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A monthly publication of Live Oak Baptist Church...a church using God’s gifts to branch out under the revelation of the Lord our God. 1014 Wichita Ave.

Jacksboro, Texas 76458

(940) 567-2204

Messenger February 2013

Volume 28 #2

The Jack County Child Welfare Board is partnering with the new Food Pantry in a fundraiser for the Food Pantry. There will be a bake sale before and during the JHS basketball games on Friday, February 1. Church members are encouraged to bake something for the sale (please call T.J. York– 567-3735). Items can be dropped off at the First United Methodist Church office on Thursday or at the high school before 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Everyone is also asked to bring canned goods to the game.

Sack Study on Revelation resumes Tuesday, February 5 at noon in Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be provided.

Sunday, February 3 is Souper Bowl Sunday. A collection container will be in the Worship Center foyer for donations to the Concerned Citizens Center. Concerned Citizens prepared over 40,000 meals last year. Meals on Wheels are delivered to 130 residents every day. Some of the meals are paid for by the recipients and various government programs to offset the cost; however, 8,923 meals that Concerned Citizens prepared last year were not reimbursed in any way. The meals cost $7.69 each for a total of $68,617.87 that was not reimbursed in 2012. Serving Jack County, the meals and transportation programs help maintain some level of independence for senior and disabled people and involve over 50 volunteers serving Meals on Wheels daily. Generous donations from ″Souper Bowl Sunday″ collections are very important to the Meals on Wheels budget. Please make plans to generously give Sunday. Be a part of this movement that is sharing God's love with those in need.

Bro. Kenneth is teaching a study of Southern Baptist History at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evenings in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is encouraged to come and learn more about our denomination. He will also be starting a class on Hebrew soon– if you are interested, please let him know or call the Church Office.

AWANA meets on Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:00-7:15. All kids age 5 through grade 6 are invited to attend. In January we had ″Silly Socks″ Night and “Dot″ Night. We had some interesting uses of socks and some leaders with lots of dots on their faces. February 13 is ″Love Your Leader″ night. Clubbers are asked to show their appreciation to their leaders through a card, note, hug or some other expression of thanks. LOBC appreciates our leaders and their dedication to the children!! Sparks store will be February 20 and T&T store will be February 27.


Sunday Morning Prayer Service

Sunday Report

Our prayer service meets at 8:30 each Sunday morning in room 115. This is an opportunity for us to gather together and pray specifically for our church and our list of lost people. We begin with a time to prepare our hearts by singing to the Lord. Then we lift up our voices to the Lord. Anyone is welcome to attend. If God has burdened your heart for our church, then feel encouraged to come.

February Ministries in Progress February Ministries in Progress will be February 10. A covered dish meal will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a devotional by Clinton Easter and church considerations.

And They Came Expectantly … … … January Bible Study Attendance 6-69, 13-65, 20-78, 27-84 January Average – 74 And The People Gave Cheerfully … … … 6-$5,296.58; 13-$2,355.81; 20-$3,959.18; 27-$3,361.58 Total Monthly Goal – $24,967.31 January Income – $14,973.15

Men’s Ministry Fellowship Men's Ministry Fellowship meeting will be Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the home of Don Lively (2121 Sandflat Road). From our Associate Pastor...

