by Brother Neil O'Donnell
Spring is in the air!
The resurrection of God’s creation is upon us. It is a wonderful time of year when everything that has looked dead for a number of months comes back to life. It is the perfect time of year to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. God has amazing timing doesn’t He?
As you read this the Le Flore Baptist Association of churches are preparing for our annual county wide walk of crosses through Le Flore County. We will begin the walk on Thursday morning April 2nd, from 3 different borders of our county, and meet together on Good Friday at Heavener’s Runestone Park amphitheater at 7pm. If you are interested in taking part in the walk of the crosses up Runestone to the amphitheater you can meet in the Heavener First Baptist Church parking lot at 6pm. Larry Stacy will be our guest speaker for the Hallelujah service that evening and Brock Hardin will be leading us in a time of praise and worship before Larry speaks.
If you see one of our crosses on one of our local highways on April 2nd,or 3rd, be sure to honk and wave. Also say a little prayer for our safety and a prayer that those who see us will understand our reason for carrying the cross is not to bring attention to ourselves, but to bring attention to what Jesus did for us by sacrificing Himself for our sins .
I read this the other day and thought it might be appropriate
A List of 7 Popular Unbiblical Statements Bible-Loving Christians Tend to Believe:
God helps those who help themselves.
This statement is actually anti-Gospel. Self-reliance and self-righteousness, or the attitude of trying harder and doing better actually gets in the way of the work of God. Jesus saves those who die to themselves: “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come
after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24).”
God wants me to be happy.
It’s a common belief that God exists to be our “personal genie” waiting to give us our every wish. It’s amazing how we will justify our sinful actions by saying, “God just wants me to be happy.” Happiness is tied to feelings and emotions that are often based on circumstances, and those change all the time. God wants us to be obedient to Him, trust Him, and know that everything He does is for our good, even if it doesn't make me feel "happy" in that moment. "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)."
We’re all God’s children
Although, God has created everyone, not everyone relationally belongs to Him. Only those who have repented of sin, placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and possess the Holy Spirit of God inside of them can claim Him as their Father: “But you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:15b – 16).”
However, those who don’t have Jesus as their Savior, nor have the Holy Spirit of God inside of them actually belong to Satan: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:1 – 2).” “By this it is evident who the children of God are, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother (1 John 3:10).”
God won’t give you more than you can handle
Actually, all of life is more than we can handle. The point of living in a fallen world is not for us to try really hard to carry our heavy burden, but rather give-up, quit, and surrender to God, that’s what faith is all about. Everything is more than I can handle, but not more than Jesus can handle: “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself (2 Corinthians 1:8).” “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).”
We all worship the same God
Yes, there is only one true and living God: “know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other (Deuteronomy 4:39).” However, He only accepts worship that comes through Jesus Christ, not Muhammad, Buddha, Joseph Smith, etc: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).”
Bad things happen to good people
Often we place ourselves in the judgment seat of what is good and bad, or who is good and bad. The most popular way to make that judgment is by comparison. For example, Bob is a good guy, because he is not as bad as Sam. However, according to the Bible we’re all on equal ground because none of us is inherently good: “as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10)’.”
We’re all going to the same place when we die
There are two possible destinations when we pass: Heaven and Hell. However, only those who are in Christ will be with Him for all eternity when they physically die: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).”
It should be our goal to be students of the word. I pray you take the time in your life to know true scripture and not fall into the category of being a superficial Christian.
Please note that the date has been changed for the North Zone brotherhood meeting. It will NOT be on the 28th, as that is Memorial Day week-end, but be on Monday night the 18th, @ 7 pm. Location is the same, @ Friendship Fellowship Baptist.
Arkoma FBC gather to start their portion of the "Cross Walk".
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