Monday's Musings: Thanks giving is always appropriate. The Bible speaks of being thankful numerous times and a grateful heart is truly a heart that has come to know the Savior. Psalm 139:17-18 says, "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand..." I Thess. 5:18 gives us a command: "in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
I just read Max Lucdo's book before Amen. In it he has a chapter on thankfulness. I really liked the pattern he used in that chapter. He used the twenty-six letters of the alphabet in expressing thanksgiving for things. I think that would be a great way to have a thankful November. For the first twenty-six days take a letter of the alphabet and use that letter to name something for which you are thankful. Then on November 27, Thanksgiving Day recount all the wonderous things God has done for you. Then for the final days of the month, just praise the Lord in anticipation of the Christmas season soon to follow.
I plan to name sevral things daiily with the letter of the day for which I am grateful. I invite you to join me each day. It can be a great family time as well. Let us give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good!
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Keep the Son in your eyes,
Derrell Monday, Director of Missions
The first board meeting of the new Bi-Fork Baptist Association will be December 16 at 10:30 A.M. it will be held in the BSM building next to the associational office in Vernon. Every pastor is urged to attend as we begin this new phase of ministry.
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.
The annual staff/spouse retreat will be Feb. 13-14 at Chaparral. Dr. Richard Ross will be the featured speaker for the retreat. The theme will be "An Awakening to the Enthroned Jesus: In your heart, home, and your church." This is going to be a great retreat, so please make every effort to attend. Registration deadline is Feb. 4.
A call to prayer for revival and rain has been issued. Every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 PM, wherever you are, please join in an area-wide time of prayer until the revival and sufficient rains come.
RF: Calvary BC Vernon, Dec. 1; 6:30 P.M.
SF: FBC Seymour, Dec. 2; 6:30 P.M.
Reservations by November 24 in the associational office. Nursery provided if needed. Please indicate your need for the nursery when you make your reservation.
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 San 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, Second BC Vernon, Red Springs BC, FBC Vernon, and South Bend (Tonk Valley).