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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 March 2012

Volume 27 #3

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Our Goal: $1,000

March 4 through April 1 will have a weekly emphasis on prayer for specific areas. Week of March 4 – our families Week of March 11 – our pastor Week of March 18 – our church Week of March 25 – lost people

Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on March 10.

Week of April 1 – our nation A special prayer guide will be available beginning Sunday, March 4. Each week’s emphasis will be the focus of our prayertime on Sunday morning.


Sunday Morning Prayertime

Sunday Report

Everyone is invited to participate in a pray and go prayertime each Sunday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 118. It is not necessary to stay the full hour; just come, pray as God leads and go.

And They Came Expectantly … … … February Bible Study Attendance 5-77, 12-63, 19-74, 26-N/A February Average as of February 19 – 71

Monday Noon Bible Study

And The People Gave Cheerfully … … … 5-$3,889.47; 12-$3,088.80; 19-$7,112.10; 27-N/A Total Monthly Goal – $26,036.17 February Income as of February 19 – $14,090.37

"Sack Study" is each Monday from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Lunch is provided and everyone is invited to attend. Bro. Kenneth is teaching a study on the book of Revelation.

Beth Moore Study A ladies Bible study of "Breaking Free" by Beth Moore is every Sunday afternoon at 4:30 in room 116.

Church-Wide Visitation Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. we will meet in the Conference Room for church-wide visitation. Come as families, departmental workers or Sunday School members to call, send cards or go out in teams to make contacts.

March Ministries in Progress March Ministries in Progress will be March 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall beginning with a covered dish meal followed by a devotional by Tim Mann and church considerations. Dates for upcoming Ministries in Progress are April 29, and June 10. There will be no MIP in May.

Men’s Ministry Fellowship Men's Ministry Fellowship is Tuesday, March 20 at the home of Anthony Rowland, 526 N. Fourth Street. All men are invited and encouraged to attend.

Aquire the Fire Youth will leave the church at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30 and return after the event on Saturday (should be back in Jacksboro around 8:00-8:30 p.m.) They will stay at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel (214922-0370). Students are asked to bring a sack supper for Friday evening, one overnight bag with personal items, Bible, notepad and pen. Cost is $48 per person with a $10 deposit due by Sunday, February 26. Contact Anthony Rowland (229-9666), Melissa Rowland (229-9667) or Charlotte Haston (229-0281) for more information. Every Week: 9:30 a.m. Sunday – God Quest 6:00 p.m. Sunday – Devotions presented by a drama leader; skitTLES will also be preparing for their Easter presentation 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – “Does God Exist?” study Upcoming Events: In April and May – fundraisers for missions June 25-29 – Mission Trip to the Children’s Home in Round Rock partnered with First Baptist Petrolia July 27-28 – Student Evangelism Conference in Allen

Our Associate Pastor Search Committee members are Don Lively, chairman, Ronny Easter, David Moore and Bruce Sanford with Karen Beckham and Melissa Moore as alternates. Pray for these who represent us in the search for God’s man to become our Associate Pastor. The committee has requested individual prayer on the following days: Sunday – Bruce Sanford Monday – Karen Beckham

