Overcoming Obstacles

joshua6Joshua 6 records the Victory that the Nation of Israel had when God gave them victory at Jericho. From this chapter and other scriptures there are 7 ways to overcome the obstacles that keep you or your church from being where God wants you to be.

  1. Realize that God has a PLAN. Joshua 6:2-5, Jeremiah 29:11
  2. Understand the place of PURITY in your life. Joshua 3:5, Joshua 5:2-10
  3. Exercise you FAITH in God. Joshua 6:7, Hebrews 11:1
  4. Practice PATIENCE on the Journey. Joshua 6:15, Psalm 40:1
  5. Control your SELF. Joshua 6:1, Proverbs 16:32
  6. Claim the PROMISES of God. Joshua 21:45
  7. Have confidence in the Spiritual LEADERS in your life. Joshua 6:27
Lord’s Supper FAQ

Lord’s Supper FAQ

communionWhat is the Lord’s Supper?

The Lords Supper was started by Jesus when He was in the Upper Room with His disciples celebrating the Passover. Matthew 26:17-30. Jesus used bread and the cup to represent His body and blood. It is a symbolic act of obedience where believers remember the death of their Savior, Jesus.

Who can participate in the Lord’s Supper?

Most protestant churches offer Open Communion. This means that anyone in attendance that has trusted Christ as their Savior and Lord may participate in the Lord’s Supper.

How often should a church offer the Lord’s Supper?

Each church determines the frequency of  offering the Lord’s Supper. Quarterly seems too infrequent while weekly too often. Participating in the Lord’s Supper on a monthly basis works well for many churches.

Can you celebrate the Lord’s Supper outside of a church setting?

Yes. Participating in the Lord’s Supper outside a church setting is very meaningful for families, shut-ins, and those incarcerated.

The power of a symbol is based on what that symbol represents. Since the Lord’s Supper represents the Body and Blood of Christ, it is a powerful symbol of the faith that strengthens the church, encourages believers and honors our Savior.

1 Corinthians 11:23-32

I Love My Church

I Love My Church

2014 is off to a great start. My family and I are settling in and we are looking forward to what God has in store for us and FBC Dalhart in 2014. While I was moving into my new office I found a bumper sticker that says: I ❤ My Church First Baptist of Dalhart. I quickly captured it and asked if it belonged to anyone. After finding out that it has available to take I placed in on the rear windshield of my truck. This bumper sticker is a great sign of how I feel about our church. I love our church! We are a group that gathers to WORSHIP our great God. We desire to GROW in our faith as we study His Word. We want to SERVE God by serving our community and we want to SHARE the good news about Jesus with our community, nation and world.

I ❤ My Church!

Advent Love

Advent Love

Love is a powerful thing. Christmas is the season of Love. It is a time we celebrate God love for us when He sent Jesus to be born of the virgin Mary.

God went beyond words of love for us and PROVED His love for us with his ACTIONS.

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

  1. God proves His love through the BIRTH of His Son. Matthew 1:18-25
  2. God proves His love for us through the LIFE of His Son. Hebrews 4:15
  3. God proves His love for us through the DEATH of His Son. Romans 5:6-11
  4. God proves His love for us through the RESURRECTION of His Son. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Seize Every Moment

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Gal 6:10

jwJohn Wesley’s Motto:

“Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.”

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

From BGEA . . .

Billy Graham has said that the three most important things that one can do are: 1) Pray. 2) Pray. 3) Pray.

“When Paul said we should “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17, NKJV) he chose a term used in his day to describe a persistent cough. Repeatedly, throughout our day, we should be turning quickly to God to praise and thank Him, and to ask for His help. God is interested in everything we do, and nothing is too great or too insignificant to share with Him.” (Billy Graham, Hope for Each Day)

On Thursday, May 2, people across the U.S. will join together to celebrate the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer, with the theme “Pray for America.”

As My Hope America with Billy Graham continues to spread across the country, it is important to recall that prayer is the most crucial and basic element of the program. We hope that you will join us in praying for America on May 2. We encourage you to pray specifically for your neighbors and friends who don’t know Christ. Our nation needs to hear the Good News, and it is our prayer that the movement can begin through us as individuals committed to seeing our communities transformed with the Gospel.

 

Living in Humility

Living in Humility

Living in Humility 

1 Peter 5:1-7

As Peter finishes his letter of encouragement to the church, he encourages the leaders and young leaders to clothe themselves with humility. Peter describes his qualification to lead, the proper motivation for leadership, the reward of leadership, and an essential quality of leaders.

Before addressing the leaders of the church, Peter reminds them that he is a “fellow elder” who was a witness of Christ’s suffering and will share in the reward when Christ is revealed. Peter is reminding his readers of his qualifications to lead leaders. After establishing his leadership credentials, Peter describes the proper motivation for Christian leadership:

  • Christian Leaders must serve willingly by God’s leading, not out of man-made obligation. (1 Peter 5:2)
  • Christian Leaders must serve eagerly, not for monetary gain. (1 Peter 5:2)
  • Christian Leaders must serve by example, not attempting to manipulate others’ behavior. (1 Peter 5:3)
  • Christian Leaders who lead this way will receive an eternal reward (1 Peter 5:4)

Peter then tells the leaders to “clothe themselves with humility.” To clothe oneself is a deliberate act to put on clothing. Our daily routine involves putting on the clothing we will wear today, and there are choices that we must make. Should you wear warm or cold weather clothes? Does our day require more formal attire or casual? Will you need a change of clothes at some point during the day. These are all willful decisions about your clothing for any given day. In the same way, Peter tells his reader that they must “clothe themselves with humility.” They must deliberately put off pride and put on humility.

Humility is a personal quality in which an individual shows dependence on God and respect for others. Each person has a choice to make. Will they rely on themselves or will they rely on God? Peter quotes Proverbs 3:34, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” The idea of humility is a foreign idea in popular American culture where being an independent individual is valued. The idea that you can be whatever you want to be based on your hard work and effort is a common life theme for many. A humble person is one who understands that for them to be all that God planned them to be, they must submit themselves to God and follow His Son, Jesus. Peter writes, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)

With leadership and life comes struggle and anxiety. Peter encourages the reader to, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) This is a great example of a person with the quality of humility present in their life. When anxiety comes, they give it to God, thereby showing their dependence on Him rather than relying on their own strength. Humble leaders with the right motivation for ministry are a powerful tool in the hand of God for His Kingdom.