Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church




The Church where LOVE, FORGIVENESS and ACCEPTANCE exist

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church

P.O. Box 36

Gene Autry, OK  73436


Rev. Kirk D. Rushing, Pastor


continued from last month...

     6.  Victory over Satan

     God has promised us that if we resist the devil:  he will flee from us (James 4:17).  A little boy told his father, "Today I beat a snake."  The father asked, "Did you beat him with a rock or a stick?"  The little boy said, "I beat him running."  In the same way, we should flee temptation and run from Satan.  He is more powerful than any Christian.  The only way we can resist him is in the power of Jesus Christ.

     The basis by which we can defeat Satan is in the fact that Jesus Christ has already judged Satan -- Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast out (John 12:31).

     The next basis for our victory over Satan is the fact that Satan shall be judged in the final day.  And the devil was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast (anti-Christ) and the false prophets are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10).

     7.  Victory over Backsliding

     Some teach that once a person backslides, he can never be restored to Christ.  This is not true.  The Old Testament tells us, Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings (Jeremiah 3:22).  At the next place God said, I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him, is in Hosea 14:40.

     Solomon, in the Proverbs, said, A man falleth seven times, and riseth up again (Proverbs 24:16).  If you are truly saved, and backslide, you can be restored.  Simon Peter backslid by denying the Lord three times (Matthew 26:69-74).  However, after the Resurrection, the Lord appeared to him and the other disciples on the shore of Galilee.  The Lord asked him three times, Lovest thou Me? (John 21:15-17).  Peter was restored, and Jesus told him to "Follow Me."




Pastor Kirk D. Rushing                                                                                        



Moving Forward Into The New Year

     Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord:  His going forth is prepared as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. -- Hosea 6:3

     On this New Year's Eve, you may be wondering what the coming year holds for

you.  Maybe 2013 was a banner year for you and you don't see how 2014 can possibly get any better; perhaps the year soon behind you was full of tears and discouragement and failure and loss and you wonder if a fresh new calendar will signal a fresh new year in your life.

     Years ago, some men were on a leaky old ship in the middle of a rough and stormy sea.  One of them asked the captain, "Are we safe?"  He said, "Well, the boilers are weak and may explode at any moment.  The ship is taking on water.  To be very honest with you, we may go up, or we may go down; but at any rate, we are going on."

     And that's the way we are as we face this new year.  Jesus may come, we may go up.  We may die, and go down and then up, but at any rate, we are going on.

     Reflecting on this past year, allow the Holy Spirit to invade your heart, convicting and drawing you to Himself.  Ask for wisdom, courage and faith to continue on, whatever happens this next year!


Sis. Marsha Walker, Editor


The Reality Of Revelry

     "Music is an outburst of the soul."

     While this expression came from 19th-century English composer Frederick Delius, it could easily describe King David's attitude toward worship.

     The people around David probably grew accustomed to his musical outbursts.  After all, it was King David -- much to the chagrin of Saul's daughter -- who "(danced) before the Lord with all his might" (2 Samuel 6:14).  Moreover, David wrote many of the psalms.  We can imagine the shepherd-king in his bedchamber at night strumming his harp and composing another song to the Lord.  Yet David was hardly a soloist in the family of God.

     The whole Bible reverbarates with the songs of people so enraptured by God's work that their day-to-day lives gave way to melody.  Moses and Miriam harmonized praise after God had led his people out of Egypt (see Exodus 15:1-21).  Solomon crooned his way through Song of Songs, celebrating the marriage relationship between a husband and wife.  Isaiah offered a prophetic song from the coming choir of the New Jerusalem (see Isaiah  26).  Mary, when told that she would give birth to the Son of God, lifted a song to the child's Father in heaven (see Luke 1:46-55).  Paul and Silas shouted their praise, and God split the walls of their cell block (see Acts 16:25-26).  The Bible is full of the songs of God's people.

     What does this biblical legacy of song say about us?  We sing, as Moses, David and Mary sang,  because God is worthy of song.   When David opened his mouth (see 2 Samuel 22), the attributes of God came streaming out of the king's mouth so quickly that he barely formed sentences -- my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my shield, my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge.

     Like David, may we be so overcome by the knowledge of God that our natural response is to burst forth in song.  May we sing from a heart-knowledge of God -- longing after Him with our greatest affections and deepest desires.


