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As we are all learning how to navigate through life during this time, the Lord has really challenged me in several ways as a husband, a dad, a Pastor and especially as a leader.  I thought I would share with you all a few ways that I have personally been challenged during this time.  We need to walk through the storms of life and growing seasons of life with a deep conviction, great passion and strong, but humble leadership!

A few things for us all to remember through this season:

People follow those who are willing to adapt and continue to run the race through any circumstance.  

Be that person.  Don’t get tired or grow weary!  Don’t stop dreaming!  Don’t quit believing; there is more we can do!  Accept where you are, where God has allowed you to be in this current season, adapt to today and press forward!!   Some great examples of those who lived like this are found all throughout Scripture… just look at the lives of Moses, Joshua, Paul, Peter, the Apostles, Jeremiah, and Jesus.  We must keep our eyes up and our vision forward!

Proverbs 4:25 “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”

Communication is key!  

People need to hear from you often and consistently through this season. I’m so grateful for technology and this allows us to virtually “see” people that we cannot see face to face during this time. If people don’t hear from you they forget about you!!  Over communicate, don’t worry about how good your feed’s look, or pictures are edited, worry how well your people are being informed and communicated with.  

Proverbs 11:14 “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”

Dream!!  

How often do you get the chance to Dream?  Let this be a time to dream new dreams!!  Yet, remember what good is a dream if you don’t put action to it.  Putting action to a new dream is scary and you have to put yourself out there.  Go for it!!  Take the risk!!!  I love what Stan Lingo, a good friend and one of our Church Elders, said to me the other day, “These events will weed out the weak and provide opportunities for the creative.”

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” 

Spend time in God’s word DAILY!!  

Enough Said!!  You have extra time so give it to Jesus by beginning each day with Him. I challenge you to begin each and every day with Him.   It will center your focus each day on things that are above and focus on the things that matter in this life.

Read!!  

Read no less than a chapter a day in a book.  Now is a time to grow, and become sharper and better during this season!!  Don’t fade away – lean in!!  

Giving financially matters. 

We will be tested in our faithfulness during the most fearful of times.  Don’t let fear move you from obedience!!  

Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Then for those of us in leadership or ministry – here are a few thoughts:

1.) The importance of people over programs.  

Relationships will last a lifetime; programs come and go.  What will be here when we are said and done will be a result of the relationships we built that sustained through the storm.  

Proverbs 27:23    “Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds…” 

2.) Get rid of the things that do not matter.  

There are things in your ministries, life and family that you may have been wanting to get lean up, get rid of, or that need to be gone.  Now is the time to do so, if it is ok with leadership.  “Trim up the fat and become healthier.”

Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Let us all keep running the race that we have been placed in.  Don’t back down and don’t settle down.  Get up, be proactive and run!!! It has been said  “A passive general never won a war!!”  Passivity will defeat us if we allow it.  Don’t let the enemy win in your life during this season!!!   

Galatians 6:9  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  



Weekly Prayer Guide 2

This is week two of Trinity’s family friendly prayer guide. It is our desire that,  you and your family, along with the rest of the Trinity family, can gather together each evening, at 7:00 PM if possible, and pray together. Each day and each week we will provide you with resources for your family prayer time. It is our hope as your church staff, that during these trying times, we would be a more praying church than ever and have families that regularly pray together.

Our foundational prayer scripture for this ministry is 2Chronicles 7:14 which Pastor Brian referenced recently:

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (NIV)

Monday:  Perspective/God’s viewpoint:  SCRIPTURE: Ps.77:10-13 (NIV)

V.11. “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.”

Talk about many the miracles of God in Bible and thank Him for His power.

Pray that we don’t forget that God is still God today and is still working.

Pray that we can encourage someone this week with God’s perspective.

Tuesday: Friends: SCRIPTURE: Prov.18:24 (NKJV).

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but here is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Pray that we, as a family, would reach out to our friends and neighbors around you.

Pray that we as a family would reach out to distant friends and encourage them.

Pray that we would contact our closest friends and tell them how much they mean to us.

