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SUNDAY - February 23, Year of our Lord 2014

“I Want You To Fall In Love With Your Saviour.”

Dr. Crawford’s message Sunday morning was from John 8:42-59 as he shared with us that he wants us to fall in love with our Saviour and as his message tied the old Testament to the New Testament he painted a picture to break all hearts as he described Abraham, bringing his beloved son Isaac for a sacrifice. He referred us to Hebrew 11:17 and Genesis 22. As Abraham, an old man, with Isaac (“Laughter”) a beloved and longed for son is brought, in obedience to God’s instructions, we were brought face to face with the agony he must have endured as he obeyed. Dr Crawford compared the time of Jesus’ crown of thorns to those of Isaac/Abraham and the thorns from where the sacrificial ram was brought . We were all reminded that when we fail to obey , our conscience can be seared and what happens when we fail to listen to the Holy Spirit. He shared with us that we have committed sins, as much as we hate to admit it, even after being saved. When we are saved, our name is in the Lambs Book, and we need to respond to the Holy Spirit when he tells us what to do and what not to do. It should bother us when we do wrong and we need to remember and be grateful for the fact that God is willing to forgive us. There is a difference, he cautioned, in professing and possessing Salvation.

It was good to be in the House of the Lord with our church family. We had prayers for many, for Debbie and Russ Urich as he undergoes serious surgery, for Leora Armstrong who suffered an accident, for Sebastian Alpezar as medicals attempt to define and cure his problem, and so many in our church family. We celebrated with those announcing answers to prayers and all were reminded that the evening service (6:00 p.m.) will address “How To Have Joy Despite Worries.”

We are celebrating the fact that our Shepherd is at the helm and healthy. We are reminded that our Nursery and our Pantry need donations. STAPLE Sunday is the 3red Sunday of each month, contact Bobbie or Kenny Bowers. Men are reminded to invite their brothers, their fathers, their sons and their friends to Men’s Prayer Breakfast in the Life Center, 8:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Our Friday night potluck and Bible Study (Exodus 22-40) we will be eating “brain food for breakfast” in Worship Opportunities/ will meet 6:00 p.m., all are invited to join us. If you have changed your email address or phone numbers please contact Jodi Hartman so she can update IRIS ALERT. Our AWANA continues, Wednesday night, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., we can provide transportation, call 417-223-4433 or 417-456-1862/ 417-223-1070.

We are located on the N/E corner of the square in Pineville on East 5th Street, behind the U.S. Bank, go to www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com and for an inspirational message early Sunday morning (8:30 a.m.) go to KURM 100.3FM.

Winter time can be depressing for many, if you are depressed, if you are alone or lonely, please join us as we would love to Worship with you.  

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SUNDAY - February 16, Year of our Lord 2014

We enjoyed a beautiful special Sunday morning by Christina Penn. It was a good day to be in the House of the Lord.

Dr. Crawford reminded everyone of the Outreach meeting Saturday- to meet at 2:00 p.m. and of Friday night Bible Study (February 21) Potluck is Mexican and the theme is Border Patrol- East of Egypt.

As promised, Dr. Crawford changed a routine and it was good. He brought the morning message from Hebrews 2:3, "But We See Jesus." Continuing from last week he assured everyone he doesn’t want anyone falling out of love with the Saviour. Does anyone, he inquired, spend more time on Face Book than they do with their Bible? Do you watch TV more time than you read the Bible or speak to your Saviour. Time yourself, he challenged, and compare it with the time you spend in church. Jesus, he assured us, expects our very best. He explained the difference between circumstances (things beyond our control) and situation (what you’re going through when you’re in opposition with God’s will.) Are you in God’s will when you fail to attend Sunday School? He compared it to a marriage, when a good-bye kiss is no longer important from your spouse. Don’t blame God for a mess you got yourself in to but remember He can change anybody’s life, He changed water in to wine and fed 5,000 men. He can transcend a natural loss, and He will meet your need. He challenged all to give more than their tithes, it can be a game to see what happens, it’s cool, it’s fun, you need to turn loose of what you have been keeping back. He reminded all that Your Saviour will always take you back and He will always meet your needs, See Matthew 14:24. Your boat isn’t going to go down if Jesus is in the boat, he may not stop the storm but all need to remember that Jesus has been there for us since our first day. – He is waiting for us to get tired of worrying, He can provide for our needs and He is available, all we have to do is accept Him. The message reminded us of the need we all share that we all need to seek to be closer, and more in love with Jesus. See Matthew 14:30 and Mark 4:36-41.

Many were added to our Prayer Requests and we learned of prayers that were answered.