Guarding our Hearts and Minds Have you ever heard the saying, “What goes up, must come down.” Otherwise known as gravity right? Yes, but if you really think, this is exactly how God designed the earth. He designed humans the same way. “What goes in must come out,” and I am not just talking about food and water. I am talking about what we see and what we hear will eventually come out, because our hearts and minds are designed to remember everything we see or hear until the day we die. But, just like the laws of gravity, we as humans have tried to conquer our minds for ourselves. God designed the mind this way so that when we hear or see His Word we will remember it until we die. Think for a moment about your favorite song from when you were a child and the music you listened to. Can you recall every word of that song? Was it a Godly, wholesome song? I know there are a lot of people out there who believe that there is only one good style of music out there to listen to. You may be a country music fan and believe that there is nothing wrong with listening to country music, but please listen a little closer. What are the singers really singing about? The number 1 country song right now on the billboard is “Cruise”, by Florida Georgia Line. I was sickened when I looked up the lyrics. The first chorus was about a woman in a bikini. Then in a roundabout way they were using the Lord’s Name in vain. Then, there was a curse word in every chorus. Proverbs 4:24 tells us to: “Avoid all perverse talk, stay away from corrupt speech.” Know that this is the number one song right now, every country radio station in the nation plays this song hundreds of times per day. Is this something you really want in your mind and heart until you die? Let’s look at a different style of music; R&B. The Number one hit right now is “Diamonds”, by Rihanna. First of all, the song is a love song about her and her guy being diamonds in the sky, and she acts like they are married, but they are not. Does this promote pre-marital risqué behavior? Yes. Don’t watch the video either. I had to turn it off after the first few seconds after she rolled up diamonds in a cigarette paper and started smoking it. Let’s try another style; Rap. On top of the charts in this category is “Thrift Shop”, by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. God please forgive me for even reading the lyrics to this song!! I could not even get passed the first three lines without seeing the “F” word. I don’t even know what the rest of the song is about because I did not finish reading the lyrics. Is there a safe “style” of music for us and our children to listen to? I have said this before, but the only thing that makes music “Christian”, or “Secular”, is the lyrics. Your personal tastes of music are your own, but know that there is a Christian version of whatever style you like. America’s world of entertainment has become the Devil’s workshop for our hearts and minds. We think as Christians that it is OK to hear a curse word every once in a while, or see a particular type of picture every once in a while, and it won’t bother us later. Remember: “Every image you see and every word you hear will be stuck in your mind for the rest of your life.” Pretty soon, it is OK for us to see and hear more. Before you know it our mind leads to our hearts, which then leads to our actions. To sum it all up, guarding our hearts and minds does not just apply to the music we listen to, but the movies we watch, what we see on the internet, the people we spend time with, and the places we go. Romans chapter 12 gives us the best defense for this issue in our lives. Paul says that we are to examine ourselves to see if we are truly following God or the things of this world. We are to be constantly filling our lives with the word of God. Not just our own lives, but what about the lives of our children? What are your kids watching and listening to, or do you really even know? Is it okay for you as a parent to take their electronic devices and look through them to see what they are engaged in? You would be foolish not to. I once heard a pastor say, “When your teenagers bedroom door is locked, go in anyway, and climb in through the window if you have to.” Remember, “What goes in will eventually come out.” Also remember that “What goes in will always be there.” Guard your minds and ask God to help you because Satan has crept in like a mouse in your house. You may have seen the mouse one time and not think anything big of it, but what you don’t know is that he has already built a nest in your walls and has been digging in your food pantry. Thomas Bridgmon


From our pastor...

"Be hospitable to one another" To you who are reading this: Greetings! My hope and prayer is that this word finds you doing well, and as 2013 is now in full swing, I pray that it will be a banner year for your faith. After taking a break last month from 1 Peter 4:7-11, we return this month to that passage. We have arrived at verse 9, which states "Be hospitable to one another without complaint." Hospitality is a very interesting word. In looking at it from the Greek, "hospitable" in 1 Peter 4:9 comes from the Greek word "philoxenos" which means "to love or to be kind to strangers." Philoxenos is actually two words: the word for love and the word for stranger. Tracing back the English origins, hospitality is derived from Celtic word "hospes" which means "a stranger or wanderer, a guest." We recall the words of Christ that we should love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). In Luke's account we see that a Jewish lawyer asked Jesus "who is my neighbor" (Luke 10:29). In Jesus' answer – given in Luke 10:30-37 – He in essence told the lawyer to not worry about who was his neighbor, but instead start acting like a neighbor to everyone that he meets. A neighbor is anyone that we come into contact with – believers and unbelievers. We should show love to both. So, we recall this lesson and we accept the truth of Christ's teachings. However, when we come to 1 Peter, we must remember that the focus of Peter’s epistle is on believers. In another words, the focus is on Christians being hospitable to Christians. 1 Peter 4:8 is a divine command on how we should act toward other believers. If you will remember, in the previous verse (1 Peter 4:7) we were commanded to "keep fervent in [our] love for one another because love covers a multitude of sins." The commandment is to love our brothers, and this is expressed in our forgiveness that we give, and also in our hospitality that we extend. In another words, "let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth" (1 John 3:18). The love of other believers is something that we have when we come to know Christ. In fact, 1 John gives our love for believers as one of the evidences that we are truly saved. 1 John 3:14 tells us that "We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death." Hospitality is the expression of true love for each other. Study the Scriptures and you will find that nearly every time the command to be hospitable is given it is in the context of expressing brotherly love. Romans 12:13, for example, tells us to practice hospitality (v 12). If you go back to verse 10, you will see that we are instructed to "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love." However, there is even a higher caller for being a brother to another believer that you do not know. 3 John 5 states "Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers." I heard a message on hospitality recently. Jerry Slate, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Austell, GA, emphasized this point in his message. He told his congregation of a special that he had seen on the History Channel. The particular episode of which he spoke of was on houses, and how they were built a century ago. In those days, houses had big front porches and they had a purpose. Living in a time with no television, families would sit on the front porch and have conversations. Neighbors would pass by, and conversations would begin with them, often resulting in the neighbor joining the family on the porch. In response to seeing this, Slate had this to say: "A hundred years ago we built our homes for entertaining. Today, we build them for entertainment." He goes on to say, “In those days people were thinking about others and how they could reach out to them with the grace of hospitality. But today, we are people who are absorbed with our own want and pleasure and don't care so often about others.” I do not know about you, but hearing this brought conviction upon me. It revealed to me of how much the deep roots of our culture has changed. A century ago, people were outgoing toward each other. Today, many of us do not know our neighbors. We do not know the people living in our neighborhood. Many do not know the people living next door. Sadly, the reason that we do know our neighbors is because we are so busy that we have never made the time to go and get to know them. Therefore, our neighbors are strangers. The same is true in the church. As a pastor, I do not know how many times I have heard people, speaking of others in the church, say "I do not know him." The reason that our churches are full of strangers is the same reason that our neighborhoods are full of strangers: we have not taken the time to go and get to know them. It is easy to love on others that we already know. Loving those we already know often does not require us to step out of our comfort zone. However, can we show love to those that we do not know? Can we show hospitality? Next month, we will see why showing hospitality so important. To be Continued…


