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November 2022...Thank You With a Challenge

THANK YOU WITH A CHALLENGE... Thank you to all who participated in our annual meeting. Calvin Whitman and James Reamer did a wonderful job of interpreting our theme, "The Urgency of the Gospel". David Lee's sermon was right on target. A word straight from God. The reports were right on target as well. Our association is back from the pandemic show down to full capacity. L...

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December 2022...Remembering the Glory

REMEMBERING THE GLORY... It is easy for us to become complacent about our relationship to God. We live constantly in His presence and just don't think about it. We just take God for granted. We do that with our close friends and family if we do not make the effort to renew our friendship regularly. The Israelites were guilty of forgetting to how great God is. To remind th...

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September 2022...TRANSITIONS

TRANSITIONS... Over the last 26 years our association has seen many transitions. We have been through 5 long range planning processes, each time it resulted in major adjustments in our daily work. We have increased and decreased in staff as our strategies changed. We have emphasized church planting, church health and evangelism through it all. We always did traditional ch...

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August 2022...Recognizing the Glory of God

God is so good to us... He saves us from eternal punishment in a place called hell. He forgives and forgets our sins. He restores our righteousness. He guides our path. He is always there, loving us and being ever present in our lives. We have so much to be thankful for, yet we take God for granted. He is always there for us. Ephesians 3:14-21 reminds us of things we sho...

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July 2022...THE FACES OF LOSTNESS

I attended the Southern Baptist Convention last week in Anaheim, California. It was great to see many of you in attendance. My world was full of meetings. I had breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings. The highlight of the meeting for me was the International Mission Board Dinner. The food was "OK" but the message was a tremendous challenge Dr. Paul Chitwood, President of I...

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June 2022...GOD IS GOOD!

There is a chorus that goes like this... "God is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He's so good to me! He answers prayer, He answers prayer, He answers prayer, He's so good to me! God is in the prayer answering business. He loves you and wants the best for you. Sometimes we ask for things in prayer that are not good for us, and He says NO! Sometimes we ask for th...

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May 2022...He's Alive!

HE'S ALIVE!!! I am still flying high from the Easter celebrations. On Good Friday, I participated in a joint service with three of our churches: First Fil-Am Baptist Church, The Great I Am Fellowship, and Iglesia Bautista Pacto de Gracia. Each year these churches celebrate Good Friday with a service dedicated to the Seven Last Words of Christ. It is an exciting time of fo...

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April 2022...The Simplicity of the Gospel

I had two blessings this past weekend. First, I attended the Celebration of Life for Jose Fernando Argumedo, Sr. This retired pastor went home to be with our Lord on March 2, 2022. The celebration was a testimony to the hope we have in the gospel. I sat there and marveled at the joy in his home going. I saw faith at work. The service proclaimed the simplicity of the gosp...

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March 2022...Urgency of the Gospel

"There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) The most important message that we have is that salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ. So what is this message, "Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshment ma...

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February 2022...Powerful Prayer: Start the New Year Off Right

John Dina, a missionary in Mozambique, was bitten by a deadly green mamba snake as he walked int he bush of his country. Dina drove himself home, a five hour drive. This his wife and a missionary doctor stayed with him that night. He was very sick. The next day a medical evacuation plane took him to a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. They gave him huge doses of a...

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