Sis. Marsha Walker, Pianist



Why Jesus Is Better Than "Santa Claus"

Santa lives at the North Pole ... Jesus is everywhere

Santa rides in a sleigh ... Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water

Santa comes but once a year ... Jesus is an ever-present help

Santa fills your stockings with goodies ... Jesus supplies all your needs

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited ... Jesus stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited

You have to wait in line to see Santa ... Jesus is as close as the mention of His name

Santa lets you sit on his lap ... Jesus lets you rest in His arms

Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is, "Hi, little boy (or girl), what is your name?" ... Jesus knew your name before you were born.  Not only does He know your name, He knows your address, too.  He knows your history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on your head

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly ... Jesus has a heart full of love

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO ... Jesus offers Health, Help and Hope

Santa says, "You better not cry" ... Jesus says, "Cast all your cares on Me for I care for you"

Santa's little helpers make toys ... Jesus makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions

Santa may make you chuckle but ... Jesus gives you joy that is your strength

While Santa puts gifts under your tree ... Jesus became our gift and died on a tree ... the cross

     We need to put Christ back in CHRISTmas.  Jesus is still the reason for the season.

     For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -- John 3:16


Sis. Marie Dixon



Labor Alone Will Not Satisfy

All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet his soul is not satisfied. -- Ecclesiastes 6:7

     How would you feel about yourself if your job was removed from you tomorrow?  Let's imagine that your income wouldn't change, just what you did every day.

     One of the schemes that Satan uses in the life of the Christian worker is to get him/her to view their value solely on the type of work they do and how well they do it.  We call this performance-based acceptance.  It says, "As long as I have a good job and I do it well, I have self-esteem."

     This is a slippery slope and can be used by Satan to keep our focus on our performance versus Christ.  We are never to find our value in what we do.  Instead, our value is solely based on who we are in Christ.  The apostle Paul wrestled with this after he came to faith in Christ.  He had grown to the top of his field as a Jewish leader.

     If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:  circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.  But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ -- the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith (Philippians 3:4-9).

     You'll never really know to the degree that your self-esteem is rooted in your work until your work is removed.  Unemployment, illness, or a financial crisis can lead to job loss.

     Why not evaluate where you are in this area of your life?  Affirm with God your desire to be known by Who you know versus what you do.


Bro. Lamont Roberson


No Room

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son ... -- John 3:16

     I make room for things that are important to me.  I eat two meals every day at faithfully consistent times; I take time to sleep several hours each night even though I didn't get my entire "to-do" list completed on that day.  I will put visiting with a friend ahead of cleaning the house any day of the week.  I see a nice framed painting in the store and instantly know where it would look "just right" on my living room wall, especially if it is on sale.  I love jewelry.  I only have two ears, but I have dozens of pairs of earrings; I only have one neck, but I have just as many necklaces; and so on with fingers and rings.  I will schedule my trip to the grocery store so that I will be home in time to see my favorite afternoon tv program.  Is there anyone besides me who can make these claims?

     I wonder what the innkeeper thought as he turned away the man Joseph and his  very pregnant young wife that holy night so long ago.  He had no room ... it was that simple.

     Here's the question --- do we have room?

     The Christmas season is here.  Our calendars are already full; our bank accounts are closing in on empty and our credit cards are melting from being ripped through scanners all across the shopping mall.  Our hearts and lives are crowded with things we consider vitally important.

     But have we made room for Jesus?

     I cannot imagine a world without the presence of God and yet I often live my life as if He doesn't exist.  A crisis hits, and I try to handle it on my own.  I don't understand the trials in my life while those who couldn't care less about God seem to prosper.  Instead of reaching out to Him, I withdraw into the darkness.  Financial stress fuels worry.  Instead of turning to God, I rely on what I can see and understand.

     Again, I ask you, is there anyone besides me who can make these claims?

     When I do cry out to God, He lovingly fills each dark corner with Light.  His love flows over the pain like soothing balm and once again, I experience the manger.  Once again, Jesus Christ steps into the smelly, unlikely and very ordinary existence that is mine to change everything -- absolutely everything!

