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Our church website has been re-modeled!

I have been away from my own blog quite a bit the last few weeks. One reason was that all of my free time was being spent re-doing our church’s website. I am certainly not a web designer, or a graphic designer, but after nine years of blogging, I was hoping that I was up for the challenge.

My husband ask me to build something simple, clean, and easy-to-use. I tried very hard to do that. We picked out a theme and I got to work. You can now view the seventy-plus tracts printed by The Watchman Press online, print out the order form (or email us your order), view our catalog, get information to plan your visit, read about our distance learning Bible study program (Bible Institute of Correspondence), meet our wonderful staff, read our covenant, statement of faith, constitution, and more!

I hope you’ll drop by – either the website or our church!

And now, we return to our regular programming. 🙂

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It’s Here!

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I am very excited to share with you that my Bible study on Proverbs 31, “31 Days of Proverbs 31”, has been completely revised and updated and is now ready for print! I wanted to share the first day with you here, to give you an idea of what it’s like. Each day covers one verse of this famous chapter, but the study is short enough it can be read much faster if you so desire.

Day One

Proverbs 31:1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

The first verse of this famous chapter is an introduction of the characters. Every good story has good characters, and Proverbs 31 is no exception. We have Lemuel, the writer, who is believed by most commentators to be King Solomon. If that is the case, then his mother is Bathsheba.  If you are unfamiliar with Bathsheba, please turn in your Bible to 2 Samuel 11-12. To sum it up, she is the woman who had an adulterous affair with King David which resulted in her child’s death, her husband’s murder and many trials for King David. Later, she gave birth to Solomon, whom God chose to follow David as King of Israel.

The name Solomon  means “peaceful, one who recompenses”.  How perfect! David’s life was anything but peaceful after committing open sin – God punished him openly – but Solomon’s birth and life showed God’s mercy and forgiveness. As children of God, we will be chastised for wrong doing. God does not chastise us in wrath, but in love, to bring restoration. Another example of God’s  mercy is the fact that Bathsheba is the one issuing these instructions. The virtuous woman was described by a woman who was not always virtuous. It is my opinion that Bathsheba could have refused to commit adultery with the King. Certainly, she could have died for that, but there are some things worth dying for. She made a poor decision, and suffered for it. But God used her in spite of that to raise up a future king.

We also see that this is the “prophecy his mother taught him.” She taught him. As a mother, I’m teaching my children every day. Not just because I homeschool my children, but because I’m their mother! They watch everything I do, and they copy most of it. (Usually the bad!) It is my job, along with my husband, to teach them the Bible. It’s the most important subject of life, and yet it’s the one I spend the least time teaching.

This one little verse has reminded me that God is just, but He is merciful. His mercy endureth for ever. (1 Chronicles 16:34) It has also convicted me about teaching my children more of the Bible. Reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic has its place, but they should never unseat the Bible in order of importance.

  1. God will not show mercy to those who have not been born again. John 3:36 says He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. The first question to ask yourself is “Am I a child of God?” If not, then Hell will be your eternal home. If you feel the convicting power of the Holy Spirit upon your mind and life, then don’t delay! Cry out to God for salvation. You need not pray a specific prayer or know lots of Bible doctrine. You must merely understand that your sin is separating you from a holy God and that Christ paid for your sin on the cross. Believe on Him – and only Him – and, as it says in Acts 16:31, “thou shalt be saved.”
  2. If you are certain that you are a child of God, then it’s important to grow in the knowledge of God’s Word. If you’re a beginner, then start small. Read one chapter a day. You could start in the book of John, or by reading one chapter of Proverbs every day. Ask the Lord to open your eyes and heart to the truths of His Word and to help you apply them to your life. Attend church faithfully in order to hear the Bible taught and preached by a man of God. Preachers are just human, but they are called of God to dig into the Word, study it, and help others to understand it. I have been in church since I was a newborn baby and I still have so much to learn! No one can learn everything about the Bible in one lifetime, but we should strive to know as much as possible. Church is also a wonderful place to meet godly friends and have good fellowship. Churches pray together and for one another. Church friends will offer a word of encouragement just when you need it! The right church is, in my opinion, a little piece of Heaven on earth.
  3. No matter where we are in our walk with God, there is always room for growth. We all should pray more, study God’s Word more, memorize verses more, serve more, love more, and the list goes on and on. Ask the Lord to reveal areas in which you need to stretch and grow, then follow His leading.

