Smart Thoughts...From Bro. Jeff - August 2018

In today’s life, it seems like every decision we make is a big one. What’s right? What’s wrong? Who do I listen to? It’s not easy to hear the voice of God when the world is speaking so loudly! However, God says we’ll be blessed if we listen to His voice and remain true to what we know is right and wrong according to His word. As Christians, God expects us to discern His voice amidst all the other voices that come our way. Therefore, we have to speak to God often. If we only speak to Him once a week, once a month, or once a year, we won’t be able to recognize His voice. We have to have a personal, everyday relationship with God so that we can recognize His voice amongst all the other voices that are speaking so loudly. Pray to God daily. Seek His face in every situation. He is faithful to His followers, and He wants to be the center of your life and my life!

Awana Club is coming to Cook Baptist Church beginning September 5th! AWANA is a Bible-centered kid’s program for PreK3- through 6th graders. We’ll provide a place for children to make friends; play exciting games; learn God’s Word, learn to apply scriptures in their life by becoming involved in missions, and receive awards as encouragement for their efforts! Our goal is to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him! You can REGISTER at: www.cookbc.org.

One of the greatest honors a pastor can place upon another is an invitation to preach in his church. On August 8th at 7PM, I will be preaching the Wednesday night revival service at Fellowship Baptist Church in Dubach with Pastor Connie Smith. Pastor Smith has shared with me his desire to see God’s Spirit move in power during this week of services, so please be praying for your pastor that I will preach the Word of God in a manner that will allow the Holy Spirit to draw people to Jesus.

August 12 – Church-wide Homemade Ice-Cream Fellowship after the evening service. We will have a very surprise guest as our entertainment! I promise you don’t want to miss it!
August 19 – Special prayer for new school year during 10:15 service.
August 22 – Awana Club worker’s meeting, 6:30PM.
August 29 – Awana Club Parent Orientation, 6PM.
September 2 – Fan Day at Cook. Wear your favorite team colors. Since we have people from different parts of the country, I can’t wait to see which teams will stand out in the crowd! This Sunday would be a great time to invite some neighbors, co-workers and friends to join you for worship. If they are a sports fan, this is a perfect opportunity to introduce them to our church.
September 5 – Awana Club Official Kickoff, 6PM.

I love you with the love of the Lord!

Pastor Jeff

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Smart Thoughts...From Bro. Jeff - July 2018

We are engaged in a war of world views. Secular humanism is fighting tooth and nail against biblical Christianity for the hearts and minds of our children. The battle has increased exponentially over the recent generations.

America rests its foundation on Biblical (Christian) principles. I remember when daily Bible reading and prayer were evicted from our schools. That happened while the majority of Americans still believed prayer and scripture reading should be a part of public education. That has proven to be a slippery slope and now, how very far we have fallen.

In the current American reality, it is obvious our great nation is bankrupt of truth, accountability, absolute authority and also hope. Recent statistics say that only 44% of Christian adults and 9% of Christian teenagers are certain of the existence of absolute moral truth. Wow!!! What happened? Honestly, it was not a radical, one decision change; it has been a slow fade. Why has moral relativism overthrown truth, home and our commitment to Jesus Christ? Something is driving our moral collapse and our future generations are being hit by the shrapnel of this generation’s explosion.

We are being taught, intentionally and consistently that earth and space sciences (cosmology, cosmogony, geology, biology, even anthropology) that we are a fluke of nature, an accident of evolution. All of which are theoretical and seek to punch God in the face. We are being indoctrinated to believe that the universe and all that exists can be explained without God. Students from kindergarten through grad school are challenged to disregard biblical, proven truth. Their hope is that if they can discredit God, His salvation and moral standards that we will not be accountable.

Why is it so difficult for atheist/agnostics to believe in intelligent design? Simply put, if there is an intelligent design, there must be a genius designer and if there is a genius designer, what must we do to be accountable to that Creator? I’ve got to tell you, it takes crazy faith to be an atheist!!!

As Americans, we must come to our senses, no, we must come back to God! The only lasting resolution to today’s conflicted culture is to come to Jesus, then commit to following Him, without hesitation and without prejudice. Cook Baptist Church is on a special assignment from God. God’s got some work in this world that can only be done by us. If you understand that, Christ in us can make all the difference.

God will bless America…in proportion to how America blesses God.

Signed, a Blessed American Patriot whose heart belongs to Jesus,

Pastor Jeff

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Smart Notes...From Bro. Jeff - June 2018

Developing A Culture of Evangelism

How could we as a church develop and as individuals grow to such a point that sharing the gospel would be a normal, everyday experience? How could we not only display the gospel but proclaim the gospel to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers?

First, we need to have conviction. Conviction is a burden or passion that sharing the gospel is important. If you have trusted in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, God's plan for you is to proclaim the gospel. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20 NIV) Do you have a burden or passion to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with family and friends who don't know Him as Lord and Savior?

Second, we need to understand people's destiny. A new abundant life comes from a personal, saving relationship with Jesus as Lord and begins immediately when a person truly believes in Jesus as Lord and repents of their sin. This transformation to the likeness of Jesus Christ continues as we grow in Spirit, truth and grace. Conversely, a life without Jesus as Lord is marked by worldliness, sin, selfishness and often leads to pain, suffering, and death. Separation from God through Jesus is eventually a life of hopelessness, emptiness, and despair.