Our Nursery is still collecting donations as is our Pantry.

AWANA continues on Wednesday evening, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., transportation available.

Are you young in heart? Are you single, a couple, a young adult? You are invited to join the Young Adult Activities 6:00 p.m. Saturday, invited to the home of Charlie Brown and Staci- Need more information? Call 417-456-1862 or go to CharlieBrown21379@gmail.com.

For inspiration 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning go to KURM 100.3FM on your radio to hear Dr. Crawford- you won’t regret it.

For more information about us, go to www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com. We would love for you to join us off the N/E corner of the square in Pineville on East 5th Street, Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship 11:00 a.m., Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday Bible Study at 7:00 p.m.

There is no need for you to be alone, lonely, depressed: Come Join Us, We Would Love For You to Join Us In Worship.

 

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SUNDAY - February 9, Year of our Lord 2014

Prayers work! It was so good to have our Shepherd back with us and strong and healthy. thank you , Jesus.

Dr. Crawford brought our morning message from John 12, "We Would See Jesus." It is dangerous, he assured us, to fall out of love with Jesus. As we have heard spouses say, I’m not in love any more – in their marriage, what we once did out of love with our spouse now becomes work because we are not “in love” any more. Written to the Church was, “Thou has left thy first love”. He encouraged all to remember to repent and be watchful. Dr. Crawford warned against being in a rut, a rut can be a grave. As a Christian and a church we still do our duties (1) read the Bible 92) Pray (3) come to church and (4) give our tithes. He warned when we do these things - are we just doing our duties, going through the motions? He referred us to Acts 2:22. Dr. Crawford promised his duty in the next weeks is to reintroduce and reacquaint us with Jesus, Jesus Christ the Miracle Man. It is not an issue of getting the most from the Holy Spirit, but how much of us is He going to get? Miracles performed by man is over with, but God still performs miracles every day. He talked about 36 miracles that shed light on the Message. Bringing his message in “redneckology”, he talked about when miracles take place and make you wonder. From Geneses 1:26 as man was made dominion over fish, fowl, beast of the field and those things that creep. Adam lost this dominion and Jesus returned it. See Luke 5, Matthew 17 and John 21. In John 12 as Jesus rode the unbroken colt, he brought home the miracles; Jesus’ night in the wilderness where there were wild beasts, and the rooster that had to wait to fulfill Luke 22:34. The message was one of fascination as Dr. Crawford referred to John 20:30 and 21:25, Assuring us that we are miracles, a trillion people have all shared the purpose of that one single solitary life. A great marriage, he assured us is when you feel the other person got the short end of the stick. We were reminded of the Man of Sorrow, as God took a message of love and nailed it to a tree. If you really believe He is a miracle man, what are you worried about? Concluding with , “Who Ever Hears The Message Today, I Love You I Truly Do.”

We enjoyed a wonderful rendition of “How Great Thou Art” brought to us by Christina Penn and Amanda and Ryan Crawford.

We shared a great potluck dinner and it was followed by wonderful messages from our new preachers: Chris Thacker and Tyler Noel, reminding us of future Preachers with great promise, followed by a very productive Business Meeting.

All are reminded that you can hear a great message Sunday morning at 8:30 on KURM FM 100.3

And if you would like a very interesting night out on the town, join us at First Baptist on Friday night, 6:00 p.m. for Pot Luck and Bible Study.

AWANA continues (when school is not closed) at 6:30 on Wednesday Evening, 3 years through 6th grade, transportation provided, just call 417-223-4433 or 417-223-1070, 501-454-2249.

Our Nursery and our Church Pantry can still use contributions.

As always, we would love for you to join us, Sunday morning, Wednesday evening and Friday evening on East 5th Street in Pineville, just off the N/E corner of the square in Pineville, behind U. S. bank.  

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SUNDAY - February 2, Year of our Lord 2014

Freezing rain, snow, and yet our Sanctuary was filled, How dedicated were the worshipers on February 2.

Prayers went out for Church Family who could not attend, for those ill and troubled and many were the prayers for our beloved Shepherd. Praying that Dr. Crawford will be healed and soon back to lead his flock.

A Bible and a Baptism certificate were distributed to MacKenzie following her recent Baptism.

Our choir brought a welcome rendition of "Haven Of Rest."

