Authentic-Do You Trust Me?

We’ve called it ’28 Days’ – Daily devotions to Value the Vision. There’s so much more here than meets the eye, not because the writing is profound or the need so crucial, but because these daily devotions come from God’s Word. The longer I live, the more I learn, the deeper my understanding of God’s Word, who He is and His relationship to me the more I realize that being a Believer in Jesus Christ is all about TRUST.

Do I take God at His Word or not? Do I trust He will do what He said He would do or not? Do I genuinely believe He has my best interest at heart and that He knows better than I what will bring for me and my family life, liberty and happiness?

Salvation is about trust – either I trust Christ to forgive or I don’t. Think thieves on the cross.

Sacrifice is about trust – either I trust God will provide or I don’t. Think Abraham & Isaac.

Service is about trust – either I trust God will make a way or I don’t. Think Moses & the Red Sea.

Sanctification – the minute by minute process of saying ‘NO’ to sin and ‘yes’ to righteousness – that’s about trust – either I trust God knows what He’s talking about or I believe I know better than He does. Think Old Testament Joseph and Potiphar’s wife. Think New Testament Joseph and a wife pregnant with a child not his own.

So who will you trust today? In what will you place your faith? There’s so much more in heaven and earth than has been dreamt of in your philosophy. As Believers in Jesus Christ we claim we trust Him for the forgiveness of sin. We say we believe He has secured for us our place in eternity. Surely if we can trust Him for salvation from Hell and entrance to Heaven we can trust Him with our habits, our hopes and our homes.

We wrap ourselves with elegant reasons to justify the things we do. We surround ourselves with complex explanations for why I can’t possibly do this or why that will never work. Don’t con yourself. For every sin we commit, for every righteousness we omit we stand in the face of God and proudly proclaim we know better than He what’s best for us.

So today let’s look together at God’s Word. Let’s use the 28 Days devotions to do so and as you read, reflect – consider the areas of your life where trust is a problem. As you read the words of life which do you believe and which do you discard? Our knee jerk reaction is to say, “It’s the Bible, I believe it all.” But beyond the knee jerk reaction is the reality of our actions. That which we DO is what we believe. Everything else is just religious talk. So take 8 minutes. Read the words below – and don’t simply nod your head toward God in approval of His thoughts for you. Evaluate how much you trust Him. Where your trust is weak – commit that area to Him and discover that while we fail Him all the time, He will never fail you.

Love y’all, God Bless,

Chad

Notes to Notice

STING & PIZZA

For the AM & PM Praise Bands – Sunday Night, February 11, 7:30 – 9:30 in the Terminal – You and your families are invited to a great night of music and mayhem as we hear from none other than, ‘Sting’. Please RSVP Brenda Henderson, brenda@fbcowasso.org or 918.516.6640 by February 8th.

MARCH 9, 2007 – CLOSE CONCERT ROAD TRIP!

Hosted by NewSong, featuring Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Hawk Nelson, Sanctus Real, Britt Nicole, Tony Nolan, and John Morgan; meet at the church at 5:00pm, we’ll go together. Tickets are $10, that night at the door. Bring a little extra $$$ we’ll get a bite to eat after the concert Sign up with Brenda. For information on the concert visit http://jamtour.com

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See this and previous issues of theScore online at http://thefarpoint.blogspot.com!

EASTER

Sunday, April 8th – Our Services Caffeinated! Every Easter more people come visit us than any other Sunday of the year. So let’s make the most of this opportunity. We’ll do three services with an overflow venue in the Education Center led by a Praise Team. Jennifer Berry, 2006 Miss America will be here to share how God has made a difference in her life. And the Celebration Choir, Praise Band, Praise Teams and Instrumental Ensemble will all lead out in an incredible time of praise. We’ll be preparing for this Easter every Wednesday night this semester. Make plans now to be here and to lead well!

THE GOAL OF CAM

The goal of the Christians Arts Ministry is worship. Our desire is to teach Believers to delight the heart of the Father with every area of our lives, passionately expressing our love for God through the use of every talent and resource He’s given us for His glory and His pleasure.

