Love From Your Pastor

Hi FBC Friends,

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  I hope and pray it will be a tremendous time of thanking the Lord and enjoying time with friends and family for all of us.  Let the words of the Psalmist help us focus on what tomorrow is all about:
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD. 

I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. 

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 118:1, 19, 21, 28, 29)
 

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Love From Your Pastor

Hi Friends,

It’s a great time to be serving the Lord together at FBC!  This Sunday we will have the joy of witnessing the baptism of 4 people during our 10:30am service.  I expect that all will be encouraged and moved by the testimonies that will be shared.  Please be in prayer for Alayna, Cory, Nicci, and Ruby – that this will be a great spiritual “milestone” event for them.
I will be preaching on Hosea 11:12 – 12:14.  We will talk about the justice of God, and why He disciplines His children.  Please read ahead!
On November 4 we shared the plans for the Christian Education wing addition, and the funds that are needed to accomplish the goal.  We are planning a church-wide special offering for January 6, 2013.  I am asking you to diligently pray about what God would want you to give toward the project.  We are encouraging every person at FBC – young, old, man, woman, children, to pray about this and consider a generous, sacrificial gift.  Of course, if you want to give before the day of the special offering you can – some of you already have.  We will be talking more about this at the date draws closer.
 

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Love From Your Pastor

Hi FBC Friends,

Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 ESV)
What a magnificent promise!  We have hope, not because of (or in spite of) election results.  We have an eternal hope because of the love of God!  That love caused Him to send His Son to die for us.  And not only that, but we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, through whom we experience God’s love being poured into our hearts!  Chew on that for awhile!
I am looking forward to a great weekend here at First Baptist Church!
 

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Love From Your Pastor

Hi Friends,

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! 4 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! (Psalm 105:1-4 ESV)

The above was an incredibly appropriate verse following what was a tremendous night at First Baptist Church!  We are thanking the Lord for the outstanding outreach that took place at Trunk-or-Treat.  We are thanking the Lord for the break in the rain that we experienced most of the night, especially while we were setting up!  We were not able to catch every single person that came and get their names at the table, but we got most.  And the totals were:  161 kids, 99 adults, and 57 workers!  That’s over 300 people on our campus last night.  How can I say “thank you” enough to everyone who pitched in and made this event a success?

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Love From Your Pastor

Hi Friends of FBC!

I had the privilege of attending the Awana Conference in Springfield this week, along with a number of our faithful Awana leaders and helpers.  It was a great time of instruction and motivation.  I was especially impressed with a message we watched on video from Rob Reinow of Visionary Family Ministries.  I won’t have the room here to recap everything he said that challenged me, but I just wanted to share his main points:
1.  God created families to be discipleship centers.
2.  The biblical purpose of parenting and grandparenting is to impress the hearts of children with a love for God.
3.  God has designed the family as an essential engine of world evangelization through the power of multi-generational faithfulness.
 

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Love From Your Pastor

Hi Friends of FBC!

In today’s Bible reading, we were in Daniel 4.  What an amazing story!  It’s hard to fathom such a ruthless, proud, pagan king like Nebuchadnezzar coming to the place where he would praise and honor the Name of the Most High God!  But that’s exactly what happens following the terrible humiliation King Neb endured as a result of his extreme pride about his own greatness.  This powerful king was driven from his palace, all the way to the point where he was living outside, eating the grass like an ox!  Even unbelieving world leaders are held accountable by our Mighty God, who is the Supreme Ruler of all the earth!  Notice how this earthly king sums up his thoughts:
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble. (Dan 4:37 ESV)
What an important lesson for us all, and not just for kings!

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Hello FBC!

As I read God’s Word this morning, two key words continually popped up (almost slapping me with the force of the repetition!).  Righteousness and Faithfulness.  I saw righteousness 5 times, and faithfulness 5 times.  And I may have missed some others.  I want to encourage you to get out your Bible and look at the following verses, paying special attention for those two words:
Psalm 89:1, 2, 5, 8, 14
Proverbs 11:5, 6
Philippians 3:7-11
Did you look them up?  Why not?  Go do it! …. OK, now, what did you think?  

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Hello Friends!

 
I was reminded again this morning during my devotional time of the importance of guarding our hearts.  Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”  It is easy for us to get wrapped up in our outward performance and outward appearance.  But where it all starts is within.  Jesus said something about this as well in Mark 7:21-23 & Luke 6:45.  Those would be a couple of great verses to look at today!  The Lord wants our hearts to be fully devoted to Him.  He wants us to drink of His “Living Water”, so then we will overflow with “springs of life.”  Like the chorus says, “I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me…!”
 

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Hi FBC Friends,

 
I hope today finds you experiencing the blessings of the Lord!
 
I am excited about the 2nd week of AWANA tonight!  It’s not too late if you would like to join our class for parents.  We’ll be meeting in my office, and starting Lesson 1 of our books on How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph.  Today we read a great passage in Psalms about our responsibility to tell the coming generation of the wonders of the Lord!
 
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

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Hi FBC Friends,

 
Thank you to everyone who donated and helped with the furniture giveaway for the international students at OSU.  In this week’s bulletin you will see a brief report from Beth Arends about the impact of that event.  One of the great things that came out of it was the desire of a Chinese student to talk with Beth about Christianity, and it seems specifically because she has seen the love in Christians.  If you are reading this right away, you can be praying for their meeting, which is at 2pm today.  If you are reading this after 2pm, please pray anyway!  God is not bound by time as we are, and this student will certainly need continued prayer after her discussion with Beth!
 
Today in our Bible reading, we started the book of Acts.  But since I’ve said A LOT about Acts recently, I will focus on our Old Testament reading here today!  One passage that I have loved for a long time is Jeremiah 9:23-24 —
 

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