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The Real Deal

I prepared for the ministry (as much as you can) at a small school in the Ozarks called Baptist Bible College. It was located in Springfield, Missouri, and I received a wonderful theological education there. I had many wonderful teachers and professors, and was influenced by a lot of godly men and women.

One of them was a man named Elmer Deal. To be honest with you, he wasn’t a very good teacher. It was almost always hard to stay awake in his class. His teaching style was a little, um, disorganized, and it wasn’t always easy to follow him.

He taught a class on Missions, i.e., the importance of missionary work in other lands and how that work is done. And Professor Deal may not have been a great teacher of Missions, but he had been an outstanding missionary. Somebody said, “Agriculture is like farming, only farming is doing it.” When it came missionary work, Elmer Deal had done it.

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Weekly Update for Sunday, March 27, 2022

We are continuing to hold special Wednesday prayer services for our church through April 13th. We are also setting aside Wednesday, April 13th as a day of fasting and prayer for our church. All are encouraged to pray. Those who are willing and not hindered by health concerns are also encouraged to fast from after your evening meal on Tuesday, April 12th to your evening meal on Wednesday, April 13th. Our desire is to seek God’s face and know His will for our church.

Altogether we collected $1435.00 for Ukrainian refugees. With the $500 already allotted from the Deacons Benevolence Fund, this makes a total of $1935.00 that will be divided between Samaritan’s Purse and the Evangelische Freikirche Am Bohlweg in Munster, Germany, where Pastor Jonas Bueltemann and the church are hosting Ukrainian refugees in their homes.

Aspire Women’s Conference: Saturday, April 9, 6 :00 PM at First Baptist Church in Shelburn. See Rae Anne Tyra for ticket information if interested.

April OCC Items: Toys

Weekly Update for Sunday, March 20, 2022

This Sunday morning we will take up a special offering to help refugees from the war in Ukraine. We have already set aside $500 from the Deacons Benevolence Fund for this purpose. Both those funds and the special offering will be split 50/50 between Samaritan’s Purse and the Evangelische Freikirche Am Bohlweg in Munster, Germany. Pastor Jonas and Paige Bueltemann and their church are hosting Ukrainian refugees in their homes, and this offering will go to help meet the refugees’ needs.

We are setting aside the seven Wednesdays from March 2nd through April 13th to hold special prayer services for our church. Our focus is to seek God together for our church. And Pastor David and the Deacons are calling on the church to set aside Wednesday, April 13th as a day of fasting and prayer for our church. All are encouraged to pray. Those who are willing and not hindered by health concerns are also encouraged to fast from after your evening meal on Tuesday, April 12th to your evening meal on Wednesday, April 13th. Our desire is for God to unite our hearts to seek His face and know His will for our church.

March OCC Items: Hygiene items (See posted list, or Tammy and Ralph Hart).

Aspire Women’s Conference: Saturday, April 9 at 6:00 PM at First Baptist Church in Shelburn. See Rae Anne Tyra for ticket information if you’re interested.

Weekly Update for Sunday, March 13, 2022

We are setting aside the seven Wednesdays from March 2nd through April 13th to hold special prayer services for our church. Our focus is to seek God together for our church. And Pastor David and the Deacons are calling on the church to set aside Wednesday, April 13th as a day of fasting and prayer for our church. All are encouraged to pray. Those who are willing and not hindered by health concerns are also encouraged to fast from after your evening meal on Tuesday, April 12th to your evening meal on Wednesday, April 13th. Our desire is for God to unite our hearts to seek His face and know His will for our church.

Next Sunday we will take up a special offering to help refugees from the war in Ukraine. We have already set aside $500 from the Deacons Benevolence Fund for this purpose. Both those funds and the special offering will be split 50/50 between Samaritan’s Purse and the Evangelische Freikirche Am Bohlweg in Munster, Germany. Pastor Jonas and Paige Bueltemann and their church are hosting Ukrainian refugees in their homes, and this offering will go to help meet the refugees’ needs.

March OCC Items : Hygiene items (See posted list, or Tammy and Ralph Hart).

Weekly Update for Sunday, March 6, 2022

There are Bibles, copies of the Gospel of John and other literature available free on our Welcome Center.

