Freely Given - May 2017

May will be a month of recognition at Cook Baptist Church. On Sunday, May 7, in the morning service, we will be recognizing our university students who are graduating, followed by a recognition of high school graduates on the following Sunday, May 14. That Sunday is also Mother’s Day, where we recognize and honor those ladies who have played that special role in our lives. Finally, on Monday, May 29, in memory of those of whose gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in service to our country and in honor of our veterans, we will be having our annual Veteran’s Fish Fry at 11:30 am in the gymnasium.

We rightfully honor and recognize others for their accomplishments and special contributions to our lives. Proverbs 3:6 reminds us that one of the keys to receiving the ongoing guidance of the Lord is to continually acknowledge or recognize His lordship in all aspects of our lives.
“Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He shall direct your paths.”

Thank you, Lord, for your ongoing presence and guidance in our lives.

Bro. Todd

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Freely Given - April 2017

Welcome Dr. Keith Manuel

Sunday, April 2, will be the first Sunday for our new Interim Pastor, Dr. Keith Manuel. Please pray for Bro. Keith as he comes to lead us during this interim period.

Easter Community Service

On Sunday evening, April 2, Life Church will host our Easter community service at 6:00 PM. Our evening service will be transferred to Life Church that day. Childcare will be provided at Cook. Please contact Rebecca for more details regarding childcare.

“The Saving One”

Come join us on Sunday evening, April 9, for a night of musical praise entitled, “The Saving One.” The service will include both choral and congregational music.

Easter Sunday Schedule, April 16

Sunrise Service at Railroad Park 7:15 AM
Breakfast in Gym 8:00 AM
Sunday School 9:00 AM
Morning Service 10:15 AM
No Evening Activities

Baby Dedication, April 30

We will have Baby Dedication at the beginning of our morning service on Sunday, April 30. Please notify the office if you would like to have your child dedicated that Sunday.

LIFT Groups

LIFT Groups are scheduled for Sunday evening, April 30 at 6:00PM. Please make plans to attend one of our host homes that evening. There will be no evening service that day.

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Freely Given - March 2017

Renovation Update

Our sanctuary renovation continues to proceed on schedule. The pews and carpet are scheduled to be installed during the middle of the month. Our tentative plans at this point are to have our first service in the sanctuary on April 2.

On Sunday evening, March 12, we are planning a special time of prayer in the sanctuary at the close of our evening service. As part of this time, materials will be available to enable us to write scriptures and prayer on the floor of the sanctuary. Carpet installation is scheduled to begin the next day. Please prayerfully consider making a donation to our sanctuary renovation fund as we unite together to see this project completed.

Pulpit Ministry

Our Pulpit Supply Committee continues to work diligently to fill the pulpit on Sundays at Cook. During the month of March, we will be blessed to hear Bro. Keith Manuel, Bro. Ron Coody, and Bro. Joe Aulds. Please continue to pray for this committee as well as our Pastor Search Committee as they faithfully complete the work God has called them to do.

Todd Free

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Freely Given - February 2017

"For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” Hebrews 10:36

This past month we received news from our Pastor Search Committee that the process of finding a new Senior Pastor at Cook will take longer than had been expected. And yet, the committee shared that they are not discouraged as they are continuing to see God’s hand at work through the process.

Yes, waiting on God’s timing in our pastor search process will apparently require more patience…more endurance than we originally had thought. And yet, we continue to seek the Lord and know by past experience that He is always faithful. He even tells us that endurance is necessary for us to receive what He has promised. Please continue to pray for our Pastor Search Committee and thank the Lord for them.

Pastor Search Committee
Mel Corley, chairman
Janet Brown
Jake Haymon
Billy Meyers
Cindy Morgan
Stan Napper
Sandra Pesnell
Marc Taylor
Tim Whittington

Todd Free

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Freely Given - January 2017

As we begin the new year and our thoughts turn to what this year may hold, it is vitally important that we re-submit our hearts to our Lord Jesus and to His plan for our lives. As Lord of our lives it is He alone who has the right to set the agenda for our year. While only God knows what the future holds, we can gain insight into His desires for our future by examining His Word. In the Scripture, we discover that the ultimate will of God for our lives is to conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). Therefore, we know that the character we see displayed in the life of Jesus is the character that God is seeking to develop in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

First and foremost, we see in Matthew 20:26-28 that the heart of Jesus is that of a servant. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Though we know from Scripture that God has great plans for our lives within His kingdom work, we must be careful to not let the world’s standard for greatness cloud our understanding of God’s will. In Luke 14 we are told that Jesus was eating at the home of a prominent religious leader when He noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table. He then proceeded to reprimand them for doing so. He finished with the following statement: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (v.11)

While the world’s philosophy may be to focus on seeking honor for ourselves at all costs, God’s design is that we do the exact opposite, that is, we seek to serve and not to be served. We seek to meet other’s needs and not continually look to others to meet our needs. We must understand that even though our lives here on earth may seem insignificant in the world’s eyes, if we are seeking to please our Lord Jesus, He will transform them into significant lives in His eyes. We must remember that what God is doing through our lives will not always be evident here on earth. In fact, it is likely that most of what God has accomplished through our lives will not be revealed until after we pass on into eternity. Think about the life of the widow in Mark 12:41-44 who gave all she had to live on to the temple offering. Although her life was overwhelmingly insignificant in the world’s eyes, Jesus used it to teach a profound truth to His disciples for centuries.

Before we plunge headlong into the year 2017, why don’t we take some time to re-commit our lives to God’s plan. To acknowledge that He is Lord and He has the right to place us wherever He so chooses. May the Lord Jesus be glorified in our lives this year!

Todd Free

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