What’s Happening this Week at FBC?

I am praying for our Ladies Conference Saturday called Refresh. Ladies, I pray that you come away refreshed. Don’t forget, the conference starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Perhaps you have heard it said, “We are always in a crisis, just coming out of a crisis, or about to be in a crisis.” So life seems to be! And, this tests our faith or confronts our faith. That has been our theme for the last few weeks. Sunday, we are looking at the idea of “When Crisis is Connected to our Sin.” Certainly, not all crises are connected to sin, but sometimes it is. We will consider that this Sunday.

Please pray about opportunities for missions giving this month. We will have boxes out for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home Annual Food Drive. In addition, September is the month of giving for Louisiana State Baptist Missions Offering. This offering is called the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering. A gift to this offering specifically aids the joint mission endeavors of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

God’s Protection Plan

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
(Ephesians 6:11 NIV)

Since 1971, the U.S. Marshalls Office has operated a Witness Protection Program. Since then, according to their website, 8500 government witnesses have been placed in this program. In addition, 9900 witnesses’ family members have been placed in this program. These individuals are given a new identity with all the appropriate documentation, and they are provided protection. Since the program’s start, not one person has been harmed. I am tempted to say, “If the government can provide 100% protection, I know God can protect you.” But, here is the footnote. Not one person has been harmed who has followed the rules.

In Ephesians 6:10-18, the Apostle Paul outlined a protection plan against the schemes of the devil. , There are 3 main imperatives in this text: Be strengthened by the LORD, Put on the full armor of God, and stand.

Having given these three imperatives, Paul underscored 7 spiritual weapons that we should avail ourselves to as we carry out these imperatives. First, there is the belt of truth. It is the piece that serves as the undergirding of all the other pieces. Then, there is righteousness—the protector of the heart. Then, there are the shoes of the Gospel of peace which signifies our readiness to be in the battle by sharing the Gospel. Next is the shield of faith which is the resource that carries a promise of certain victory. The fifth resource is the helmet of salvation. The helmet of salvation is not so much an appeal to be saved as it is the assurances that are ours when we are saved. Finally, there is the word of God and prayer that offer the completion of our protection.

So, why does it seem like the Devil defeats us so often? Could it be that we have not been full participants in God’s Protection Plan?

What’s Happening this Week at FBC?

All eyes are on the East Coast as they await the arrival of Hurricane Florence. I know you are already praying. Be ready to respond as we have opportunity and as the Lord prompts you.

This weekend our elementary school boys along with their dads and other men are at a retreat called SurvivorMan. Pray for these boys that this weekend will be the weekend that some of them make their personal decision to be a life-long follower of Jesus Christ.

I met this morning with our primary contact with Compassion. Our meeting prompts me to ask all who sponsored a child: “Have you written to your child lately?” Letter writing to our sponsored children is such a wonderful way to grow in relationship to them, know their prayer concerns, and be involved in their lives in a greater way.

Perhaps you have heard it said, “We are always in a crisis, just coming out of a crisis, or about to be in a crisis.” So life seems to be! And, this tests our faith or confronts our faith. That is our theme for the next few weeks. Sunday, we are looking at the idea of “Hitting Rock Bottom.” Our text is an unusual one in Isaiah 20. You will want to read this text a few times before coming Sunday.

Ladies, we are one week out from Refresh—our annual one-day Women’s Conference. If you have not registered, we need you to do that now. Go online or by the Information Desk in the lobby to register. We also ask you to invite your friends.

Please pray about opportunities for missions giving this month as well. We will have boxes out for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home Annual Food Drive. In addition, September is the month of giving for Louisiana State Baptist Missions Offering. This offering is called the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering. A gift to this offering specifically aids the joint mission endeavors of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.