An Encouraging Word from your Pastor

March 2020

Hey Church Family,

For those of you who missed this last Sunday’s “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT”, we are so excited to announce that we have officially hired our next Worship Pastor! We are so fired up and can’t wait for this next season in the life of our church, as we welcome Cody & Penny Dunbar, and their two children, Scotlyn and C.J., to our Trinity Family as our new Worship Pastor.  We can’t wait for his first Sunday leading worship with us will be April 5th.  I am incredibly grateful for Jonathan Hinkle and Jessica Cook and all of our Trinity Worship Team who have all done such an incredible job in leading us in worship each and every week over the last year or so! We have such talented and gifted people at Trinity and I just want to say how grateful I am for the job they have stepped up to fill in this interim period.

Well, spring is finally upon us and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!!!  I am just not a fan of cold weather, although our snow day was awesome!!!   So don’t forget about Daylight Savings time this weekend – to set your clocks forward ONE HOUR Saturday night – that’s right… we lose an hour of sleep, but the days will finally be a little longer!

My family and I have now experienced fall and winter here in Oklahoma and both seasons have been amazing!!  Every week we have seen so many God-sized stories take place through many of you. Those of you who are bringing your “one’s” to church and are seeing their lives changed, weekly people are being baptized, serving all around Canadian County like never before, watching new families come to Trinity and getting plugged into a small group and a place of service through Growth Track, and so much more!  We love our church and are thankful the Lord has so chosen to shine His Favor on it for this season we are in. 

One thing I know about seasons is that seasons come, and seasons go!  I would imagine you can say amen to that just in your personal life.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”. We all have experienced the joyful seasons as well as the challenging seasons in life.  Let me remind you today to not let the changing of seasons cause your faith to falter. Jesus promised us in John 16:33  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have troubleBut take heart! I have overcome the world.”  Remember that through the journey of life, how you respond to the seasons of life will determine the impact of your journey. 

Whatever season you find yourself in, give it to the Lord and trust Him to guide your next steps. 

Let me give you 5 quick thoughts on walking through the seasons of life; whether they are mountaintops or valleys:

  1. Be sure your roots are deep.

Prepare today for what might come tomorrow.  Remember where we place our anchor will determine how the storms of life affect us.  

Colossians 2:7 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

  1. Community matters.

Together we need people, because people need people.  Having and building community takes work and effort, but it’s a must in our walk with Christ.  Small groups are a big deal and we all need to be in one. That’s why we are making Small Groups such a big deal here at Trinity!

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

  1. Make church THE priority, not just A priority.

We need weekly spiritual encouragement with our church family.  There is nothing better than a recharge through gathering together weekly in worship together! There’s just something about being IN the room! And can I just say I love our worship services at Trinity!!!    

Psalm 27:4 ” One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”

  1. Give the enemy NO room!

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  Resisting takes discipline.  Discipline yourself through creating boundaries in life that give the enemy NO ROOM in your life, your relationships, your family or our church! 

  1. Choose JOY!

When your faith is strong, you rest in joy, knowing that God is bringing it to pass.   

Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”


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