A True Privilege!

LFBC youth

As I reflect back to this powerful moment from a few years ago with the students of LFBC, it makes me realize how blessed we are as members of God’s family! Let me encourage all Christians to never take for granted being a part of the church, having the privilege of prayer, and having the privilege of knowing Jesus more. We have these everlasting privileges because Jesus paid it all! I know we’re all busy, but making time to be with your church family is really the most important part of your week. Let me encourage you to be at your church this Sunday, you need it and your fellow brother and sister in Christ needs it. We need to grow spiritually together and that is seriously hindered when we miss meeting together with our church family.

No, church is not about seeing someone or being seen; it’s all about looking to Jesus and growing closer to Him through praise, prayer, and the Word! It really is the most powerful, most satisfying, and most lasting time on earth. Don’t miss out! “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”
(Hebrews 10:25).
Love in Christ,
Pastor Mark

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The Day is Coming

Well I lay here in my bed this morning writing this article because of a kidney stone. Isn’t it amazing how something only 2mm can cause such pain and misery! When I think of pain I’m reminded of the day when there will be no more pain, the day when I see my Lord and Savior face to face and I will be like Him. The Apostle John wrote:

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:1-2).

Imagine that day when we will see Him as He is, the One Who paid it all for us, the One Who defeated sin, death, hell, and the grave! I’m grateful that though we face hardships, trials, burdens, pains, fears, hurts, tragedies…in this world all of these are only temporary for believers. As 1 John 3 reminds us, a glorious day that will result in seeing Jesus and being like Jesus will happen because of the greatest love that was given to us through the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8). I believe that Christians won’t truly appreciate God’s amazing love until we see Him as He is! There’s no doubt that we all have our share of hardships and disappointments but thank God there is a better day coming! Jesus told us that we would face troubles in this world, but thank God He also told us to “be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

Let me encourage all Christians today that what we currently possess no one, no group, not even the devil himself can take away from us. My heart breaks for those who believe that the answer can be found in this world or found in fulfilling their desires; the truth is things like that doesn’t last, won’t satisfy, and leaves you empty. They are seeking to find the fulfillment and joy that can only come through a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus. No they don’t realize this because they are blinded, but as believers we know of this satisfaction that the Apostle Peter called “joy unspeakable” (1 Peter 1:8). Just like something as small as a kidney stone can bring such pain, may each of us who may think we are too small to make a difference do our part to show people the joy unspeakable that we have in Christ for the glory of God.

Love in Christ,

Pastor Mark

Things I’m thankful for!

I’m so thankful for some positive things that are taking place at First Baptist Church in Liberty.  First I’m thankful that this past Sunday we had the most in Sunday school since I began as pastor.  I truly believe that a strong Sunday school is vital for any church and I pray that we can continue to see a growing trend.  Also I’m thankful that we’ll be adding a youth Sunday school class thanks to a willing heart to teach our middle school students!  This additional youth class is needed in order for our students to enjoy a better age appropriate environment.  I’m looking forward to our Sunday School High Attendance Day on April 6th, and I ask  you to join me in praying for this important emphasis!

Next I’m thankful for our Friday Family Fun Nights which gets better and better with each one!  This last Family Fun Night we had a good representation of each age group including the “Young at Heart” interacting with the kids!  Also, there were a great number of students who attended and it was good to see them enjoy being together.  Above all it did my heart good to know that we “redeemed the time” with this opportunity when the Word was shared during our devotion time!  I appreciate those who contribute each time to make this such a wonderful event! 

This week we not only had the most in Sunday school since I’ve been here, but we also had the most on Wednesday night!  I’ve enjoyed our Worship services and our midweek Prayer Meeting and Bible Study times!  May our service times be an enthusiastic time of expectation as we grow together spiritually by letting God work in our hearts!  I believe good things are happening at First Baptist and I pray that it’ll continue for the glory of God!  Let’s keep pressing on in Jesus name!

Love in Christ,

Mark

Philippians 3:14