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BGCO Tax Seminar
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Celebrate Recovery Group
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SYATP Prayer & Ralley
Rally @ Bob Lee Kidd Civic Ctr.
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2017 Women's Conference
"Empowered" "Worthy Pursuit", Sponsored by Southside Poteau, @ KBA
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Theology Of Work
  • God does not promise that life and work will be happy for believers all the time. #Biblestudy #Romans Read more: theologyofwork.org/new-testament/…
    September 22, 2017, 3:10 AM
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    September 21, 2017, 1:15 AM
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FROM THE DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS

Let’s begin this article by being in agreement. 

  • The Bible commands us to present ourselves to God to do His work and His will.
  • The Bible says that it is reasonable for us to present ourselves to God. 

Romans 12:1
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 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Why is it reasonable? 

  • Because Jesus presented Himself to God to die in our place to pay the price for our sins.

1 Peter 2:24
24 He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; by His wounding you have been healed.

Now, we have agreed that we should present ourselves to God so, let’s agree on one more thing. 

  • God gives us everything we have. 

Peter 1:3
3
 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

Romans 12:6-9
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 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 
7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 
8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. 

I love it when the Bible is plain and clear about a subject.  It takes all the opinion out of it and just gives us the straight truth.  If you believe the Bible is the true, inspired by the Holy Spirit word of God, then these verses are hard to disagree with.

That brings us to our subject.  Vicky and I visit different churches each week.   One of the consistent issues we see in smaller churches is the lack of people to fill the positions of teaching, leading worship and playing music. 

Many of our churches meet each Sunday and worship without a qualified music leader or any music accompaniment.  It’s not that they wouldn’t love to have a song leader or a piano player.  There just isn’t anyone in their church with the gifts needed to fill the position.  It is the same issue working with children and youth.  It is the one problem that small churches all around the country deal with on a regular basis. 

A couple of weeks ago we visited a small church where a couple of members from a larger church were helping out with the worship services each Sunday.  Larry and Katie Sockey are members at Pocola First, but are attending on Sundays at Pocola Trinity because Pocola Trinity needs help with worship.  Larry leads the worship and Katie plays the piano.  Thank you Larry and Katie for doing your reasonable service and following God’s purpose and will.

There are some others in the association who are helping in these same areas, but this is not the norm.  The norm is that we have some churches where gifted and talented people are sitting it out on the sideline when they could be in the game swinging for the cheap seats.  You know who you are.  Better yet, God knows who you are. 

You can be a missionary right here in the Le Flore Baptist Association and make a difference for the kingdom right now.  If you are gifted in a way that could be valuable to the kingdom and you’re not using your gifts for Christ, or if you only use them on a limited basis by singing or playing special music in rotation at your church, then please GET IN THE GAME! 

You will be blessed, the churches that need your help will be blessed and you will be following God’s will.  How could you go wrong?  Drop by the LBA office or give us a call and let us know you are interested in helping out.  We will put you in contact with a church that can put your gifts to use.

 

 

 

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