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SUNDAY - December 22, Year of our Lord 2013

We prayed for our Nation on the Sunday before Christmas.

Superintendent Jim Rogers, represented the Church as he expressed our appreciation to Dr. Crawford and Ryan, our Associate Pastor.

Kenny Bowers and Eliana Crawford received Certificates documenting their Baptism.

Our choir brought us, from the Cantata, a beautiful rendition of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”

Dr. Crawford made reference to the Duck Dynasty, recently on the news and listed their problems as one other problem with our current world. Dr. Crawford’s message this morning was from Matthew 2:1-19 as he shared with us the facts about “A Man Who Tried to Destroy Christmas.” We learned about King Herod- a man called the king of the Jews. Known as ‘Herod the great’, not because he was great but for other reasons. A man, the son of Edem, a nation that came from Esaw. He hated Jews and he was only great at killing them. He killed thousands of Jewish people and 40BC the Romans named him king of the Jews, but great only in wickedness. Preoccupied with power, he was capable, crafty and cruel. Imagine his concern when he heard about Jesus being born, being born the king of the Jews. Dr. Crawford then brought us to the time when the star appeared. We learned of the mysterious men of the East- men who were Gentiles and students of the Scriptures. Bankrupt as a human being, Herod died but couldn’t save himself from death. Jesus could but didn’t for our sakes, all for a single purpose, the single meaning of Christmas is that God loves us. Dr. Crawford challenged us, the actual King of the Jews knocks on the door of every man and woman today, what could Jesus do with you if you answered, “Here I am Lord Jesus, You are the king of my life?”

We enjoyed a cantata at the evening time, Assoc. Pastor, Bro. Ryan Crawford presented, a meaningful Cantata with sensational music and a story that many will never forget.

This week, our weekly service is Tuesday (Christmas Eve), no services on Christmas day.

All are reminded to listen to Dr. Crawford on KURM 100.3 FM Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.

We invite you to join us on Sunday morning, Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., morning worship at 11:00 a.m., Bible Study Friday at 6:00 p.m. and after this week we will commence again Evening Worship on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. – AWANA will resume when school starts again, bus service available. If you need a ride on Sunday or Wednesday, call us at 417-223-1070 or 501-454-2249., or go to CharlieBrown21379@gmail.com.

Go to www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com for more information. We are located on East 5th Street in Pineville, just off the N/E corner of the square, behind U. S. Bank.

We humbly pray that all of you enjoyed a wonderful meaningful Christmas and that you will make plans now, with the first of 2014 to join us at First Baptist church in Pineville.  


SUNDAY - December 15, Year of our Lord 2013

Missed last Sunday due to the weather and it seems like all week has been disconnected.

So good to be back with our Church Family on a wonderful sunny morning.

Dr. Crawford’s message was from Luke 2 – his Christmas message. He talked about the fact that people have a tendency to check out with commercial promotion of Christmas on TV since before Halowe’en. Many people attend church at this time of the year but too often their minds are elsewhere. He talked about the fact that the important thing about Christmas is not what day of the month He was born but that He WAS born. So much is said about the 12 days of Christmas but not enough is said about the reason for Christmas and it is happening more and more. He talked about the difference in a thermostat and a thermometer, a bunch of Christians are thermometers when they should be thermostats. Thermastats tell us what we can do to change things for the better, thermometers just report the current temperature. He talked about toys. When toys become more of our possessors then we need to get rid of them. We need to get where we can put away our toys. Our lives are supposed to be joyful, not necessarily always happiness, but when the world tells us we ought to have all the toys, we all should grow up. Things fight for our attention and when our focus is how much we are going to spend on Christmas gifts it is a mistake, when that is the case we have missed Christmas. Will there be, he asked us, room for Him in our inn?

We shared a delicious potluck and were delighted as three more Believers were Baptized.

Chris Thacker brought a message in the afternoon as he had studied the 4 Gospels, and from Matthew 7:11, brought to our attention the fact that when we sin we are punishing Jesus just as he was punished when he was crucified.

Justin Rogers invited all to participate in a Crowd Source funding to support Missionaries in the Philippines.

Debbie Serr announced that we had 41 children on our Angel Tree. Please bring Angel Tree presents to the church by Friday, December 20th.

We are looking forward to our Cantata Sunday evening December 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Our business Meeting was postponed to be Wednesday, following AWANA on December 18.

Our Christmas Schedule, will be Tuesday night, December 24, 6:00 p.m. –Christmas Eve. There will be no evening Service on the day of Christmas.

Remember Staple Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of each month, bring something for the Pantry. For more information check with Kenny and Bobbie Bower.

For more information go to www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com. And tune in at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on FM100.9 KURM Radio Station for a message from Dr. Crawford.

We invite you to join us on East 5th Street, behind U. S. Bank just off the Pineville Square.

Please do join us as we celebrate His birthday this Christmas  


SUNDAY - December 1, Year of our Lord 2013

Many were the praises that were offered that Thanksgiving dinner was a great success in that our dedicated workers provided dinner for more than 115. It was our sincere hope that no one in our County were hungry on that day.

We enjoyed a beautiful special by Christina Penn.

Dr. Larry Crawford brought the morning message from Genesis 24, a love story. Evidence was clear that God cared, He wanted that Isaac would have the right kind of wife. Dr. Crawford compared that love story to the one we have each experienced in that Abraham was compared to the Lord, Isaac to Christ and the servant to the Holy Spirit. Our Heavenly Father sent the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, righteousness and of judgment. We all, he assured us, are going to give an account. The Holy spirit comes in and uses Christ’s life and to inform us of our state. We can choose not to be saved but to go to Hell, it is a choice. He referred us to Ephesians 1:23 and assured us, once you’re saved, it is the job of the Holy Spirit to bring us back to Heaven when we wander. Once saved we are predestined to be more like Jesus. The love story of Isaac and Rebekah was a beautiful and inspiring story. We look forward to the next two evening services provided by Dr. Crawford guaranteed to improve our enjoyment of Christmas.

Many were on our Prayer List, those ill, those traveling, and gratitude for prayers answered.

We have a busy month ahead of us as we anticipate the Women’s Christmas Party Saturday night December 7. AWANA resumes this Wednesday, December 4; Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning December 7, the same day the Pineville Christmas Parade is at 5:00 p.m. – Our traditional pot luck following morning worship service on this Sunday, December 8, followed by our Business Meeting at 2:00 p.m.. The weekly Friday night Bible study and potluck will be December 13 and we look forward with great anticipation of our Christmas Cantata Sunday evening, December 15.

We would like to invite you to tune in Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. to KURM FM to hear Dr. Crawford with an uplifting and inspiring message. Go to www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com and be reminded we have bus service for those needing it. Call 417-223-1070, 501-454-2249, our church at 417-223-4433, or call 417-456-1862 for transportation.

Contact Debbie Wishon if you know of a boy, a girl, or a family in need at this Christmas season, regarding the ANGEL TREE.  


SUNDAY - September 08, Year of our Lord 2013

Many were the prayers for the Haggard family (funeral for Larry was Monday).

Prayers of thankfulness for the good news for Bob Corcoran, and many prayers for our church family, both those in need, anticipating and seeking help and for those prayers that were answered.

All are reminded there is No Wednesday Night Service due to the opening of AWANA and the Carnival Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

Our young preachers brought a message and we had a Business Meeting Sunday night.

Sunday Morning Message was one of great inspiration as Dr. Larry Crawford referred us to the Gospel of John, John 14, 11, 20 and 21. Message titled, “I Think I Found a Twin.” As he interpreted for us (John 20:24) “Now Thomas (called Didymus)” he who is sometimes called doubting Thomas, and named by D. L. Moody as Israli Missourian, the word Didymus is interpreted as “twin.” Asking if any among us this Sunday morning find ourselves uncertain, unstable, doubting, do we have problems for which we do not have an answer? Things that we don’t know what to do about? Besides what we worry about that we know there is also the fear of the unknown, are we overwhelmed, feel like quitting? We may be a twin of Thomas. – Thomas was disillusioned and filled with doubt. Do we, like Thomas, sometimes fear the future? Then we, as Christians should remember our God is still in charge, we need to remember to turn it over to the Lord . It is at times like this that we need our church and the people in it, we need to remember we can trust Him in any situation, He can handle it all.

ALL are looking forward to next Sunday –September 15 as we celebrate our church’s 125 anniversary. Everyone needs to remind every one else, our Worship Service will begin at 10:00 a.m. (come hear Preachers of our past) followed by Church Wide Potluck(old fashioned dishes) - bring a covered dish and join us at 12:Noon, At 2:00 p.m. we will enjoy a musical Concert, (Canaan Bound/Crawford 7 Company) and during the all day event we revert back to 1800’s. Old fashion costumes, games, singing, House of Bounce, dress up for the 1880’s, We hope you will join us as we celebrate 125 Years at First Baptist, East 5th Street, off the Pineville Town Square. If you need transportation, call 417-223-4433 or 223-1070/501-454-2249, or Charlie Brown at 417-456-1862. Do Join Us As We are striving ever to Speak The Truth in Love.  


SUNDAY - August 25, Year of our Lord 2013

Sunday was a very busy day at First Baptist Church. Dr. Larry Crawford brought the morning message from Ezekiel 8 as he talked about Chambers of Imagery. The Temple, the most sacred spot on earth, and a heartbroken people. He talked about what we see becomes a part of us and should be very special. What a generation does in moderation, the next generation will probably do in excess and the next generation will do it without a conscience. You can’t sew bad seed and expect everything to turn out OK. It is very important, therefore, for parents to keep their children in church. When we make a mistake, the fact that God forgives us does not mean that we do not have to answer for our sin, it effects our lives. Our hearts can be a chamber of imagery or it can be an upper room. He cautioned that we need to monitor time spend at our computer, on Facebook, time spent on the telephone, compare it to time spent reading the word of God. He referred to Matthew 15:8 and assured us that what is in our heart will come out of our mouths and we need to remember that. He talked about unforgiveness, the most un-Christ like thing. Don’t let anyone or anything interfere with your fellowship with Christ, don’t get ahead of God, don’t give up your private time with God.

We enjoyed a beautiful rendition of “I’ll Fly Away” by our choir.

We enjoyed a great baby shower for Cindy and David Groves (Cars for Karson) and look forward to this Wednesday through Saturday when we will visit with the community as we offer ice water and literature at the Jesse James Days on the square in Pineville (No Wednesday night service since we look forward to Gospel Singing Wednesday night on the square)

September is going to be a very busy month, beginning with Thursday Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. our teachers and workers dinner “Reaching Kids.” Do let Jessica or Debbie know that you plan to be there.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be Saturday, September 7.

And we are busy getting ready for AWANA to begin Wednesday September 11 with the AWANA Carnival.

We can be reached at 417-223-4433.

Be sure to hear Dr. Crawford Sunday morning at 8:30 on KURM FM 100.5.



SUNDAY - August 11, Year of our Lord 2013

Sunday morning’s message was brought to us, by Dustin Crawford.

His message, “It’s worth the trouble to trouble the Master.” Was from Mark 5:35. The world, he assured us, is pushing Jesus out. According to the world, in order to make it in the world, you need good looks, talent, money, power. But really, all you need is faith. He talked about doubting Thomas who needed to see Jesus’ scars in order to believe. We don’t need to be ashamed, he told us, to show our scars. He gave us reasons why we should trouble the Master. When you walk with God it is a life style, the way that you live. People should be able to see God in us. Where circumstances changed for Jairus in Mark, our circumstances too will change when we make the decision to be saved. He referred to Matthew 13:58 and encouraged us to keep troubling the Master. What is it, he asked, in your life that you need to trouble the Master? Come, he encouraged, trouble the Master, it will be worth it. We were instructed and inspired by this 24-year old Preacher.

Following our traditional potluck, we enjoyed messages from our three new preachers as James Story talked about Holiness, Ephesians 4:17 and Tyler Noel talked about the fact that He lives in us once we are saved from Romans 8:30 and Chris Thacker shared with us the fact, as he assured us, He is coming quickly, Revelation 22:6. We were many times blessed by these 4 young preachers.

Also we were blessed by the return of Mary Pope, following her surgery.

All are reminded that we are in preparation of celebrating the 125th anniversary of our church. This celebration is just one month away. Anyone with old pictures or memorabilia relating to the past 125 years of our church please contact Janelle Rogers, a meeting following next Sunday’s morning worship service will be held ( all are invited to join) with the Long Range Planning Committee, see Dennis Pope or Janelle.

Remember to sign up for our booth at Jesse James Days on the Square, to be August 28-31.

Our Friday Night Potluck and Bible Study will commence again 6:00 p.m.

All are invited. AWANA Carnival will be Wednesday September 11.

And remember Dr. Larry Crawford broadcasts on KURM, FM 100.5 at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

We hope you will join us on East 5th Street, just off the N/E corner of the square in Pineville.  


SUNDAY - August 04, Year of our Lord 2013

Our choir brought a beautiful rendition of “Just Over in Glory Land” and we had so much to celebrate Sunday.

We celebrated the arrival of little Joshua Haggard and little Lilliean Rose Bower, their very first time in our Church as well as new members Eliana, Belynn, Julian and Jazlynn, as we celebrate with Ryan and Amanda Crawford.

We were happy to have Staci Thacker back from her travels.

Dr. Crawford introduced Billy Massey from the Baptist Children’s Home. Pastor Massey shared with us the fact the Children’s Home 7000 strong owners includes our Church. They were an orphanage, needed help – only 500 beds to accommodate the children. The retired Marine has been a Baptist Preacher for 23 years and shared with us Revelation 20:11-15. People, he reported, aren’t studying their Bibles and aren’t listening when God speaks. He referred us to Romans 6:23, the need of a Spiritual birth. We all have sinned, he assured us, and come short of the Glory of God. Everyone was given the opportunity to share in supporting Baptist Children’s Home as an individual.

Added at this time to our Prayer Requests were David Groves, Jodi Hartman, Miss Charlotte, Jim and John Rogers, Laura Mullin and all those who have breathing problems.

Looking forward to the coming week, there is no Friday night potluck this week, but we will be joining together the next three Fridays.

Sunday, August 11 will be our traditional potluck following morning Worship, and the Long Range Planning Committee will meet just prior to our young men’s prayer service, followed by our monthly business Meeting at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday August 13 WMU were to meet at 1:30 in the Fellowship Hall.

