Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Irma’s uncertain track means local Emergency Management has begun preparation for a possible Cat 4. It would be wise to beat the rush and make preliminary arrangements. Be prepared for three to five days without electricity. Get your propane, fill gas tanks and prescriptions, gather water, batteries and non-perishable food. Check your generator and locate the boards for the windows. One of the many good preparation lists is available at http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/.

Alabama Teen Challenge

Alabama Teen Challenge is a local resource that may be helpful to you as you help families. Endorsed by the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, Teen Challenge is a one year, residential, Christ centered program for life controlling behaviors and addictions. For more information visit alabamateenchallenge.org or call their Bay Minette office at 251-580-0091.

Doctoral Student Survey

Dear Ministry Leader,

 

Greetings! My Name is Kevin Bryce Saxton and I am a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I also serve as a pastor in a local church in South Florida. As part of my dissertation in the area of leadership, I am conducting a survey to gauge ministry philosophy of the churches in the Southern Baptist Convention.

 

This survey will take less than five minutes to complete and is best undertaken by providing your first, instinctual reaction to the ten questions. Any member of your staff (whether vocational, bi-vocational, or volunteer) who is familiar with the ministry strategy of the church is eligible to participate.

 

As a token of appreciation for completing the survey, churches which complete the survey by Monday, February 13, 2017 will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 Amazon gift card. The card will be mailed to the selected church later that week.

 

To access the survey, please utilize this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSaxton-ChurchHealthAssessment

 

I very much appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. I truly believe that the data gleaned from this survey will serve to strengthen the effectiveness of the churches in the SBC.

May God bless you and the church which you serve.

 

Sincerely,

Kevin Bryce Saxton, Ph.D. Candidate

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Wright Word December 2022 – February 2023

Wright Word, December 2022 to February 2023

Thomas Wright, Associational Missionary

Emphasizing Biblical Prayer, Evangelistic Ministries, Church Development, Church Planting, Partnership Missions

Don’t Give Up
Galatians 6:9 records, “Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in” (AMP).

The portents of autumn include cooler weather and deciduous trees losing their leaves. The great piles of leaves that are the joy of pets and children but the bane of yard keepers.

What happens biologically that causes healthy green leaves to change color and drop off the tree? Cooler temperatures and shorter hours of daylight signal to the tree to stop producing chlorophyll, the green color in the leaves. The reduced chlorophyll causes a cork cambium layer to begin lining the leave stem. Like cholesterol in an artery, the cork cambium gets thicker and thicker. The reduction in green allows the reds, yellows and oranges to appear. The color change is pretty for a brief time, but the cork cambium is deadly to the leaf.

Beware the enemy who installs a spiritual cork cambium to separate believers from churches and churches from partnership missions. As we are drawn away from the light of Christ we begin to experience the sin that separates us from other people and from God.

We need to remain active in prayer and Bible Study. We need faithful church participation, evangelistic ministry, church development, church planting and partnership missions.

The evergreen tree does not shed leaves. It is like the tree described in Ps. 1:3: “He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers” (HCSB). Remaining close to Christ through personal and corporate worship allows us to be a spiritual evergreen.

What can we do in our churches to help believers from growing weary in cooperative missions, worship and helping unbelievers turn to Christ?

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