Further Reading:

My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers

By Searching – Isobel Kuhn

The Personal Spiritual Life – Peter Masters

The Bible study is being published by Bethel Baptist Church‘s publishing ministry, The Watchman Press. This ministry produces a free quarterly newspaper/magazine called The Baptist Watchman. It is available in both print and digital formats. To view the April issue of the paper, click HERE.

The the cost of the “31 Days of Proverbs 31” booklet is $3 (just to cover the cost of the printing) plus shipping; and the PDF or Kindle formats are absolutely free. To order a print copy, just send me your mailing address and we will include a bill. To get the free digital copies, or to be placed on the mailing list for The Baptist Watchman just send me your email address.

I hope and pray these materials will be a blessing to others. You can contact me using the “Write to Me” tab above. The goal of our church is to bring glory to God and edify His people through the preaching and propagation of the Word of God.

Thank you for stopping by today!

With love,

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I Love My Job!

This past week, I was hired – yes, HIRED! – by my church to be Terry’s secretary. My duties will include typing, filing, organizing, mailing, filling orders for The Watchman, printing the church bulletin and anything else my man needs me to do.

I have been praying for God to send Terry a secretary. For a while, the former pastor’s wife, Mrs. Mary Keener, was helping Terry fill Watchman orders. But the Lord recently moved her to south Texas to live near her daughter. We are so happy that she’s with her family, but we miss her presence. She was always looking for ways to be used. I recently began praying about it again, when the thought came to me: “Why don’t you do it?” I am busy during the school year with the children’s education, but my summer is flexible. I will only be working part-time, but I am looking forward to it. It’s one way I can be a better “helpmeet” to my husband, and amazingly, the church will even pay me to do this! It is a great blessing.

So far, we have re-organized the main church office. It used to house our church’s library, but Terry built shelves in a separate room for the library. This has freed up a lot of space!

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Terry building shelves.

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The new library!

He will be adding another shelf that will be to the right of this one. We are also blessed to have a librarian in our church – a real one – who is going to help us get it all in order. The nice thing about the new location for the books, is that they are next door to the pastor’s office. 😉

We are currently re-organizing Terry’s office, and that’s been a big job!

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One of my jobs is using this postage machine. I just love using it! Yes, I’m crazy.

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Here is some work that will be tackled after I finish with Terry’s office. I will be collating a book by Arthur Pink, scanning another book to send to someone and doing some filing.

And you know what? I can’t wait! I am so thankful to get paid to work in the house of the Lord. It is a privilege.

In other news, I may be away from the blog for a while. I’m now even busier than normal, and, I’m not sure if blogging is something I should continue to do. I want to be a blessing, but with fewer and fewer readers, I don’t think I am very successful at that. But maybe I shouldn’t worry about the number of readers and just write for whomever may drop by? Anyway, I don’t know what to do. I suppose it’s silly to pray about a blog, but that’s what I’ll be doing. I want to use my time, my life, wisely and for the Lord.

Thank you for your time.

With love,

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Bible Conference 2015

The old saying is trite, but true: better late than never! Our Bible conference was January 30-February 1, 2015 and I’m just now getting around to posting about it. I began my series on “Verses I Love” on February 1st, and I hated to share more than one post a day. I don’t want to overstay my welcome with the few readers I have!

I deeply appreciate those who read my post about the conference and prayed for the Lord’s blessings on the meeting. God answered those prayers in the affirmative. He also answered several needs of folks in our church. One man had eye surgery, and another had a stint put in his heart. The operations were a success and both people have made great recoveries.

The messages brought by Bro. Adam Nixon, Bro. Royce Smith and Bro. J.C. Fulton did a work on my heart.  As my husband and I rested our sore feet after the final “Amen” was said, we couldn’t help but agree that meeting was blessed in a special way. “I feel like I’ve had a revival in my heart.” Terry told me. “I feel the same way!” I said. The messages all complemented each other beautifully, and none of the speakers discussed their sermon topics with each other. The Lord was in this place.