Saturday August 17 will be Men’s Outing.

Saturday August 24 our Youth Activity (Roller Skating).

Sunday August 25, Baby Shower for Cindy and David Groves (CARS for Karson).

Remember to sign up for the First Baptist Church Booth during Jesse James Days on the Square.

Wednesday August 28-August 31. Be sure to invite all the children in your family and in your neighborhood to VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - August 5-August 9, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Don’t forget Sunday morning, 8:30 a.m. go to FM 100.5 to hear Dr. Crawford’s every inspirational message delivered with truth and love.  


SUNDAY - July 28, Year of our Lord 2013

Dr. Crawford’s message Sunday morning was THE GREAT EXCHANGE, taken from Isaiah 61 and from the book of Luke. As the first text in the first sermon of Jesus’. Thank God, he assured us that our God is a God of wrath but also a God of mercy. He reported sadly that a lot of people in the world and several in our church have a broken heart. The good news is the world takes all abuses and discord and then our Jesus will take this brokenness and put us back together better than we ever were. A lot of people complain, “Is This All There Is?” Is it any wonder the world is filled with people who feel they are broken? Jesus came and made us justified, as if we had never sinned. What better news is there than that someone will love us every day of our life? Even when it seems no one cares. He spoke of The Spirit of The Lord, as proclaimed liberty to the captives and A Life Going No Where, held captive by drugs and other addictions. Addictions to the bottle , money, power? He assured us that many people try to fill an empty spot in their lives with love, sex, drugs, money, power, possessions. But Jesus is the only thing to fit that spot. See John 8, as we are promised that “We Shall Be Free Indeed” He talked about people who don’t want to be a Christian because it’s their opinion that the Christian life is full of don’ts. We heard that the Christian life is not full of don’ts but rather Dos. It was good to be reminded that saved people don’t have to go through the tribulation period. From the book of Isaiah we heard (1) Garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, …Asked was, what burdened you last night? He will give us the oil of a joy for mourning and a crown if we will give him our ashes. Once you have been forgiven there is no such thing as skeletons in your closet. You will give up your past. You can, if you choose to, rehearse your past (for example in therapy) you can nurse it and it will define you. Thank God that you can reverse your past. Good or bad, what happened to you was allowed, it was not an accident, But all should remember, once you are forgiven, He is perfect at making your ashes into crowns.

All are reminded that we are preparing for our 125th anniversary as a church, if you have pictures, letters articles, please get with Janelle Rogers to make good use of them.

All are reminded to check the updated Directories, this is your last chance to make corrections before H. Anders goes to press with them.

Friday night our Bible Study with Pot Luck begins again, August 2, studying Isaiah Chapters 51 and 52.

Saturday morning, August 3, Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 8:00 a.m., Harold Anders and sons will chef.

Please mark your calendar and alert your children VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL BEGINS MONDAY, August 5-Friday, August 9 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. See Bro. Ryan if you have questions.  


SUNDAY - July 21, Year of our Lord 2013

The Congregation at First Baptist celebrated the return of the Shepherd, Dr., Larry Crawford, a homecoming from the Philippines, with James Story. It was good to have our Preacher back with us and hear a report of 700 people attending his services last week and 15 having given their hearts to the Lord.

Dr. Crawford’s message was “Is Your Home on the Rock or is your Home on the Rocks?” From Luke 6 he shared that everyone needs a home for the future, a residence. Everyone is going to spend eternity in one of two places. He talked about preparation for either heaven for all eternity or not. Everyone, he assured us, has to have a home for their faith. A church, a future for your faith. It is important that when you are true and right, not to be wishy washy. You need a home for your future (a residence) and a home for your faith, a home for your family. There are a lot of things that the acid test is not. He referred to Ephesians 5 and 1st Timothy 5 – Genesis 18 and Proverbs 31. Relating to all present he assured us that the Bible doesn’t tell husbands to respect their wives, but to love them as themselves. Children are to obey their parents in the Lord. He talked about the danger of getting to a place in our lives where our prayers are hindered. Husbands, wives, children, were all cautioned that they study and learn what the Bible instructs for them. The evening service was about God’s timing, What to Do About the Maybes? And we were all assured that whatever problems we have, just give them to Him. He can handle it and a whole lot better than we can. The Great I Am. If you want your bucket filled, put it where the spigot is. There was no doubt that our shepherd was home and we were glad of it.

Next Sunday Dr. Crawford promised to share their Missionary trip and no one will want to miss it.

We enjoyed a special musicale from Amanda, Ryan, and Christine, “Do You Know How It Feels when You’re a Child Of The King.” Leaving no doubts that that is who we all want to be.

We are reminded that there is no Friday night pot luck Bible Study this week, it will resume August 2.

Everyone is reminded to invite all the children in their family, their neighborhood, their acquaintance of VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL TO BEGIN August 5-9, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

All are invited to join us Sunday morning, Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Worship service at 11:00 a.m. and Evening Worship at 6:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, our children’s Wacky Wednesday is at 7:00 p.m. as is our Bible Study.

On Sunday Morning do catch Dr. Crawford at 8:30 a.m. on FM Radio 100.5 – KURM.

We are located in Pineville, just off the N/E corner of the square on East 5th Street, We would love to have you join us as we learn from the Word, concerns and questions are answered, and how to surely find peace and love.  


SUNDAY - July 14, Year of our Lord 2013

Many prayers went up for Dr. Crawford and Preacher James Story now in the Philippines, to be returning this week and also prayers for the blessing of having our Associate Pastor Ryan Crawford who brought the morning’s message.

His message was from Luke 7:36-50 “Ive Been Forgiven.” He shared with us what God expects of us once we are saved. He emphasized why we should love Jesus once we’ve been forgiven. He talked about the difference between one who only professes to be a Christian and the real thing. He shared with us the insolvent debtors (vs 40), the fact that He frankly forgave them both (Verse 42) the incredible deliverance, the Instinctive Devotion (when you realize you’ve been forgiven) and shared with us, Verse 44, the power that He has, Because He saves, He forgives and we ought to love Him for this.

We enjoyed special presentations by our wonderful FB Choir, and from Dennis Pope and Steve Hartman and celebrated with little Olivia Henson as she was Baptized.

We are looking forward to our Vacation Bible School to be August 5-August 9, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This Friday night Bible Study will cover Isaiah Chapters 49 and 50 and the theme will be En Donde Esta Isaiah? Do join us, a good time to get some answers to questions that might have been bothering you.

We hope you will join us on East 5th Street just off the N/E corner of Pineville Square.

We have Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., morning worship at 11, and evening worship at 6 p.m.

Children’s Wacky Wednesday is 7:00 p.m. and Bible Study is at 7:00 p.m.

Check out Dr. Larry Crawford Sunday morning at 8:30, on FM radio 101.5 KURM.

All are invited at 2:00 p.m. to the McDonald County Historical Museum on the square in Pineville following this morning’s Worship Service 2:00 p.m. as we tour the museum –guided by the Display team, Lynn Tatum, Sam Morgan, Jane Lant and Pat Chapman. See Alberta if you have a question.

First Baptist offers Nursery, during Worship Service, for 4 years and under, JR Church for 5 years to 3rd Grade, we have hearing assistance and Transportation is available.

Call 417-223-4433. Our Deacons are Jim Rogers 628-3971, Roger Crosswhite 435-2581, Jack Williams 223 7458 and Steve Hartman 223 7145 and Charlie Thacker 456-1862.

If you are alone, if you are lonely, if you need a friend, do join us at East 5th Street in Pineville.  


SUNDAY - July 07, Year of our Lord 2013

Dr. Crawford’s message Sunday morning was from Mark 6:52 as he shared with us the danger of having a hard heart and forgetting to be grateful for and appreciating all our Savior has done for us. He talked about what leads one to have a hardened heart. We need to keep ourselves accountable, he assured us and referred us to Mark 6: 7, - 30. He cautioned against getting too busy to be accountable, there are natural demands, expectations, and we get in a rush. Unfortunately we will find that we don’t have time for God. When we get too busy we run the risk of getting a hard heart which leads to a bad attitude and actions. When we are too tired, whether physically or emotionally, sometimes we major on what we don’t have instead of all the blessings that we do have. We need to remember to be sure God is in control because when we take control, God will walk on by and let us have our head. He cautioned that we should make time for rest and remember to put God first.

Following a great sharing of potluck, we enjoyed messages from our three “home grown preachers” and were renewed and inspired by their dedication and their messages.

Much of our church family are being held in prayer, we added Mary Pope and Debbie Wishon, as well as Russell Wishon and all of his family.

Following was a very productive business meeting.

WMU meets Tuesday July 9.

Friday Night Bible Study will continue with Isaiah 40-48, and a potluck “to the end of the Rainbow.”

All are encouraged to contact Ryan Crawford if you plan to help with VBS August 8-9, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Choir Practice is Wednesday 6:15 p.m., WACKY WEDNESDAY at 7:00 p.m. and Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Do join us for Morning Worship Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and Evening Worship at 6:00 p.m.

Check out our broadcast Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. on KURM 100.5  


SUNDAY - June 23, Year of our Lord 2013

Dr. Crawford’s message Sunday morning was, “The Battle Is the Lord’s”, from 1 Samuel 17. It is, he assured us, a familiar Sunday School Lesson, the story of David and Goliath. He gave us a different spin as he described the Giant as 9’9” tall and David, as a good type of Christian, listened to The Lord. Do we, he challenged, listen to the Holy Spirit when we find we have turned on an unacceptable television program, when we realize, when we attend a movie show that it is not the Lord’s Will that we watch it.? The World, he assured us, is going to try to throw in something not acceptable for an avowed Christian. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. David, in spite of the fact he was being ridiculed by everyone, made quick work of that ‘champion.’ David’s was a great victory, as Dr. Crawford compared his victory to the fact that Jesus was sent by our Father. John 6:38. As Jesse sent David to check on his brothers, he did as he was instructed. It was the will of the father. See Matthew 21:33, 45. Many were sent to this world to save it but when it didn’t happen The Father sent His Son. Matthew 15:24. Like David, (John 1:11. ) Jesus was sent. Dr. Crawford reminded us that God gave Adam dominion over the world and asked, “What does it mean to have dominion over?” God gave Adam the responsibility (dominion) over all inhabiting the world. When Adam fell, he forfeited that dominion. Sin entered the world Romans 5:12-19. Adam did die spiritually and death, for the first time passed on to all of us. Jesus came and bought what Adam had lost for us. Mankind succumbed to the inevitability. He referred us to the two most powerful verses in the Bible: John 10:17 and 18…No man taketh from me…..: Dr. Crawford assured us that Jesus is our friend, the friend of publicans and sinners and asked how many of us are His friend. What are YOU doing for HIM? Satan then ruled until Jesus came, read the end of the book, he challenged, and we will see that we win! We are supposed to be standing in victory, You are a child of the King and need to act like it. He closed with the Devil can have no more victory in your life than what you allow.

We are reminded that this Friday night June 28 Bible Study with Isaiah Chapters 36-40 and the pot luck theme is “Taking Isaiah on a Float Trip.”

Remember Angel and Michael Anders’ baby shower at noon on Saturday at Fellowship Hall. We are so proud to have all the new births in our church family.

Saturday July 6 at 2:30 p.m. we will celebrate Joshua Haggard’s arrival in the Life Center, hosted by Amanda M, Bobbi, Debbra and Stacey.

Our Vacation Bible School is going to be August 5 to August 9, 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., we invite all the children to join us, more information coming later.

We invite everyone to join us for morning worship, Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m., Pineville’s First Baptist Church is just off the N/E corner of the square on East 5th Street. Go to www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com/Sermons.html for Dr . Crawford's Sunday morning message and remember him at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on FM 100.5. Join us on Wednesday children enjoy Wacky Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at which time we also have Bible Study.

Need a friend? Feeling lonesome? Depressed? Our church family will welcome you.



SUNDAY - June 16, Year of our Lord 2013

Many were the prayers offered for our Church Family, for our prayer list, for our Pastor, Dr. Larry Crawford and Terry.

We were blessed to have Ryan Crawford, Associate Pastor to bring us the morning’s message from Mark 10: 46-52 as he talked about when “Something Stopped Jesus In His Tracks.” While our Savior tracks Seven Billion people in this world, we are reminded that he is willing to stop for us. He does what fathers are supposed to do, what our Heavenly Father does for us. Jesus stood still as the blind beggar cried, “Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me.” He cried out and was not ashamed and Jesus stood still. We, Pastor Ryan assured us, frequently focus on what we don’t have, and the blind man focused on what he could hear. People all around Jesus, making themselves heard and yet Jesus heard the blind man’s plea. You can know all about Jesus and not know Jesus. We don’t, he assured us, know for certain that we will be alive tomorrow, we don’t know about tomorrow, we can be sensitive, sincere, somber, we can have critics on the side line – and even so, we should be like the blind man, even with many charging him that he should hold his peace, he made the choice to call to Jesus and then to follow Him. Our Savior cares and he will hear us.

We are reminded that this Wednesday there is no Wacky Wednesday and no Choir Practice as our WW leader and Choir Leader is at Kids Camp, June 17-21.

We enjoyed a celebration of Fathers for Father’s Day, and a very productive Business Meeting in the evening.

This Friday we will continue our traditional 6:00p.m. pot luck and Bible Study as we ”enjoy Italian cuisine” , and study Isaiah Chapters 28-35.

Saturday July 6 we are reminded that in the Life Center we will welcome Joshua James, a baby shower for Eva Haggard, hosted by Debbie Wishon.

Ladies are planning a lady’s night out, check with Debbie.

We had a lovely rendition of ‘I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.” From our Choir.

In addition to others, in addition to our Shepherd and in addition to all on our prayer request insert, we are keeping Roger Crosswhite and Leora Armstrong in our prayers, as well as Betty Serr’s son “David” and Bobbi Bowers.

Do you have a church family who cares for you? If not, we would like to invite you to join us on East 5th Street, just off the square in Pineville. Go to www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com/Sermons.html

And, for further inspiration, on Sunday morning at 8:30 tune in to KURM FM 100.5 to hear Dr. Crawford’s message.  


SUNDAY - August 19, Year of our Lord 2012

Please go to:


for the message from Sunday morning.

