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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Freely Given - June 2015

Summer Discipleship Opportunities

June is Vacation Bible School month at Cook Baptist Church! Please pray for VBS workers June 1-5 as we share the love of Jesus with these precious children. It's still not too late to volunteer. There are many ways you can get involved, even if you cannot be here every day. Please contact Penny for more information. VBS will conclude with Family Night on Sunday evening, June 7 at 6:00 PM.

We have a great opportunity this summer to receive training in engaging our culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Beginning on Sunday evening, June 28, the six-week "Building a Confident Faith" series will equip us to boldly share the reasons for our faith in Jesus Christ as well as how the Bible speaks to the cultural issues of our day. Please make every effort to be here on those Sunday evenings as we will be covering this material as a part of our 6:00 PM evening services.

Beginning June 9th, a ladies class entitled "What Love Is" will be offered on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:30 AM. You can register online or at the Welcome Center. The cost is $10. Childcare will be provided.

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Freely Given - May 2015

Friend Day

[dropcap]Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend on Sunday, May 3. Evangelist Lyndon Longoria will be our guest speaker in the morning and evening services. Everyone is invited to bring a dish for a pot-luck dinner in the gym after the morning service. We will also be recognizing our college graduates in the morning service.[/droopcap]

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Freely Given - April 2015

Some Thoughts Regarding Prayer...

As we continue to emphasis the importance of prayer at Cook, it is crucial that we evaluate our motivations for prayer in light of the Scripture. Awhile back I was reading through My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers and was moved by some of his thoughts regarding the purpose of prayer.

"Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person's life will suffer if he doesn't pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve or nourish that life. Prayer is the way that the life of God in us is nourished. Our common ideas regarding prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself." (Taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, August 28 devotional)

May the Lord help us to always remember that prayer is more a relationship with Him than an activity we perform to please Him.

By the way, it's still not too late to be a part of one of our CLI classes on prayer. A ladies class, "He Speaks to Me," meets on Thursdays at 10:00am and Sundays at 4:30pm. A coed class, "Pray in Faith" meets on Sundays at 4:30pm.

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Freely Given - March 2015

During the month of March we will offer two new CLI classes related to the subject of prayer.

"He Speaks to Me" by Priscilla Shirer is a women's study focusing on how God speaks to His people individually and the importance of a heart of obedience in hearing the voice of God. It will be offered on Thursday mornings and Sunday afternoons. The Thursday class will begin March 12 with the Sunday class kicking off on March 22. 

"Pray in Faith" authored by T. W. Hunt and Claude King examines how we learn to hear from God and how we join God in His work in this world through prayer. This class will be offered on Sunday afternoons beginning March 22. It is open to both men and women.

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