Also available on the Welcome Center is the Official Board Report to the Membership of Linton First Baptist Church.

Contact information and prayer requests may be shared on the Contact Card in your bulletin, then dropped in the Offering Box at the back of the Sanctuary.

Deacons’ Meeting: Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 pm.

March OCC Items : Hygiene items (See posted list, or Tammy and Ralph Hart).

We are setting aside the seven Wednesdays from March 2nd through April 13th to hold special prayer services for our church. Pastor David will lead these services, but will not be preaching or teaching. We will sing, read Scripture, and pray together in various ways. We will not be using the Prayer List or taking prayer requests during these services, but you will have opportunity to pray for those who are on your heart. Our focus is to seek God together for our church. Furthermore, Pastor David and the Deacons are calling on the church to set aside Wednesday, April 13th as a day of fasting and prayer for our church. All are encouraged to pray. Those who are willing and not hindered by health concerns are also encouraged to fast from after your evening meal on Tuesday, April 12th to your evening meal on Wednesday, April 13th. Our desire is for God to unite our hearts to seek His face and know His will for our church.

A Call to Prayer

Someone said there is no such thing as coincidence in the life of a child of God. I love that thought. It’s Scriptural, and it reminds us of God’s sovereignty: that He is in charge of everything.

In December I wrote an article, Concerning the Future of Our Church”. Then in January I wrote about my mild heart attack in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Deacons Meeting”. In the December article I stated something obvious to anyone who’s paying attention: our church is going to look very different in ten years’ time. And my heart attack in January only emphasized that fact.

Does this mean I think I’m going to die in the next ten years? I don’t think so. I sure hope not. Only God knows for sure. But one thing’s for sure: we’re all going to die sometime. And the impact of that for our church in the next ten years is going to be major.

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Weekly Update for Sunday, February 27, 2022

This Sunday is Gideon Sunday. Josh Harrell from the Gideons International will give us a report on the work of the Gideons. An open Bible offering will be taken for the work of the Gideons at the end of the service.

Beginning this Wednesday, we are going to set aside the seven Wednesdays from March 2nd through April 13th to hold special prayer services for our church. Pastor David will lead these services, but will not be preaching or teaching. We will sing, read Scripture, then pray together in various ways, repeating this cycle about four times, each time with a different emphasis. We will not be using the Prayer List or taking prayer requests during these services, but you will have opportunity to pray for those who are on your heart. Our focus will be to worship and seek God together for our church. Furthermore, Pastor David and the Deacons are calling on the church to set aside Wednesday, April 6th (just before Easter) as a day of fasting and prayer for our church. All are encouraged to pray. Those who are willing and not hindered by health concerns are also encouraged to fast from after your evening meal on Tuesday, April 5th to your evening meal on Wednesday, April 6th. Our desire is that God would unite our hearts to seek His face and know His will for our church.

March OCC Items : Hygiene items (See list, or Tammy and Ralph Hart).

Weekly Update for Sunday, February 20, 2022

There will be a meeting of the Official Board this Sunday at 4:30 pm in the church library.

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm in our Bible Study series Getting to Know the Bible Better we will be looking at the book of Philemon. Our weekly prayer time will follow.

Next Sunday, Feb. 27, will be Gideon Sunday.

We are going to set aside seven Wednesday evenings, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd and continuing on through April 13th, to hold special prayer services for our church. Pastor David will lead these services, but will not be preaching or teaching. We will sing, read Scripture, then pray together in various ways for about 8-10 minutes. This cycle will be repeated three or four times, each time with a different emphasis. We will not be using the Prayer List or taking prayer requests during these services, but you will have opportunity to pray for those who are on your heart. Our focus will be to worship and seek God together for our church. Furthermore, Pastor David and the Deacons are calling on the church to set aside Wednesday, April 6th (just before Easter) as a day of fasting and prayer for our church. All are encouraged to pray. Those who are willing and not hindered by health concerns are also encouraged to fast from after your evening meal on Tuesday, April 5th to your evening meal on Wednesday, April 6th. Our desire is that God would unite our hearts to seek His face and know His will for our church.

February OCC items: hats, gloves and scarves.