THE CAM STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE

“Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” I Corinthians 11:1 – It’s probably the most in your face, challenging Scriptures in all the Bible – to be able to, with honesty and integrity, look at someone else and say, “If you do what I’m doing you’ll be doing what Jesus did.” It’s a big goal, but it’s a goal worth striving for. Let 2007 be the year you press closer toward this goal than you ever before. What are your struggles? Where are your troubles? Be patient and wait on the Lord. He’s not finished with you yet.

RESCUE – the Prayers We Pray

Last week’s update didn’t make it this week’s theScore – but it will be in next week. Keep praying for one another. We’ve already seen God answer several of our prayers!

Vance Henderson’s Mom & Dad – Were without power due to the ice storm.

Praise God: “Heavenly Father, the power’s back on! Thanks for answering our prayers and taking care of the ones we love.”

Darin Harrison – parents are helping with storm clean up.

Pray like this: “Father, keep us safe. Help us recover quickly from the storms we face and help us help others.”

Lesa Harrison – Her surgery went great and the report came back favorable.

Praise God: “Father, You are the God who heals. Thank You for taking care of Lesa.

Nancy Noble, Roy Schenning (her former Minister of Music’s Dad) – heart problems.

Pray like this: “Heavenly Father, bring Your healing to his life and let he and his family trust in Your plan for him.”

Steve K. – More new people involved in CAM.

Pray like this: “Dear Lord Jesus, bring people who are humble, committed, passionate, and willing to serve you through the Christian Arts Ministry, for Your glory and Your name sake.”

Helen DeClue – Unspoken.

Pray like this: “Father, You know the need. Meet it according to Your will. We trust You.”

Merrilee Purnell– Sick kiddos, they are doing better.

Pray like this: “Heavenly Father, thanks for taking care of our kids. You know their needs better than we do. Protect them from sin, from temptation and from harm. Keep them healthy and give us wisdom as parents to know how best to meet their needs.”

Debbie Robert’s daughter – is moving here.

Pray like this: “Lord Jesus, thank you for bringing family home. Meet the needs of this daughter in her career, in her home and in her family.”

Several People – Military Service

Bonnie Walter’s brother, Brian

Casey & Desha Clawson’s son, Trey

Michelle Maxwell’s brother, Steve Ladd

Charlie Winans

Pray like this: “Heavenly Father, let these men and their families know Your peace, comfort and favor. Protect them in their service and assure them of Your presence.”

Previous Requests…

Wally & Lori Thrun’s daughter, Becky – does not have saving knowledge of Jesus.

Pray like this: “Dear Lord Jesus, open the eyes of Becky’s heart. Help her to hear, see, know and understand the gospel and why it’s important. Bring people into her life to continually plant, water and care for the seeds of faith in her life. Grow faith in her. Let her mom and dad know the right things to say and do to demonstrate your loving kindness and salvation.”

Darin Harrison – Change in job situation.

Pray like this: “Father, You will provide. Let Darin know peace in his career. Change his job (meaning change the nature of his work)…or change his job.”

Father, we ask all these things in the name of Jesus, trusting You will answer according to Your will – AMEN!

Order of Service

Sunday AM – 02-11-07

VTV – Get Out of Debt

PRE-SERVICE

CD | Countdown

SERVICE START | Chad Balthrop

CONGREGATIONAL MUSIC

Friend of God – E, CHART

CHOIR SPECIAL

All the Way to Calvary, Eb > F, BTGIW

WELCOME | Dr. Roger Ferguson

28 DAYS DEVOTIONAL | Dr. Roger Ferguson

WELCOME SONG

Take Me Higher – G, CHART

VIDEO

VTV – Exercise

CONGREGATIONAL MUSIC

Freedom – G, CHART (Darrel Evans)

Nothing But the Blood – G, CHART

When I Think About the Lord – Eb > F, CHART

MESSAGE

Dr. Roger Ferguson

OFFERING | ANNOUNCEMENTS

INVITATION

I Surrender All – D, BH – 275

Presentation of New Members

Close

Friend of God – E, CHART

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

My Savior, My God

All the Way to Calvary – this is for SUNDAY!

God is Working

Oh Praise Him

It’s Amazing

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