What’s Happening this Week at FBC?

Sunday will be our fourth Sunday of the Hebrews Initiative—a 12 week study of the Book of Hebrews. I am very excited to see what God is going to say to us as a church and as individuals as we walk through this book. Since the study involves Sunday School, we want to strongly urge everyone to join a Sunday School class. We can help you at the Information Center to find the right class. We are trying to reach 1300 people attending Sunday School during this Hebrews Initiative. Won’t you help us reach our goal by inviting someone to come with you?

lbchlogobluewithglow2In addition, don’t forget to bring your food items for the Fall Food Round-up for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home when you come on Sunday. This is our last day of collection before our assigned pick-up day.

Men, we are starting something brand new just for you. We will begin a quarterly Men’s Breakfast. We are calling it the “Daniel’s Men” Breakfast. The first one of its kind will be Tuesday, October 13, at 6:30 a.m. Our speaker will be Dr. Rick Brewer, the President of Louisiana College. Come find out why we are calling this “Daniel’s Men” and get the full line-up for the events already scheduled for 2016. Tickets are available at the Information Center.

1795633_10155710645630576_9044907010818703374_nPlease join me in welcoming Robert Gifford today to our full-time staff as Minister of Technical Arts. Robert is married to Allison, and they are expecting their first child. Robert is completing a degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Robert’s primary role will be to supervise all elements of sound, video, and lighting in the Sanctuary, but he comes with a heart to serve in all aspects of our ministry.

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The Hebrews Initiative Continues

Yesterday at First Baptist Church, Lafayette, we had our third Sunday in a 12 week series that we are calling the “Hebrews Initiative.” We are learning together what it takes to persevere in this post-Christian and at times anti-Christian world in which we live. I encourage you in the Lafayette area to join us if you do not have your own church home.

Yesterday, we examined Hebrews 3. The key word is “today.” Today really is the key to tomorrow. Twice we are reminded to “not harden our hearts” today. We are also instructed to encourage one another today.

One of the reasons (maybe the sole reason) that I write this blog is to encourage. There is enough out there to discourage, destroy, and disappoint. I want to be on the team of those who encourage.

Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini was a noted illusionist and stunt artist of another generation. Houdini is considered to be, by many, the best of all time. In March 1904, he was performing a stunt in London. He was placed in handcuffs of 6 locks on each cuff and 9 tumblers on each lock. Houdini went down into a box to pick the lock. At the 15 minute mark, he appeared. The crowd roared until he held up his hands still cuffed. He asked for more light. He went back into the box for another 15 minutes. He rose again only to declare that he needed to flex his knees. He went down another 20 minutes or so before reappearing still cuffed. This time though he took a knife out of his pocket and holding with his teeth slashed his jacket to shreds indicating that he was hot. Finally, after another 20 minutes, he appeared free and holding the cuffs up in one hand to the delight of the crowd.

A reporter asked him if his coming up was just part of the stunt. “No,” Houdini replied, “I needed to hear the encouragement of the crowd.”

We all do! Be encouraged today. Be encouraged today to not harden your heart. Then, when tomorrow comes, it will be today again.

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Does God Keep His Promises?

Think about all of the promises of God’s Word. The truth is you cannot think about them all. The promises of God are infinite. The big promise, of course, is salvation through Jesus Christ alone. With that salvation, we are promised Heaven, His power, and His presence always with us. In addition He promises His return.

Then there are the promises associated with obedience. For example, we are promised that we will have all of our needs fulfilled if we are proper stewards in tithes and offerings of what He has given us. Then, there are promises of God associated with disobedience. The promise that we will reap what we sow comes to mind.

The question is “Do we believe God’s Word? Do we believe that God keeps His Word? Noah did. We get a good summary in one verse in Genesis 6:22. “And Noah did this. He did everything that God had commanded him.”

The writer of Hebrews gave a good word about his faith in Hebrews 11:7. “By faith Noah, after being warned about what was not yet seen, in reverence built an ark to deliver his family.”

Noah believed that God was a God who kept His promises even though His Word is sometimes….

• Delayed.
• Difficult to accept.
• Disliked.
• Doubted by others.

Moved by reverence, Noah acted.

The best evidence that we believe that God’s Word is true is when we act.

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