     Jesus could have come to us in so many ways.  The simplicity of His birth is extraordinary and sometimes hard to grasp.  Jesus could have been born in a mansion.  He was, after all, a King.  Instead, He came to a dirty smelly manger and His birth was announced by common shepherds instead of kings -- the greatest of all His miracles in the midst of total simplicity.  Today, Jesus still wants to meet us in the midst of our simple dairy lives.  It seems so easy and too good to be true, doesn't it?

     It was Christmas Eve, and the family was preparing to attend the special service of their local church.  Everyone was going except the dad, who was an honest man, a man who could not seem to wrap his logical mind around the story of God come to earth as a baby in a manger.  He didn't want to be a hypocrite, pretending to worship a Savior he wasn't sure even existed, so he stayed home, built a fire to dispel the bitter cold of that winter night and began to read the paper while waiting for his family's return.  Hearing a knock at the window, he turned to see a tiny bird trying to reach the warmth of the fire.  The man opened the window, but the bird refused to come in.  Grabbing his coat, the man raced out to the barn and opened the barn doors wide -- but still, the bird refused to come in.  The man thought, "If only I could be a bird, for just one minute, I could lead the bird to safety."  At that moment, he heard the church bells ring and finally understood why Jesus came to earth as a man -- to become one of us -- so He could lead us to eternal safety.

     The very heart of Christmas is Emmanuel, God with us -- with ME -- and with YOU.  Christmas is not a date on a calendar.  Christmas is a way of life that celebrates the presence of God in the simple, ordinary happenings of daily life:  where we go and what we do -- the smile we give the harried stranger or the patience we choose in the crowd of impatient shoppers -- the love that prompts the secret gift or the heart that constantly celebrates His birth through every sparkling light, every beautifully wrapped gift, each special meal, every card, phone call and visit.  God is with us -- if we choose to make room for Him.

     Celebrate the reality of His presence in your life.  Thank Him for sending His Son to earth as a tiny baby in a manger.  Celebrate the birth of Jesus and the gift of life that He brings.  Choose to receive His gift of love and forgiveness for your sins.  Surrender everything you are or ever hope to be to Him.  Allow Him to take control of your life and direct your paths.  And vow to follow those directions.

     Read John 3:16 once a day and look for ways to share God's love with the people in your life.  Give a gift to someone you don't know.  Invite a needy family into your home for a special "Friends" dinner.  Offer to take an elderly neighbor shopping.

     Put your faith into action by making a step-by-step plan to keep Jesus at the heart of your Christmas season.  I pray that your life is filled with God's peace and joy this holiday season.


Sis. Marsha Walker, Assistant Secretary


It's Time To Get Your Flu Shot!!!

     The Flu is a respiratory illness that is caused by the influenza virus.  The virus is very contagious and it usually enters the body through the mucous membranes (mouth, nose or eyes).  It is an airborne virus, and if someone has the flu and sneezes, the droplets can settle on environmental surfaces such as tables or doorknobs.

     Symptoms of the flu can be a fever that lasts for 3 to 4 days, body aches, chills, and some individuals may experience fatigue, weakness, sneezing, sore throat and headache.  Those at risk are older adults, young children and people with specific conditions.  The seasonal flu is from October until May, usually peaking around February.

     Prevention is the best cure!!!

     Please contact your local Carter County Health Department or your health care provider to receive your seasonal flu shot.

     The Carter County Health Department number is 223-9705.

     Let's all stay healthy together!!!


Sis. Renita Dotson, RN BSN


A New Door Is Open

     It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed; because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning.  Great is Thy faithfulness. -- Lamentations 3:22-23

     There are 365 days in a year -- 365 new beginnings; a new door is opened.  The promise of each new day is that it gives us another opportunity to witness to the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God.

     He gives to us many examples daily of His love and providential care.  The unfailing love of the Lord never ends.  By His mercies, we have been kept from complete destruction.  Great is His faithfulness!

     His mercies begin afresh each day.  Every morning a new door is open.  Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice (Philippians 4:4).  We have come this far by faith; leaning on the Lord, trusting in His Holy Word ... He's never failed us, yet!


Sis. Rebecca Berryman, Chairperson


Neither give place to the devil. -- Ephesians 4:27

     You and I never have to fall prey to the devil if we can shut every door, close every window, and seal every place in our lives through which the enemy would try to access us; we can prevent him from getting into the middle of our affairs.

