Freely Given - August 2014

Missions Ministry

As we continue to seek God’s will regarding how we are involved in sharing the gospel around the world, one of the options being considered is for Cook Baptist Church to adopt a UUPG. UUPG is an acronym for Unengaged, Unreached People Group. According to our own International Mission Board (IMB) , “A people group is unreached when the number of Evangelical Christians is less than 2% of its population. It is further called unengaged when there is no church planting strategy consistent with Evangelical faith and practice under way.”

In adopting a UUPG, Cook Baptist Church would be making a commitment to becoming a strategy center for engaging and reaching those people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. On Sunday evening, August 24, we will have the opportunity of hearing from IMB representative Alan Duncan, who will be sharing what it takes to be engaged in this vital ministry. Please be in prayer that God would clearly guide us in how we should be involved.

Glorytime Choir

Glorytime Choir will kick-off this month. We will resume on Wednesday, August 20 at 4:00 PM. Once again, we will be meeting in the choir room. The target group for this choir is our senior saints. However, I won’t define what age range that entails. If you would love to sing in a choir but are not able be a part of our weekly Ceaseless Praise Choir during Sunday morning worship, come join us on Wednesday afternoons this fall for this special worship time.

On a related note, this fall our church will have the privilege of hosting the North Louisiana Senior Adult PraiseFest. Senior Adult choirs from all over the state will be coming together to worship the Lord. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 14. The program will begin at 10:00 AM.

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Freely Given - September 2014

The coming of September will provide a special opportunity for our Cook family to grow in our relationship with the Lord Jesus as well as being involved in reaching others with His gospel message.

Evangelist Steve Hale will be our guest Sunday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 17. Services will be held each evening at
6:00 PM. A corresponding children's event will be held each evening as well. It is our prayer that God will use this time to stir our hearts,
bringing a renewed focus and unified spirit in fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus. The following events have been planned in
preparation for this special occasion:

  • Sunday, September 7: Home-based prayer meetings at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 10: Unified prayer meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 13: Neighborhood flyer handout from 9:00 a.m. -12 p.m.

*Note: If you would be willing to provide your home as a location for one of our September 7th prayer meetings, please let me know as soon as possible.

Todd Free

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Freely Given - July 2014

On Mission in July

The month of July will find several of our Cook members on mission, sharing Jesus with others around the world. Please be in prayer for these as they serve the Lord.

Debbie Corley--Ukraine

Renae Dickerson, Elli Dickerson, and Christi Nolan--Guatemala

Amanda Walker, Nathan Taylor, Aaron Taylor, and Tess Whitten--Nicaragua

Dina Bennett--Las Vegas

Our youth will also be involved in mission work in Nashville, Tennessee as part of their M-Fuge camp experience.

Please pray for our children as well as they will be traveling to Ouachita Baptist University for Centri-Kid camp.

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Freely Given - June 2014

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

I Corinthians 2:14

As we seek the Lord in personal and corporate worship, we should be asking God to speak to our hearts. I Corinthians 2:14 clearly teaches us that spiritual truth is only understood with the help of the Spirit of God. To receive a word from the Lord, our hearts must be open to the Holy Spirit We must approach God with a heart that desires to obey the Lord before He tells us what to do.

From the scripture we already know in a general sense where He will lead us. A disciple of Jesus Christ is one who follows Him. As His disciples, He will lead us where He went. Where did He go? To the cross. Where will He lead us? To our own crosses! Crosses that will crucify all the sinful attitudes, beliefs, fears, and actions that have held us in bondage for so many years.

Many times God will use difficult circumstances to accomplish this crucifixion. It is in these times of suffering that God can reveal to us things about ourselves that we were not ready to hear before. Only as we agree with God that these things are present in our hearts and are willing to release them to Him are we filled with the Spirit so that we can truly, "be about the Father's business." But that is really the question here isn't it?

Are we going to "be about the Father's business" ... or our own?

 

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Freely Given - May 2014

Evening Worship in May

Please make note of the special opportunities for our church family to worship together in the month of May.

Evening Worship led by our College ministry - (May 4)

Mother's Day-No joint evening worship held at Cook - (May 11)

Evening Worship led by our Youth ministry - (May 18)

Guest speaker Kenneth Swanner in evening worship - (May 25)

 

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