We enjoyed a great special from the Choir “I Know My God Can Do It.”

Prayers were offered for many of our Church Family, some that were added to our Prayer Requests were Shirley and Arnold Landers, Debbie Wishon, Steve Hartman’s family. God knows and He is listening to all our prayers. Many were the blessings for which we are thankful.

We enjoyed the Lord’s Supper in the evening and the many personal testimonies.

Wednesday through Saturday volunteers will offer cold drinks at Jesse James Days on the square in Pineville, you will want to stop by and visit.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be Saturday, September 1.

Our AWANA and Sunday School Workers dinner meeting will be 6:30 p.m on Thursday September 6.

Our Church Picnic will be September 8, we have a sign up list in the foyer allowing you to indicate what you would like to bring.

See Bobbi Bower if you have questions regarding our food pantry, updates will be posted in the bulletin.

We were grateful for the rain in answer to our prayers.

We look forward to AWANA beginning again in September.

Are you feeling alone? Depressed? Are you suffering and looking for some answers? Dr. Larry Crawford will be providing a new Sunday morning class addressing man’s problems and God’s answers.

You are invited to join us, 9:45 a.m. on East 5th Street, just off the N/E corner of the square in Pineville. Come check us out, come find some answers.

We have Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m., Discipleship class 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and Evening Worship at 6:00 p.m. Friday night we have Fellowship and Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall.  


SUNDAY - January 22, Year of our Lord 2012

Together our Church Family asked for healing for Dr. Larry Crawford who was ill.

Assistant Pastor Ryan Crawford brought an inspirational message from 1 Kings 18 as he assured us that we can go away from God but God never leaves us. We ought to leave church on Sunday morning, better than we were when we came in. He talked about Making Up Our Mind as we choose God. In choosing there are 3 things to consider, (a) sometimes it requires a willingness to stand alone, when we choose God He will be there, on our side for Christians. We may need to stand against criticism and circumstances - II Timothy 4:17; (b) We need to have a worship that serves authentic, real and genuine, II Chronicles 12:29 and (C) God desires a working that showcases. When you do something for Him, then, He shows up. He talked about real Christianity as aposed to false Christianity.

We shared in testimonies of faith with Brittany, Tyler, and Russell (Rusty) Wishon as they were baptized.

All were invited to share in viewing the movie “Courageous” Sunday evening and our Youth Committee held a meeting.

The “Family Matters” will commence next week and we are looking forward to the Good News Bees Old Fashioned Radio Show next Sunday – January 29 at 6:00 p.m.

AWANA continues to meet on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – with all invited to join us at Friday Night's Bible Study at 6:00 p.m.

Prayers were offered for many who are suffering sickness – our church family and others that we are praying for. We were thankful, also, for the many blessings we have received, and look forward to more healing and comfort.  


SUNDAY - January 01, Year of our Lord 2012

Dr. Larry Crawford challenged all to pray that ‘This year I am going to live for You, because You died for me. Even if it is not popular, I want to be closer to You, I want to believe, help my unbelief.”

The morning message on this first day of the year was taken from Matthew 27. He assured us that we have behind us 8,760 hours and some have had difficult times but there was never a moment that God didn’t know what we were going through. We have today, before us, 8,784 hours that we will need to account for. Sometimes the difficult times are because God is trying to get us back under His wings. We were reminded that when there is contention it is because of pride, that we will reap what we harvest. He mentioned Face Book and suggested that some need to get their face out of Face Book and get their face back in The Book. Some things, he assured us, are going to happen in 2012 and we are going to need to remember to believe, Referring to Mark 9, 22 – 24 All were to write, to remember the words: “Make Me Believe” and anything less than ‘make me believe’ is just Make Belief and playing at church.

There will be times when it seems everyone around us has gone crazy – you can expect to be shocked in 2012, but it will not shock God. All the disasters in the world in the past year would cause one to think things cannot get any worse but that is wrong. Some, he cautioned, will not be here all this new year – we need to remember that, and it is for this, it is important that all remember the prayer: “This year I am going to live for You.”

All are reminded that AWANA begins again this Wednesday 6:30 p.m. and Men’s prayer breakfast will be at 8:00 a.m. Saturday.

This Sunday we will share our traditional Potluck, all are invited to join us.

Please refer to: www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com/Sermons.html for details and to hear Sunday’s Sermon, as well as our Christmas Cantata.  


SUNDAY - December 25, Year of our Lord 2011

We celebrated the birth of Christ with a full house.

The Children’s Choir brought a moving rendition of “Little Drummer Boy”, thank you Erika.

A beautiful special by Ryan and Amanda Crawford was presented, and Jim and Janelle Roger’s grand daughter, Brienna, brought a very special, “Mary Did You Know?”

Dr. Crawford’s message concluded the life of Christ on earth, taken from Matthew 2 and Mark 15. We were reminded that the star led to Jerusalem and then Bethlehem, that when the wise men (do you believe you know how many there were?) arrived Jesus was about 2 years old at which time he was no longer in a stable, but in a house and the story continued, as we learned about Christ from the Cradle to the Cross. We were reminded that He who is eternal became temporary just for us. He became weak and tired and lonely and weary so that He would know what we go through and have to face. He was born to die so that He could become our savior, Mark 2:3 and 34.

He did not come to bring peace on earth but a sword. He suffered when he could have called 70 legion of angels at his disposal. We were transported to 3 hours of darkness as sin itself was defeated. We were encouraged that He will return as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. What will matter then is that our name is written in the Lambs Book of Life. Services were concluded as Trenton Owen was Baptized to a new life a good way to celebrate Christmas 2011.

All are reminded AWANA will commence Wednesday January 4 – Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday January 7 – WMU will meet January 11 and you will not want to miss the Good News Bees (Children’s choir) with their “Old Fashioned Radio Show” to be January 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Our New Year message on January 1 we will hear about the Resurrection. You won’t want to miss it.  


SUNDAY - December 11, Year of our Lord 2011

Dr. Larry Crawford’s message Sunday morning was from Mark 10:32 and Mark 14:55-65, as he continued with the life of Jesus on earth as our Savior offered up his soul and next his body.

He shared with us a pre Christmas, from the cradle to the cross.

He asked us to use our imagination and think about what took place during the awesome hours of 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. – and encouraged every one to make it personal, not to just go along with what people think. (next week he will take us point by point what they did to Jesus).

You are encouraged to realize that He did this just for you, even if you were the only sinner.

As Jesus was spit upon, we were made to realize just what that indicated. We were referred to Deuteronomy 25:9 and Numbers 12:14 and asked, are you willing to be humiliated.

Are you proud to be a Christian?

Reference to Job 30:10 and reminded that when we feel like we’re unloveable, Jesus can reach us. When you feel like it’s all your fault, that no one cares, we were reminded that we can’t go so far, if we want to come back, when you have sinned, you have to be ashamed and then we must remember that there is room at the alter and Jesus does care.

We were happy that our church float received first place in Saturday’s parade and thank you to all who helped make it a success.

We had a productive business meeting and all enjoyed the potluck following morning services.

We look forward to rehearsal for the Christmas Cantata Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, December 17th to be at 5:00 p.m.

Our Cantata will be Sunday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m. and all are invited to join us.

On Christmas Day we will have one church service at 10:00 a.m.

There will be no AWANA on December 21 or December 28.


SUNDAY - December 04, Year of our Lord 2011

It was a moving Baptism as Abbey, who had waited for her father, Ben Baxter, to return from Afghanastan, was Baptized Sunday morning.

The Church family was of one accord as they received Dr. Larry Crawford’s message “Following Afar Off” from Matthew 26. He shared with us the dedication of Peter and John – in the last days of Christ’s time here on earth, following the Passover and after the Lord’s Supper, on their way to Gethsemane , during the 3rd watch of the night, (midnight to 3 am) . How does one go, Preacher asked, from being a determined, dedicated Christian to denying Christ three times? We were all warned that the devil is not our friend and to beware. Every one was assured that Jesus Christ will satisfy and that liquor, drugs and sex will never be enough. We are always going to come to a place where our feelings get hurt, something comes between you and God. When you follow afar off, you find yourself in the wrong company, you’ll find yourself with the wrong compromises, the wrong conduct. . We don’t need to follow afar off as where ever we are, He will forgive. He referred us to Matthew 27-75 John, he told us, led with his heart, Peter with his head and it is important that, as Christians, we keep our hearts tender and remember to stay close to Him.

All were reminded of the Pineville Christmas Parade Saturday, help is needed building the float (see Melissa, Andrea or Erica) and there is special choir practice and pageant rehearsal Monday at 5:00 p.m. and December 17 at 5:00 p.m. Sunday 5:00 p.m.

Friday evening Prayer Study and Sunday night Bible Study are discontinued until after Christmas.

Women’s 2nd Annual Christmas Party will be this Thursday – December 8 at 6:30 p.m. AWANA continues this Wednesday at 6:30 pm .  


SUNDAY - November 20, Year of our Lord 2011

Dr. Larry Crawford’s message Sunday was from John 13:1-20, as he shared with us that we will all have to give an account. His message was “Big Heads and Dirty Feet," as he continued with the life of Christ and happenings, just a few hours before Gesthemane and the Lord’s Supper. As Jesus washed the feet (the dirty feet) of the Apostles following their earlier discussion as to who of them was the best (big heads – Luke 22: 24).Jesus taught that the best way we can serve Him is to serve the church. You and I, he said, should be willing to serve. “the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves…” What, he asked, did Jesus want to leave with the Apostles? (1) the Holy Spirit and all it would entail, see Chapters 14, 15 and 16, and (2) That He loved them until the end. That there was no end, That Jesus’ love never stopped.

We shared the joy with Marisa as she received her Baptism certificate and Bible.

We enjoyed a special by Erica Razey and all were reminded that Wednesday (the night before Thanksgiving) there will be no AWANA and we will celebrate The Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m.

All are reminded there will be a special choir practice November 28 and December 5 and the morning’s service closed with a reminder that Jesus knew that His hour had come, there is nothing in your life that will be a surprise to God, and the importance of being a servant and putting others first.

When you go out in to the world, life is not easy but remember that Christ still loves you and will take you just as you are, that He never changes.

We look forward to your joining us on East 5th Street, just off the n/e corner of the square in Pineville.

AWANA will resume November 30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.  


SUNDAY - November 13, Year of our Lord 2011

We enjoyed inspirational songs from Rick Armstrong that was a blessing to all.

Dr. Larry Crawford thanked the congregation for last week’s expressions of appreciation and shared in our honoring our Assistant Pastor, Ryan Crawford, with Amanda for all they do. Appreciation was expressed for our Military and all were reminded they should not take them for granted.

Dr. Larry Crawford referred us to the Gospel of John 15:17 and assured us that if we can practice just this one commandment it epitomizes a Christian life and encompasses Christmas, Easter and Veterans Day. He talked about commitment as he shared with us the soldier who was willing to give all, and asked “To what are you committed?” What cause will you risk your life for? We are supposed to be a Christian band of brothers, who knows what our world would be today if veterans hadn’t stood up. What are you willing to do for your future? He assured us that we, as Christians, are supposed to be willing to sacrifice. What price are you willing to pay to maintain your spiritual freedom? Remember who He counted as friends, Jesus was a friend of sinners and this man who died on the cross, today, is alive and well.

We celebrated with Abbey Baxter as she testified to a new life and were witness to “Marisa’s” baptism.

We enjoyed a well attended Thanksgiving potluck and look forward to our Business meeting to be next Sunday.

If you do not have a permanent church home, join us on East 5th Street, Pineville, MO. We look forward to sharing God’s word with you.

Please NOTE there will be No AWANA on November 23.  


SUNDAY - November 06, Year of our Lord 2011

Prayers were offered that Dr. Larry Crawford will soon recover his preaching voice at the same time we were grateful to have Associate Pastor, Ryan Crawford to fill in.

Many expressions of appreciation were offered to Dr. Larry Crawford and Mrs. Preacher, Terry.

Pastor Ryan Crawford brought the morning’s message from II Timothy 1 and asked, “What Stirs You Up?” Everyone, he reminded us, has a gift and surely everyone gets stirred up at something. With the received gifts we have, we need to do something about it. We ought to be stirred up about things of God. He brought an object lesson that all will remember as he showed us what happens when something we enjoy stirs us up. Christians, he cautioned us, need to be stirred up about our Salvation, about the Scripture, that we have the ability to help sinners and about the sound we are going to hear when the Lord returns. He referred us to 1 Thessalonians 4 and assured us that all that lasts is what is done for Christ.

We delighted with Dee Collins who testified to a new life as a Christian and with Dakota Serr at his Baptism.

All are reminded that WMU will meet Wednesday at 12:30 in the Fellowship Hall.

We look forward to next Sunday at which time we will celebrate Thanksgiving with a potluck. All are encouraged to bring side dishes and dessert – the day to conclude with a Business Meeting.

It was reported there was a great Men’s Breakfast on Saturday.God bless our men who stand in the gap.

All were gifted with a special by our Choir, as they brought a great rendition of, "Sweet Beulah Land."

We would like to invite all to join us on East 5th Street (just east of U. S. Bank) in Pineville. See our church schedule of days and time on our church website front page at:


SUNDAY - October 30, Year of our Lord 2011

Friend’s Day was all we could hope for and more. So many brothers and sisters in The Lord, and so many friends!

Dr. Larry Crawford’s message was from Mark 14 as he continued with the life of Christ, continuing with Tuesday evening, the day of Passover, the day Christ was Crucified. He brought us an inspired message “From Goshen to Golgotha”. It was a day of Independence and New Year’s Day. He referred us to Exodus 12 and assured us that every one has to be a lamb (Hebrews 10:31) the only way we can go to Heaven. Unfortunately, a lot of people will choose not to accept this gift because they are afraid of what people think. We’re all going to experience the death angel who will come to all and at that time we will stand before God. It will not be whether or not our ancestors were Christians, not whether we are Baptists or not. No one goes to heaven just because they believe, but there is a difference in being a professor or a possessor, he challenged all to think about judgment and salvation.

Two professed to a changed life and we will be baptizing Dakota and Marisa.

All were reminded of the Bible study in Fellowship Hall 6:00 p.m. every Friday night.

Men’s prayer breakfast this Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.

AWANA to be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, followed by 7:00 p.m. evening Services.

