can have a better understanding of its role in their lives. Creation All too often, the Holy Spirit is relegated to an inferior status.  It is seen as the weakest link in the Trinity.  Scripture indicates otherwise.  It pictures the Spirit being a part of the Godhood from th...
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Pastor Appreciation

Being a pastor is widely recognized as one of the most difficult vocations in our modern society. The month of October is generally recognized as a time to pay tribute and honor pastors and their ministry. Studies have shown that one of the most significant factors for the well-being of pastors is the support they feel from their congregations. A partnership between pastors and their congregations is very important to a pastor’s effectiveness and well-being. With those thoughts in mind, your Personnel Committee is seeking to recognize and honor our four pastors and their families. We have prep...
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4 Gifts from the Holy Spirit

If you’re like me, you love receiving gifts.  Good books are my favorite.  When I get one, I feel loved and appreciated.  Why?  Because I love certain types of books.  The fact that someone gives one that I like is proof that they know me, and that they know what’s important to me.  As Christians, we have a Heavenly Father who gives good gifts.  What’s more, He gives the types of gifts that are really important to us.  He gives us, as Peter has said, “everything required for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).  During the New Testament age, most of His gifts to us are distributed through the pr...
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Student Fall Retreat 2018

Fall Back Weekend, or Fall Retreat as some call it, is a great weekend for students.  Last year we had about 1,500 people gathered at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. This year’s dates are October 19 & 20 at Falls Creek. I love Fall Retreat and have the opportunity to serve on a board of ministers to plan this event.  I have been leading in this role for many years now. The thing about Fall Retreat is that it gives our students the chance to revisit things they were challenged by at Falls Creek from the summer.  It also is focused a little more towards discipleship and how to be a be...
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4 Functions of The Spirit

I’ll never forget my first day at my first job.  I was super-excited about being a bag boy at the local grocery store.  Before I could start earning tips, however, I had to complete orientation.  The manager gave detailed instructions on how to bag groceries, mop floors, and perform price checks.   I had to sign a waiver which signified I understood my job description.  When it comes to the Third Person of the Trinity, Scripture attests that He has a unique role.  Unfortunately, many are unaware of His job description.  As a result, they never experience the full blessedness of the Christian l...
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Upward Sports Volunteer

As a volunteer, you are giving much more than just your energy and time. You are sharing your life experiences, faith, and passion for sports to impact the lives of young athletes so that they have the opportunity to grow mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially as they prepare for success in the game, and in life. Coaches make a difference in the lives of young athletes by helping teach skills and values for success. Come use your talents and passion for sports to make sure each player feels welcome, appreciated, inspired, and confident. If you are more on the rules side that’s great...
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6 Gospel Virtues

The word “gospel” is one which simply means “good news.” The message of Christ is certainly a positive one.  Though we all have sin (Romans 3:10), and though our sin deserves eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23), God sent His Son to save us (Romans 5:8).  This gospel message is simple.  Even a child can understand it and believe it (Matthew 18:3).   Despite its simplicity, it has a wonderful and mysterious complexity.  Our rich, elaborate, otherworldly, and magnificent Lord has bathed the salvation process in a multitude of sublime truths.  Consider six. Grace is the basis of our salva...
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Lighting Up Lawton With The Love Of Christ

#LOVE LAWTON began in January 2018 with many of our church members signing up to be involved, on Wednesday evenings, with meeting needs and sharing Christ. We started by handing out approximately 140 cases of water, gospel tracts, and FBC info cards at storefronts throughout Lawton. In the midst of helping people with their physical need for water we shared with them the spiritual need for the “Living Water”. We also prayed with people about their other needs as well. It was an exciting and moving experience for all involved. Since the beginning of this ministry those involved in #LOVE LAWTON ...
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