Wednesday: For Our First responders: SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:4. 

“ Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (ESV)

Pray for the doctors and nurses who are caring for Covid19 patients.

Pray for our police, firefighters, ambulance drivers and others during this time.

Pray for the grocery store employees who work to serve us each day and let’s thank them or give them card and invite them to church.

Thursday: For those sick who are sick: SCRIPTURE: James 5:16-18.

V.16. “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (NLT)

Pray for our friends and relatives who are sick right now or in the hospital.

Pray for those who are sick to turn to Jesus and receive a personal touch from Him.

Pray for people to stay home and be careful not to spread this virus.

Friday: HOPE: SCRIPTURE: Romans 15:13

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

Pray that the Lord would continue to give us hope during these difficult days.

Pray that our hope would be spread to others, as we trust in Him.

Pray that God would give us and all around us peace and joy.

Saturday: “An Attitude of Gratitude.” SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:6-7.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NASB)

Pray that our church would continue to be a praying and thankful church, and that we would worship Him greatly on Sunday.

Pray that I/we would not be fearful but thankful for what God has done and will do.

Thank God, that as we pray with thankfulness, His peace is ours!

Sunday: Faith: Scripture: Hebrews 11:6.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (NIV)

Pray for this FAITH as we as family start a new week, in every part of our lives.

Pray that as I/we come to Him this week, in prayer and His Word, we would earnestly seek Him.

Pray that I might demonstrate faith everywhere I go, in whatever I do.



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Dear friends,

I just finished reading Psalms 25, and it still always amazes me how the Psalm of the day always speaks to me. It also has a good word for us:

  • 6 is an earnest and deep request to God to ‘remember O Lord, your mercies and loving-kindnesses, for they have been shown from long ages past.’
  • 7b says, ‘According to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.’

And David, who is called the ‘Sweet Psalmist of Israel’, finishes with

‘Oh, keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.

Let integrity and uprightness/honesty protect me, for I put my hope in You.’

Friends, let’s be wise and people of peace and faith during this pandemic, and let us be like David, who sang this song to the Lord. There is a song of some years ago that had a phrase in it, “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever, I will sing, yes I will sing.” When we see the daily events, let’s remind ourselves of the Lord’s goodness, His mercy and loving-kindnesses, and then maybe sing.

 

Associate Pastor, Scott Kinney



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Covid – Giving Options

How to Give when not meeting in the room:

 
The story is being told and I am so thankful for all Trinity Baptist Church, OK and how God us using you all over our community!!

How to Give:
1. Go online at giving.TrinityChurchOK.com
2. Text “GIVE” to 405-358-4839
3. Call us at the church office if you need us to come pick up your gift.
4. Mail in a check to Trinity Baptist Church, PO Box 850620, Yukon, OK 73085

Let’s stay faithful and keep making a huge impact in our community.



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Weekly Prayer Guide 1

This is a new family friendly prayer guide so you and your family, along with the rest of the Trinity family, can gather together each evening, at 7:00 PM if possible, and pray together. Each day and each week we will provide you with resources for your family prayer time. It is our hope as your church staff, that during these trying times, we would be a more praying church and have families that regularly pray together.
 
Our foundational prayer scripture for this ministry is 2Chronicles 7:14 which Pastor Brian referenced in last Sunday’s Message:
 
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)
 
Monday: Health: SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  • Pray for all of our family members to get well or stay well.
  • Pray for our friend’s health at school or work or in our neighborhood.
  • Pray that many people will reach out to Jesus during this serious time were are in.

Tuesday: Trust: SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (NIV)

  • Pray that we, as a family, would grow stronger in our trust and faith in God.
  • Pray that others would see our trust and faith in the Lord everyday.
  • Pray that we would submit to the Lord and follow His path for us.
 
Wednesday: For Our Church – Scripture – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (NIV)

  • Pray that our church would care for and love one another.
  • Pray that our church would serve our communities.
  • Pray that our pastors and elders would have wisdom and lead well.

