Monday's Musings: I couple of different things I have read in recent days have reminded me that being comes before doing. Maybe you look at the new year with the idea of making some resolutions in anticipation of doing a better job this new year than what you were able to do this past year. Or maybe, the resolutions are just a habit and have no real meaning to you. Most likely many of us don't even bother to make them anymore if we ever did. I think maybe we need to this year.
We don't need a list of things we ought to do, need to do, changes we need to make, but rather we need to determine who God wants us to be and determine to yield ourselves to His work in order that we might move closer to being that person. Steve Rogers in an article in the January issue of Mature Living suggested creating a "To-be" list. Instead of listing things we ought to try to do or not do, let's take the Beatitudes and see what we ought to be: be a peacemaker, be merciful, and be hungry and thirsty for righteous for example.
Our response to God's great grace should be that we determine we want to be what He wants us to be this year, that we will trust God with our dreams and plans, that we will serve the Lord as though He were right beside us all the time,. and that we will give generously of ourselves and our resources. All of these things are ways to be the Christian God has called us to be.
Let's get serious about being the people of God and trust the Holy Spirit to lead us to do the things that bring glory and honor to the Lord. Have a great beginning to 2015.
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Derrell Monday, Director of Missions
February 10 will be the next Bi-Fork board meeting. It will be held at FBC Seymour 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.
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.
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.