November 2019

Church,

I want you to know how proud I am to call Trinity our family’s home church. It is an honor to pastor this church and I could not be more thankful for all that the Lord is doing in our midst! The Lord has been so faithful. We truly have the BEST PEOPLE!!!

We want to disciple our people in a great way here at Trinity, this has weighed heavy on my heart as your pastor and so we are working hard to provide opportunities for you to help you grow in your walk with Christ.

Remember, that Together We are a Reaching, Discipling, & Sending church impacting all generations for Christ

Let me give you an encouraging word for this month.

John 8:47 “Anyone who belongs to God, listens gladly to the words of God.”

When I was a kid I can’t say that I would always “listen gladly” to my parents. Anyone with me? They would probably say I did not “listen gladly” ever… haha! I have been so blessed to have grown up in a home in which my parents are still married today – 46 years strong, and that they always made church a priority in our family. They wanted to guide me right and I always knew that.   As I grew older and would experience the curve balls that life would throw my way, I soon discovered the voices around me were all trying to advise me, and yet I always knew there was one voice that I could always trust, a voice that I knew had my best interest at heart, and that was my parent’s voice. As a result, I would “gladly listen” to them when I needed to listen the most.

Life can be challenging, and let’s be honest, we all face challenges in our lives from time to time. During these seasons of life the culture will always be there, telling you what you want to hear or what you should do to be “happy”, but that does not mean it is what the Word of God calls you to do! As children of God, we are not called to follow the ways of the culture – we’re called to be set apart. We are not to find our validation in the ways of this world. We are to find our validation in the ways of God through His word and “listen gladly” to his voice, but this means spending time in His Word daily. Your attitude towards the Word of God will determine your spiritual altitude in living out the Word in your life. A “listens gladly” spirit is an attitude chosen by you each day. Make the choice today to choose to live out God’s word even when you don’t “feel like it” or even if it does not line up with what the world says. “Listening gladly” is a choice that you get to make. I encourage you as followers of Christ this month make it your mission to say “I chose to listen gladly to the words of God and I will live them out.” And then thank Him, that He is a God who cares, Who sees you, Who knows you, Who redeemed you, and Who loves you.  Write down 5 ways the Lord has blessed you and what you are thankful for this Holiday season and share them with your spouse, best friend or anyone you are close too.

3 Action Steps:

  1. What messages are you listening to from the culture over following the Word in your life? Journal it and then find scripture (yes, it’s ok to use Google) to claim & stand on in your life or situation, instead of the advice of the culture.
  2. Chose a smile today even if you don’t “feel like it”. Choose joy today!
  3. Write out 5 things this month that you are most thankful for… It is the month of Thanksgiving


October 2019

I am so encouraged by our church!! I hope that you love coming to church every week as much as my family and I do!!
 
Over the last few weeks we have been in a series that we’ve entitled, “Be Daring” as we have looked at the first healing miracle in the book of Acts when Peter and John heal the lame beggar at the Temple. When Peter first meets the lame beggar he says to him, “Look at us” (Acts 3:4). Peter was redirecting his attention here.   So the lame beggar “gave them his attention” in verse five, signifying a “look up” moment in his life. Now you have to remember, that this lame beggar had spent his whole life looking down in shame of his inability, but now he is being commanded to look up!
 
When I was a teenager I had a fear of heights, especially of roller coasters. I would still ride them despite this fear but would keep my eyes closed the entire time. Then one day I opened my eyes and looked up, I even brought myself to let go and put my hands in the air, C’MON!!! Once I trusted, I felt freed of the fear and the enjoyment went to another level.
 
I don’t know what has you looking down in your life, but can I encourage you today to give up whatever it is to the Lord, trust it into His capable hands, and LOOK UP. Let your purpose in life be greater than your now. Your “right now” might not be what you had expected nor what you may have wanted, but are you going to allow your now to cause you to drop your head and miss out on what God has for your tomorrow?! This week I went and visited one of our church members in the hospital, Ms. Elaine Bewley. As I walked into her room the evening of her surgery and asked her how she was, she replied with the infamous statement Ms. Elaine always declares… “I am blessed!” Although not everything had gone as she’d hoped in her procedure, she was still in high hopes and had decided to keep her head up, her eyes fixed on Jesus, trusting God with her now and asking the Lord to use her and her circumstances to make a difference for Him!
 
I’m reminded of Hebrews 12:2, which I love in the Passion Translation (TPT), “
We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.[a] His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his,[b] he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation,[c] and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!”
 
Church, don’t allow yourself to run from God because of your sin, your past failures or hard times; instead run TO God. Let go and let God have it. LOOK UP and fix your eyes on Jesus!!!
 
Your Pastor,
Brian Mills
 
4 Prayer points for our Church:
1. The 5 announcements below. Don’t let them just be another announcement to you, but let them become a prayer point for you.
2. Pray that we keep seeing people come to know Christ weekly, see them follow through in baptism, get plugged into small group and become Kingdom influencers for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
3. Pray for “your ONE”.

Who is your One? The ONE person God has put on your heart that you need to reach out to and invite to church in ONE semester.

4. Weekly obedience in giving. We know that God has called us to be faithful with what He gives us through our tithes and offering. Remember that the tithe is the first fruits, or the first 10% of your paycheck you receive. An offering is over and above the tithe.

Would you pray with me that the Lord would keep shining His favor on our giving at Trinity. Giving has been great each month and we are on our journey of catching up in our annual budget as we started the year a little behind. I want to encourage you to help us catch up by simply being faithful in your tithe unto the Lord each month. The best way to do this consistently is to take part in the reoccurring online giving so that whether you’re in town or away, you can remain faithful and consistent in the tithe. giving.trinitychurchok.com



September 2019

Church, can I give you this short encouragement today from 1 Peter 1:15-16. “But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, “Be Holy as I am Holy”, Peter was referencing Leviticus 11:44-45 here and reminds us of the high calling on our lives of holiness. Holiness, or in the Greek, the original word “hagios,” means to be separated, set apart, or sacred. Peter is simply challenging us in these verses to live our lives set apart.

A call to live different!!
 
I want to encourage you today to live different in the way you respond to others, in your marriage or in your singleness, in the way you raise your kids, in how you treat others, in how you lead out in our community, and in your faithfulness to give back to God off your “first fruits”. Live a life that lives out Ephesians 5:1 “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” May we all live the life that reflects the One whom we have surrendered our life too.
 
Let’s make this very practical today of how we can live this out:
1. Spend time in God’s Word daily.
Some of my favorite resources for this:
– The Chronological One-Year Bible.
– The One-Year Bible
– There are many Bible reading plans available on the You Version Bible app
– Boyd Baily’s Devotionals: “Seeking God in the Proverbs” or “Seeking daily the heart of God”
– “New Morning Mercies” by Paul David Tripp
 
2. Set time in your life to Read God’s Word Daily. Calendar it!
 
3. Create a prayer list and pray through it every day.
 
4. Journal
This does not have to be extensive, it can be a short sentence, what you were challenged by in something you read from God’s word for that day.
 
5. Chose to repent and turn from and SIN in your life and turn to the Lord in your choices daily!
 
6. Memorize Scripture
If you are not sure what verses to claim for your life – you can literally “Google” scriptures to help you combat the sin that “so easily entangles you.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
 
Be sure and make note of the 5 announcements below for the coming events in the life of our church. Invite someone to come with you this Sunday!! It’s going to be a great day! You are an incredible people! My family and I are so blessed to be a part of Trinity Baptist Church and I consider it a high honor and privilege to be your pastor!
 
Praying for you,
Brian Mills
Senior Pastor