All were invited to join us Sunday morning – Sunday School at 9:45, Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Bibles were awarded to those inviting the most friends, Our champion and still champion, Steve Hartman, and Barbara Christerson, were adult winners. Chris Thacker and Kenyon Bowers were awarded Winner’s Bibles. We had a wonderful special from Miss Erica Razey’s "Good News Bees." Please follow all their comings and goings on their page at Facebook.

We invite all to join us on East 5th Street in Pineville, just off the square.  


SUNDAY - October 23, Year of our Lord 2011

The Congregation joined at the Alter in prayer for Sam Story who suffered a serious in-home accident. We are in one accord as he remains on our hearts.

Dr. Larry Crawford’s message Sunday morning was taken from Matthew 21:23 as he continued with Christ’s last days on earth. What, he asked, do you do with your light?. As Christ, so aware that His were the last hours on earth, what did He do with his light? As Christians, as we are aware when we have sinned and don’t like it, and as we worry about what people might think. Are we professors but not possessers? He referred to John 5:35 and John 3:18. He assured us that we can walk in the light, we can ask for forgiveness and He forgives us. The closer we get to God, he told us, the less we think of ourselves. It is natural when one is walking in the light the slower one is to judge others.

As we learned of Sam Story’s accident much was given to this beloved man and all agreed that Sam’s greatest desire was that he would want people to come to Christ.

Dr. Crawford referred us to Hebrews 11:27 and Psalms 27:13. Life is Life, he told us and even as Christians, we will not be free of trauma. It is important that we believe that God knows exactly where we’re at and we need to believe and hold on to it. That, he told us, is what a church does, we help each other and pray for one another.

We look forward to Friend Day October 30, at which time there will be an early Service at 8:45 and a regular service at 11:00 a.m. – all are invited to join us on East 5th Street in Pineville, just behind U. S. Bank  


SUNDAY - October 09, Year of our Lord 2011

No AWANA on Wednesday October 19. No vans will run that Wednesday, but all are invited to special service (Shoal Creek Baptist Assn.) as we – Region 5, will host (7:00 p.m.) for associate churches with Rev. Ron Crow as the Guest Missionary.

The following week, October 26, will be Bible Character Night as all children are encouraged to dress as Bible Character, awards for the best costumes. Be sure to check the foyer for the latest updates to the directory.

We enjoyed a lovely special from Erica Razey and family (Erik, Heavenly and Ryder) and look forward to their next appearance.

Dr. Larry Crawford’s message continues with the life of Christ, as reported in John 12, Luke 19, Matthew 21 and Zechariah 9 and from Mark 11, “A place where Two Ways Met.” The crossroads. He brought an intriguing message as he talked about getting on a colt never ridden without rodeo and a far greater miracle. After 500 years a direct fulfillment of Scriptures. Proving that God always keeps His word and God had and has everything under complete control, no matter what’s going on in your life as he referred to Psalms 103:19. As the ass was obstinate, unpredictable, stubborn, and, like the ass, we’ve got to be redeemed, released and, as we are brought to Jesus to be ruled. He talked about corruptible things and that we need to read our Bible every day and faithfully come to church regularly. We were assured that it is important that those with whom we go to school and those we work with be able to identify by the way we live our lives that we are Christian.

We had many on our prayer list and much to celebrate as prayers were answered.

Do join us on East 5th Street in Pineville – just off the N/E corner of the square, check
for Dr. Crawford's complete message, and other pertinent information.  


SUNDAY - October 02, Year of our Lord 2011

Dr. Larry Crawford continued with the last days of Jesus on earth, from Matthew 26, Mark 14 and John 12, he brought us to the 6 days before Passover.

He referred to “The First Baptist Church of Bethany” and introduced us to Martha, the worker, Mary, the worshiper, Judas, who was a waste, Disciples who were wishy washy and Lazarus who was a witness. He challenged us to look at ourselves. It was a challenge as he reminded us that the greatest are those who serve and that many at First Baptist quietly serve behind the scenes. We are all supposed to be servants in our church because we do it for Jesus. Don’t waste God’s time telling Him what we can’t do. What do we do to serve? There is no age requirement to serve Him. Be a Martha and stop seeking a position but, instead, seek to serve God. Our worshipping ought to be outside the Church as well as inside. We need to be the best we can do and give it to God. He showed us a time when some wanted to be a Christian, but not too Christian and he reminded our youth and all that people should recognize we are Christians by the way we live our lives.

It was good to be with the family of God in His church. All were reminded of Committee meetings as much as being accomplished.

Friday night at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall all are invited to join as we study the book of Daniel.

AWANA, this week 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday. Services to be at 7:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Remember Friend Day to be October 30 this year.

Join us on East 5th Street in Pineville, we look forward to meeting you and fellowshiping with you.  


SUNDAY - September 25, Year of our Lord 2011

Dr. Larry Crawford's message continued with the last 6 month's of Christ's life on earth from Luke 19 and Luke 5.

As Jesus is well aware, His time will soon be fulfilled on earth, He is moving toward Jericho. We were assured that when we find ourselves out on a limb, He will change the inside of our lives. If, after the Lord forgives our sins, we choose to carry the same burdens around, then that's our problem. All men are born with an empty spot that many attempt to fill with money, liqour, drugs, and other things but it can only adequately be filled with Christ, our Savior. It was a comfort when confirmed that He knows us by name, He knows every breath we take, and all that is going on in our lives. If we are lost He will take us just as we are.

We celebrated with Taylor Price who made her decision for Christ, soon to be Baptized, and also with 3 who were Baptized.

There were many added to our Prayer requests and many praises.

We shared with Charlotte Ketchum in the loss of her husband, Elmer Ketchum.

In the evening services we studied Acts 3,and learned that not everyone who makes a profession of faith is saved, not every believer is a Christian, but they should be.

It is our obligation as a Christian to help others, there is no space for lone rangers in God's kingdom.

We are enjoying AWANA on Wednesday evening {6:30 pm to 8 pm} and we are looking forward to October 30, Friend Day.

We invite all to join us on East 5th Street in Pineville.  


SUNDAY - September 18, Year of our Lord 2011

Check out our web page Brother Larry Sermons if you were unable to attend Sunday's service. You will have a special blessing as you enjoy a great mother and son duet by Erica & Erik-Michael Razey.

Dr. Larry Crawford's Message was a very special and important message as he continued with the final six months of our Lord's life on earth. "Who Is The Greatest?" OR "What's The Definition of Humility?" from Luke 22 Matthew 18, and Mark 9. He reminded us that humility is one character virtue that when you think you have it,you have lost it! he talked about the sin of pride and that obedience is built on framework of humility. He referred to Proverbs 22 and that "I" is the center piece of pride. Pride is the opposite of humility. He talked about the tragedy when one lays a stumbling block in the way of a new Christian . Who, he asked, is the most important in our church? His answer, The people who serve. If you want to be great, he assured us, then become a servant. When we become a church full of servants we will have a great church. His object lesson demonstrated the fact that we must come to Our Father as a child. It was a great message applicable to all.

Our AWANA is in full swing now, Church Van will pick up any child needing transportation, Wednesday, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Great special Bibles are going to be awarded to those bringing the most visitors on FRIENDS DAY, to be October 30.

Our evening service was from the last 6 verses of Acts 2 as we are reminded that as our church grows we need to remember the importance of keeping united, with growing pains it is important that everyone be in one accord, steadfast. Sometimes it is not easy. Fellowship is important and it ought to spill out in to the rest of the week, not just Sunday morning. Sunday services closed with all looking forward to Wednesday evening services at 7:00 and again at 8:15 pm. And Bible study Friday evening, for all at 6:00 pm, with a great week to ponder the message of truth from The Lord's Word .  


SUNDAY - September 11, Year of our Lord 2011

We enjoyed a special from Amanda Crawford, "When He was On The Cross, I Was On His Mind" and our Choir brought an encouraging special, "Make Me A Blessing."

Dr. Larry Crawford's message continued with the last 6 months of Jesus' life on earth. He brought the message from Luke 13 and assured us that all that America has experienced in the past year is not a coincidence. America got shook, he told us and nothing happens that God does not allow. God was sending us a message that "You're not too big to be brought down." If, he told us, we had reacted spiritually we wouldn't be in the predicament we are in now. These things are a call out to the USA. Wake up and call to the rest of the world. We can be too resiliant he told us we need to respond to God's lead. He compared current events, then and now and assured us that the blame lies right here with us. Instead of us rising up when Supreme Court took prayer out of schools, Christians dropped the ball. To be politically correct is sometimes the wrong thing. He talked about prayers in the home and admonished parents to be true and not be hypocrits but, instead, to be firm about reading their Bibles and having prayer with their family.

We welcomed Audy Stephens as she gave a testimony to a new life and will soon be Baptized.

We enjoyed our monthly potluck and we look forward to (Sept. 14, Wednesday night, when AWANA will commence at 6:30.

Our evening service was taken from Acts 2:37 and Matthew 28 as we learned of The Great Commission and learned of the first church.

The evening concluded with a very productive Business Meeting and our church family looked forward to the next opportunity to be together.

We invite you to join us on East 5th Street, behind the U. S. Bank.  


SUNDAY - September 04, Year of our Lord 2011

Many were the prayers that were answered as a welcome autumn arrives.

Many traveling, some anticipating surgeries and future traveling - seeking prayers- even William as he battles hurricanes on the east coast and calls his church family.

Two received their Bibles and Baptism certificates. and we celebrated as one more was Baptized.

Our choir brought a wonderful rendition of "Written in Red" and the shepherd of our church family, Dr. Larry Crawford continued with the life of Christ, from Matthew 15, Mark 7 with his message entitled, "Who Let the Dogs in?"

It has been said that if all the work done by our Lord was written this world could not contain the books. We learned that people are looking for Jesus and try to fill their lives with money, drugs, etc. and learn to their dismay that they do not satisfy. Christians, he assured us, ought to be the happiest people on the face of the earth.

Every Christian ought to tell those in need what Jesus has done for them. Looking around, Christians have to admit that the rapture is near, it is imperative that we share this good news. Life, Bro. Larry assured us, without Christ is a hopeless end and life with Christ is endless hope. He talked about grace unmerited, as Christians we need to be thankful for what we have and live in the grace of God. At that time, we learned that gentiles were the same as unbelievers, sinners, and called dogs.

This morning we were reminded how thankful we are that Gentiles received The Word. We were reminded how important it is to read our Bibles every day, openly and unashamed.

In the evening service we continued in Acts 2 and learned about Abraham's Bosom.

Next week we look forward to Potluck dinner following morning worship and Business Meeting following evening services.

Sunday School Teacher's dinner is 6:00 p.m. Saturday September 10 - AWANA to commence September 14 beginning with Carnival - All Children welcome.  


SUNDAY - August 28, Year of our Lord 2011

What a joy to distribute Bibles for those saved and Baptized, we had 5 Sunday and looking forward to more.

Kenny Stephens gave testimony to his new life and to be baptized soon.

Our new church directories are in the foyer.

All were touched by the beautiful rendition of "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" brought by Ryan Crawford.

Dr. Larry Crawford's message was from Luke 9 as he shared with us the last six months of Jesus' earthly ministry, the glory on the mountain, the grace in the valley and grumbling and griping in the church. It was more than a suggestion as he charged us that when burdens overwhelm us we need to put ourselves to rest in Christ and then go and find someone we can invest our lives in. We need to remember to give our burdens to God and find a needy person to help. It was comforting to be reminded that (1) we will know each other in heaven (2) we are going to learn in Heaven (3) and that we are going to love it in Heaven. It is important for us to love our bretheren, even though we may not always like them.

Our Sunday Evening Discipleship Class from Revelation 21 brought the answers to many questions about what we can expect when this old world ends.

All are reminded that AWANA will begin September 10, and teachers are to get together 6:00 p.m. on September 10 for socializing and a message from our Shepherd.

See Debbie or Donna if you would like to invest some time in the AWANA program.

Men, please be herewith advised there will be no men's prayer breakfast this Saturday due to the holiday week end.

All are invited to Friday night Bible Study in Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Check out our Web Page and enjoy Dr. Crawford's Sunday Sermon(s) at: www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com/Sermons.html.  


SUNDAY - August 21, Year of our Lord 2011

Dr. Larry Crawford brought the morning's message from Matthew 14 as he continued with the chronological life of Christ. "The Point Of No Return" was the subject and we were warned to 'buckle up our seat belts', which proved to be good advice. He introduced the Congregation to the various kings called "Herod" and one King Herod who went so far, that he couldn't come back. (Matthew 14:9 and John 1.) He referred us to Matthew 3:1-10 and Corinthians 7 and Luke 23. There can come a time, he said, to a lost person when they go past the point of no return, you can go so far in refusing to accept Jesus that God can say, I'm not messing with you, any longer." He talked about John The Baptist and reminded every one present that to have a saved spouse is not enough, that everyone has a personal responsibility as an individual. He talked about pride and the fact that if you are not chastised when you sin you should be concerned about your Christianity.

We celebrated with two who were Baptized and welcomed Wade Mitchell to the church family.

Our evening service was enlightening as we learned about the speaking of tongues and the conditions that verify the reality. Acts 2:1-4 and 1 Corinthians 1 and 14. We look forward to next Sunday evening when the story continues. Looking forward to AWANA this year with great anticipation, commencing September 14 with a great Carnival night. All the children in our community are invited to join us. Volunteers should check with Debbie Wishon.  


SUNDAY - August 14, Year of our Lord 2011

Many were on our prayer list with illness and others who travel. Our church family shared their troubles and celebrated with them.

We had a thank you from Sharon Divine.

All were reminded there is Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

It is important, he said, to keep growing in the Lord. He talked about the age of accountability for children, as they develop a conscience and know what is right and wrong - that when the rapture comes it will have been very important that parents have seen to it that their children are in Sunday School.

We had a happy report on the church picnic Saturday at the home of Steve and Jodi Hartman. We look forward to the next one.

Dr. Larry Crawford was happy to report his class of new converts have graduated and he will be starting a new class teaching what it is to be a Baptist and to assure you that you know what you believe.