Associate Pastor Ryan Crawford brought the morning message from Luke 10:38, “One Thing that is Needful.” We were encouraged to remember to worship Christ the right way and from the heart. He talked about Mary and Martha and that there is false and there is true worshiping. He referred to Galations 6:9 and assured us that we should not be weary if we are doing things right. He referred to II Corinthians 4:10 and cautioned we should not be focused on ourselves but on Christ. He focused on the fact that the presence of the Almighty does not bring tranquility but peace and quietness in the midst of a storm. From Psalms 16:11 and Acts 3:19 he talked about the presence o God and asked is Jesus real to you? It is important that we adjust ourselves to Christ and then we will get somewhere. Jesus will leave His mark when He’s been with us, He asked us to consider, Is Jesus Welcome In Our Home? Associate Pastor Ryan assured us when our hearts are not right, when worship is not foundation for work we will run out of gas. Will we sit at the feet of Jesus? We need to ‘plug it in’ when we read our Bible, plug in to Jesus and He is all we need, He wants us to serve him but He also wants us to worship Him. It was good to be in the presence of our family of worshipers as our world was being covered with a beautiful snow fall.

All are reminded that next Sunday, February 9 we will share a potluck following morning Worship and our young preachers will bring messages, followed by our monthly business meeting.

This Friday night, February 7 Bible Study will be in Genesis 12-29 and the food theme is Abraham Sandwiches and Isaac soup.

All are reminded that our church pantry will appreciate donations any time, our Staple Sunday is February 16, please bring non-perishable food and household items. If you have questions ask Kenny and Bobbi Bowers.

We would like to invite all to join us Sunday for the potluck and please remember we have transportation. Call Pastor Ryan Crawford at 417-223-1070 or Youth Pastor James Story at 417-359-6493. Call our Church at 417-223-4433 or one of our Deacons; Jack Williams, Roger Crosswhite, Steve Hartman, Charlie Thacker or Bob Cole.

If you are alone, lonely, or in need, please let us know. We are located on E. 5th Street, just off the N/E corner of the square in Pineville (behind U. S. Bank.) and for inspiration and comfort offered by Dr. Larry Crawford, Sunday morning turn on your radio to 100.3FM at 8:30 am. For KURM.

Go to www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com for more information.

We hope you will join us, Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m. AWANA (3 years through 6th grade) begins at 6:30 p.m. (Canceled for weeks when school is closed) on Wednesday evening.  

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SUNDAY - January 26, Year of our Lord 2014

"When God is Not Enough."

Associate Pastor brought the message Sunday morning, "When God is not enough," from 1 Samuel 8, He showed us that all He did for the children of Israel, God loved, cared for and provided for them as he did for all of us who are saved. Christ, he assured us, abolished the law by fulfilling the law and that if you look hard enough in the Bible you will see Christ everywhere. Just because, he told us, trends, economy, the world changes, God never changes. Israel got the point that God was not enough. When we are first saved God is everything, but do we, then, later, want to be like everyone else? They forsook His ways when they asked for a king. They rejected God’s authority. Who, he asked, is the king in your life? You may not understand why but it is important you just follow Him. Israel tried to rationalize, as we do today. The world is getting too churchy and the church is getting too worldly. There was a time when we dressed for church, church was sacred, now we ‘come as you are.’ We need to get back when church was sacred. This church is based on the word of God, let us not forsake His way. See Verse 20, “That we may be like all the nation, worldly. He stressed the importance of reading the Bible. You can be a Christian and not be saved, you can be saved and not be a Christian. Christians ought not to be like the world, reference to abortion, homosexuality. How many today has forgotten what God has done for them. There is no sin too great and no country so far that He can’t save them, God is all you need.

We are so blessed to have Associate Pastor Ryan, especially when Dr. Crawford is ill. Many were the prayers for Dr. Crawford, that he be back soon, in the pulpit.

Our Choir brought a beautiful rendition of “He Touched Me.”

We were all reminded of the needs in the nursery, as the nursery requested donations to supply nursery needs for the year. A list is on the table in the lobby and also posted on the Bulletin board. Need more information? Contact Jessica Cole.

Our church Pantry will appreciate donations any time, next date – Staple Sunday is February 16. Please bring non-perishable food and household items. Questions? Ask Kenny and Bobbi Bowers.

We shared potluck dinner and fellowship, and held Deacon Ordination Service for Bobby Cole.

All are reminded Friday night, January 31 Bible Study theme is “ 'Chillin' with JOB,” with a Chili cook-off. Saturday morning, February 1 all men are invited to enjoy men’s prayer breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Sons, fathers, uncles and grandfathers, all are invited to come out and see what Bryan and Harold Anders cook up. AWANA continues Wednesday evening, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (canceled if school closes)- transportation provided, just call 223-4433 or 417-223-1070, or 417-456-1862. (questions about AWANA contact Commander Debbie Serr – would you like to help out with these children aged 3 years through 6th Grade, see Debbie).

