Freely Given - June 2016

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is just around the corner...June 27—July 1!! There is no greater opportunity we have during the year to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Jesus Christ than through VBS. I encourage each of you to prayerfully consider being involved in some way this year. There are opportunities not only to teach but also to prepare decorations, prepare and serve refreshments, provide childcare for workers’ children, etc. Please see Rebecca Welch and let her know of your interest.

A Teacher Appreciation Luncheon has been scheduled on Sunday, June 12 for all who are involved in teaching our children, youth, and adults here at Cook. This is for teachers in all our program organizations. It will be served in the gym immediately following the morning service. Please let the office know by Wednesday, June 8 if you will be able to attend.

Prayer is vital is to the health of Cook Baptist Church. I so appreciate our Prayer Ministry Team who has reorganized the Prayer Room and led out in keeping our prayer ministry thriving. Recently, I received an email from Deby Hamm, who directed our prayer ministry when she and her husband Charlie were members here. The Hamms were recently in town visiting and attended one of our worship services. Deby expressed what a blessing it was to worship with us again and asked if it would be possible for her to share a word of encouragement regarding the prayer room ministry with our Cook family. I have included here comments below:

Why would you give one hour per week to pray in the prayer room?

  1. God is faithful to answer. God is able to answer. God wants to answer. Should we be faithful to pray? Should we trust Him to answer? Should we believe He will answer?
  2. It honors our Lord when we pray. We are showing Him honor when we go to Him and commune with Him in prayer.
  3. The blessings are beyond measure when we pray. We are blessed to know we are praying to our Heavenly Father. We are blessed to
    know He is listening.
  4. We receive guidance from our King of Kings when we seek Him in prayer. He will show us His way that is better than our way.
  5. We will pray for many areas such as our church family, our church ministries, missions, missionaries,, our community, our country.
  6. There are individuals we will pray for that are going through difficult times. When we pray for them, God will help them. They will be
    blessed, their family will be blessed.
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Freely Given - May 2016

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3)

One of the things I have found holding many people hostage today, including some Christians, is fear of the future. I think you could agree that much of the fear in our hearts is encouraged by the information bombardment we receive each and every day. It is amazing how much more we are aware of world events than generations before us. Moreover, through the miracle of social media, we are increasingly privy to sordid intimate details in the lives of others. And yet, God’s promise to us in Isaiah 26:3 is just as valid today as to those who experienced the truth of it in years past. As those through whom God desires to offer His message of salvation and deliverance through Jesus Christ, may we be a people whose hearts remain at peace in the face of trying evidence of the living God who dwells within us.

May His peace fill your heart as you focus your mind on Him.

In His Love,
Bro. Todd

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Freely Given - April 2016

This past month we were reminded that the chief mark of a genuine Christian is the love they demonstrate for their brothers and sisters in Christ. Hebrews 10:24 reminds us that one way of showing that love is to “consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.” In a healthy church, members are continually seeking to do this.

God is continuing to build unity within his people at Cook Baptist Church. For that unity to continue to grow, this “stirring up of love and good works” must be a central feature of all we do. As each of us reflects upon his or her role in God’s church, may we each seek to be that type of “stirrer.”

LIFT Groups

On Sunday evening, April 10, we will gather in homes as part of our continuing LIFT group ministry. L.I.F.T. stands for Living in Fellowship Together. These groups provide opportunities for members of our Cook family to get to know each other better. We share a meal together, interact with God’s Word together, and pray together. I encourage all of you to take advantage of this special time together.

If you have not yet participated in our LIFT groups and would like to join us on April 10, please let me know as soon as possible. We will be posting a tentative list of the host homes and participants on Sunday, April 3.

Many of our church family have shared how much this ministry has meant to them. If at all possible, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to get to know others in YOUR church as we serve the Lord together.

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Freely Given - March 2016

During the month of March we have several special events in the life of our church. On Sunday, March 6, we will be ordaining three new deacons in the 6:00 evening service—Ed Lary, Mark Taylor, and Gary Pesnell. An ordination council will be held at 4:30 PM in the youth room. All ordained deacons and ministers are invited to the council.

Sunday, March 13 is the date for our community Easter service. It will be held at Temple Baptist Church at 6:00 PM.

Easter Sunday, March 27 will begin with a Sunrise Service at Railroad Park at 7:00 AM. A church-wide breakfast will be served in the church gymnasium at 8:00 am. There will be no evening activities that day.

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Freely Given - February 2016

Pulpit Supply/Pastor Search Committees

Please be in prayer for our Pulpit Supply and Pastor Search Committees as they seek God’s will. Our Pulpit Supply Committee is tasked with giving leadership to our church’s search for an interim pastor. Members of this committee include Steven Breshears (chairman), Brent Gay, Denise Matthews, Beckie Roach, Lou Ann Scriber, Gary Maxwell (ex-officio), and Fred Pee (ex-officio).

The Pastor Search Committee will be leading the search for a permanent pastor. Members include Mel Corley (Chairman), Janet Brown, Jake Haymon, Billy Meyers, Cindy Morgan, Sandra Pesnell, Tim Whittington, Stan Napper (ex-officio), and Marc Taylor (ex-officio).

Casa Alleluia Testimony

Mike Clark, Director of Casa Alleluia, will be our guest speaker during our Sunday evening service on February 21. Casa Alleluia is a Christian children’s home in Guatemala that cares for and raises approximately 400 children. Several of our church family have ministered at the home in recent years.

Teen Challenge Ministry

On Sunday evening, February 28, a group from the Teen Challenge ministry will be leading our evening service at 6:00PM. They will be sharing through music and testimony, with Gary Bentley, Chief Operations Officer of Louisiana Teen Challenge, bringing the evening message. Teen Challenge is a Christian recovery ministry providing help in overcoming life-dominating drug and alcohol problems.

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