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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 December 2013


Volume 28 #12

Invite your family and friends to attend church with you Sunday morning, December 8 at 10:45 a.m. as our LOBC Cantata Choir presents a Christmas Cantata that explores the reasons why Christ was born – to break the curses under which we live and turn them into blessings for the believer. These ″blessings″– light, hope, salvation and eternal life are creatively woven throughout the cantata. Come prepared to be blessed!!

All-Church Christmas Dinner Sunday, December 8 5:30 p.m.  The meat will be furnished by the church.  Everyone is asked to bring side dishes and desserts (please pre-

cut your desserts).  Please enter through the Worship Center doors, someone will be there to take your dishes.  Our youth will present several short Christmas skits before and after the meal.

Eve Service Tuesday, December 24 5:30 p.m. Worship Center

All-Church Caroling Sunday, December 15 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall After caroling at Jacksboro Healthcare Center, Greystone Retirement Center and some other homes, we will return to the church for a time of fellowship and refreshments.

Women "Breaking for God" Group

Sunday Report

Women "Breaking for God" Group will be Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the home of Jordan Reiter (224 S. Fifth Street). All ladies are invited and encouraged to attend.

December Ministries in Progress There will be no December Ministires in Progress due to the annual Christmas Dinner. The financial statement for November will be available in the Worship Center foyer by December 8.

Men's Ministry Fellowship

And They Came Expectantly … … … November Bible Study Attendance 3-80, 10-100, 17-83, 24-N/A November Average – 88 And The People Gave Cheerfully … … … 3-$6,073.88; 10-$3,930.11; 17-$3,227.45; 24-$4,519.00 Total Monthly Goal – $24,967.31 November Income – $17,750.44

Men's Ministry Fellowship will be Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the home of Travis Jonas (2795 Wesley Chapel Rd.). All men are invited and encouraged to attend.

Sack Study


Bus Ministry Visitation

AWANA meets on Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:00-7:15. All kids age 4 through grade 6 are invited to attend.

Bus Ministry visitation is Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to come out and make visits for our bus ministry.

Sparks and T&T Store is December 11. Decorate Your Leader is December 18. There will be no AWANA on December 25 or January 1. AWANA will resume January 8, 2014.

Operation Christmas Child

From our Associate Pastor...

Sack Study is each Monday at noon. Lunch is provided. We are continuing a study on the book of Hebrews.

Thank you to each one who donated a filled shoebox to Operation Christmas Child this year. We were able to send 53 boxes this year – that is awesome!!

It is Better to Receive…?

First of all, I hope the title caught your attention and that you will continue to read. I will do my best to help you understand what I meant by the title. It is that time of year again! We are thinking about Christmas time and how we will be able to give gifts to all of our children and grandchildren. We have been taught for so many years that it is always better to give than to receive. This concept is scriptural, so I do not want to take that away or change anyone’s thinking on that matter, but I hope to take a look from the flip side to enhance your spirit of giving. Why do we celebrate Christmas? Of course, the Christian Churchy answer would be to say the “Birth of Jesus”. I will argue yes, but more importantly, the gift of salvation through the Birth, Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. I will start by asking you if you have received this gift that God has given us. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV) The gift of salvation is the greatest gift ever given. How can we say that we have given from our hearts if we ourselves have not received the gift God has given us first? God has also given us different spiritual gifts that we can find in 1 Corinthians 12. You may already know what gift God has given to you, but have you accepted it and have you been using it for the Glory of God? A few years ago, my wife bought me a new fishing pole for Christmas. It was one of those really nice ones that I have been wanting for a long time, and still use it by the way. But, what if I received that gift and never took it out to the lake and used it, but left if sitting in the shed? Would I have been able to catch any fish? Would I have been able to provide several meals for my family? No, the fishing pole would have sat there for a long time until it rusted and ceased up, and eventually would be good for nothing. The gifts God has given you are just the same. If we do not receive them, accept them, and use them, before long they will not be good to use anymore. “Every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 7:19 HCSB) Take a moment to read 1 John 4. After doing this, I hope you have seen the last gift that I want to talk about is the gift of Love. The scriptures teach us that we cannot truly love someone else without the love of God indwelling in us in the first place. You might say that you are giving gifts to other people during Christmas time because you love them. But, unless you truly have the gift of love from God, you cannot give anything with love, because you do not already have it yourself. In closing: Have you received the gift of salvation through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus? Have you received, accepted and put to use your spiritual gifts? Do you have the gift of God’s love abiding within you? Until you can answer this question about receiving from God, then there is no way giving is better than receiving. But, when you have received these gifts from God, your concept of “giving is better than receiving” will be so much more enhanced and meaningful. May God Bless you and have a Merry Christmas!! Thomas Bridgmon

