Freely Given - November 2015

“The Peace That Comes From Obedience”

In these days of transition in our church, it is important that we stay focused on the Lord Jesus Christ and not become fearful of the future. He has been the Head of our church and He is still the Head of our church. Our part is simply to obey what He tells us to do next. Many times we view obedience as a negative thing. On the contrary, it is absolutely essential in order for us to draw on the strength of the Lord during difficult times.

Obedience is simply acting on what God has told us. James 2:17 tells us “faith without works is dead.” If we do not act on what God has told us, how can we claim to be followers of Jesus Christ? Glyn Evans, in his book Daily with the King, writes, “Obedience is the necessary stepping stone to fruitfulness and power. We often complain about our lack of power and beg God to hear us and send a blessing. He will send no blessing until we obey the commands He has already given us.

Although we may say we believe this, we at times act as if it is the obedience of others that is a prerequisite to God’s blessing. We must not fall for this deception. God will only bring healing and peace to our hearts through our own personal obedience, regardless of what others do. A sure sign that we are resisting the leading of the Holy Spirit in our own lives is our continuing insistence on others’ obedience as the solution to our problems. If we would just do what God has personally told us to do, He would grant us the peace necessary to patiently wait for others to respond in the obedience to His gentle prodding as well.

In these uncertain days of transition, may the Lord grant us His peace as we simply trust and obey Him.

In His Love, Bro. Todd

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Freely Given - October 2015

LIFT Groups

On Sunday, October 4 we will have our first meeting with our LIFT groups at 6PM. LIFT stands for Living In Fellowship Together. LIFT Groups will meet once a quarter on Sunday evenings for the purpose of the Cook Baptist Church Family getting to know each other better. Groups will include three or four family units meeting in a host home. A family unit consists of either a single person or a married couple including children.

At this time, nine homes have agreed to serve as host homes for the October 4th meeting. They have been asked to provide a location as well as facilitate the group time. Individuals who sign up to attend will be randomly assigned to a host home. If you plan to attend on October 4th but have not yet signed up, please let the office know as soon as possible.

Judgement House

We are continuing to enlist actors and as well as supporting cast and crew for our Judgement House drama. The performance dates are October 25, 27, 28, 29, 31 and November 1. For more information about how you can be involved, please contact our Judgement House director, Harold Henderson.

Cook Kidz Club

Our next Cook Kidz Club is scheduled for Friday, October 2.

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Freely Given - September 2015

New CLI Classes

We have three new CLI classes beginning on September 13 at 4:30 pm.

Here and Now...There and Then is an 11-week video lecture series on the book of Revelation by Beth Moore.
Location: Room 210
Cost: None
When: Tuesdays at 10 am (Beginning Sept 8)
Sundays at 4:30 pm (Beginning Sept 13)

Praying for Your Adult Children will be taught by Myra Hogan.
Location: Room 211
Cost: $15 for book
When: Sundays at 4:30 pm (Beginning Sept 13) (6 weeks)

Fellowship with Believers will be taught by Todd Free.
Location: Old Fellowship Hall
Cost: $10 for workbook
When: Sundays at 4:30 pm (Beginning Sept 13 (6 weeks)

LIFT Groups

In October, we will begin a new ministry entitled LIFT Groups. LIFT stands for Living In Fellowship Together. LIFT Groups will meet once a quarter on Sunday evenings for the purpose of the Cook Baptist Church getting to know each other better. Groups will include three or four family units meeting in a host home. A family unit consists of either a single person or a married couple including children.

Host homes will be asked to provide a location as well as facilitate the group time. A suggested agenda for each time will be provided. Hosts are welcome to enlist someone else to facilitate if they prefer.

Our first LIFT Groups are scheduled to meet on October 4. Our goal is to have at least 15 homes. If you would like to be a host home, please contact Todd or the church office.

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Freely Given - August 2015

Promotion Sunday

Sunday, August 23 is the date for our children and youth to promote to their new Connect Groups. On Wednesday, August 19, a “Movin’ Up” party will be held for ages 3 through 6th grade to introduce them to their new teachers and classrooms. The party will be held from 5:45—8:00 PM.

Wednesday Suppers

Our Wednesday evening suppers will resume on August 26 at 4:45 PM. The cost of the meal is $4 for adults and children 7th grade and up, $3 for senior adults and university students, and $2 for children 6th grade and younger. Weekly or standing reservations can be made by using the tear-out sheet provided in the Sunday bulletin or by contacting the church office.

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Freely Given - July 2015

Please make plans to join us on Sunday evening, July 5 for a Church Wide Fellowship in the gymnasium at 5:00 PM.

The “Building a Confident Faith” teaching series resumes on Sunday evening, July 12 during our evening service.

Please pray for our youth and children this month as they attend their respective camps.

Youth Mission Lab
July 5-11
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

CentriKid
July 27-31
Ouachita Baptist University

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