Sunday, January 30, 2011

Second Night of Judgement House

The Lord continues to bless us in Judgement House (Hannah's Hope). Saturday night we had 151 come through Judgement House. We had five people accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and six rededicated their lives. We also had 8 people ask for prayer. Amen!

In total we have had 312 people go through Judgement House. Fourteen Salvation, Eleven Re-dedications and Fifteen asking for prayer. Thank You God.

Our last performance of Judgement House will be Sunday, January 30th from 4pm to 8pm. You can call the church at 675-2171 to make reservations or just show up and go to the big white tent to sign up.

We are having our Morning Worship Service, January 30th under the big tent at 11:00am. You are invited to join us for this special service.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

First Night of Judgement House

The Lord truly blessed us on the first night of Judgement House. Over 135 people went through Hannah's Hope. We had 9 people receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 5 people came for re-dedication and 7 people ask for prayer. Praise the Lord!

We have been bless by having Hannah's mom Debbie and her Aunt Hope with us this weekend. To hear Hannah's mom share about Hannah's life is a true blessing.

Please continue to pray for Judgement House that will continue Saturday night from 6 to 9pm and Sunday from 4 to 8pm. God Bless!

It is not to late to make plans to attend!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

100th Anniversary - February 12, 2012

Last night in our monthly business meeting our church approved the date for our 100th Anniversary - February 12, 2012. A Steering committee was formed to begin work for this special event. The following people will be on the Steering Committee: Pastor Frank, Lonnie Howard, Lisa Sands, Ron Zimmerly, Paul Martin, Tara Sherrod, Paul Puletti, Linda Ryder, Martha Raye Humphries and a representative from the Trustee's.

The Steering Committee will decide what committee's we need and recommend people to serve on these committee's. Some of the committees we think we will need are; Audio Visual, History, Hospitality, Invitation, Music, Properties, Publicity, Registration, Welcoming and Nursery.

The Steering Committee will decide on a plan for Celebration Day or Weekend, Secure speakers to participate and invite former members and church staff.

Please begin praying for this special event for our church.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Morning At First Baptist LaBelle

Another beautiful day in South Florida. At church today we had FIDLERS using our building to test young children and help them and their parents get the help they need educational.

Our First Baptist Preschool K-4 class was trying some of the foods that are talked about in the Bible. Bread, Olives, Cheese, Figs, Dates, Honey, Grapes and Butter. All the kids like the bread and grapes but most of them didn't like the Figs and Dates. It is a wonderful watching these kids learn and for many taste new foods.

Our Mommies and Me met today. Mothers and Preschoolers met to continue to learn to play with others. It was wonderful to see the mothers work together and conduct the class in Vanita's absence due to a sick child. It's a blessing to see how far these mothers have come because in the beginning many of them wouldn't of thought of leading the class. Our Mommies and Me Moms are working on several projects to help other mothers.

All of this happen before 12 noon today. God is so Good!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Informational Gathering

Last night we had our informational gathering meeting. We had a very nice dinner in our social hall and then went over to our sanctuary for our program. Mrs. Tara Sherrod lead us in 2 songs and then Pastor Frank lead in prayer. Pastor Frank talk about why this debt retirement program is so important to our church. We presently owe 1.6 million dollars on our building and we are looking to God to help pay this building off. As we enter this debt retirement campaign we are looking for "not equal gifts but equal sacrifice".

Lonnie Howard shared his Stewardship Testimony and then Tom Melizoni from Generis talked to us about the campaign and what has happened in other campaigns when people pray for God to use them. Tom gave each person a Giving Map for First Baptist Church for people to use to decide what their pledges would be. Copies of these Giving Map will be in the back of the sanctuary if you didn't get one. After Tom talked to us, we spent a time in prayer, praying for God's leadership in our giving to our debt retirement program.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


I got this information from Bianca Ross who is Program Coordinator for a Drug Free Hendry County. I thought it was important for parents to read. Please read this prayerfully.

Are you looking for a meaningful resolution this year? If you are at a loss for a resolution or a life-changing habit you’d like to start, consider setting a goal to talk to your teens more in 2011. Why? Because research shows that kids who learn from their parents about the dangers of underage drinking, illicit drugs, tobacco use, dangerous driving and other risk behaviors are less likely to engage in them.