     One of the "entry points" the devil tries to use to enter our lives is relationships.  If there is an unresolved issue or an ugly conflict with a loved one or friend, these conflict points often become entry points through which the devil tries to get a foothold in our relationships with those we love.  Once the enemy is able to slip in through one of these cracks and build an offended place in our minds, then a wall has already begun to be constructed that will eventually separate us from the people we need and love the most.

     In the above Ephesians scripture, the word "place" is the Greek word "topos".  It refers to a "specific, marked-off, geographical location".  It carries the idea of a "territory, province, region, zone or geographical position".  It is from this word that we get the word for a "topographical" map.   This lets us know that the devil is after every region and zone of our lives -- money, health, marriage, relationships, employment, business and ministry.  He is so territorial that he wants it ALL.  But to start his campaign to conquer all those areas of our lives, he must first find an entry point from which he can begin his campaign of unleashing his devilish destruction in our lives.

     We often throw open the door to the devil when we:  refuse to let go of old hurts and wounds, refuse to acknowledge what we did wrong, refuse to forgive others for what they did, refuse to stop judging others for their grievances, refuse to admit we were wrong too, refuse to say "I'm sorry" when we're wrong, refuse to lay down our "rights" for others.

     If you and I do any of these things, we leave a marked-off place through which the devil can enter to accuse others in our minds.  But we don't have to fall victim to the enemy's tactics.  We are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ, so we don't have to let the devil run all over us.  The Bible boldly declares, Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).

     To give a place -- open up room -- for the devil means we have a choice:  We can choose to give the enemy space in our minds and emotions, or we can choose to walk in the Spirit.  If we choose the lower road, we will end up doing and saying things we later regret.  Those regretful things are usually what opens the door for the devil to wreak havoc in our relationships.

     The word "devil" comes from the Greek word "diabolos".  This name is used 61 times in the New testament.  The first part of the word, "dia", means "through" and carries the idea of penetration.  This tells us that the devil wants to make some kind of penetration.

     Once an entry point has been located through which he can secretly slip into people's lives, he begins penetrating the mind and emotions to drive a wedge between those individuals and the other people in their lives.  You'll know when he has gone to work because your perspective about the person you are upset with suddenly changes.  You become nit-picky, negative and fault-finding.  Until now, you've had high regard for that person; now you can't see anything good about him, at all. 

     The enemy is trying to disrupt what has been a satisfying relationship in your life.  Rather than allow this to happen, tell yourself the devil is trying to find a place in your mind to start you mentally accusing that person ... and don't let him do it!  Remember the times that YOU have let people down, mistakes you've made; how you should have been held accountable but were shown generous mercy.  Ask the Holy Spirit to take those negative emotions and thoughts from your heart and fill it with the love of God.  Strengthen that relationship at all entry places to keep it tightly and efficiently sealed.



     And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths. And laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  – Luke 2:7

     One of the first words that comes to mind when most think about this holiday season is “busy”.  Sad, but true.

     We can get so busy decorating the house, baking cookies, shopping for presents, going to parties and sending Christmas gifts.  Then, just when we think we’ve got a handle on it, we receive an unexpected card in the mail or a plate of cookies from a neighbor.  What do we do?  We find time to return the gesture. It’s usually a challenge, but somewhere we find time and make room to do all sorts of things during the holidays.

     We make room for company to come.  We make room for a Christmas tree in front of the picture window.  We make room in our crowded schedule for activities we don’t have time for.

     Let’s take time to consider:  Have I made room for Jesus in my busy life this month?

     In the familiar story of Christ’s birth, I’ve always been bothered that there was no room for Jesus.  I can’t help but think didn’t they know who He was?  What could have been so important that they couldn’t stop to make room for Jesus?  My best guess is they were thinking only about themselves and their own busy agenda.

     Likewise, we can become so busy with our Christmas plans that we run out of room for Jesus too.

     I have a friend whose mother’s tradition was to withhold baby Jesus from her nativity set until Christmas morning.  One year, when her first grandson was 3 years old, he asked, “Grandma, where is baby Jesus?”

     “He’s not born yet,” she explained to him.  “Jesus comes on Christmas Day.  Then, you’ll find Him right here,” she added while pointing to the manger.

     Like in years past, their house was full of excitement as family members arrived with arms full of presents.  They expected to exchange gifts and enjoy a time for food, fun and celebration.  But the little boy expected something different.  He ran into the house shouting, “Is He here, yet?  Has Jesus come?”