He brought the mornings message "Hearing and Speech Therapy" from Mark 7:15-23 and 31 as he continued with the life of Christ, ending the 3rd year and approaching the last 6 months of His life. He assured all that they should never underestimate the power of your witness. Life is life, he said and just because you are right with God doesn't mean everything is going to turn around, you will still have to deal with life. Being a Christian doesn't mean life is going to be smooth sailing. As a believer you can become dull of hearing, we need to listen intently to what the Spirit has to say to us.

We celebrated with Bobbi J. Bowers on her new dedicated life, who is soon to be Baptized. All were challenged to read and memorize the word of God and come out to Sunday School at 9:45a.m.  


SUNDAY - August 07, Year of our Lord 2011

Dr. Larry Crawford brought Sunday's message from Mark 10:17-27 and Eccleiastes 12:1 - 11:9 and 10, as he talked about time running out.

He continued with the life of Christ and assured every one we are living in the last of the days. Satan knows that too. He (Satan) will attempt to keep us from hearing this message. There Is a Hell - Jesus preached more on Hell than he did Heaven. Jesus warned us Hell IS a place.

To our young people, live for Christ as you go back to school. Don't be afraid to do so. Purpose in your heart that you're going to live for God and act like you ought to act. We are, he assured us, proud of our youth. He preached from Job, the oldest book in the Bible 25:4, that is if you are not saved it's a fact you are going to Hell.

When Christians die, when they close their eyes, they will walk with Jesus. When we wake up from death it is either Heaven or Hell. Being good is absence of evil, it is not not doing bad things. Your Christianity is based not on what you do but what you allow Christ to do in your life. Baptized on this day was Jim McCarty and Jessica Cepeda.

Our evening services, held by Ryan Crawford was a message from Psalms 84 1-12 as he gave us reasons to love our church and encouraged all to list our blessings, which were many.

We look forward to Friday night Prayer meeting at 6:00 p.m. and to our church-wide picnic at the home of Steve and Jodi Hartman to be this Saturday, 8/13 our chefs will begin serving food at 5:30. Many games and fun activities are planned, Bring your own drinks and your lawn chairs and we look forward to this fellowship. We are keeping all on our prayer list in prayers, and lift up especially Sharon Divine and her family at this most difficult of times.  


SUNDAY - July 31, Year of our Lord 2011

Dr. Larry Crawford's message was entitled: "Just A Stone's Throw Away" from John 8 as he continued with the life of Christ.

Unfortunate, he told us, is the Christian who makes an important decisio, about his life, without asking God to lead him. He described the method used when stoning was the punishment, as two witnesses have to corroburate the sin. He talked about corrupt communication and communication which eddifys. 'Too many corn fields and little pictures have big ears' are used to remind adults that not all conversations are meant to be heard by our little ones. He also assured us that if we won't cut anybody slack, God's going to be the same way with us. While Jesus is incarnate truth he is also mercy and grace and that it is not up to us to judge our brothers and sisters. The only answer to our problem, whether it be a better job, money, health, etc., is all to be found in Jesus Christ.

If you're saved, God has a will for your life.

It was a good day for us and for Jim McCarty who, on professing a life for Christ, will be Baptized next Sunday. He talked about the Holy Spirit, not an inamimate object, not a force, but a person who is God. As in Acts, he charged us, in closing with "You've got to believe in each other." Since we do not know what others are going through we need to take care about what we say to each other and how, and at the same time not to be easily offended when we hear things.

We were delighted to receive a report on the status of retired debts, taken when we stepped out on faith and depended on God.

Next week the subject will be "Speaking in tongues."

We celebrated the end of a successful VBS and look forward to AWANA in September, see Debbie Wishon or Donna Wright if you would like to participate in this program.

See you Wednesday 7:00 p.m., Friday 6:00 p.m., men's breakfast Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and remember our Church Wide Picnic August 13.  


SUNDAY - July 24, Year of our Lord 2011

We enjoyed celebrating with Mackenzie Wright and Chris Thacker as they were awarded their Baptism Bibles.

In our evening service Jessica Cepeda made her profession of faith and will soon be Baptized.

It was good to have our shepherd back with us, as Dr. Larry Crawford brought the morning's message from John 5:1-15, "Sir, I have no man." as he assured his flock that everyone has some kind of a problem and there is only one answer, it is Jesus Christ. He charged all with the fact that we have an obligation to share Jesus with those with problems. They have to want to be saved, he assured us and that is the only way to being what God wants us to be. Sometimes, he said, we about starve just because we refuse to say, "I need some help." We've got to step out on faith. We don't have to see the stair case, he told us, we just have to take the first step, step out and accept Christ, we don't have to know how many steps there are.

We were thrilled with Bryan Faidley as he presented himself for Baptism.

We were reminded by Sam Story of the Outreach program and the Jesse James Day ministry.

A special service Sunday evening was celebrated with the Lord's Supper and the evening message was inspiring by testimonies and the message on what the Lord's Supper does and does not mean.

August 6 the men will have their prayer breakfast, our Vacation Bible School is this week, Monday - Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and all are invited to join us Friday at 7:00 p.m for a special program.

Next Sunday will be your last chance for your photograph (following worship service) for the Bulletin.

All are keeping Barbara Chisterson and family in their prayers.

We are so blessed with a praying church family.  


SUNDAY - July 17, Year of our Lord 2011

We enjoyed a special from our Choir, "Touring that City", an especially beautiful blessing.

Preacher Ryan Crawford's message Sunday was one of encouragement and ultimately a blessing to all who heard it. He brought the message from II Samuel 9 and challenged all to remember how they felt at their salvation, those not saved, were alerted to the facts that:
(1) we are all crippled because of Adam's sin, (no exceptions)
(2) He is seeking the lost (He sent men to go find lost people (and most encouraging) Your heavenly father makes the way because He wants you to be where He is. He asssured us that you need to accept the fact that Your Heavenly Father wants you to have a perfect eternal everlasting life with Him in heaven and when you are saved you are restored to the state before Adam sinned.

Our church family was delighted to welcome Brian Faidley as he made a profession of his faith and will soon be Baptized.

We look forward to Friday night Bible Study, at 6:00 p.m. -- to Vacation Bible School which will be July 25 - 29 -- 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and our Church Wide Picnic to be August 13.

We continue in prayer for our church members who are on the Mission Trip to Puebla MX., and are praying for all who are on our Prayer Requests List in the church bulletin, and on our Church Prayer Chain.

We have many blessings for which we are grateful and would like to invite all to join us on East 5th Street in Pineville, behind the U. S. Bank.

Do join us Sunday morning, Sunday School at 9:45 and Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m. - Hear our Sunday morning Sermons at:



SUNDAY - July 10, Year of our Lord 2011

We had a good report just confirming the power of prayer as we learned Mark Lindquist is making progress.

We rejoiced as three church family members were baptized and Debbie Wishon announced AWANA will commence September 14 and teachers are needed.

We are all reminded to be in prayer for the mission trip to Puebla MX coming up and were reminded that eveing services we will hear Charlie Brown's testimony.

Dr. Larry Crawford's message was taken from Luke 14 and 15 as he shared with us that we should be happy when someone is saved. The most important decision we will ever make, he assured us, is when we decide to turn our lives over to The Lord. He referred to the people who are lost because of ignorance, the people lost because of bad influence and those who who are lost because of independence. He talked about all the things that will not save you from Hell and that faith in Christ is all. It doesn't take long to backslide and that Christ needs to be #1 in our lives and if he is not he will get rid of what means more to you than your salvation. You cannot go so far that God won't forgive you and take you back, that all you have to do is just come back to Him.

We were happy to welcome Jessica Cepeda in to the church family and will look forward to celebrating with her and Matt Cole at their marriage in October.

We enjoyed a wonderful special from our choir "The Old Account was Settled Long Ago."

We are looking forward to Bible Study on Friday nights - 6:00 p.m. and Vacation Bible School to commence July 25.

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SUNDAY - July 03, Year of our Lord 2011

As Independence Day approached, we respectfully honored all who are or who have been in the Military as well as their families.

Pastor Ryan Crawford referred us to II Timothy, Chapter 1 as he gave us much to consider with a very thoughtful message referring to Committment.

3000 Baptist Preachers have given up preaching, he said and one in two marriages end in divorce.

He preached to all ages as he quoted that 'the world has not seen what one man can do who is totally committed to Christ." He referred to the dedicated people who founded America, founding her on God and the Bible. There is cause for committment he assured us, there is cost as when you are committed you may be afflicted, and suffer persecution, there is a conflict and it is not always popular to be committed and sometimes it is inconvenient. He talked about motivation and dedication to the will of the Father and consequences. The consequences of our life should be that Christ is glorified. He spoke to husbands and wives, to children and parents. It was a time to rededicate and be motivated.

We enjoyed a lovely special by Amanda Crawford and her sister and everyone was reminded that added to our current Prayer Request are Ed Ables, Jennifer Bishop, Ben Baxter as he heads again to Afganastan and for Goldie.

There will be no Bible Study this Friday and no Thursday Evening Bible Study in Noel (until 1st Thursday in August) - we are in prayer for the upcoming Mission trip to Puebla Mexico.

Vacation Bible School will be July 25-29, volunteers are still needed. If you are seeking a blessing, sign up in the foyer to help with this very important week - (Monday-Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) or see Alberta Anders - We WILL find a place for you and you WILL be blessed.  


SUNDAY - June 26, Year of our Lord 2011

Unity! Dr. Crawford's message Sunday was on Unity of the church. He shared with us the sad loss from splendor of King Solomon as he lost the gold shields to brass, II Chronicles 9:15-16 and 12:1 and the consequences of abandoning the law of the Lord.

He assured us that no nation (not even America) goes unpunished if they forsake the Lord. As we celebrated the 2nd anniversary of this beloved shepherd to guide us, he referred to two elements: (1) Your Salvation, is it real ? Anything else but Christ and your golden shield will turn to brass, it is Christ alone and (2) In Your Service. We had a heart warming report on the good results of our youth camps and in the evening Fred Johnson introduced us to the work being done by Calvary Boys Ranch in Eufaula Oklahoma.

We invite you to join us and remind you that we have hearing assist devices for those who need them as well as transportation to services, Friday night Bible Study at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday nights service at 7:00 p.m. Discipleship classes Sunday evening at 5 and Evening Worship at 6. We are in prayer for our church family members who have burdens and praise God for prayers that have been answered.

Do Join us.  


SUNDAY - June 19, Year of our Lord 2011

Everyone will be reminded that Dr. Larry Crawford will be at Honey Creek this coming week, Assistant Pastor, Ryan, will be with our youth at camp. Consequently, Services at First Baptist will be postponed Wednesday and Friday, to Commence again Sunday morning, June 26.

On that date, will be the 2nd year anniversary that we were blessed with Dr. Crawford as our shepherd, we are looking forward to ALL members of the church family to be present.

Harold Anders reminded everyone that following worship services, he will be taking pictures to update the latest Directory.

New church members will want their photograph taken and those in the Directory should check about updating any information.

This Sunday fathers were honored, as Dr. Crawford brought a message from Mark 5: 21-23 and 35-43. He talked about Jairus whose daughter was ill. Three things then, as now, are certain that (1) her daddy would do anything to save her (2) her daddy was not ashamed to seek out Jesus, and Ephesians 6:1, 2, and (3) Children will go where you point them. Psalms 127:5.

His message reminded us that what one genertion does effects the next generation and what one generation does in monderation, the 2nd will do in excess and the 3rd will do without any conscience.

He spoke to the fathers as he cautioned that just bringing your children to church is not enough. That while it is important to have prayer in school, first and foremost daddies must demonstrate that Christ is in the home. He referred to the 1st Commandment with promise as he reminded children to obey and honor parents.

We were happy to welcome Russell Morris to the church family and as we prayed for those on our Prayer List we gave thanks for the blessings that prayers were answered.  


SUNDAY - June 12, Year of our Lord 2011

What fun the family of First Baptist had Sunday with their old fashioned outfits!

Good news regarding Hatfield and McCoy contest was that our town and surrounding towns were the winners as they broke all kinds of records in the number of chapters in the Bible that were shared.

Dr. Crawford's subject for the message was, as promised, Hell.

Message was brought from Luke 16:18-31 as he shared that he would like to think there is no Hell, and yet that is impossible with 54 references to Hell in the Bible.

Reference in Luke 16 was not a parable but true, an awful, awful place.

If Heaven is real, and it is, then Hell is real.

God's righteousness and holiness and justice requires a Hell.

The Bible describes Hell as a place of everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his fallen angels.

He referred to Matthew 8 and 13, a place of pain and suffering and sorrow and darkness. The good news we were assured is there is one person who can absolve us of our sins and we cannot afford to put it off. Assurance is available to us so that we are in no danger of going to this place.

Deadline is approaching for our children's camps. If you would like to help finance (June 20-24 3rd - 6th grades) and Teenager Retreat (June 24-26), see Ryan.

This Wednesday our youth and "wacky" kids need to dress for a water fight.

Next Sunday is Father's Day.

Sunday Evening we will meet here as usual. We were reminded that Honey Lake Church will begin their revival beginning that week. For those who would like to attend (commencing June 20) may ride in the church van - in support of their Revival. No home services will be Wednesday 22nd or Friday night Bible Study on the 24th.

A Productive Business Meeting was held in the evening and Asst. Pastor Ryan brought an intriguing message "Shake It Off." http://www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com/Sermons.html

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SUNDAY - June 05, Year of our Lord 2011

Chasen Cole had a good day as he received his Bible following baptism.

Next week we are looking forward to the conclusion of the battle between the Hatfields (49,456) and McCoys (49,181) - and a provacative sermon as we hear about Hell, a real place.

Next week, also everyone invited to dress in old fashioned atire, the best to receive 100 points, as well as sharing a PotLuck dinner following Worship service.

Answers to many prayers were celebrated and we added others to our prayer list. We enjoyed a great special from our choir: "The Eastern Gate."

We were reminded June 8 is deadline sign-up for children's camps(to be June 20-24 and teenager retreat June 24-26). Helpers needed - see Ryan.

Vacation Bible School this year: July 25-29.

Friday night Bible Study at 6:00 p.m. will begin with Solomon.

Sunday evening Bible Study at 5:00 p.m. studying through Revelation.  


SUNDAY - May 24 , Year of our Lord 2011

There was much to celebrate Sunday morning when Mike Anders (with miss Lucy Love) was awarded his Bible and Baptism certificate.

Chris Thacker who was graduating that day, received a Bible as well.