The Risks:
We all have seen what risks are presented to our teens nowadays, and they are all very real. Did you know that rural and suburban teens are more likely than urban youth to have problems with alcohol or illicit drugs? Did you know that 40% of Hendry County students report that they’ve ridden one or more times in the last month with a family member who had been drinking? Hendry County High School-Aged Teen’s 30-day use rate for marijuana is 22%; the state average is 18%. In Hendry County the average age a child has their first drink, smokes their first cigarette, or smokes marijuana for the first time is 12 years old.

What teens say and think
Although teens can be rebellious, and it seems like they want nothing to do with you, the truth is they believe you and they trust you. Surveys show that teens want and expect their parents to play a key role in their lives, but they like to act as if they are alone and can deal with those problems themselves. In fact, Hendry County Teens rank their parents as the #1 source of believable information! Perhaps you wouldn’t think so by the way they behave sometimes, but be encouraged. It’s even biological. The areas of the brain that encourage impulsivity and risk-taking develop in the early teens, while the areas that improve self-control don't develop until the very late teens or early 20s. Parents must stay actively involved to help their children remain alcohol-free. They are more prone to take risk, but they really don’t have the capacity to make those decisions.

Now what?
Even if your children aren’t quite in middle school, it’s not too early to start the conversation. Get involved – bond with your child, learn about their lives have special time with each of them. Make boundaries - be clear about your expectations. Don’t be afraid to monitor your teens – know their friends, know where they are, know what they are doing (even of you trust them).

Yes, staying involved isn't easy at first and some have to be very intentional about the whole process. Parents are busier than ever before, with work, managing a home, keeping in touch with family and friends, and helping in the community. Yet making the extra effort to stay closely involved with your teen by bonding, setting boundaries and monitoring activities will make a powerful difference in keeping your child drug and alcohol free. It is worth the extra effort to have your child grow up addiction-free, with a healthy, fully functioning brain. Putting in a little extra effort now will save a lot of time, grief, and effort later. Make this your resolution.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Questions for a New Year

On Sunday, I preached a message from Haggai 1:5, "Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: "Consider your ways!" The prophet Haggai's name means "festival." He may have been among the exiles who returned from Babylon to Jerusalem. Although Jewish people began returning to Jerusalem in 538 B.C. led by Zerubbabel and the high priest Joshua, the temple had still not been completed eighteen years later. Apparently after an initial attempt, opposition had arisen and discouragement set in. The unfinished temple lay in ruins until 520 B.C., when the prophet Haggai entered the scene to encourage God's people to complete what they had begun. Haggai's public ministry evidently lasted only four months. Yet he, along with the prophet Zechariah, led God's people to accomplish their task.

Haggai may have been an elderly man when God used him to deliver His messages to His people. Though Haggai's ministry was brief, it resulted in the construction of a temple that would be used to worship God for nearly 600 years. Haggai was an encourager. Even when the top religious and political leaders had grown disheartened, the faithful prophet remained confident. Moreover, he inspired others to share his trust in God.

In Haggai 1:5, he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them and to evaluate their ship shod spirituality in light of what God had told them. Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It's so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we're going and where we should be going.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up and get our bearings. For starters, here are 10 questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God. (These questions were written by Don Whitney, who is associate professor of spiritual formation at Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary.)

1. What's one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
2. What's the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
3. What's the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year.
4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
8. What's the most important way you will, by God's grace, try to make this year different from last year?
9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in 10 years? In eternity?

So let's evaluate our lives, make plans and goals, and live this new year with biblical diligence, remembering that, "The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage" Proverbs 21:5

Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here we are on the first day of the first month of the new year. (1-1-11). Today I'm going to the church to Marry, Kaci Ringler and Blake McCullers at 11AM. This is a wonderful union of two young people who love each other. What a wonderful start to a new year.

I hope that on Sunday you will make it a priority to be in God's house and start the new year focusing on God's principles for our lives. Sunday School begins at 9:45am and we have classes for all ages. Worship is at 11AM and 6PM. Come and worship the Lord with us this Sunday.