Thursday: For Our Leaders: SCRIPTURE: 1Timothy 2:1-2

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (NIV)

  • Pray for our President and national leaders during these serious times.
  • Pray for our Governor and our county leaders as they serve our state.
  • Pray for the leaders of our communities, and our first responders.

Friday: Salvation: SCRIPTURE: Titus 3:5a

“5 He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy…” (NASB)

  • Pray that many of our friends and family ask Jesus to come into their life to be their Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for our church to reach many people so they would be saved.
  • Pray that God would use me to bring others to Jesus to be saved.

Saturday: Greatness and Glory of God. SCRIPTURE: Psalms 115:1

“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” (NIV)

  • Pray that our church would continue to be a praising and worshipping church, and would worship Him greatly on Sunday.
  • Pray that I/we would learn how to better praise the Lord. (Ps.145-150)
  • Praise God for His creation, for this world.

Sunday: Godly Character: Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23.

“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

  • Pray for this fruit to be evident in every person in my immediate family.
  • Pray that we may grow in godliness and character.
  • Pray that I might demonstrate godly character everywhere I go.
 


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Can I make a statement this morning that many get intimidated by but there is so much truth in scripture through it. THERE IS POWER IN REPENTANCE! I know ouch right. No one ever wants to hear the word repent but I find it to be one of the most freeing words in scripture because Repentance leads to Freedom.
 
Everyone wants to be experience freedom yet do we want to do what it takes to get there? Freedom comes through repentance. To Repent is to change your mind. To turn around and go a different way than you are currently going. We long for freedom because we are stuck in bondage. The bondage of a disease, the bondage of our past, the bondage of our current sinful heart and we long to be free of it. How can the Lord free us of something when we are not willing to do what it takes to experience freedom.
 
Through this season stop and reflect. What has become a god to you and you have place it over the one true God in your priority list. What has become your king? What sin (public or private) is holding you back and you have not be willing to turn from it. To repent of it!
 
Before God heals our land we must first HUMBLE ourselves before Him (2 Chronicles 7:14). Before God makes our paths straight we must first SUBMIT to Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). Before God grants eternal salvation you must be willing to repent of your sins (Acs 3:19). Before you prosper with freedom you must repent of that which is holding you back (Proverbs 28:13). The message Jesus brought to the earth was a very simply one: Repent and Believe. John the Baptist taught it, Peter and Paul preached it. It was THE message yet today we have run from this message! Luke 5:32 Jesus even says “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
 
As you read this remember though how deep your father loves you and wants you:
Joel 2:13 “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”
 
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
 
 
The powerful part is every time we find repentance we find healing. We find freedom. We find hope through the Lord. We find prosperity. Let’s stop leaning on our own understanding and let’s starting submitting to the Lord and trusting him. Let’s live in a way that we run from the gods that we have put before us and run to the God who came to save us. When we get to this point remember He will make our paths straight!!
 
Can I encourage you, while you have time, evaluate where you are in your walk with Christ. What do you need to repent of and return to the Lord with your life? Through God’s grace He always welcomes us back and provides the freedom. Can I encourage you with a word we find discouraging but leads to the greatest freedom, repent and find freedom through Jesus!!
 
 
Pastor Brian Mills


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Covid Parent Resources

Hey Parents! Orange has released some great info for parents that we wanted to share with you!
 
Crisis Conversation Guides – Preschool-High School
Anxiety Conversation Guides – Preschool-High School
 
Also Parents, be sure to go to your App Store and Download the ParentCue App!
 


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Masks for First Responders

Canadian County – We just spoke to Sheriff Chris West and there is a need in our community for protective mask for our first responders.  He has asked us to help make a lot to help them have what they need.  Could you make some? We need over 200 mask made.  This is a great opportunity to serve our 1st responders. 

You can bring the mask to Trinity Baptist Church, OK or contact any staff member of Trinity and we will come pick them up from your house for you. 



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Rejoice? Really?