UPDATE: the Hatfield and McCoy's are in a dead heat in their competition at this time.

We welcomed Steve and Tracy Rogers with Chasen Cole as new members of our church family.

We enjoyed a special by Tammy and Bryan Cosper and enjoyed a great special by our choir.

Mikele and Mackenzie were recognized as 8th grade graduates.

Many were on our prayer list and we also had many answers to prayer. Which only encourages us all to pray more.

Dr. Crawford's Message was "The Signs of the Time of the Rapture" from Luke 17 and Acts 1 as he talked about current predictions that the Rapture was supposed to have happened Saturday.

He referred us to Scriptures that assure us, without doubt, there will be definite signs.

He transported us back to the time of Noah when it was too late and, (as he referred us to Genises 6 when there was great wickedness), in spite of Noah's preaching, many failed to heed his warnings and were lost, he compared Sodom and Gomorrah to these days and cautioned against being drug down by the people around you.

He assured us some people will be in Heaven for 30 minutes and they will be uncomfortable.

When the Rapture comes, he asked, will you be gone or will you be left? Will your children be with you, or will they be looking for you? He talked about the age of accountability. There was much to consider and great comfort for those who are ready.

We look forward this week to our traditional Friday Night Bible Study at 6:00 p.m., and Wednesday evening Service at 7:00 p.m.  


SUNDAY - May 15, Year of our Lord 2011

The Battle Begins!

As the Hatfields and McCoys accumulate points. Are you reading your Bible and inviting people to join us? Be sure to turn your scores in to Jack (McCoy) Williams and Steve (Hatfield) Hartman. What an exciting time.

Exciting also because little Allison Corwin received her Bible and Baptism certificate and we celebrated with Matt Rash and Lisa Cole as they were Baptized in to a new and exciting new life.

Dr. Crawford's message as he continued with the Life of Christ was from Luke 8:26-39, - as the week progresses, we are learning what He did, Sundays we learn of his teachings and what He mean't - Sunday evening we are learning how to grow up in The Lord, on Friday night- a message for Christians and Wednesday night is the nitty gritty. Sunday morning we learned of a lonely, bewildered, frustrated man who was very possibly in danger to himself and others. - the first case, we learned, of deviled ham. We also learned that no matter what we have to go through, like this destitute man, All of the answers are found in Jesus, the one person who can take care of every symptom. If you insist on carrying your burdens (like a gunny sack filled with heavy potatoes) that is your choice, but, you need not be alone.

Our evening Service, followed by a very productive business meeting) was from Matthew 13 and we were reminded there are people who need to be encouraged and discipled. It is up to us.

Need more energy, more time, come out Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night (this week one service at 7:00 p.m. as AWANA children receive earthly awards) and Friday evening, Bible study at 6:00 p.m. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek His face continually.  


SUNDAY - May 08, Year of our Lord 2011

There was much to celebrate Sunday, a very successful dinner for Debbie Wishon and We honored all mothers, with special recognition to the oldest mother Orpha Smythe, the mother of the most children, most children attending on Mother's Day, youngest mother and newest mother.

Dr. Larry Crawford's message was from Judges 4:5 as he shared with us that Mother's Day can be a bitter sweet day as he talked about how we underestimate the powers of those who rock the cradle. Because there are more women available than men in the work of the Lord it doesn't relieve men of their responsibilities. God is not looking for ability but for availability. He referred us to the book of Judges and the woman, Deborah, who listened to God and who delivered the children of Israel.

He compared those times to today when their country had forsaken God's will, God's ways and that we find our community in the same position - a place unsafe for most of us as we begin to lock our doors and he assured us that if we have had a mother who taught us, a mother with character and confidence in God we need to thank God for her.

Everyone was reminded this week (May 11) AWANA will have Store Night and next week will be the last AWANA until school starts.

May 14 will be spring cleaning around the church and Put Putt Golf at 1:00 p.m.

We offered prayers for our church family and friends and praised God for answered prayers.

We look forward to next Sunday at which time we will learn more about the Hatfields and McCoy competition.

We will have our traditional potluck dinner following Worship Service and Business Meeting in the evening at 6:00 p.m.  


SUNDAY - May 01, Year of our Lord 2011

Dr Larry Crawford's message on May 1 was from Luke 6:1-5. He reminded us that It is not only Sunday, the Sabbath that is The Lord's day, but every day. When we are His, He is Lord of our past, present and future and worthiness to be saved cannot be conveyed. Because our parents and grandparents may be Christians does not make us, automatically a Christian. He talked about worthiness and assured us that we need to come to God on His terms, not ours. He talked about our Lord of the future and that Christians will sin, but we need to give it to God and let him reverse it.

Dr. Crawford brought the evening service from Kings 19:21 as he talked about a Church Wide BBQ, that every one ought to have a BBQ of surrender, willing to give up everything. We've all been called, he said to do Something, God created us to do a job to be conformed to the image of Jesus. (Jeremiah 1:5). We need to ask God, the younger we are the better, what are we created for. With so many doing the Lord's work, we have many whom Satan is trying to stop with hardships and tribulation.

We prayed for all of our church family being tested and celebrated with those for whom prayers have been answered.

AWANA will continue for 3 more weeks.

We are preparing for Debbie and Rusty Wishon's benefit to be held at our Family Life Center at 5:00 p.m. this Saturday.(May 7) If you would like to join us, we can assure you will not regret the time spent in Christian Fellowship. Come out to East 5th Street, just off the n/e corner of the square in Pineville. (donations can also be accepted at any Arvest Bank - to the Debra Wishon Fund) Come prepared to find special treasures at the silent auction and enjoy a delicious dinner.  


SUNDAY - April 24, Year of our Lord 2011

Easter morning services - a Sunday to rejoice, and with a beautiful new cherry pulpit, provided by Edwin Bergen.

We are so blessed! Dr. Larry Crawford's message was brought from Matthew 27:33-61, Luke 24 and John 11. He shared with us the truth about empty promises. He talked about the empty cross, full of promise, the empty tomb. All who died in Christ is alive now "to be absent from the body is to be alive in Christ." And how blessed are we because of an empty grave (Luke 24:12) and empty clothes, folded neatly because our Lord had no further need of them.

We were happy to welcome Ken Anders as he transferred his membership to our church and for Michael Razey who is saved and will soon be baptized.

We prayed for all those in our bulletin and added many and heard from those who reported answers to prayers.

We were encouraged by a beautiful special from our choir and a second wonderous special from Erica Razey.

Everyone was invited to Friday night Bible study to be 6:00 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, and we were reminded of Business Meeting which was held Sunday evening.

Following a very productive Business Meeting Dr. Crawford's message was..."And Peter." as he talked about the people we overlook (Matthew 26:31-34) and warned us that when we 'get full of ourselves' it is dangerous to us. He encouraged us to remember those who used to attend First Baptist.

We were reminded CD's are available, as well as Bro Larry's messages being on-line, for those who aren't able to be here in person to worship with us.

There will be a May 7 Benefit for Debbie Wishon, see Barbara, Marty or Elaine.

The plans for the Mission Trip to Pueblo, Mexico, July 17, continue to be worked out.

AWANA continues every Wednesdays at 6:30 through May.

Vacation Bible School will be the last week in July this year.  


SUNDAY - April 17, Year of our Lord 2011

A fantastic week at First Baptist in Pineville!

Dr. Crawford's message Sunday morning was "When Band-Aids and Boone Farm Wine Don't Do The Job," or "Corduory Patches and Corn Whiskey."

He referred us to Mark 2:13-22 as he continued with the Life of Jesus in chronological order.

We don't need any more religion in America, he assured us, what we need is a whole lot more Christianity. Religion is man reaching up to God and Christianity is God reaching down to man.

Bro. Larry talked about the old fashioned Tough Skin pants that were worn by our culture and the patches required. A good patch, he said, has to overlap. When you trust Jesus, you don't patch , anything, you trust Christ alone. There is just One Way, you don't add anything, patches won't work.

He also talked about adding new wine to old wineskins and referred to II Corinthians 5:17 and addressed many ongoing problems today as he spoke of rebellion and what is needed to be a godly parent. The bad elements found in School, TV, music containing issues of today that must be overcome with Bible reading parents.

There was much to be considered from this inspired message.

We were delighted to welcome John Serr, Michael Anders and Allison Corwin in to our church family as they gave testimony to their decision in Baptism.

Our REVIVAL commenced, following potluck an a great music concert, to be continued through this week, we invite all to join us, every evening at 7:00 p.m. as we enjoy the message by Kenny Ward from Kentucky with special music provided by Crawford and Company.

Do join us, also, Easter morning regular morning Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. and our Business Meeting Easter Sunday at 6:00 p.m. - AWANA to continue, as usual, 6:30 p.m. April 27.  


SUNDAY - April 10, Year of our Lord 2011

It was not a misprint as some might have assumed, Dr. Crawford's message Sunday morning really was "How to Live Tax Free For Life" as he referred to Mark 2: 13-14 and Matthew 9:1-9 continuing with Christ's life at the end of his first year of public ministry.

There are two kinds of taxes, we learned, referring us to Romans 6:23 and Matthew 3:1-5 and Luke 3:7-10. One is the tax of sin, even the saved can backslide and the tax of sin is when someone has to pay for the wages of sin. The second is taxation called self. He assured us we cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24) who is our master? wealth? other things? We cannot, he assured us, make ourselves happy enough in this world but God can bring us contentment, peace and joy. He will never ask anything of us that he won't give back 100%, giving us a goal for that joy, peace and contentment.

We celebrated with the Corwin family as little Allison Corwin came forward with her testimony and is soon to be baptized.

We are all looking forward to our REVIVAL (see this paper for more information) to be April 17-22.

For this week only, there will be no AWANA. All are invited to the Revival to be at 7:00 p.m. each evening with Kenny Ward bringing the message and we are looking forward to great music from the Crawford & Co. and others.

Sunday morning, we enjoyed a special from Steve Hartman and great music provided by our choir.

Come join us Sunday morning for Worship at 11:00 a.m. with a potluck dinner to follow.

Many were the praises in answered prayers and the evening services were just as exciting as Pastor Crawford referred us to the white stone as he invited everyone to come and get stoned.

What name would you like on your white stone?  


SUNDAY - April 3, Year of our Lord 2011

Dr. Crawford's message, this 1st Sunday in April is When four of a kind beats a full house as he brought us to Luke 5:18, 19, 20 and Mark 2 as he continued, chronologically with the life of Christ.

He reminded us that just praying is not enough but we need to do what we can as well.

It is not enough to "hope" something will happen, that prayers will be answered. If, unlike these 4, we have failed to trust in Jesus, we are paralyzed by sin. When the house is full we are not to give up. He referred us to Luke 15:18 and the avenue available to all when we are stuck or lacking in faith.

Prayers were offered for our military men and women and families, as well as the many who are enduring illness and hardships and we were reminded that we have an intimiate relationship with the Great Physician.

We were happy to welcome to the church family, Leila Ames and following a delicious potluck, we enjoyed a beautiful Deacon Ordination Ceremony, as Jack Williams and Steve Hartman were, with their wives as helpmates, charged with and honored with the duties of Deacons: a special fraternity of this church with increased responsibility and reward.

Charlotte Gardner was awarded, in appreciation for more than 9 years as church Treasurer with a token of our appreciation.

We are all reminded of the Revival to begin April 17 and look forward to this coming week the Friday night Bible Study at 6:00 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, and AWANAs, as usual, Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

We look forward to next Sunday as Pastor's message will be: "How To Live Tax Free For The Rest Of Your Life."

All are reminded of Business Meeting to be next Sunday evening .

Do join us on East 5th Street, just off the n/e corner of the square and check out our www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com website.  


SUNDAY - March 27, Year of our Lord 2011

Praises were many for answered prayers on Sunday March 27 and prayers for many as we were made aware of our brothers and sisters needing prayer.

Added to our prayer list was Ben, Dustin Rogers, Bubba, Mark and Tammy Moore, William Ziemianin, Steve Hartman, Marilyn O'Brien, Charlotte Gardner, Vehrlene's mom and many more. Dr. Larry Crawford's message was continuing (in Chronological order), the Life of Christ from Luke 5:12 - 16,with reference to the Gospels including Mark 1:39-45 as he painted a gahstly picture of the disease of leprosy and showed us how sin (like leprosy) can effect us physically.

Sin, he said, has spread, effecting this world and all of mankind. That all with unforgiven sin, are dying; things hurt, strength diminishes but that doesn't mean we are without hope, without a cure, as he referred us to II Peter 3:9 and showed us how God is not willing that any should perish. He reminded us of what we are here for and assured us we can change and be changed because, as his sermon was titled "He Touched Me." I am changed, he said, because He touched me. We can live our lives as a testimony to all, encouraged by the Word of God and work at learning to be a better Christian.

Note: The fund raiser for Debbie Wishon has been postponed for now.

Be in prayer for our coming REVIVAL to be April 17--22nd.

Our Church Website: www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com.

We are on East 5th Street, just off the n/e corner of the square in Pineville.  


SUNDAY - March 20, Year of our Lord 2011

If you missed Sunday morning services you missed something special. Dr. Crawford's message was taken from Luke 4:31-34 as he posed 5 points discussing "Do You Know What Devils Know?"

Jesus' time on earth, he assured us was a time of many unclean spirits and demonic spirits on earth. We can expect it again, he assured us, a vast increase at this time. He described the proof in molested children, financial crises, etc. We're fixin', he said, to come to the sinnin' season. As the weather improves and the fishing holes call to us, it is important that we be in The Lord's house, When it is time to be in church, you need to be in church. He posed the question "what if God took Sunday off? What if he no longer saw to it that your heart worked, your lungs worked, or that there was gravity.?" Some might call his message confrontational, but those present were fed and informed and armed for times coming. He referred us to Isaiah 59 and Psalms 69 and said, "Stuff hapens, You need to be able to get a hold of God and to do what you need to make sure your sins are forgiven."

We were reminded April 3rd will be Deacon Ordination Ceremony and Potluck.

All should be in prayer for our upcoming Revival to be April 17-22nd

Many were the prayer requests and praises.

Bibles were awarded to Matt and Brenda and we had a great special from our choir "I've Been Changed" sung with feeling and was very inspiring.  