Tuesday – Ronny Easter Wednesday – Don Lively

Thursday – David Moore Friday – Melissa Moore

Every Day – Bro. Kenneth Reiter


A Word from our pastor…

"Showing Partiality" Another month has passed by in this "new" year. It is safe to say that 2012 is moving quickly. When thinking of what to write for this month's newsletter, I came across James 2:1-10. This is an amazing passage that, like all Scripture, teaches a timeless truth. I invite you to turn with me in your Bibles and let's look at this powerful passage. James 2:1 (NASB) begins with a straightforward admonition to "not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism." This admonition is an imperative, which is a strong command. James then gives a scenario in verses 2-3. The scenario involves two people, a rich man and a poor man, as well as a party, which is the church – the audience that is reading his letter. This audience would be the first century Jews in James' historical context, and of course, us in our context. In verse 2 (NASB), James describes the two men. From colorful descriptions such as "a gold ring," "fine clothes," and "dirty clothes," you can see that it was very clear to see the differences in the two men. In verse 3, you see the treatment that these two receive. The man dressed in "fine clothes" is told to "sit" in "a good place." The man dressed in "dirty clothes" is told to "stand" or "sit down by" a footstool. The point to see from James' illustration is that the two men were given different treatment, and the treatment was based upon the way they appeared. In verse 4, James tells his readers that by treating the two men different they were actually making "distinctions." The word "distinction" comes from the greek word "διεκρίθητε" (transliterated diekrithēte), and it means "I separate, distinguish, discern one thing from another." The Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature defines it as "to conclude that there is a difference." The differences between the two men described in verse 2 are clearly seen, so seeing the difference is not wrong. However, placing value upon one man over another based upon these differences is wrong. And then going further and showing preferential treatment based upon these differences, as described in verse 3, is wrong. James then gives a reminder about how God chose "the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him" (2:5, NASB). We must recognize and see that the context of James 2:1-7 is physical rather than spiritual. Outside of the phrase "rich in faith" in verse 5, everything else is clearly talking about physical economics. And this truth has further light cast on it when we consider Deuteronomy 7:6-8 (NASB): For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. "The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt." God chose the nation Israel not because they were the largest, but because He loved them. Israel had nothing to offer Him. God chose them anyway. Our God helps the helpless, defends the weak, and takes up for the downtrodden. Our God, many centuries ago, after telling the Israelites that He would not hear their prayers because of their sins, command them to "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; Seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow" (Isaiah 1:15-17, NASB ). It is important to realize that while God is not giving the rich man preferential treatment, He is also not showing the poor man favoritism. The warnings in Scripture about not being prejudice against the poor reflect the fact that the tendency of fallen man is to look on the poor as substandard and the rich as superior. And with this would come the temptation to show partiality to the rich. This is human nature, and is the way the world sees things. The world would view the poor man described in James' illustration as inferior to the rich man, but God would view him as the same. God would give the poor man the same opportunity as the rich man to come to Him. As stated earlier, the context of James 2:1-7 is physical economics, but there is a spiritual lesson that can be applied here as well. The lesson is that when we show partiality in cases described in verse 3, we are allowing a physical appearance to hinder a spiritual need. James, after addressing the historical circumstances of his time, reminds us that we should be about following and fulfilling the "royal law," which is "according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'"(2:8, NASB). With that said, James teaches that showing partiality is doing just the opposite, as it is "committing sin" and therefore making those who show partiality "transgressors" (2:9, NASB). And of course, those who are guilty of one point of the law have become "guilty of all" (James 2:10). As you can see, this is a stout passage. As Christians, we must desire to reflect God's values and not the world's. So, as we walk through this journey, let us remember this lesson that is found here in James 2:1-10. And let us love everyone regardless of the economic class.


Church Staff Pastor – Kenneth Reiter Associate Pastor–

1014 Wichita Ave. Jacksboro, TX 76458

Secretary – Margie Hamby 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 time 9:30 a.m. – Bible Study (for all ages) 10:45 a.m. – Worship Service 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: Romans" written by Henry Blackaby and his sons. Don's class meets in room 118.

2.

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

3.

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

4.

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.

Ladies of all ages are invited to attend a low impact exercise/praise time Monday through Friday morning at 9:00 in the Fellowship Hall.

AWANA for children age 5 through grade 6 meets each Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:15. In February we had our annual “Love Your Leader” night and AWANA store for our Sparks and T&T clubs. We appreciate each leader who comes out every Wednesday evening to minister to these kids. May God bless you richly for your service to Him. There will be no AWANA on March 14 due to spring break but clubbers are encouraged to study hard over spring break so they can receive double bucks for sections they say on March 21. April 4 will be “Hilarious Hat Night”. Clubbers who pass at least two sections a night on April 4, 11, 18 and 25 will be treated to an ice cream sundae following AWANA on April 25. Our last club night will be May 9 with our Family Night and Awards Program on May 16.


March 2012 Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Sunday Morning Schedule 8:30 9:30 10:45

Thu

Fri

Sat

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2

3

8

9

10

16

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22

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29

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Prayertime– Room 118 Bible Study Morning Worship Service

4

12:30 pm Leadership Team– Fellowship Hall; 4:30 pm Ladies Bible Study– Room 116; 6:00 pm 1 John Bible Study– Fellowship Hall; Youth Bible Study– Youth Center

5

12:10 pm Sack Study– Fellowship Hall; 5:30 pm Deacon’s Meeting– Conference Room; 6:30 pm All-Church Visitation– Conference Room

6

6:00 am Breakfast– Green Frog; Noon VBS Committee– Conference Room

7

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

Week of Prayer for North American Missions

11

4:30 pm Building Committee– Conference Room; Ladies Bible Study– Room 116; 6:00 pm MIP– Fellowship Hall

12

12:10 pm Sack Study– Fellowship Hall

13

14

6:00 am Breakfast– Green Frog

No Evening Activities

15

9:30-11:30 am; 1-4 pm Shot Clinic– Fellowship Hall

9:00-11:30 am Shot Clinic– Fellowship Hall

JISD Spring Break

18

19

20

21

25

26

27

28

4:30 pm Ladies Bible Study– Room 116; 6:00 pm 1 John Bible Study– Fellowship Hall; Youth Bible Study– Youth Center

4:30 pm Ladies Bible Study– Room 116; 6:00 pm 1 John Bible Study– Fellowship Hall; Youth Bible Study– Youth Center

12:10 pm Sack Study– Fellowship Hall

12:10 pm Sack Study– Fellowship Hall

6:00 am Breakfast– Green Frog; Noon VBS Committee– Conference Room; 6:30 pm Men’s Ministry Meeting– Anthony Rowland’s (526 N. Fourth St.)

6:00 am Breakfast– Green Frog; Noon VBS Committee– Conference Room

Double Bucks Night

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

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

Acquire the Fire Youth Event– Dallas, TX


March 2012 Newsletter