Pastor Randy’s Blog

Trunk or Treat – Vansant Road – October 31, 2016

Trunk or Treat is a gift to our community.  It is a great opportunity for us to provide a safe place for children, interact briefly with parents, and share Jesus in a passive way through the use of biblically themed decorations.  Trunk or Treat produces good will in the community, which is important in a time when public opinion of church in general is skeptical.

Trunk or Treat takes about 30 car/truck/skid-loader/tractor/buggy/just-about-anything-works entries to make Trunk or Treat work effectively, so volunteer yours today.  Get creative with your decorations—no scary stuff—this is not a Halloween event it is an outreach event that happens on Halloween.  Use your decorations to present the Gospel, be bold and brief; people move by quickly.  Think of it as presenting the Gospel in one sentence.  You do not have to make this up, use a Bible verse.  If each entry presents the Good News, then a person walking through will receive a significant presentation of the Gospel.  Add to the decorations some conversation and we could see some people come to faith in Jesus.

Your help is needed.  It takes about 200 of us to set up, clean up, and host Trunk or Treat, so saying “Your help is needed,” is a huge understatement.  More people came to Trunk or Treat last year than any other single event during the year.  I am grateful for those who have committed to help with Trunk or Treat again this year.  It is impossible to have too much help, so your help is needed.

Here is how you can get involved beginning immediately.

  • Pray now for God to use the gospel tract the children will receive to open families to his love.
  • Decorate your “trunk,” don a kid-friendly costume (no scary stuff), and have a blast as you interact with the crowd handing out candy.
  • Monday afternoon help set up the area and pray over the event; this begins about noon.
  • Help inside greeting people or outside with security.

When Howard Bullock needs you to do something, just say, “Yes.”

Trunk or Treat same event, great new location – Vansant Road, October 31.

Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

August 6-7, 2015

Sunday Chris launched the promotion for the Global Leadership Summit which we will host via satellite August 6-7, 2015. The Summit is a great leadership development opportunity for each of us. Kevin and I have attended the Leadership Summit in the past and found it to be very beneficial. Register early to receive a huge discount. Members and regular attendees get your password from Chris Bass, then go to the church website: www.firstbaptistclinton.church, click on GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2015, enter the password and register. See you at the Summit.
Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

Wet conditions caused by 20 plus days of rain in May keep pushing the pouring of the last two sections of parking lot further out on the calendar. Therefore it became necessary for the Building Committee to postpone the move to Vansant Road. The last concrete pour is now scheduled for July 2, assuming we get some drying conditions. A new move-in schedule will be announced as soon as possible.

Delays in construction are inevitable. We have operated in God’s time since we began this venture about ten years ago, no reason to change now. Prayerful patience is the key. This gives us more opportunity to be in relationship with workers, many of whom do not know Jesus personally. Please continue praying for the spiritual lives of the people working on our building project.

Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

Acts 1:8 is a Bible verse and our Missions Directive Statement: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (HCSB).

ActsOne8 is name we have chosen for organizing our missions involvement. ActOne8 is led by a Global Outreach Team (GOT), which is made up of the leaders of our Jerusalem Team, Judea-Samaria Team, and Ends-of-the-Earth Team. These teams help keep us engaged in the mission of making disciples of our neighbors and the nations.

Through ActsOne8 missions is personalized. Missions is not what we do, it is who we are. Every member is a “missionary.” Each “missionary” uses his or her spiritual gifts, personality, and passion to engage in the mission of making disciples personally. Personal engagement takes many forms: prayer, hands on involvement in mission projects and trips locally and globally, and financial support. Mission action leads to mission vision.

Periodically we have an ActsOne8 Celebration. These celebrations rejoice in the global impact of our congregation, help us connect with missions and Missionaries personally, and give opportunity to renew our commitment to the mission of Jesus in the world. Our next celebration will be October 21-25, 2015.

Get your calendar, write ActsOne8 Celebration across October 21-25, and begin praying for God to work powerfully among us. I am really glad God has allowed me to experience Acts 1:8 and ActsOne8 with you.

Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

This morning as I write this article I am looking over the city of Falmouth, Jamaica via Google Earth. Half of my computer screen is this word document and the other is an aerial view of Falmouth. I am praying over the whole city while our team is ministering throughout the area. This helps me really connect with the team; I can pray as if I were on the trip with them. Please be in constant prayer for our team this week.

I have also prayed over our city this morning. Google Earth is not a live satellite feed because the FBC Vansant Road campus is still a field. Keep checking for the update and praying for the thousands of people under the roofs you see who are lost without Jesus.

While I was traveling around this morning, I visited Fayette, MO; specifically the campus of Central Methodist University where Clayton and Amanda Kreisel are Navigators Campus Ministers. Through ActsOne8 we have been financial supporters of the Kreisel’s ministry. Sunday morning February 1, Clayton and a group of CMU students will lead in our worship. Please pray for these students as they prepare for their visit to Clinton.