SUNDAY - March 13, Year of our Lord 2011

Doctor Crawford brought the morning's message from Luke 4 and assured us that as Jesus felt the need to (Luke 4:16) attend the synagogue on the Sabbath day, that we should, also, feel a need to be in church every week.

He asked how many birthdays and how many deaths will we experience, as he shared with us the definition of a Spiritual birthday. We were encouraged as he described two birthdays and only one death and that as Christians, the lake of fire has nothing to do with us.

We celebrated with Matt and Brenda Anderson as they were Baptized and look forward to a new life ahead.

There were many in our church family needing prayer and praises for many for whom prayers were answered.

The Congregation shared a potluck dinner and a very productive Business Meeting.

During Sunday Evening Service we learned of the importance of the work of the Holy Spirit in our church, Bible Reference: John 14:12-19.

All are reminded that Bible Study is at 6:00 p.m. every Friday in the Fellowship Hall.

The Sunday Evening Bible Study is in the 6th Chapter of Revelation, and this week March 16th, AWANA will have an opportunity to collect their rewards for hard work during Store night.

March 19th our Teens will enjoy Paint Ball at Bunker in Seneca, be at First Baptist at 1:00 p.m. to hitch your ride.

We are praying for our upcoming REVIVAL April 17th - 22nd, at which time we look forward to Kenny Ward who will bring the messages, and Crawford & Company(formerly Canaan Bound) will bring the music.

Do join us, just off the n/e corner of the square in Pineville, and check out our web page at:

You need not travel in this world alone, you have 'family' just waiting to welcome you.  


SUNDAY - March 06, Year of our Lord 2011

Many were the prayers offered this Sunday for our Pastor who is ill, for Debbie Wishon, and for all of our brothers and sisters in need.

We have many blessings to reportthis week, among them, that our Associate Pastor, Ryan Daniel Crawford was here to bring the Message. The message was taken from II Timothy 1-6 and we heard about "What Stirs Us Up?" Pastor Crawford assured us that as a Christian there is no spirit to be scared but rather a spirit of power. We've been given a gift of God as a member of this church. We have a gift and Pastor Crawford charged us to use our gifts. The four things he reported on were:
(1) Salvation
(2) The Gospel that we hold, the only perfect thing in this world, written over a period of 1500 years by 40 writers
(3) Sinners that we help (John 21:11-32)
(4) 1 Thessalonians 4:14, the Sounds we are all going to hear - that we look forward to hearing on Christ's return.

We welcomed Chrystal Lira, Charlotte Ketchum as they joined our church family and two are soon to be Baptized, Brenda and Matt Anderson.

Many were the blessings we shared on this Sunday morning.

Reports are the Men's Breakfast was a great success, tomorrow (Wednesday 3/9) is WMU, and March 13 we will share a Fellowship Dinner and Business Meeting.

All kids attending AWANA are looking forward to Store Night on March 16 - they are studying hard and are going to have a great Shopping evening.

Check our church at www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com. You can hear sermons you might have missed and catch up on all that's happening here on East 5th Street in Pineville, just off the ne corner of the square.  


SUNDAY - February 27, Year of our Lord 2011

It was wonderful to join together in the worship of the Lord on February 27, many were remembered as they were added to our prayer list and many the praises for blessings.

All were reminded of the new calendar for the month and the new Bible Reading Schedule as we study the Bible chronologically on Friday night (at the church, 6 p.m.).

The new directory is being composed - be sure to have your picture and name and address included.

Everyone was reminded of men's breakfast this Saturday and WMU to be on the 9th.

We received an invitation to help Jim and Pat Wallis celebrate their wedding anniversary on Saturday and happily shared the joy with MacKenzie and Tracy and Buck as they were awarded their Bibles.

New additions to our family, to be baptized are Erik Michael Razey and Susan and Ben Overstreet.

All are encouraged to refer to our web page (where you can hear Dr. Crawford's messages) www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com. Or borrow the CD recorded each week. Dr. Crawford's message this week, continuing the life of Christ was from John 4:46-54," Where No Man Has Gone Before", He went on to quote Dr. Livingston: "Never put a question mark where God has put a period," as he discussed the second miracle, healing the little boy from a distance. As always he left us with much to ponder and with sustenance for the coming week.

We would like to invite you to join us on East 1st Street, Just off the n/e corner of the square in Pineville.

Remember, you need not ever walk alone.  


SUNDAY - February 20, Year of our Lord 2011

What a blessing when our choir brought us a wonderful rendition of "Sweet Beaulah Land." Thank you Choir.

Dr. Crawford brought Sunday's message from John 4 as he continued on the life of Jesus. He talked about The Well, A Woman and The World. When you are lost there is a deep spiritual thirst and nothing less than the real thing will satisfy. He talked about power, prestige, possessions, toys, pleasure, none of which will feed the inner desire. Mankind, he told us, is like a big jigsaw puzzle with a piece missing and he referred us to Isaiah 29:8. If you are thirsty it is important to know that Salvation is a plain and simple plan, it's not complicated, it's a gift, by grace through faith, and not of works. The woman at the well was a person with a deep hunger inside her soul. People are looking for security in these economically difficult times, he told us and for some their world will be turned upside down, things are going to get tougher and it is a comfort to know that we will not have to go through it all alone. If you are seeking satisfaction for a deep longing, consider this woman at the well in John 4 and realize you have to really want it and all you have to do is ask.

We celebrate that Sunday morning Shiloh Whiting did just that, and that next Sunday she will be Baptized.

Joining in our church family are Becky and Edward Bergen, a good day at First Baptist.

We are on East 5th Street in Pineville, just off the n/e corner of the square in Pineville.

Every one is reminded to check with Harold Anders and submit a picture for the updated Directory.

We enjoy Bible Study Friday at the Fellowship Hall all invited to join at 6:00 p.m.

Our Prayer Requests, as they humbly wing heaven ward, are blessed as the ties that bind. Remember, you need not ever be alone.  


SUNDAY - February 13, Year of our Lord 2011

So many things we take for granted, and we found this Sunday, February 13, one of our greatest blessings is joining on Sunday morning as we worship together.

Dr. Crawford brought the mornings's message from John 4 as he continued to preach on the life of Jesus. He talked about how we enjoy the fact that our Lord was never a weak person, that he was "a man's man." He painted the picture as Jesus made a whip and reminded us that only that which brings God glory should take place in the church. Our hearts, he cautioned, should be where our church is and we should sing and give because He is worthy of it and for no other reason.

We celebrated with Chandra Gandert as she came forward and expressed her desire to soon be Baptized.

Flowers were distributed to some very surprised and happy ladies.

We enjoyed a potluck fellowship dinner following worship service and a very productive Business Meeting was held in the evening.

Any one who can help Ryan and Amanda move this coming week should contact them.

All are reminded the Friday night Bible Study will commence again this week, 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall as we study Exodus and enjoy another potluck dinner togeth.

Ladies Bible Study will be Monday, the 21st, at Kelly Corwin's home at 7p.m.

We look forward to AWANA resuming Wednesday evening 6:30 p.m.

Prayers were offered for many of our brothers and sisters in the Lord and we enjoyed a music special provided by Ryan and Amanda "Had It Not Been For A Place Called Mount Calvary" which gave us pause to remember not to take for granted this is the most important of all.

Remember to check out our website on-line; and do join us on East 5th Street in Pineville when you can.  


SUNDAY - January 30, Year of our Lord 2011

So many to pray for and so many praises to sing.

In addition to those listed in our bulletin we ask for prayer for Alberta Tomlin, for “Ben and his unit, for Carol Shockley’s family, for Sharon Divine and Amanda Crawford’s dads, for Orpha Smythe and we celebrated with Mackenzie Loher as she was Baptized.

We welcomed to the church family Makaiela, Stacey, Jason and Christopher Thacker with their dad, Charles Thacker “Charlie Brown”.

Dr. Crawford’s message was taken from John 2 as he asked “How is Your Joy?" And talked about "Running on Empty." If you are smart, he assured us, you have a Godly home and God is in the middle of your marriage. Joy, he said, isn’t happiness. Our government guarantees the pursuit of happiness but joy is something every Christian should have. We ought to be a joyful people. If you don'’ protect yourself, things and possessions will steal your joy. Possessing things will not make you happy. Soon your possessions will own you. He referred to FaceBook, Google, E-mail and cautioned we had better find our joy somewhere else. With our current economic situation and other circumstances that are out of our control we need to buckle our spiritual seatbelt. Three things we need to remember: (1) Admit we have a need, a problem (2) Remember and admit He is in control, and (3) Do what He says. Our joy can be stolen, if we allow it, when we expect people to be something different than what they are.

We are reminded of Bible Study with a meal at 6:00 p.m. Friday night in the Fellowship Hall. Our Men’s Breakfast will be Feb 5 at 8:00 a.m. in the Family Life Center. With February 13 being the day we will share our Fellowship Dinner. We look forward to our Business Meeting following evening services Sunday where we seek to discover and meet the needs of our growing church.  


SUNDAY - January 23, Year of our Lord 2011

Many were added to our Prayer Requests on January 23 as we added to our prayer chain, with requests for prayer and praises for those prayers answered.

We were happy to celebrate with Danny Shirley on his birthday and with Henry and Diane McMahon as they celebrated their wedding anniversary.

We enjoyed the special "What A Day That Will Be" provided by our choir.

Pastor's message was "Running on Empty" from John 2:1-11. He assured us that every miracle mentioned had a message behind the miracle and talked about the imbibing of spirits, and the miracle of water to wine, he said, if you drink it's between you and God and you need to understand your testimony. He referred us to Psalms 104:14 and 1 Timothy 5:23 and speaking to those married, "You are wise if you include Jesus in your marriage" It takes 3, he said, to make a marriage and God will teach you what real love should be. He warned us that if we can't pray because of sin (that we have not confessed) in our lives, our preacher can't do us a lot of good. If our prayers aren't being heard, it might be we need to get right, Our sins can come between us and God and as he referred to Isaiah 59:1, there was encouragement as he assured us God can reach down and change our life for the better. We were referred to Proverbs 31:6 & 7 and Proverbs 20, 23 and 30. We look forward to the rest of the message entitled: "The Willing and Then The Wreckage."

Bibles were awarded and Certificates of Baptism.

We looked forward to Jim Rogers Bible Study at 5 p.m. on Sunday starting in Revelation and the 5th Sunday Sing next Sunday evening.

Our Friday night Bible Study continues, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall, all are invited to study and dine.

Still needed are non perishable food for our pantry and volunteers for AWANA and the Nursery.

We have hearing assist devices available and our vans will pick up those needing transportation.

See the Church Directory in this paper and check out our website at: www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com.  


SUNDAY - January 16, Year of our Lord 2011

With our Teen Class we honored Charlotte Gardner with a card and flowers in appreciation for all of her devotion to First Baptist and her testimony as a Christian lady.

Our Choir brought us a wonderful rendition of “I’ll Fly Away.”

Our Pastor, Dr. Crawford brought the morning message from Matthew 4 and Genesis 3. We are looking forward to his plans to view the life of Christ in the coming year. It should help us in our Christian life and he referred to 1 John 2:16 as he talked about sin in three ways: (1) Lust of the flesh (2) Lust in the eyes and (3) Pride of Life. He talked about Jesus’ temptations and reminded us as sons and daughters we benefit because Christ had to pay back for the sins committed by Adam and Eve and that He redeemed back all they had lost. He cautioned against the feeling that we are the only one to suffer or have bad luck, he cautioned us to buckle up our spiritual seat belt and to remember that we are our biggest problem and that while we will not be perfect it is important that we be the best we can.

We celebrated with Tracy and Buck Owen, Matt Cole, Andrea Faidley and Bobby Cole as they were Baptized in to a new life for Christ.

AWANA will be, as always, at 6:30 p.m., unless we are cancelled due to snow.

We cordially invite you to join us for Bible Study here at the church at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night – East 5th Street in Pineville - you will not be invited to anything this week more stimulating, more interesting than our Friday night Bible Study. This year we are reading the Bible through chronologically, rather than just reading it beginning at Genesis and reading it through Revelation. Because of this, it looks to be an exciting and challenging year ahead.

Additionally, Brother Jim Rogers is beginning a Sunday night Discipleship Class study of the book of Revelation, beginning this Sunday, January 23, at 5:00PM. Bring your Bible and come join us.  


SUNDAY - January 9, Year of our Lord 2011

Our choir gifted us with a beautiful rendition of "Mansion Over the Hill Top" and Amanda and Ryan lifted all of our spirits with "Mercy Walked In".

Many are our blessings. We were blessed also with the return of David and Tanya. In addition to those already indicated in our prayer list in our bulletin, we added praises from Candy and Derek Close as well as a request for prayer for their Auntie Bell and Candy's mother. Requests were from Jodi for Samantha's children, for Steve Hartman's buddy, for Barbara Crawford, for Bubba, for Cathy Anders' friend Shane, for Alexander Anders as (Air Force) he flys back to Germany, for Amy's dad and Sharon Divine's dad, for Daniel and Stephen Kirkpatrick's grandmother, for Mallory Terry.

Everyone was reminded this Friday at 6:00 p.m. our regular home Bible study will be at our Famiy Life Center, bring a covered dish. Bible Searchers are collecting canned food, drop them off just inside Fellowship Hall and Sam's class is collecting aluminum cans. Volunteers are always needed for help with the AWANA program - see Commander Debbie Wishon; and, volunteers are needed for Junior Church see Pat Anders or Ryan Crawford.

Dr. Crawford's message was from Matthew 3 and Acts 2. He talked about Baptism and explained, to be Baptized is to "show 'em who you are' and as he talked about what Baptism is and what it is not. Baptism, he said, shows that you have been saved, that you have repented and confirmed your attitude of the heart. Baptism is public, it is paring, it is pleasing.

We were delighted to celebrate with Andrea Faidley, Buck Owen, Tracy Owen and Mark Lewis, all who will soon be Baptized. It was a great day to join together in the Lord's house.

Do join us on East 5th Street, just off the N/E corner of the square in Pineville.  


SUNDAY - December 26, Year of our Lord 2010

The day after Christmas was a great day of fellowship at First Baptist, there were praises (Ben Baxter could join us and Marty had all her family) , as well as Dustin Crawford and then Monika received her certificate of baptism and her Bible, there was also heart ache and prayers as Laura Adams went to be with the Lord on Christmas day. We prayed for David Groves, following his accident, and had a lovely card from David and Tanya, as well as Charlotte Gardner and Charles and Blanche Wright.

