Truth Matters

“The cross simultaneously shows us that God loves us and that sin is truly deserving of punishment.

It’s that second part that makes the first part make sense.

If we fall for the crowd pleasing “gospel” of “God loves you and sin isn’t a big deal” then we have rejected the cross and replaced it with a self-supplied pat on the back.

If we change the gospel so more people will accept it then we have merely affirmed people who are actually rejecting the gospel and simply told them that the true gospel of Christ was wrong all along.

Not only is this a betrayal of the one who loved us and gave Himself for us, it has the effect of supplying ear plugs to those who need to wake from their sleep and turn to Christ.” – Mike Winger

Kids and Parents Baptism Resource

“On July 18 Randall House will release Baptism: For Kids and Parents, a new resource for parents and anyone who works with children. This easy to read booklet is the perfect resource to help children better understand what baptism is all about. Baptism: For Kids and Parents is a very affordable resource every pastor, children’s pastor, and parent will want to use as they help children learn about faith and following Christ.” – David Womack

WNAC Director Search

The WNAC board has not been satisfied with the results of the application process for the director search. Therefore, the board has taken a proactive approach to seek potential candidates. The salary package is being adjusted and the director’s role transformed to fulfill the vision of Free Will Baptist women’s ministry. If you know a dedicated Christian lady who desires to serve and meets the necessary criteria for nomination, please complete the  form found at wnac.org under “Director Search.” Or feel free to contact any WNAC Board member with your nomination. We would appreciate your prompt response.  Thank you for your participation and prayers for WNAC.

 

Thank you, sirs, for your help getting this new announcement out.

 

Lee Ann Wilfong

Search Committee Member

leeannwilfong77@gmail.com

573-760-6756

 

Amy Johnson

WNAC Board Chairman

harmybeth@gmail.com

765-524-8554 

State Meeting and Yearbook

Hi everyone,

Just a short note to say thanks to all those who made this year’s State Meeting a success, particularly Wes and Marsha Hood and our hosts at Lakehills FWB Church in Cedar Park!  We appreciate everything that they did to make us feel at home!

Kyle and Beth Howell assembled this year’s Yearbook, containing the various reports and directory information.  For those of you who weren’t able to attend the State Meeting, or those who were not able to pick up a copy in person, a PDF version of the Yearbook can be found on the front page of texasfwb.org

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s meeting (June 8-9, 2022) in Duncanville!

Blessings,

Marcus Brewer

Moderator/State Office Coordinator

Texas State Association of Free Will Baptists

P.O. Box 2716

Bryan, TX  77805-2716

(979) 774-3125

stateoffice@texasfwb.org

www.texasfwb.org

 

Alive! Conference

Teens from all over the state attended the Alive conference this week and it was a great opportunity! Heath Ferguson and Ron Davis kept the kids engaged in learning for 3 days including 6 services! Pray for these kids as they return to the real-world application of what they have learned.

They also provided our youth with a challenge to grow their faith with this incredible resource. Check it out and get your students and families engaged in the Word:

https://www.coreapologetics.com/

One Magazine

One Magazine is available online any time at: http://onemag.org/aprmay2021.htm

You can also register to receive a copy at: http://onemag.org/subscribe.htm

Here’s one sample of MANY articles and news stories in One Magazine:

FIRST GLIMPSE: Hidden Treasure?

A driftwood fire crackled merrily, and the smoky smell of coffee wafted through the cool morning air. Easing back on my elbows in the powdery sand, I waited with a smile for the old, blackened coffee pot to finish perking. I yawned and stretched as I admired early morning clouds tinged with pink on the distant horizon.

After backpacking five miles through soft sand and scratchy underbrush the previous evening, my daughter and I discovered a pristine location near the end of the deserted Gulf island we set out to explore. Tucked into a hollow between two enormous sand dunes, we raised our small, worn tent against an enormous drift log. After scavenging firewood, we spent a fantastic evening roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate. My last thought before drifting off to sleep was how much I enjoyed the sound of crashing waves on the shore. Perfect.

Eight hours later, as dawn slowly brightened to brilliant sunrise, I savored my coffee and simply relaxed as I waited for Sleepyhead to stir. Running my toes through the sand, I wondered for the umpteenth time how sand could be so soft.

“Ouch!” A sudden sharp pain between my toes put a damper on the otherwise idyllic morning. Reaching down, I pulled a short length of corroded chain from the sand. “Litterbugs!” I exclaimed with disgust, rubbing the small cut left between my toes. Shaking my head, I shoved the corroded metal into the side pocket of my hiking shorts to discard later. At that moment, a sleepy face surrounded by tousled blond locks poked from the tent door. “Do I smell coffee?”

We turned attention to breakfast, breaking camp, and retracing our route back down the island. Four hours later, we arrived at the parking area scratched, sunburned, sweaty, and ready for shade. We stowed our gear and, after a last glance at the scenery, prepared to head for civilization.

Remembering the refuse, I stepped over to the drab green trash bin. As I drew back my hand to toss in the chain, I froze. The hours of rubbing back and forth in my pocket had removed the corrosion and turned the links a soft, golden glow. The trash had become treasure! A trip to an antique dealer confirmed it. The buried chunk of corrosion was not only gold, but pure gold—scarred and worn but just as precious.

Jesus spoke clearly about treasure in His Sermon on the Mount. He taught followers one’s “treasure” says much about the condition of the heart. Obsession with the material, a lack of generosity, and misplaced confidence in wealth (Luke 12:27-34; Matthew 6:19-21) point to a heart divided, torn between two masters—God and money (Matthew 6:24). In contrast, generosity, careful stewardship of resources, eternal values, and faith God will provide reflect a heart fully devoted to God, not distracted by the glittering baubles of this life.

Most important, we must not bury our most precious treasure: salvation. Christ’s gift of redemption is not something to be hidden or hoarded but shared. Like a candle in the darkness or a shining city on a hill (Matthew 5:14-16), God’s grace should gleam from our lives, pointing others to a treasure far better than anything marked by an X on some tattered parchment.

Hidden treasure? No way! Not for the Christian.


About the Columnist: Eric K. Thomsen is managing editor of ONE Magazine. Email: eric@nafwb.org.