Church Staff Pastor – Kenneth Reiter Associate Pastor– Thomas Bridgmon Secretary – Margie Hamby

1014 Wichita Ave. Jacksboro, TX 76458

Custodian – Amanda O'Shields

Contact Information Church Office: 940▪567▪2204 Fax Line: 940▪567▪3832 Email: liveoakbc@sbcglobal.net Website: liveoakbaptistchurch.org

Weekly Schedule Sunday– 8:30 a.m. – Prayer Service 9:30 a.m. – Bible Study (for all ages) 10:45 a.m. – Worship Service 5:00 p.m. – Church Choir 6:00 p.m. – Adult Bible Study Youth Wednesday– 6:00 p.m. – AWANA; Adult Bible Study 7:30 p.m. – Youth Bible Study

Adult Bible Fellowship Classes 1.

Don Lively's class is continuing a study of "Encounters With God: Philippians" written by Henry Blackaby and his sons. Don's class meets in room 118.

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Regular literature class taught by Clinton Easter meets in room 116.

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Young Adult Class taught by Bruce and Karen Sanford meets in room 110.

Wednesday, February 6 – Ice Cream Social from TEAM Challenge

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Pastor's Class taught by Bro. Kenneth (for new members and those not already enrolled in another class) meets in room 108.

Friday, February 8– Childcare for Primera Iglesia Church

All adults meet together at 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall and then go to class about 9:45.

February Events

Friday, February 15– “The Rock & Worship Roadshow” at American Airlines Center.

Weekly Youth Schedule Sunday 9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Sunday School Worship Service Choir Practice Youth Bible Study

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Youth Group For more information call Bro. Thomas at 940-567-2204, or 936-433-1247, or email him at tbridgmon@gmail.com.


Live Oak Baptist Church February 2013 Church Calendar Sun

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12:30 pm PS/ Children’s Ministry Council– F. Hall; 5 pm Church Choir – Choir Loft 6:00 pm Adult Bible Study–F.Hall; Youth Bible Study– Youth Center

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Mon

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5:00 pm Church Choir– Choir Loft; 6:00 pm Adult Bible Study– Fellowship Hall; Youth Bible Study– Youth Center

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Thu

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Noon Sack Study on Revelation– Fellowship Hall

6:00 pm AWANA, Adult Bible Study– Room 110; 7:30 pm Youth Bible Study– Youth Center

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Noon Sack Study on Revelation– Fellowship Hall; 6:30 pm Men’s Ministry Fellowship – Don Lively’s (2121 Sandflat Road)

6:00 pm AWANA, 9:30-11:30 am, 1-4 Adult Bible Study– pm Shot Clinic– Room 110; Fellowship Hall 7:30 pm Youth Bible Study– Youth Center

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Noon Sack Study on Revelation– Fellowship Hall

6:00 pm AWANA, Adult Bible Study– Room 110; 7:30 pm Youth Bible Study– Youth Center

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Sparks Store

T&T Store

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11

Love Your Leader

Fri

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6:00 pm AWANA, Adult Bible Study– Room 110; 7:30 pm Youth Bible Study– Youth Center

5:00 pm Church Choir– Choir Loft; 6:00 pm Adult Bible Study– Fellowship Hall; Youth Bible Study– Youth Center

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Wed

5:30 pm Deacon’s Noon Sack Study Meeting– Conf. on Revelation– Room; Fellowship Hall 6:30 pm All-Church Visitation– Conf. Room

4:30 pm Building Committee– Conference Room; 5:00 pm Church Choir– Choir Loft; 6:00 pm Ministries in Progress– Fellowship Hall

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Tue

Youth to “The Rock and Worship Road Show”American Airlines Center, Dallas

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Sunday Morning Schedule 8:30

Prayer Meeting– Room 115 9:30 Bible Study for all ages 10:45 Worship Service


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