Don’t miss Dr. Larry Crawford’s message 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning on KURM 100.3FM.

We would love for you to join us off the n/e corner of Pineville square, just behind U.S. Bank for any service, any day or night.

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SUNDAY - January 19, Year of our Lord 2014

Associate Pastor, Ryan Crawford brought the morning message from Exodus 33 as he shared with us, “If your presence not go with me I will not go…”, how many, he asked, as we are just in to the new year have been guilty already – already messed up royally to break even one commandment. How many have failed to put God first. If we have been guilty of one, we messed up. The Commandments broken are the same if we break one as if we broke them all. He referred to Verse 12 and talked about the attainment of His presence and that Salvation is a necessity to know God. If we know God and are saved He knows each of us by name. We can’t get His presence, he assured us, of God outside the Word of God. As saved we should be different, we ought to investigate the music we listen to, what we read and we should, because of this, be different. He always affirms His presence and He always shows up. We should never stop seeking, the Word will draw us closer to Him and ask that He will guide us and direct us. For parents, you are teaching your children whatever you do, check that what you are teaching them should be with conviction, to live in the presence of God and we ought to all praying every morning and strive to be closer to Him.

It was a celebration this Sunday as it was announced that at the Business Meeting last week James Story is the new child and Youth Pastor.

We are looking forward to Sunday January 26 when we will have a potluck following morning worship and there will be a Deacon Ordination Service at 2:00 p.m. for Bob Cole.

This Sunday was, as each 3rd Sunday, Staple Sunday as all are encouraged to bring something for the Pantry. Remember that our Nursery is requesting donations to supply nursery needs for the year. A list is on the table in the lobby, and also posted on the bulletin Board. For more information, please contact Jessica Cole. Go to www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com for our Church Website and if you need transportation, call 417-456-1862, or 417-223-1070.

Sunday morning at 8:30 you can catch Dr. Larry Crawford on KURM at 100.3 FM and hear our Pastor as he shares an inspirational message.

We invite all to join us on East 5th Street, just off the N/E corner of the square in Pineville. We look forward to worshipping with you. We offer children’s church – Nursery, and AWANA is every Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Do join us. Would you like an informative and interesting Bible Study combined with potluck? Every Friday night, 6:00 p.m. This week we will share Southern Deep Fried dinner. Come share with us this potluck and a special evening of fellowship.  

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SUNDAY - January 12, Year of our Lord 2014

It was good to enjoy a family reunion as our Congregation could appreciate meeting again, a beautiful day after services being canceled due to bad weather.

We especially enjoyed a special by Amanda and Ryan Crawford with Christina Penn, a song of prayer and worship.

Pattie Anders reminded everyone of the library and invited all to check it out.

Many were the prayers for our church family, including for Dr. Crawford, hopefully to soon be restored to perfect health.

Associate Pastor Ryan Crawford brought the morning’s message from II Kings 2, "A Message of Faith." He enlightened us and encouraged all on appreciating the importance of faith. He talked about the foundation and the function and the fulfillment of faith. As God made us, He understands us He shared with us that faith is not just believing but expecting. He inquired of all, “Do you have a dream? A vision? Without a dream you will never reach your goal. What is your vision? It isn’t easy, he warned all, to live a life of faith and you don’t have to understand God to follow God. He referred us to James 2:14 and assured all that this new year will be trying for some. Trust God to bring you through the storm. Don’t tell God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big God is. You can’t, he cautioned, rely on others but you can rely on God.

We shared our traditional potluck dinner followed by a very productive business meeting.

All are reminded that coming up is our staple Sunday (the 3rd Sunday of every month) when all are encouraged to bring non-perishable food and household items for the pantry. – Refer to Matthew 25:35. See Kenny and Bobbi Bowers if you have questions.

At this time we are learning, also, that our nursery is in need of replenishing. See the list on the table in the lobby and also posted on the bulletin Board. For more information see Jessica Cole.

Our Friday night Bible Study is resuming Friday night, and, if there is school on Wednesday AWANA will resume, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Check out our Pastor on the radio every Sunday morning 8:30 a.m. KURM 100.3FM.

Our Church website is www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com and remember that transportation is available for those in need. Just call 417-223-4433 and leave a message or call James Story – call 417-456-1862 or 501-454-2249. We are located on East 5th Street in Pineville, just off the N/E Square, behind U. S. Bank. Come join us, we look forward to visiting with you, it will be “The Best Thing You Ever Did Do.”  

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