     His grandmother took him over to the nativity and there, cradled in the manger, was baby Jesus.  He had come just like He promised.

     Over 2,000 years ago, God promised us a Savior.  In a little town called Bethlehem, God kept His promise and Christ our Lord was born.  While most missed what was happening that holy night, Christ’s birth didn’t escape the attention of heaven, a few shepherds, 3 wise men and some cattle.  They pushed aside their duties and agendas to make room for Jesus.  In fact, like my friend’s little boy, some of them anticipated His arrival.  In doing so, their lives were forever changed.

     Every year Jesus still searches for hearts to fill.  But He can only fill space where we have left room for Him.

     Let’s cast aside the busyness of our lives this month to make room for Christ as we anticipate His arrival.



I struggle daily with myself and I;

To understand my existence, how hard I try.

I know I’m not worthy of the blessings I receive;

It’s only by God’s grace and mercy I do believe.

I have not been the best I know I can,

Through the Holy Spirit, I am a better man.

The truth of God’s Word has not always been my way,

Though what I have learned has taught me how not to stray.

What is now inside me, to others I want to show;

The way I see now, I want others to know.

It is what it is, I cannot hide;

I am a new man and the old man has died.

I struggle daily still with myself and I,

Existing for God above … until the day I die.


Bro. Roy J. Stake, Jr.

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church


G – God

O – Offers us

O – Outstanding

D – Devotion to


M – Make us

O – Obedient &

R – Ready for a

N – New day to

I – Initiate

N – New aim for the

G – Glory of life.

Wrap a rainbow of joy in your heart.

Let the sun paint a smile on your face.

Remove all clouds of doubt and fear.

And receive God’s Gift of Life.


     An Inspirational Entry From a Woman Who Got Sucked In

     It’s just a few days before Christmas and I’m reminded of my love/hate relationship with this holiday.  Over the past few weeks I’ve done the shopping thing (love), the baking thing (hate), the decorating thing (love), the party thing (hate), and even the church play thing (love).

     I’ve been stressed over money and disillusionment by the idea of a perfect family get-together.  But more than anything, I feel like my entire identity has been controlled by this (almost sickening) need to achieve the ultimate Christmas.  If I keep this up, by Christmas I will be perfectly exhausted from chasing after something that seems so deceptively good.

     My confession:  I’ve been seduced by a manufactured idea of Christmas.

     But today, I’m working through this.  I’m realizing that:

     I CAN abandon this desire for the ultimate Christmas.

     I CAN flee from the greatest temptations this season throws at me.

     I CAN still have an amazing Christmas by setting my desires in the right direction.

     The first thing I’m going to do is reminding myself that Christmas is not about traditions and doing.  While as a culture we have convinced ourselves that in order for Christmas to look like Christmas, we have to do certain things.  But there was nothing traditional about the birth of Christ.  It was a miracle.  While it’s great to do for others, the greatest thing I can do is point people to what was done for each of us through the birth of that Child.

     The second thing I’m doing is realizing the best moments of Christmas are when I choose to stop the busyness and focus on being grateful.  Gratitude is one of the best ways to take our eyes off ourselves and give this credit back to Jesus.  When gratefulness is flowing from my heart, it will be almost impossible to allow these seasonal stressors to compete with that.

     While Christmas seasons past have fed me lies of what it means to have an incredible Christmas, I want this year to be different.

     With that determination in mind, this Christmas will be so much more than exhaustion, mediocrity and empty promises from TV commercials.  In this present moment, the idols that rival my heart for God’s place are in check.  The manufactured idea of Christmas may tempt me to want many things, but the awareness of Jesus in my heart will help me keep Christmas in its rightful place.

    That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them.  They were terrified, but the angel reassured them.  “Don’t be afraid!” he said.  “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the City of David!  And you will recognize Him by this sign:  You will find a Baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”  (Luke 2:8-12)



     Not much is known about Mary, the mother of Jesus.  It is obvious from the Scriptures that she was a young girl who loved God and was willing to obey Him at all costs.  We don’t know how God chose her to be the mother of His Son – we just know He did.  Her response to the angel when she finds out about God’s plan for her is our first clue as to why God knew she would be a great mother for Jesus:  “I am the Lord’s servant.  May it be to me as you have said”  (Luke 1:38).