Here are a few photos of the conference:

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Bro. Royce Smith, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Choctaw, Oklahoma. It was a blessing to hear his message on the church. I enjoyed visiting with his wife, Mrs. Pat, whom I’d never met before. There are some great people in Oklahoma!

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I only got one photo of Terry at the pulpit, and it was while he was introducing our good friend, Pastor J.C. Fulton of Coweta Baptist Church in Coweta, Oklahoma. There are some people that you just feel like you’ve known forever, and Bro. and Mrs. Fulton are two such people. Bro. Fulton preached on the holiness of God and forgiveness. Two sermons that I needed very much.

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Bro. Fulton always blesses us because he has a genuine walk with God.

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Here are some preachers that came to the Bible conference. L-R: Bro. Adam Nixon, Rome, Italy; Pastor Terry Basham, II; Bro. Royce Smith; J.C. Fulton; Bro. Mikal Smith, Joplin, Missouri.

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A group photo of the men who preached for us.

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Of course, no conference can be complete without some good cookin’. We appreciate the marvelous ladies who brought delicious food to the conference.

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A photo of our auditorium as people came in for the conference. We were excited to have so many guests with us.

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Terry with Bro. Adam Nixon.

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We were especially thrilled to have Bro. Adam Nixon with us. Bro. Nixon is a British man living in Rome, Italy, so he had quite the trip to get to southwest Oklahoma! This was his first trip to this part of the U.S., so Terry took him to see some sites nearby. He was able to see buffalo at the Wichita Wildlife Refuge, parts of Ft. Sill, and Geronimo’s grave. We also enjoyed having him in our home. The kids riddled him with questions about England and tried out their British accents on him.  He blessed us with snacks and goodies from Rome, too! Matthew wasn’t too happy to have his picture taken, but he really did enjoy having “Adam” (as he called him) with us. Most evenings, Matt would ride with Terry to get Bro. Nixon from the hotel. When we were getting ready for Wednesday night church after Bro. Nixon had left, Matthew said, “Dad, don’t we have to get Adam?” It took a while to make him understand that Bro. Nixon was all the way back across the Atlantic now. The Internet and air travel make the world seem much smaller than it really is.

Bro. Nixon has started a blog where you can hear audio or watch video of his preaching. You can find it by clicking HERE. He would love to hear from you, so please let him know if you drop by and visit. He is a very gracious and humble servant of the Lord. His ministry will be a help to your Christian life.

Thanks, again, for the prayers for our ministry here in Oklahoma. We have some amazing people who joyfully give, love and serve to further the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are no words to describe the blessing these Oklahomans have been to me. If you’re ever in these parts, please look us up.

With love,

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We Pray God’s Blessings

This is a very big week for us. This evening, a friend of ours is flying into Oklahoma from Italy to preach for our Bible conference. Bro. Adam Nixon has blessed us through his preaching already, which we have enjoyed listening to online. Bro. Nixon is a friend of a friend and we are thrilled to be meeting him in person. The Internet has its pitfalls, but it also has the potential for great good, and hearing Bible preaching is the best kind of good!

Our conference begins on Friday and goes through Sunday. One thing we know for sure, prayer is the key to living the Christian life. We have been praying for this meeting for weeks now, and we are continuing to do so. We are praying that God will bless the preaching. We are praying that all will be healthy and able to attend, and that all who are coming will have safety in their travels. Most of all, we are praying that hearts (especially my own) will be open and receptive to the message that God has for us. We are praying that if any should come under the preaching who are not born again, that God will open their eyes to that reality and they will be birthed into His kingdom. But whatever happens, we are grateful. We are thankful to be in this place, doing this work. We leave the results in the Lord’s capable hands.

I may be away from the blog for a few days due to the busy-ness of the week, but Lord willing, it won’t be long. I am already making plans for an exciting series for the month of March. I hope you’ll join me!