Next, there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. The hope and reality of Heaven is worshiping and serving God forever, along with other Christians. Just as we know and walk with Him in this life, we will do so forever in a place called Heaven. For those who reject Jesus as Lord, they can do so not only in this life but be separated from His Lordship forever in a literal place called Hell. The Bible describes Hell as a place of torment filled with agony and despair.

Third, we need to have a desire and commitment to learn. How can we better learn to tell His story and our story of salvation? We need to be able to share the Bible basics of Man's sin, God's plan for salvation, Jesus' atonement and God's promise of life. Your desire to know God is indicated through your desire for and commitment to the Bible through the life and ministry of Jesus. If you don't have the Living Word within your heart and mind, you will struggle in proclaiming the gospel. You will be unprepared and fearful. The Holy Spirit uses the Living Word to remind you of the way, truth and life of Jesus.

Fourth, we need to be intentional, obedient and faithful. I am so blessed to hear many testimonies of our church family at Cook proclaiming the gospel each week. The gospel is being shared at work, social occasions, schools, local government, in times of joy and in times of sadness. Some are listening and looking for opportunities to share their hope through Jesus Christ. As people share their challenges and trials with us, we have a real opportunity to transition the conversation to the hope we have in Jesus.

A humble boldness to proclaim the gospel comes from the Holy Spirit and will exhibit humility, conviction, desire, intentionality, obedience, and faithfulness. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV) Join me in praying that Cook Baptist Church will receive this power of the Holy Spirit in developing a culture of evangelism.

I love you with the love of the Lord!

Pastor Jeff

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Smart Notes...From Bro. Jeff - May 2018

Jesus loved to talk about His church, especially the power she could unleash and exercise in the world. Nothing, He declared, would prevail against the power of His Church: “I will build My Church and the gates of hell will not overcome it.”

His Church does not exist for the sake of the church, but for the sake of the lost world she is called to reach. Our calling is not to stand on the other side of the chasm of sin that divides us and curse the darkness. Our mandate is to build bridges across the divide by the self-sacrificing power of the Cross of Christ, and to bring His light into the darkness.

How do we accomplish that? God will give us the specifics as we prayerfully follow Him in faith, but you can be sure that it will require an outward focus. We’ll have to be willing to do whatever it takes to reach people with the Gospel “where” they are and “as” they are. It will require more vision and prayer and flexibility and faith than ever. More of us as members will have to exchange our comfort zone for sacrificial service. But don’t be afraid – it’ll provide us more joy than we can contain!

My heart’s desire is that COOK BC becomes a church of irresistible influence, a church that seizes every opportunity to minister to our community, all for the glory of our Lord Jesus.

Through the grid of a New Testament blueprint, a church of irresistible influence comes clearly into view. It is:

  1. A church passionately committed to Jesus Christ and to the faithful proclamation of His gospel.
  2. A church of attractive lifestyles punctuated by moral purity and integrity.
  3. A church of radical love and selfless good deeds that makes the grace of God truly irresistible.

That’s the kind of church God wants us to be! I’m really excited about what God has in store for us in the days ahead. Each and every one of us ought to be anticipating and praying about how the Lord is going to use you in this great endeavor.

I’m looking forward to a great summer filled with many opportunities to achieve God’s purpose for COOK BAPTIST CHURCH in our community and our world.

Speaking of summer…. Here is my request to all of us as we approach summer here at COOK. Be faithful to your church. If this is your church, love her. Support her with your attendance, prayers, and your giving. People come and go during summer. That’s good! God loves to see his people getting the rest and recreation they need, but don’t go on vacation from Jesus and his people. Keep worshiping wherever you go, keep giving to your church, keep praying, and keep on loving. God has amazing things in mind for us as we enter this next season together!

I love you with the love of the Lord,
Pastor Jeff

 

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Smart Notes...From Bro. Jeff - April 2018

I continue to be amazed year after year at the excitement around “March Madness.” This is basketball country, and just about everybody has a team to which they are loyal. And what emotion and drama we seem to feel as these young people use their talents and give it their all in hopes of winning an NCAA National Championship.

I find myself asking each year why we, as the body of Christ, don’t demonstrate as much enthusiasm and excitement about our faith as we do about so many other things in our lives. We have a living Savior, who is working moment by moment, changing lives for all eternity. We have salvation, through the blood of Jesus, free for receiving. We have the hope of heaven, which reminds us all in this world is temporary. Man, if anyone has reason to be excited about life in general, it is the child of God.

Let me issue a challenge. As you and I enjoy the games and pull for our favorite teams over the next several weeks, take time to make sure that your relationship with Christ is the first priority as it should be. Make sure that the real things that will last forever get the time and attention they deserve. We really do have a great deal to be excited about in our walk with Jesus Christ.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at Cook:

April 01 – Easter Sunrise Service, 7:15AM
April 01 – Easter Church-wide Breakfast, 8 AM
April 01 – Easter Connect Groups, 9 AM
April 01 – Easter Celebration Service, 10:15 AM
April 20 – Secret Church simulcast at Cook, 6 PM
May 6 – Prayer Conference with Gregory Frizzell

I look forward to seeing you and your family this Sunday at Cook!

I love you with the love of the Lord!

Bro. Jeff

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