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

Throughout the month of October we will be in a new sermon series called “Great Relationships”. From the time we are born, relationships are constantly shaping who we are and how we engage with the world around us. Beginning with how we see ourselves, we develop a view of God and others that impacts the way we relate as a single, as a married couple, as parents and even as grandparents. In this series called Great Relationships we will look at relationships the way God intended them to be. Because He has gone to extraordinary lengths to relate to us, we have the potential to build great relationships with one another. Embracing God’s love and receiving His grace changes the way we relate to Him, our family, our friends, and ourselves. Don’t miss this five part series at Cook Baptist Church beginning October 7th at 10:15 AM.

I look forward to seeing you and your family this Sunday at Cook! I love you with the love of the Lord!

Pastor Jeff

Mark your calendar:

October 29, 2018 – One Day Trip to Biedenharn Museum and Gardens in Monroe with Pastor Jeff. Leave church @ 8:30 AM; Cost: $6 plus lunch at Cracker Barrel. Call church office to sign up!

December 11 – 14, 2018 – Christmas Retreat in Branson, MO with Pastor Jeff. Deadline for $50 deposit: October 25. Brochure available in church office.

April 1 – 6, 2019 – The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum Retreat with Pastor Jeff. Includes motor coach transportation, 5 nights lodging including 3 consecutive nights in the Cincinnati area, 8 meals: 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners, daily devotions/worship and admission to the ARK ENCOUNTER, CREATION MUSEUM AND NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER. Brochure available in church office.

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

Wow! These are special times here at Cook Baptist Church. God is moving in so many ways in the many ministries of our church. Thank you for your continued faithfulness and support in all areas of ministry. Let’s keep moving forward and finish strong!

As a coach would remind his players of the game, I would like to remind us of the fundamentals of being a genuinely friendly church. Let’s remember the simple principles below:

  • Always seek to speak an encouraging word to our guests.
  • Focus on our strengths and seek to improve our weaknesses.
  • Be thoughtful and Christ-like in every relationship.
  • Treat others as we hope others will treat us.
  • Ask, listen and hear – to determine the felt needs and potential of each newcomer.

Four basic needs of people:

  1. The need to feel welcome
  2. The need to be understood
  3. The need to feel important
  4. The need for comfort.

Matthew 7:12 tells us “in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”

Stan Toler once said, “Every person in the church must understand his or her unique role in making ministry to guests happen.”

Luke 9:11 says, “But crowds learned about it and followed Him. He welcomed (emphasis mine) them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.”

William Easum said, “Assimilation begins in the parking lot, not when people return for a second visit or join the church.”

1 Peter 4:9-10 says, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

I look forward to seeing you and your family this coming Lord’s day in family Bible study and worship.

I love you with the love of the Lord,
Bro. Jeff

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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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