Monday's Musings: One of the things about March is St. Patrick's Day. it is a shame that so many have a misunderstanding of who a saint is. Most think that to be a saint one must do something truly scarificial and noteworthy and then after death be proclaimed a saint by some religion. However, we know that is certainly not true according to the Bible.
Only God can pronounce one a saint, not any man or religion. He does it every time an individual responds to His offer of grace in Christ. By means of Christ's death and resurrection, sinful man is able to become justified before God (made right with God). As a result of the justification, God sets the justified aside to Himself--santicfies him.
Every true believer in Jesus Christ has been set aside for God and His purposes. He/she has been santificed and is being continually sanctified. All in Christ are saints. We are not saints because of something we have done or might do, but because of the grace of God and His work in our lives. We have been set apart for Him as vessels for His service. Sanctification is a work of God and God only.
It would be good for us to remember God is at work continually sanctifiying our lives for His glory. Maybe if we remembered this, we would make more effort to yield to His work and live in such a manner as to honor the Lord and not ourselves.
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Keep the Son in your eyes,
Derrell Monday, Director of Missions
A DOM search committee has been established to find the next DOM for the Bi-Fork Baptist Association. Resumes may be sent to email@example.com.
April 28 will be the next Bi-Fork board meeting. It will be held at the BSM building in Vernon beginning at 10:30 A.M. It is important that you attend. Thank you.
Faith Comes by Hearing Military Biblestick Program: This program provides military chaplains with free audio bibles for distribution to our servicemen and women upon their request. These are ultra-compact and ultra-rugged audio MP3 portable players pre-loaded with the complete NT (ESV), and includes select portions of Psalms as well. A $25 donation will provide one player to a military member. This would make a great SS or mission group project or even a family project. Call 800-800-2555 or go to the web site at www.MilitaryBibleStick.com for more information and/or to make a donation.
Take advantage of area opportunities for individuals, families, and groups to do missions. Volunteer to help at Chaparral by contacting Charles Hill at 940-885-4182. Take a trip to Possum Kingdom Lake and help in the ministry around the lake each Saturday by contacting Don Blair at 940-329-1048. Faith Mission in Wichita Falls usually has volunteer opportunities. Be a missionary this summer and help one of these area ministries or others you may know about.
For infromation on this challenge ministry project go to www.gobgr.org and click on projects. Click Bucket Project. The Bi-Fork office is a collection site for the buckets.
Note: you can now go online and order a filled bucket shipped directly to Houston for about $85 including shipping. www.bgr.gostorego.com. You can also order bulk items here if you want to have a bucket packing party at your church. Please notify our office if you send buckets in this manner so we can keep record of those going from our area. Thank you.
Ship buckets (if you do this online) to First Baptist Church of Jacinto City, 10701 Wiggins St., Houston, TX 77029.
Currently there are three trips planned to Ecuador in 2015: one will be in April and another in November. There will also be a ladies team going in June (not limited to women, but focusing on ministry to the ladies where the team is working).
A team of at least 14 ladies (age 18 and above) is needed to lead a girl's camp in Alaska the last of June and first of July.
Church-to-church partnership evangelistic work in Venezuela July 30 - August 9.
The following churches are currently seeking pastors: IB Jerusalem Graham; Calvario Vernon, New Hope BC Vernon, Red Springs BC, Calvary BC Childress, and South Bend. Bi-Fork Association is seeking a new DOM.