We have had a tremendous summer at LBC! We thank the Lord for an amazing week of Vacation Bible School and another great week of Bible Camp. The many missionaries that visited have been a great blessing and we broke our attendance record for the Youth Rally! Round Up Sunday was a remarkable success, with nearly 30 guests attending our service on Sunday morning! Although summer is winding down, exciting things are happening here at Lighthouse Baptist Church! Be sure to plug in to each service and each event! Our Fall Revival will be an excellent way to grow in your ability to witness for Christ and our Harvest Fellowship coming up at the end of October will be a wonderful opportunity for making memories! God is doing great things – come be a part!
The service for Steve Clymore will be held at Lighthouse Baptist Church at 10AM on Monday, July 18. The interment will be held at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery at 11:30AM on Tuesday, July 19.
We have already kicked off to a GREAT summer here at Lighthouse! Our Vacation Bible School was well attended, with several new families joining us for fun, games, and Huckleberry Bob skits 🙂 We are looking forward to Bible Camp at the end of this month as well as the high school trip, the canoe trip, and ROUND UP Sunday! Summer is a GREAT time for inviting folks to church and seeking to win souls to Christ. Pastor Britt is excited to be out door knocking this time of year – if you would like to set up a time to go with him, please contact Pastor Britt here. Have a GREAT summer serving Christ!
Paul declared in Philippians 3:10 that his life was not about the things he had done, but rather he lived that he may KNOW CHRIST. After Israel sinned by creating and worshiping the golden calf, Moses asked for forgiveness from God. While he was beseeching God, he said in Exodus 33:15 “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” Moses wasn’t as concerned with getting to the Promised Land as he was with being in the presence of God. In John 14, Jesus doesn’t focus on new doctrines, but the application of doctrine that the disciples already knew. He said multiple times – BELIEVE ME.
What is more important to you? Accomplishing important goals for others to be impressed with you? Achieving a monumental accomplishment that seems so very “spiritual”? Amassing to yourself all kinds of “new” or “unusual” positions on the Scriptures? Or is your primary goal to know Christ? Are you pleading with God to increase your faith? Are you begging for His presence in your life? Are you living, not to impress others, but rather to KNOW Him?
Religion is so very important. God spent a lot of time teaching us to discern what is proper religion and what is not. Standards are so important. Without standards, we can so easily drift away from God. Having a good testimony is important. Without a good testimony, it will be difficult to show how Christ is real in your life. Any of these three things without a personal and passionate relationship with Jesus Christ, however, will be vain, empty, and worthless. It’s a ritual without a meaning, a body without a soul, and an action without a purpose.
Make it your goal to passionately pursue Christ! Seek to know Him! Exercise your spiritual vision by savoring the things of God more than the things of the world! With keen spiritual eyesight, you will SEE God as real instead of a set of principles and rules. God moves from an ideal to a PERSON that you adore and worship. Every Christian needs to draw closer to God. As daunting as that may seem, all it takes is a truly humble heart and taking the first step. (James 4:6-10) If you seek God, He will not stand afar off; He will draw nigh to you.
On Vision Sunday, we contemplated God’s mission for the saved in Matthew 28:18-20. Our goal as a church is for each member to reach someone for Christ. Every person who made a commitment that morning is now begging God for their “one” to be convinced of their need for Christ. They are begging God for boldness, and seeking opportunities to teach about Jesus. If and when that person accepts Christ, every person who made a commitment on Vision Sunday is going to personally mentor the new Christian and help them understand the rest of the Great Commission: being baptized and observing all things that Christ commanded us. If you made a commitment on Vision Sunday, keep on praying, keep on witnessing, and keep on serving! If you were not with us on Vision Sunday, I urge you to join me and the great number of members that made a commitment that day. Won’t you consider committing to the Great Commission? Won’t you do all you can to reach someone for Christ, by teaching them of salvation and by teaching them how to follow Christ? Ask God to give you someone to win this year. Each one can reach one because Christ said “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Amen.