The book of Philippians is like a greatest hits album. Its full of so many of the verses we quote, post on social media, slap on bracelets and use to inspire others. Here are a few of my favorite:

  • Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.
  • Philippians 1:21 For me, to live is Christ; to die is gain.
  • Philippians 2:12 Continue to work out your salvation with trembling and fear.
  • Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

But what about Philippians 4:4?

“Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.”

Really Paul? How do we rejoice in the midst of a global pandemic? How do we find joy when we aren’t sure what the future holds?

As you read through the book of Philippians it’s interesting that Paul never prayed for His or the church’s circumstances to change. But He did pray for joy, for perseverance, for grace and for peace in the midst of his circumstances. Paul’s joy did not come from hanging at the beach, or being in the mountains, or eating at his favorite restaurant. How did Paul rejoice? Because his joy came from Christ! Philippians is not a book about joy, but a book of joy because of Christ. Joy is mentioned every 8 verses, but Christ is in every other verse in the book. The foundation of Paul’s joy was his faith and trust for his life and future found in Christ.

Paul tells us how to rejoice in the midst of difficult times in verse 6:


Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

Paul tells us to bring our fears and concerns to God in prayer. Our beginning step is to pray about everything we are worried or anxious. Rick Warren has said, “If it is big enough to worry about it is big enough to pray about.” Or as Martin Luther said, “Pray and let God worry.” Depending on your level of anxiety you may need to bring it to God in prayer multiple times in the same hour. Mark Batterson puts it this way: “Think of worry as a prayer alarm. Every time it goes off you put it to prayer.” Your prayer life becomes your first step on a pathway to peace. Ask God, thank God, and trust God. Joy is the source of our power, and prayer is the secret. So pray and pray often!

And in verse 7, Paul tells us the result of us taking our anxiety and fears to Him:

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” 

Now that is a beautiful promise! Peace, the opposite of worry. God’s peace – the one that transcends all understanding. The kind of peace that doesn’t have to understand why or how – that peace will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. It’s a peace that doesn’t make sense…But God! The peace of God is a shield. It guards your heart and mind as a filter for your worry and anxiety to go through.

Finding peace in the midst of these times take active and continuous prayer to the only one who can bring us peace in our hearts and minds. We must go to Him over and over and over. And when we do, the peace of God guards us in our present and guides us for the future.

This may be a good time for you to read through the book of Philippians. Read a chapter each day and repeat every four days. Meditate, journal and pray through the book of Philippians and see how God brings you a peace that the world won’t understand.

Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
 
Toby Anderson, Adult Pastor


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The doors may be closed to our building right now, but the church never stops moving, and that goes for our Student Ministry too. Over the next couple weeks we have developed a plan to engage students and parents during these unprecedented times. Here are some of the things headed your way.

        • In the coming weeks we will be giving messages via Facebook and instagram TV for our students to watch on Tuesday and Thursday to dive into God’s Word on a deeper level. We encourage students to interact with us every time we are online
        • We will be doing a Bible reading plan through the YouVersion App as a Students ministry. The link to our plan will be provided on our Facebook and Instagram pages and anybody can join us along our journey through God’s Word. Students are allowed and encourage to comment and engage the Scripture as we continue to seek to know and understand God’s Word more in this current situation.
        • Baron and Kyle will be active online through a variety of avenues. Facebook and Instagram will be the primary way we will do this. We will be posting fun online activities that our students can take part in. We want to provide fun environment for our students to interact with where they can feel like they are still in a community.
        • We will be checking in frequently via text with students and parents throughout this time because we know that relationships are a cornerstone to ministry. It’s important to us that students feel cared for during these uncertain times and ask if your students or yourselves have any questions that they would feel free to ask.

As, we try to increase are presence on different social media platforms we ask that you would engage with us by liking, commenting and sharing are post! Finally, we ask that you could be a partner in prayer for our Student ministry. The days ahead may feel unknown at this time, but they’ve never been a surprise to God. We pray that although church looks a little different that they would still love Jesus more and more every day.

Please don’t hesitate to ask our staff if there is anything at all that we can do.

Blessings,

Baron Cage & Kyle Cook



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