What’s Happening this Week at FBC?

If you have not been to the church on a Thursday recently, we are an extremely busy place, particularly on Thursday. In addition to our Mother’s Day Out 3 Day program and First Baptist Christian School 5 Day program, we have several other groups that meet on Thursday. Some are meeting for Bible Study. Others are meeting for the Prayer Blanket Ministry. Thursday is a very exciting day.

In addition to our usual Thursday schedule, this Thursday, September 27, is our monthly gathering of Senior Adults for Joy Club. You can join the Joy Club tomorrow in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and a short film! The film is 34 minutes long. The film is called, The Hobby Lobby Decision. Much like the powerful stories in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, the RightNow Media team has captured the story of David Green and his family whose faith put Hobby Lobby in front of the Supreme Court.

In addition to that, for Joy Club this Thursday, pharmacy technicians will be on hand to administer FLU SHOTS after the meeting. Red, white and blue cards, and most insurance is accepted.

Sunday, we will have a guest preacher—Dr. David Hankins. Dr. Hankins is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. I enjoy working with Dr. Hankins in our State Convention. I value his friendship and am especially grateful for his leadership in our work both on a state and national level. I know that you will hear the Word of God preached. Incidentally, we are still receiving the Georgia Barnette Offering for State Missions in Louisiana. We are just over the half-way point to our goal of $25,000. As Executive-Director for our State Convention, Dr. Hankins leads the team in charge of overseeing the disbursement of this offering.

Sunday is a 5th Sunday. We have a tradition of receiving a second offering on the 5th Sunday for purposes of benevolence in the community. We will receive this offering as we exit the Sanctuary upon dismissal. Finances are tight for everyone right now including our church’s budget, but we still believe this is a worthy offering. Give as generously as you are led.

How would you like to finish 2018 reading the New Testament? On our website, fbclaf.org, you can find a reading guide, a link to listen to the daily Bible passage, a daily devotional related to that day’s reading, and a weekly video summarizing the content of the week’s reading. Start Monday, October 1, and read the entire New Testament by the end of the year.

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?