January 5, 2016
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I love the new year. It brings an expectancy, a freshness, and a hope for new opportunities. A new year’s resolution is not a bad thing; if nothing else, it is an acknowledgement of a need in your life. Have you recognized that you need to work on your health or your professional situation? Have you determined to foster more relationships or improve certain key relationships? As you recognize needs and make plans to address them, please don’t leave out your greatest human need – Jesus Christ. If you have never been saved, I invite you to know Christ by contacting us or visiting the Our Savior page. If you are a child of God, what are your plans to grow in Christ this year? As you know, vague statements like “go to the gym more” don’t really pan out; neither does “go to church more” or “read my Bible more.” Make specific goals: “I will attend church three times a week in 2016.” “I will read my Bible for 15 minutes every morning before breakfast.” Growing in Christ is the greatest goal you could have, but like all worthy goals, it will take dedication to pursue that goal. The greatest aspect of such a worthy goal is that you are not “going it alone.” The grace that Christ gives is the power and ability to do God’s will. Christ will enable you to draw close to Him as He will draw closer to you (James 4:6-8). Also, like with other goals, ask someone or a group of people to be your accountability partners. Take every step possible to help you meet your goal of knowing Christ and showing Christ this year.
Remembering Dale – Excerpts from testimonies of family and friends
“Building a father and daughter relationship with my father has shown me what an amazing man he was.” “We shared some birthdays, Christmas, and picnics in Kansas with kids’ games and programs. He was always a great cheerleader. He had been an athlete in high school and had plenty of advice.” “My dad and his brother were in a movie with John Wayne. When they would have a break he played cards with the Duke. Cool, huh?” “My dad was a prayerful man and when he said he was praying for you, he meant it. It was not empty words. His powerful prayers helped me with my kidney transplant. He even drove from Casper to the KU Medical Center, stayed just a few days to make sure I was good, then drove all the way back.” “I love you dad and already miss you.” – Robin Robertson, Dale’s oldest daughter
Dale had a giving attitude. He desired to help others financially and also gave of his time. Having been an electrician, he helped me and my mother with some electrical work in our home. He put up the front and back drywall inside the church auditorium and sang special music for the church. He would request song #264 ‘In the Garden’ during favorite request times. – Stephen West, member of LBC
Bro. Dale was like an adopted dad and grandpa to my daughter Hannah and me. His wife and Hannah had the same birthday, so we exchanged gifts, cards, and love. When Mrs. Nansen passed away, Bro. Dale continued the traditions and we began giving him birthday gifts. When my husband left us, Bro. Dale made sure we were OK and for the next two years he took us to lunch every Sunday after church. As his health got worse we got together less often; however, we still saw each other at church when he was able to attend. We love Bro. Nansen and will miss him greatly. What a joy to know he’s with his wife and our wonderful Savior in Heaven! – Wendy Moody, member of LBC
We are starting a new sermon series on Sunday Nights entitled “After God’s Heart.” This series will take us through the book of 2nd Samuel with an emphasis upon how we can people after God’s heart. I strongly encourage you to come and be a part of these Sunday night services; it can only greatly benefit a person to spend more time immersed in the Word of God.
It’s been a great year so far at Lighthouse Baptist Church! We’ve had a lot of great events and the sound Biblical truths from our recent revival meeting are still echoing in our hearts. As we continue into the fall season, plan to be a part of every service, to attend the activities, and to be sure to fellowship as much as possible. Come ready to receive a blessing and ready to be a blessing to somebody else! Do your very best to bring someone else with you next time you come. Hope to see you soon!
It’s taken a while, but now we have our brand new website up and running! It will take some time to work out the bugs and get everything going where it should, so thanks for your patience as I figure everything out. If you see a problem or have a suggestion, please let me know by sending me a quick email. Thanks! -Pastor
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