We enjoyed a beautiful special from Ryan and Amanda Crawford "No More Night" and Dr. Larry Crawford brought the week's message from Luke 2:25 as he talked to us about waiting for Christmas, and the consolation of Israel. The world, he reminded us, is outside of the church and it is looking for the brief glimpses of happiness that the ordinary Christmas practices can bring. We should be looking for Christ and we were all reminded that people need to see Jesus Christ in us. Jesus is alive and well in our hearts. We should be thinking about others and not self.

We celebrated 9 year old Mackenzie Loher as she came forward with Danny Shirley and Don Serr who joined our church family.

Men's Breakfast will be at 8:00 a.m. on January 8 and next Sunday, the 9th, we will have our traditional Fellowship Dinner following Worship Service and our Business Meeting will be, as usual, Sunday Evening.


SUNDAY - December 19, Year of our Lord 2010

Our Choir brought a meaningful rendition of "Away in a Manger."

Dr. Crawford's message was taken from Galatians 4:4 and Ephesians as he referred to the fullness of time and assured us of the accuracy of the prophesies in the Scripture. He referred to the Rapture as a fact and introduced the possibility that the Anti Christ might just get all of our presents and this is something we need to realize is a fact.

The first time our Lord came, he came as a Savior to save and the second time it will be as King of Kings and Lord of Lords as he referred to Luke 2:17, Revelation 19:11 and Revelation 20. There is coming a day, he assured us, when someone will be calling out our name, will we be in the Lambs Book of Life?

We were delighted with the three people who came forward for Baptism and added to our prayer list - in addition to those in the bulletin, David Shirley, Debbie Daniels family and the family of Buck Rogers. and were blessed with praises that Bill Christerson, Charlotte Gardner were recovering , we had a card from Harley Tillman's family.

Prayers were offered for Dennis Lett who will be undergoing eye surgery, for Candy Close, Tracy and Jaimie and for Rex and for Marty's son "Ben." All were blessed Sunday evening as our Choir and gifted actors brought us a very inspirational play, "Christmas at Home We are grateful to the 16 people in the Choir, and our actors , Larry, Jeramy and Carol and all their time and hard work in bringing us the Cantata.

We look forward to Morning Worship Sunday, and were reminded there will be no evening services on December 26 and no AWANA until school commences,

Do check out our website at www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com and join us on East 5th Street (just off the N/E corner of the square) behind U. S. Bank in Pineville.

We send wishes to all for a blessed Christmas.  


SUNDAY - December 12, Year of our Lord 2010

We were delighted to welcome Nicole Holland and Keith Holland with Tammy Tolliver and Destiny Bissette in to Pineville First Baptist Church and looking forward to Baptisms of Aaron Stracener and Jeremy Stracener.

We wished Arnold Landers a very happy birthday and took a love offering for Brother Rome Wager. We shared a great potluck dinner as we discussed the Christmas tree to share (if you are interested in helping, see Debbie).

Our prayer Chain was updated, get your new copy and WMU is still collecting blankets for a local nursing home.

Our hearts went out to Elaine and Harley Tillman regarding their daughter, Sharon. Prayers were offered, also, for all the employees - the site of the explosion at the feed mill as all are temporarily unemployed.

All were reminded Wednesday will be the last AWANA (store night) until school starts again following Christmas vacation. We are counting on everyone marking their calendars and attending the "Christmas at Home" Cantata at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 19.

On Sunday, December 26 there will be morning Worship only, no evening services. The services Sunday evening were from Galatians 1 and discussed was the 4 Gospels, as well as the Gospel according to us.

Dr. Crawford reminded everyone that we, as individuals, are a Gospel to observers and asked, is there enough evidence to convict us as a Christian? We were blessed with a Special "O Magnify the Lord" from our Choir. Check out our website for last week's message www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com. Come join us this Holy season on East 5th Street, just off the N/E corner of the square, behind the U. S. Bank in Pineville.

In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.
Isaiah 30:15.


SUNDAY - December 5, Year of our Lord 2010

Praises and prayers: many were the prayers offered in addition to those in our bulletin. Beth's son, Robert will be undergoing surgery on the 7th, we prayed also for Dustin Pope, for Bryan and Tammy Cosper's son, Sam, for Laura Adams in ICU, for the three boys who were burned in the grain elevator fire, and for Sharon Divine's dad.

We were reminded our Christmas Card table is in the foyer and available to share Christmas cards. Lap blankets are still needed.

We celebrated with Stephen Kirkpatrick and Brittany Spence as they received their Bibles and certificates following their Baptism.

We enjoyed the special of "O Come All Ye Faithful" brought by the choir.

Dr. Crawford brought a very relevant message from John 21 1-25 as he talked about "The disciple whom Jesus loved." who couldn't get over the fact that Jesus loved HIM. He shared signs of the time indicating we are closer to the rapture and assured everyone that they have no idea how many people they have influenced. Some dads, he suggested, spend more time and energy training their dogs than their kids and reminded everyone their example is a powerful influence. He cautioned that at Christmas time some become materialistic to the neglect of Him for whom the Christmas is and asked, "can you tip God what he deserves?" If you have a pay check and you have a job you need to be grateful. He referred us to Luke 7:36-50 and shared with us the story of the woman who loved much as He assured her "Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace." As a Christian, he taught us, we are supposed to follow Him.

We told to mark our calendars for next Sunday at which time we will share a potluck dinner following morning worship service; and for December 11 for the annual Christmas Parade in Pineville; and for the December 14 for the first ever Women (Only) Christmas Party and Ornament Exchange at 6:30 p.m.

Looking forward to AWANA Wednesday night. Our children are looking forward to AWANA Store night on December 15, the last AWANA of the year. (AWANA meets when school is open, when school is not in session (snow days - holidays) there are no AWANA meetings.)

We sure want to mark our calendars for our "Christmas at Home" Cantata December 19. 6PM.  


SUNDAY - November 28, Year of our Lord 2010

Many were the smiles as Tanya and David Groves accompanied Bubba their Marine son to morning Worship Service. There was reason to celebrate just having Bubba and our other soldier Ben with us.

Prayers were for many in addition to those listed in the bulletin. We were thankful, also, for the blessings of having many prayers answered.

Alexis Corwin received her Bible following her Baptism.

We were reminded that the parking lot across the street is now available.

Dr. Crawford's message was from Psalms 27 a message of encouragement. When you don't know what to do, he reminded us, we were encouraged by counseling from the pulpit. Sometimes, he reminded us, God shakes up our world and to be a Christian does not mean that you will be smelling roses all the time. You still may be old, or sick and nothing is right, you find yourself searching for things. He reminded us of David who put down the 9'9" giant and assured us that if you cannot see the goodness of the Lord, you can believe to see. God did promise He will take care of us and He can be touched ; we need to trust in His word.

Britttany Spence and Steven Kirkpatrick responded for baptism and Geneva Woodard and her daughter , Shelby, were welcomed as they joined our church with Jonathan Stettinich, 9 years old who will be responding for Baptism.

Our evening services were in celebration of the Lord's Supper and Pastor's message was a backward look, at where we were before we were saved; and a forward look with a reminder that the rapture is near.

There will be no Men's Breakfast, Saturday, as we prepare for Nikki and James' wedding adn reception, starting at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

Choir Practice will be the next three Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The Pineville Christmas Parade will be December 11. December 12 will be our Fellowship Dinner, and Business Meeting. December 15, AWANA will enjoy their well earned Store Night. Our "Christmas at Home," Cantata is set for December 19, at 6 p. m.

Please visit our On-Line Website at: www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com.  


SUNDAY - November 14, Year of our Lord 2010

We sang with feeling: "I am resolved and who will go with me? Come friends..." and enjoyed another full house giving us pause to consider where can we expand our Sanctuary and our parking lot? But we know our Lord will provide the answer, as we pray.

Dr. Crawford shared an interesting portrait of our Pastor during his time off that all enjoyed. We had a beautiful special by Amanda and Ryan and Larry and Ava shepherded a room full of 4 years and under to Nursery as Ryan and Pat Anders brought a children's worship service to those 5 years old to the Third Grade.

Dr. Crawford's message was "Hope" from Hebrews 7. He defined Hope as being different from Faith. Hope is a dream with certain confident expectations. If you don't need it today, he assured us, you will. He referred us to a time of terrible persecution in the catacombs in Rome where it was not safe to be anywhere else. Christians, when identified, were thrown in to prison or the coliseum. We shared his celebration of the blessing of today that we can safely attend church. Hope, he assured us, means an anchor, the attachment at the end of the rope of faith. We can be in a storm, he said, and the storm not be in us, hope is the anchor to our soul. Faith is the rope you throw to reach something and draw back and hope is the attachment to the end of the cord. Tie a knot on the end, , he told us, and hang on. Faith is "I know God can do anything and Hope is "I expect he will." He referred us to Jeremiah 31:17 and we shared his feelings that our nation still needs to get right with God, without Christ we are a hopeless end and with Christ we have endless hope.

We were delighted to have Charlie and Donna Lewis become members of First Baptist and we celebrated with little Alexis (9 1/2 years) Corwin as she was Baptized.

We enjoyed a wonderful fellowship dinner following Worship Service and look forward to Home Bible Study this Friday, the 19th. We were reminded that a second WMU meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. November 21.

Needed, as always, are non-perishable food donations at this season of Thanksgiving for our pantry. See Bro. Sam Story if you have questions.

We were reminded that the next AWANA will be November 17 and December 1. THERE WILL BE NO AWANA THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING. We enjoyed a very productive Business Meeting Sunday evening and we look forward to "Around the House Bridal Shower Saturday, November 20 for James and Niki at the former City Hall in Pineville, on the square at 5:00 p.m. THERE WILL BE NO AWANA THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING. We will celebrate - Wednesday, November 24 with a Special Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 p.m. and all will be invited to openly praise the Lord.

Do join us on East 5th Street, just off the N/E corner of the Square in Pineville.

Or please feel free to visit our On-Line Church Website anytime at: www.firstbaptistchurchpineville.com.  


SUNDAY - November 07, Year of our Lord 2010

Friend's Day! Our hearts were full as we crowded our pews on a beautiful Lord's day. Approaching the 500 mark for attendance in 2 services, and a great, inspirational message was provided by Dr. Larry Crawford.

Dr. Crawford brought the message from John 3, John 7 and John 19 as he talked about the difference in religion and Christianity. He talked about Nicodemus who was a very religious man and tithed everything and lived the law and yet that was not enough. Religion he assured us is man trying to reach God and Christianity is God reaching to man. We all, he reminded us, need a dose of Christianity and remember that we need to be role models for new Christians. Good role models, he reported are rare and we all need to remember, as we try to follow in the footsteps of Christ, that, like it or not, we represent Christians. Secret disciples, he assured us, are not needed, we need to step out and it is better late than never.

It was an exciting day and we look forward to many more. Many were the prayers that were offered for those in our bulletin as well as for Barbara Chisterson, Steve Hartman, Zack (Henson,) Jessica, and Mackenzie, as well as Glady's grand daughter undergoing surgery on the 19th, for William's great grandmother, Margie Lewis, for Jr. Landers, for Karen Henson.

And we were delighted to have our warrior for whom we have been praying, Eric Higgins back home.

Bibles were awarded for those bringing in the most friends.

Every one was reminded that next week we will have our traditional potluck which will also be a celebration of Thanksgiving.

Our choir brought a beautiful rendition of "Standing On the Solid Rock." and we were blessed with Monika Cole and Kim Johnson who stepped forward in a profession of their faith.

Everyone is invited to Steve and Jodi Hartman's home November 5 for Home Bible Study, WMU will be at 1:30 on November 10 and again on November 21 at 4:00 p.m. There will be no AWANA on November 24 and Christmas Program Practice is every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with the performance to be December 19. AWANA continues this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., transportation is provided.

Remember November 13 will be the City of Pineville's Turkey Trot commencing at 6:00 a.m. and Sunday, November 14 we will share our Fellowship Dinner, everyone invited to bring a covered dish and join us and our monthly Business Meeting will be that evening. We invite you to join us on East 5th Street, just off the n/e corner of the square in Pineville - we have hearing assist devices available if anyone needs one, we can provide transportation to our services and we also offer nursery for 4 years and down, and Jr. church for 5 years through 3rd grade.  


SUNDAY - May 1, Year of our Lord 2010

Luther Gardner reported on Men's Breakfast last Saturday and is inviting all the men of the church to join him at next month's Breakfast. Bring your sons your dad, your friends, and enjoy the fellowship and start your Saturday nourished in many ways.

Amanda Crawford met with all volunteers for the Nursery and a very productive meeting was held - we can always use additional workers in the Nursery, if you are interested, please contact Amanda.

We are looking forward to Bible Study May 7 at Martie Novak's house, 6:00 p.m.

Many were the prayers added to the list of those needing prayer in the Bulletin, added, was Arnold Landers, Luther prayed for the Congregation and Beth offered praises that prayers were answered and her son is home from the nursing home. Prayers were offered also for Louise Williams and Donna Morgan and Samantha Robison asked for prayers for her mother and dad.

All mothers are encouraged to join us next Sunday, come and share the celebration with your children.

We had a lovely special from Amanda and Ryan Crawford. Pastor's Message was taken from Luke 10:30-35, assumed , incorrectly, to be a parable. The days of this story was compared to today, joblessness, increased crime and the story itself was a picture of mankind and his ruin. Discussed was socialism, Marxism, humanism and the fact that in this modern world man, sadly, assumes he has the answers to all of his problems and he doesn't need God. The world is getting worse and things are openly done that wasn't possible years ago. Man is on a dangerous path and this world is tough on Christians, we learned the difference between the world and the church and that our church is not a museum for saintly relics but rather a hospital for sinners. There are too many "lone Ranger Christians" we were informed, and no Christian needs to be out there on their own.

Nourished and inspired, we were delighted when Alex Smith presented herself to be soon Baptized.

We are looking forward to next Sunday at which time there will be a celebration honoring mothers, as well as our monthly fellowship dinner.

MARANANTHA! [Come Quickly Lord Jesus!]


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