A Word From Our Pastor…

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake The year 2013 is rapidly coming to a close. I hope that it has been a good year, and as you are reading this article, I pray that you are in the center of God’s will. Of course, being in the center of God’s will is not easy. It means that we have to sacrifice. It also may mean that we have to suffer. How do we respond to the struggles – and even sufferings – that we go through for Jesus? Paul was a man who understood suffering. Just listen to what he says: “Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.” (2 Corinthians 11:23-27; NASB) Did you catch what he said? I do not know about you, but “beaten times without number” and receiving “thirty-nine lashes” and “beaten with rods” and being stoned all stood out to me! I wonder how somebody would respond to going through all of this. I wonder how Paul responded. In Colossians 1:24 we read where Paul says “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake.” In verses 25 through 29, Paul discusses in a great amount of detail his work for the church. Basically it is the preaching of the word of God (25) so that he could “present every man complete in Christ” (28). Verse 25, and Chapter 2, verse 1 (“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf” NASB), both speak of Paul’s sufferings. You could rightly say that Paul’s sufferings from the bookends to verses 25-29. And Paul rejoiced in these sufferings… It is extraordinary to consider this, but there are two things that Paul does which enable him to rejoice. First thing that we need to see is that Paul was not living his life for him. Observe what he states in Colossians 1:25-29. In verse 24 (NASB; emphasis added) he states that he rejoiced in sufferings “for your sake.” He did not suffer for his well-being, but for “your” (the Colossians in this context) well-being. He says “I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church” (1:24; NASB; emphasis added). Here, Paul states that he did what he did for the Church. He goes on to state: “Of this church I was made a minister” and it was not for his own benefit but instead was “for your benefit” (1:25; NASB; emphasis added). And finally, Paul stated that presenting “every man complete in Christ” was the purpose for which he labored (1:28b-29a; NASB). Paul’s purpose was not to earn money, wealth, riches. It was not to advance up in his career. Paul’s purpose for breathing was to “present every man complete in Christ.” Paul’s purpose was focused on people. Paul lived his life serving the church. Remember earlier when we looked at that long passage in 2 Corinthians 11? We stopped at verse 27. Now, let’s read verse 28 (NASB; emphasis added): “Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.” However, it was more than just serving the churches. Earlier in his letter to the Colossians, Paul writes “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church” (1:17-18a; NASB). Paul was indeed serving the churches, but his service to the churches was the fruit of his being a slave to the head of the churches. Paul gave his life to Christ and then spent the rest of his life serving Christ’s bride. I imagine that in every beating that he took, whiplash he received, or stone that hit him he never forgot what he was doing. The reason that Paul could rejoice in his sufferings is because he never forgot what he was doing and who he was doing it for. I hope this holiday season greets you doing well in your spiritual walk. And as we sing Christmas carols, get together with family, and celebrate the yuletide season I pray that we will remember the lesson that we learn from Paul: Christ and His Kingdom are greater than any ambitions that we can inspire to, or plans that we can make. Christ is worth it all! As a Christian, we must never forget that “you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels” and because of this truth, we belong “to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven” (Hebrews 12:22-23a; NASB). We are enrolled in the church of Christ in heaven! WHAT AN AMAZING TRUTH!!! And that sounds like a good topic for a newsletter… hmmmm…

Church Staff Pastor – Kenneth Reiter Associate Pastor– Thomas Bridgmon Secretary – Margie Hamby Custodian – Amanda O'Shields

1014 Wichita Ave. Jacksboro, TX 76458

Contact Information Church Office: 940▪567▪2204 Fax Line: 940▪567▪3832 Email: Website:

Weekly Schedule Sunday– 8:45 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 7:15 p.m. – Hebrew Study Monday– Noon – Sack Study Wednesday– 6:00 p.m. – AWANA Adult Bible Study 7:30 p.m. – Youth Group

Adult Bible Fellowship Classes 1.

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


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


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


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

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

Sunday Morning Prayer Service Our prayer service meets at 8:45 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.

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

Sunday School Worship Service Youth Bible Study

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Youth Group Be watching for announcements regarding upcoming youth activities. For more information call Bro. Thomas at 940-567-2204, or 936-433-1247, or email him at We will have our Christmas Card box in the Worship Center foyer beginning Sunday, December 1. You can place your Christmas cards in the box and donate the money you would spend for postage to missions in the container provided. Be sure to check the box each week for your Christmas cards.

Live Oak Baptist Church December 2013 Church Calendar Sun


4:00 pm Church Choir– Choir Loft; 6:00 pm Bible Study– F. Hall; Youth– Yth Center; 7:15 pm Hebrew Study– F. Hall


2 Noon Sack Study – Fellowship Hall



10:45 am Noon Sack Study – Christmas Cantata; Fellowship Hall 5:30 pm All-Church Christmas Dinner– enter through Worship Center doors












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

6:30 pm Women Breaking for God– Jordan Reiter’s (224 S. Fifth St.)



6:30 pm Men’s Ministry Fellowship – Travis Jonas’ (2795 Wesley Chapel)


6:00 pm All-Church Noon Sack Study – Caroling– Fellowship Hall; Fellowship Hall 4:30-6:30 pm Jacksboro Food Pantry– First Assembly of God




6:00 pm Bible Study– F. Hall; Youth– Yth Center; 7:15 pm Hebrew Study– F. Hall

Noon Sack Study – 5:30 pm Christmas Fellowship Hall Eve Service– Worship Center



Sparks/T&T Store


7 10:00 am Bus Visitation– Fellowship Hall




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


Decorate Your Leader


14 10:00 am Bus Visitation– Fellowship Hall


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

9:30-11:30 am; 1-4 p.m. Shot Clinic– Fellowship Hall




21 10:00 am Bus Visitation– Fellowship Hall


28 10:00 am Bus Visitation– Fellowship Hall

Church Office Closed



6:00 pm Bible Study– Fellowship Hall; 7:15 pm Hebrew Study– F. Hall

Noon Sack Study– Fellowship Hall


Sunday Morning Schedule 8:45

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

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