Words cannot begin to express how much I appreciate your being here. I hope my little ministry is a blessing, because you are a blessing to me. I love hearing your stories and knowing that there are other sisters (and brothers) in Christ striving to serve God all over the nation, and the world.

With love,

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The Finished Product

 I just wanted to share the photos of Terry’s office, now that it’s complete! There are still a few odds and ends to take care of, like adding some more decorations and cleaning up, but this is what it now looks like:

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The finished shelves!

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I was laughing so much when I snapped these photos of him, that I didn’t realize his eyes were closed! He was really cracking me up. 🙂

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This is the view from his desk. We want to get his Spurgeon portrait framed.

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This is the completed pass-through to the conference room. He will have more shelves and filing cabinets in here later.

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Here’s the completed conference room, looking from the pass-through.

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This is a photo of his old office, which was upstairs. I did like that this office had a window. I love natural light.

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It looks like a bomb went off after all of the moving! If, in the future, he gets an associate pastor, his office will be here. I promise we’ll clean it up first. 😉

2014-02-17This is why I was laughing so hard! He’s crazy. I just love him.

The downstairs portion of our renovation is now complete! (Hallelujah!) Phase two, the upstairs, and our new sign are next on the agenda. Stay tuned! 🙂

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Church Renovations

Shortly after we moved to Oklahoma last April, our church began working on updating and improving our facilities. They had voted on these renovations before we arrived, but had not yet begun the work. I thought I’d share a few photos of the new digs:

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This our new ADA bathroom (Americans with Disabilities Act). It still needs some decorations, but it’s fully functional and very nice! I love the tile work.

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The people decided to expand and update the ladies restroom.

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The lavatory in the new ladies bathroom.

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This is our new nursery. It has a cry room and then an area for babies. These rooms used to be full of printing equipment when the church printed materials on-site. Since the print master left some years ago, these rooms had not been used. What a blessing to see them serving a purpose! This view is as you’re walking into the church lobby. This is on your left, right before you get to the auditorium.

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This is the cry room, looking toward the entry way. The room across the hall is our church library/mailing office (for The Watchmen paper and the tracts we sell).

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This is the mural on the wall in the cry room. It is of Mt. Scott which is nearby on the Wildlife Refuge. A professional painter was hired to do this. I just love it!

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This is the baby-side of the nursery. The door is a small bathroom. This also used to be printing offices.

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This is the mural for the baby side of the nursery. I love the bright colors in this one!

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This is the two way window for the cry room. You can see out, but not in. There are speakers in both nursery rooms that broadcast the sermon.

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This is the old nursery, which is will soon be my husband’s new office! The carpet was removed and new flooring installed, and the walls have been textured and painted.

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Terry shopped around for shelves for his office, but was taken aback by the cost – over $2,000! He just couldn’t stomach spending that much money for bookshelves, so he built his own. He’s not a carpenter per se, but then, he can do anything from appliance repair to plumbing to auto repair, so building shelves was no big deal. I really liked how they turned out!

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This used to be a storage area right off the nursery, but it’s now going to be a file room and pass-through to the new conference room!

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As soon as the new carpet is laid, this will be a conference room for the pastor’s use.

I’m thankful for many things regarding this renovation. First, I’m thankful that the people have a mind to update and keep the church building looking sharp. It’s important to represent Christ honorably, not just in appearance, but also in maintenance of what HE has given us. We are commanded to be good stewards of what God has given us, and our people are doing that. Second, I’m thankful for the Christian contractor that is heading up this work. He is treating us fairly and honestly and we trust him. Third, I’m so thankful that our church is not going into debt for these renovations. My husband does not believe churches should go into debt, and these people believe that, too. They have given sacrificially to pay for the work. Lastly, I’m thankful that the downstairs portion is almost complete! Soon we begin on the upstairs, and we are eagerly awaiting a new sign and for the parking lot to be sealed and re-striped.

Stay tuned to see the finished product in a few days! 🙂

It’s an exciting time at Bethel Baptist Church in Lawton, Oklahoma! For more information, please visit http://bbc-lawton.org or find us on Facebook!

Thanks for being here!

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