It is my understanding that we still need some host homes for students Saturday evening. If you are willing to host some students, please contact Kathy at 885-2211 or by email: kathy@theclintonchurch.org.

You are the best and I am really glad God is letting me be your pastor.

Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

“Abundance” usually causes us to think of more physical stuff. But today I am thinking of the things we need to grow spiritually and build up God’s kingdom. We measure physical stuff by quantity. Spiritual “stuff” can only be measured in quality. The idea of abundance is to increase, to undergo change, to experience more and more.

I recently read the lyrics of Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), recorded by Hillsong United, and was particularly drawn to the words of the bridge:

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Saviour.”[1]

My immediate response was, “I want more trust.” I want to learn trust without borders. I want to walk wherever He calls. I want to go where only the Spirit can lead. I want faith made stronger in the presence of Jesus. I want more of things that make a forever difference in me! I hope you want more too.

I hope you have moments when you want to explore the uncharted waters of life with Jesus going where you have not been. I pray for those kind of moments to occur often in my life and yours. I long for us (the church) to experience mercy, peace, and love in abundance (Jude 2).

Jesus said, “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance” (John 10:10, HCSB).

I am really glad that God has chosen for me the opportunity to be your Pastor, you are the best!

Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

[1] (Hillsong United, Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), Bridge, written by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston , Salomon Ligthelm, 2013).

Terrie and I began reading the Bible through on January 1, 2015. Our goal is to complete the Genesis through Revelation reading in 90 days. This is our seventh year to read the Bible completely through on the same schedule. Reading the Bible through at this pace really helps us see the continuity of God’s story. So we invite you to read along with us. When you have “ah-ha” moments with God’s word please share them with us.

Read any Bible you choose. Begin any time. It is simple. This year I have chosen the Contemporary English Version (the translation used by the Gideons). The Bible I am using has 740 pages, divided by 90 (or any number of days that you choose as your goal for reading the bible through), that is 8.2 pages per day; so my goal is 9 pages per day. If I am able to stay on schedule, then I will finish in 83 days, which gives me a week of flexibility.

When it comes to personal spiritual growth there can be no substitute to reading the Bible. Other readings are important and often help us understand the Scriptures as people share their insights. But when we read the Bible under the influence of the Holy Spirit we have direct access to the mind of God who reveals himself through the Scriptures. Consistent personal spiritual growth requires a daily infusion of God’s Word.

May we be able to say with the Psalmist, “I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psa 119:11, CEV). We must read the Bible in order to live it, which is the real goal.

Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

Have you taken the next step in your spiritual growth and development as a disciple of Jesus?

On January 6, 2014 I wrote: “It is my heart’s desire and prayer that 2014 will be a year of advanced spiritual growth for each of us. My desire is that we each will take the “next step” in our spiritual growth and development as disciples of Jesus. The “next step” will be different for each of us and will require that we submit to the Lord allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the step that will result in the growth the Lord desires.”

My next step has been in the areas of prayer and storytelling. The prayer journey has focused on prayers that are short, simple, specific, and frequent. The short-term result has been a greater sense of God’s presence in the routines of my life. Through story I have been learning longer passages of Scripture and have been able to include many of those in sermons throughout the year. I anticipate using even more story in sermons in 2015.

Reflecting on my own experience of this year has called attention to the basics of prayer and Bible study. The “next step” is likely to be found in the basics. Have you taken the next step in your spiritual growth and development as a disciple of Jesus?

I would love to hear your “next step” story; send me an email (randy@theclintonchurch.org) or give me a call (660-890-4150). I am really glad God is giving me the opportunity to be your pastor; you are the best.

Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

Trunk or Treat takes a lot of people and there is a place in this ministry for everybody regardless of age or physical limitations. If you can pray, you can unleash God’s power. If you can only sit and point, you can show the way. If you can play, the children of our community will have a great safe day. When Howard Bullock needs you to do something, just say, “Yes.”

 The “I Am A Church Member” series has reminded me how much I enjoy you. I am fortunate to be your pastor. “Be Royal” next Sunday, dress accordingly.

Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

Thank you to Joe Hilty, Mary Crosswhite, and the host of helpers who planned, set up, and cleaned up after the celebration at the Vansant Road location. The food was great, the program brief, and the fellowship encouraging. It is very Baptist that our first usage of the new building was for a meal together. Thanks again to all who made it possible.

 It is appropriate that our first fellowship meal in the new building was a celebration of the progress of the capital stewardship campaign, through which we are giving to fund the project. Your current contributions are postponing the need to borrow money from the bank, which is very important. Now we are receiving the full value of every dollar given. When we begin borrowing, the interest has the effect of reducing the value of the dollar toward the project. Thank you for your faithful financial support of the project; each and every dollar makes a difference at this point. Indeed we can see The New Horizon.

The “I Am A Church Member” series has reminded me how much I enjoy you. I am fortunate to be your pastor. “Be Royal” next Sunday, dress accordingly.

Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy