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Pastor Blog 4-19-2020

Psalm 57:7 “My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!”
 
David just got to the cave in Addulam where he was hiding from King Saul, as Saul was out to take David’s life. The one that was anointed to be the next King of Israel, was now being pursued to be killed. When the Lord does not provide your desires, in your timing, is your immediate response in the moment still to proclaim “My heart is confident in you, O God!” (Psalm 57:7)
 
David finished this Psalm saying “Wake up, my heart! Wake up, O lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song. I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations. For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”
 
 
Never forget that the Lord has a plan for you and it will be fulfilled in His timing and through His ways, but we must stay faithful along the journey. Never lose your confidence in God even if life seems to take a turn in a way you never expected!!! He is with you. He is for you.


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As I am working from home, I have been reading through the One Year the Chronological Bible with many of you, and I have also been reading a Psalm each day (most days) in the order where I started. This really feeds my soul emotionally as well as spiritually. So I would like to share some blessings that I received today from Ps.47.

Remember to old chorus that we used to sing at Trinity, that went like this: “Clap your hands, all you people, Shout to the Lord with the voice of triumph, Clap your hands, all you people, Shout to the Lord with the voice of Praise, Hosanna…”.

I’m sure that Psalm 47:1 was the inspiration for the praise song, “Shout to the Lord.” So the message for us today would be, ‘Can we clap our hands for the goodness of God toward us, and shout to Lord for joy, with a loud, triumphant voice for who He is and what He has done for us? Clapping and shouting because He loved us and sent Jesus for us… for saving us, for protecting us, and for all the blessings He has given to us!

Verses 6-7 again tell us just to stop and praise the Lord! “Sing praises to

God, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; Sing to Him, a psalm of praise!” The news from this world can really get us down, and in your own life there might be some real uncertainties due to the pandemic. But we can always shout to the Lord with praise, clap our hands to the One who loved us and gave His life for us, and ‘Sing to Lord.’ Why don’t you just stop and sing to Him today, praise Him and even clap your hands for His wonderful love for you?

Pastor Scott



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Weekly Prayer Guide 3

This is Holy Week and week three 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 this week our prayer guide will correspond with each of Jesus’ last days of His earthly ministry. 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:  Jesus curses the fig tree and cleanse the temple for the 2nd time:  SCRIPTURE: Mark 11:12-19

Pray that the Lord would help us all to ‘bear good fruit’, do good things for God.

Pray that we would care about the church and it’s ministries like Jesus cared about the temple.

Jesus called the temple a ‘house of prayer’. How can this apply to our church or our homes?

 

Tuesday: Jesus, the greatest Teacher of All: SCRIPTURE: Mark 11:20 – 13:37.

Jesus taught on forgiveness. Pray that we would forgive others just like Jesus has forgiven us. (Mark 11:25-26).

Jesus taught on money (Mark 12:13-17). Pray that we would be faithful in our giving to the Lord.

Jesus taught on the greatest of the commandments. Pray that we would always love the Lord with all our heart, and to love our neighbors like we love ourselves. (Mark 13:28-31).

 

Wednesday: This was Jesus’ quiet day’, a day of rest before Thursday: SCRIPTURE: Matthew 11:28: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Pray that we would be especially close to Jesus tonight and tomorrow.

Pray that we would always first come to Jesus with our worries and fears.

Thank the Lord that we can always find rest in Him

 

Thursday: The Last Supper: SCRIPTURE: Mark 14

Jesus spent the evening with His friends. Pray that our friends and relatives will understand the love of Jesus now more than ever.

Jesus shared His last supper with the disciples. Pray that we would understand even more what the bread/His broken body and the juice/His blood shed for our sins mean.

Judas betrayed Jesus. Pray that we will always be loyal and true to the Lord Jesus, no matter what the circumstances.

 

Friday: The Crucifixion: SCRIPTURE: Mark 14:53 – Mark 15:47

Heb.9:22: ‘And according to the Law almost all things are purged with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.’

Thank the Lord Jesus for dying for your/my sins.

Praise God for His love for us. John 3:16.

Pray that God would give us more love for Christ because of His sacrifice for us. Rom.6:8, “But God demonstrated His love for us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

Saturday: Jesus is in the tomb. Mark 15:45 -46.

Praise and thank the Lord for His plan of salvation, which allows all who are saved to go to heaven.

Thank the Lord that just as Jesus died and went to heaven, so do we have the assurance of eternal life. John 14:1-6.

Pray that we would prepare our hearts tonight to celebrate with Christians all over the world, the wonderful resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Sunday: Resurrection Day/EASTER!: Scripture: 1Cor.15:3-4. “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance [a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

Celebrate with your family tonight the fact that Jesus is alive and is coming again someday soon.

Pray that everyone this next week will see Jesus in our lives!

Praise the Lord for the living hope we have everyday, because of the ‘empty tomb.’



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April 5th Service



Easter 2020 Blog

EASTER – A time we celebrate Jesus death, burial and resurrection. 

Every year Easter is one of the most special times and I believe this year will be the same!!  It will look different this year more than ever before, but I implore you to remember that God is on the move, so as His Church, we must pray and make much of Jesus through these unprecedented times. 
 

WHAT WILL EASTER LOOK LIKE AT TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH (@TRINITYCHURCHOK)

Palm Sunday, April 5th

10:45am – LIVE SERVICE Online only

7:00pm – We are hosting an online community-wide Prayer Gathering with some pastors & leaders from all over Canadian County. 

