Susan and I thank you for the many cards and goodies we received this Christmas. You are way too good to us! You make us feel loved and appreciated. But as always, we feel that we are the blessed ones for the privilege of being a part of the Cook family and the joy of ministering here.
It’s the New Year and yet the same need always confronts us as believers, namely our need to become more like Jesus. In the early church there was such a close tie to Jesus that in Antioch his followers were called “Christians” for the first time. They were so in love with Him that He was in their lives and on their lips wherever they went in their world. This kind of identity doesn’t just happen; it’s the result of a steadfast commitment to being His disciples. This year, it’s my prayer that we will be a people who will be about building God’s family; where our focus is on the spiritual reality of personal and corporate disciple making in the church.
There’s an old saying that goes “changed lives change lives.” I think this is the reason the early church has such an amazing impact on their world. Having been changed by Jesus, they changed the world one person at a time. Do we really want to see people of Lincoln Parish experience revival? If we do, we must make the commitment to personal spiritual transformation. Eugene Peterson is right when he says that “discipleship is a long obedience in the same direction.” That direction is toward Jesus this and every year.
“FABULOUS SUNDAY NIGHTS AT COOK IN FEBRUARY” GUEST SPEAKERS
February 4 – Wilton Wall, Pastor of Sweetwater BC, Quitman, LA
February 11 – Luke Hockenjos, Evangelist, Give’em Jesus Ministries, Ruston, LA
February 18 – A.W. Smart, (My Dad!) Pastor of Old Union BC, Homer, LA
February 25 – Gevan Spinney, Pastor of FBC Haughton and former LBC President
I love you with the love of the Lord.