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Upcoming Events
DEC

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WED
Fellowship Meal
5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
Contact Lori in the church office to get the menu for the current week. First-time guests eat free. There are no reservations required.
Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for grades 1-12; Preschoolers, $1�
Bible Study / Prayer Meeting
6:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Join us for a time of Bible study, prayer and fellowship taking place right after the Wednesday evening meal.
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Perry and George lead the praise team to practice and prepare for the Sunday morning BT worship service. The time is flexible but normally lasts only about 1/2 hour. Practice starts right after the Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer time.
DEC

17

SUN
Sunday School / Bible Study
9:30 AM to 10:35 AM
Join us for Sunday School.
Sunday Morning Worship
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM
BT Sanctuary
Servicio en Espaol
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM
This fellowship meets In the Collin's Room
Japanese Worship
2:00 PM
Japanese Language Church of Oklahoma. A wonderful fellowship of Japanese Christians, and others.
DEC

20

WED
Fellowship Meal
5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
Contact Lori in the church office to get the menu for the current week. First-time guests eat free. There are no reservations required.
Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for grades 1-12; Preschoolers, $1�
Bible Study / Prayer Meeting
6:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Join us for a time of Bible study, prayer and fellowship taking place right after the Wednesday evening meal.
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Perry and George lead the praise team to practice and prepare for the Sunday morning BT worship service. The time is flexible but normally lasts only about 1/2 hour. Practice starts right after the Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer time.
Bible Search
Every Christian a Candle

Christmas is less than a week away. One of the things that I really love about the celebration of the birth of Christ is the light of the season. The lights of Christmas decorations can make one feel at peace, and they present a magical quality to them at night. America, in particular, needs the wonder of Christmas right now as it deals with the tragic massacre of little innocent children in Newtown, Connecticut last week, as well as those who spent each day educating and caring for them.

As a Christian, and a God-called preacher, I know that I was saved to shine the light of God’s truth into a world that is in utter spiritual blackness. Maybe it would be a good practice for all true Christians, everywhere, if every night we would light a single candle in our house and then turn off the lights for a few moments and just think about this age that we live in, and the difference that the light of a single candle can make even in a darkened room.

Things are very bad in America now.  And it has been sadly inevitable that things would come to this point. And the precise reason things are so bad is because God and the light of His truth have been violently pushed to the periphery our culture, and the light that does shine is barely seen, and it makes little impact on the real decision makers in our culture. Can’t you, as I do, sense that something is terribly wrong and that it is not getting better? The sad thing about American politicians is that they only focus on the effect, and never the cause. I believe this is because they know that if we had a true and serious national discussion about the real cause of our problems in America, secular progressivism, it would make our secular nation feel uncomfortable. It's the great sin of our age in America to make any American feel uncomfortable. And, God-forbid, that anyone in America is made to feel uncomfortable. I can tell you this, it has made me feel very sad for the families of those murdered in Newtown as I’ve seen their pain and tears. May the Good Lord above wrap them in His arms and cover them with His love.

So the politicians will go on their silly rants about the need to “control guns”. They will talk about the effect, and never address the real causes of so much of the anger and hopelessness that has spread like a cancer across our nation, thanks in large part to the very laws and policies that they promote and pass. And this is why Jesus said that if the blind (i.e., they have none of God’s light!) lead the blind (i.e., they have none of God’s light) they will both fall into a ditch.

There is only one thing for the church of Jesus Christ to do today in our world whether we are Catholic or Protestant, and that’s for every believer to see themselves as a candle shinning in a spiritually blackened world created by our very own government with its asinine secular progressive policies that create more problems than they ever solve. Please, I pray, let’s all do our part to be a candle to spread the truth about God and His love and grace, and push back the darkness so that people will turn from their despair to the only One who is the Hope of the world, that is, Jesus Christ.

JTS

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