 

Holy Week Daily Devotional

You will be receiving a daily devotion by text message, as we walk through Easter week together.  If you want to make sure you get the text, please go to infocard.trinitychurchok.com and fill out the information card, submit it and we will add you to our system to make sure you get these daily texts. 

 

Tuesday, April 7th Coffee Break

Pastor Brian and his wife Jennifer will host an Coffee Break episode. 

 

Good Friday, April 10th Coffee Break LIVE @ NOON

12:00pm – Pastor Brian, his wife, and Cody Dunbar will walk us through the events of Good Friday and we will have a LIVE, but brief online only Good Friday time of reflection. 

 

Easter Sunday Morning, April 12th

We will celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection with 2 ONLINE ONLY LIVE services

9:00am and 10:45am 

 

Easter Sunday Night, April 12th

6:30pm – We will have an online only WORSHIP NIGHT led by Cody Dunbar and the Trinity Worship team, along with Pastor Brian giving us encouraging words throughout it.   This is for Trinity and the whole community to have a night of celebration and reflection as we come to the end of Easter night. 

 

Let’s make this Easter one we will never forget, not because of COVID-19; but because we lived out our faith like never before! 

Remember every time we post or go live online, these are opportunities to connect virtually. We would love for you to connect and engage with us.  Share, Comment, Like and tag others and let’s stay connected through social media venues and Zoom calls. 

Church, this is a different time, but it is a time in which God can flex his muscles and show off in a mighty way in our lives.  Let Him show off through the way you respond. Stay healthy, stay positive, and stay in the Word during this time. We love you Church!

-Pastor Brian



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I’ve been looking to the Psalms a lot during this time of quarantine. I was reminded this week of the song Psalm 46 (Lord of Host) by Shane and Shane that became a staple song in our student ministry a few years ago and that we have sang together multiple times as a church. Shane and Shane have an amazing reading plan on the Bible App based on the Psalms and I wanted to share their devo from day 1 with you. As you read through, keep in mind the reality we are in today and remember that the Lord of Host is with us!

Toby Anderson
Adult Pastor

Listen and watch a live performance of this song here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKs_gQecaDY

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
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The “pick-six” in American football may be the single most thrilling play in team sports.

One team is advancing. They’re making an offensive assault against the stronghold of their opponent. The quarterback drops back to pass; he surveys the defense and throws the ball down the field to move his team deeper into the territory of the opponent, maybe even into the end zone. But just at the moment when he is trying to strike downfield, a defender steps in the way, intercepts the ball, and not only stops the drive of the opposing advance, but goes on the offensive himself, sprinting down the field the other way and scoring against the team that had just been trying to score on him.

In the blink of an eye, the tables are turned. It’s often a two-touchdown swing. One team’s drive for six points crumbles in a single play, and in only a matter of seconds turns into six for the team going the other way. It’s either tragic or euphoric depending on what colors you’re wearing.

The Defense Holds

Psalm 46 is a divine pick-six — except it’s even more thrilling, and an even greater turnaround for God’s people.

Verses 1–7 paint the picture of God’s people on defense, threatened by her enemies from without. The dangers mentioned in verses 2–3 may be actual natural disasters, but more likely they are images of the tumult God’s people find themselves in as they are surrounded by approaching enemies: earthquake (“the earth gives way”), landslide (“the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea”), and even something like a tsunami (“its waters roar and foam [and] the mountains tremble at its swelling”).

However, even under such duress, God’s people need not fear, says the psalmist, because “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (46:1). Not only will he quell the roaring saltwater sea of chaos outside the city, in the form of enemy nations, but he provide a freshwater stream in the city to refresh his people and give them peace and joy even the night before the battle.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. (46:4–5)

When the new day breaks, and the enemy’s assault begins, God fells them with one little word. “The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts” (46:6). Then verse 7 echoes how the psalm began (“God is our refuge and strength”), celebrating, “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” That concludes the first stanza. The protection of God’s people has been successful. The defense held.

The Tables Turn

But then it goes the other way. Not only does God, with his people in tow, stand against the threat of the nations, but he goes on the offensive to win them. He will not just fend off their evil attacks, but he will bring them into his kingdom.

There is a scene break between verses 7 and 8, and a new stanza begins. Now God’s people are no longer bunkered down in defense in the walls of the city, but the message of God’s rule and power is streaming out from the city to the nations. The first stanza was God’s people standing against the threat of rival nations (defense); now the second stanza is God’s message sounding forth to win over their foes.

The word that goes out from God’s city is this: “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10). God declares his divine rule and authority to the nations and demands their submission.

Cease Your Striving

“Be still and know that I am God” is not a call for a respite from life’s chaos and distractions; it is a summons to ultimate repentance, to lay down the arms of assault and rebellion against the living God, and gladly embrace his purpose and grace. “Be still” means cease your striving. Stop kicking against the goads. Stop suppressing the truth and lashing out against God. Surrender and acknowledge his power.

The declaration of verse 7 then returns in verse 11: “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” God’s people celebrate that the God of the nations is their God, who has covenanted himself to them. He is with them. He is on their side. Better, they are on his side.

And they are not just conquerors who fight back the foe; they are more than conquerors who take the enemy captive to serve their everlasting good and the advance of God’s kingdom (Romans 8:37).



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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.”