     Recently, my children and I were reading in Like where Jesus goes missing as a young teen, and His parents find Him in the temple.  After searching for three days!  As parents, we panic if we lose track of our child for a few minutes in a store.  Can you imagine searching a city for three days for your 13-year-old son?

     When they finally found Jesus, He was in the temple and wondered what all the fuss was about.  The Scripture says that He told them He was where He should be, in His Father’s house.  But they did not understand what He was saying to them (Luke 2:50).

     As my children and I read this passage, I tried to put myself in Mary’s shoes.  Her son had been missing.  I am sure she vacillated between trusting God and panicking.  And this is how I know that I would not have been a candidate for the Mother of Jesus award:  as I tried to picture my reaction to finding Jesus in the temple after searching for three days, I pictured myself joyous and relieved.  Then I pictured those feelings giving way to anger and questions.

     Okay, so that was before the days of cell phones.  He truly had no way to let His parents know where He was.  But why didn’t He stay with them in the first place?  I got angry for Mary!  And then I read the next verse:  But His mother treasured all these things in her heart (Luke 2:51b).

     The last time we saw Mary treasuring an event in her heart was right after her son was born.  Once again, things were not going the way I would have wanted.  She had given birth in a cold stable in dingy surroundings.  Again, I was reminded of how accepting of her circumstances she was, and how her attitude reflected that.

     Our verse for today reminds us of a young woman at peace with her circumstances, trusting God no matter how things would work out.  Fast forward 13 years later and she is still that kind, gentle woman – no yelling at Jesus. No threats, no yanking Him by the ear when they finally find Him.  Instead, the Scriptures tell us that she treasured “all these things.”  Would I have been able to treasure the dirty stable?  Would I have been able to treasure that seemingly errant teen?

     As I pondered these two times where Mary is seen treasuring her circumstances, I began to wonder how often things go wrong in my life and I react instead of reflect.  So I’m allowing these two Scriptures to seep into my heart.  Is my attitude, “May it be to me as You have said,” or is it, “Okay God, this is NOT the way it’s supposed to be and I want You to fix it right away.”?

     As we go through this season of celebrating Jesus’ coming, I plan to work on my attitude when things don’t go right.  I plan to practice accepting God’s plan when it doesn’t match mine.  I plan to learn to treasure and ponder instead of whine and complain.  I plan to grow in my love and appreciation of Jesus, just as Mary did.  I plan to marvel at His coming and revel in His glory.  And most of all, this Christmas, I plan to search for Him everywhere, just as she did – and never lose sight of Him again.

     If you have children in your life, read Luke 2 with them and talk about Jesus growing up.  This is one of the few passages where we see Jesus as a child.



Famous Children

1.  Who was the widow who met the baby Jesus at the temple?

     a.  Anna

     b.  Mary Magdalene

     c.  Lydia

     d.  Priscilla

2.  Which child was born in the house of Levi, and was adopted by Pharoah’s daughter?

     a.  Aaron

     b.  Joseph

     c.  Samuel

     d.  Moses

3.  Hannah, his mother, dedicated him to the Lord, and he became the last judge in Israel.

     a.  Daniel

     b.  Samuel

     c.  Joshua

     d.  Samson

4.  By commandment of God, this boy was prepared as a burnt offering, but spared just in time.

     a.  Ishmael

     b.  Isaac

     c.  Jacob

     d.  Esau

5.  What young man was sold into slavery by his brothers?

     a.  Jonathan

     b.  Joseph

     c.  Jacob

     d.  Joshua

6.  Whose mother would bring him a new robe every year when he worked in the temple?

     a.  Joseph

     b.  Moses

     c.  Samuel

     d.  Jonah

7.  What child was 13 years old when he was circumcised?

     a.  Ishmael

     b.  Isaac

     c.  Esau

     d.  Jacob

8.  What was David doing when Samuel called to anoint him king?

     a.  hunting

     b.  tending sheep

     c.  killing a lion

     d.  playing the harp

9.  Who once caught 300 foxes, tied them together in pairs with firebrands on their tails, and loosed them into his enemies cornfields to set their crops on fire?

     a.  Abner

     b.  Gideon

     c.  Samson

     d.  Gilead

10.  This child was a twin, and Abraham’s grandson.  His mother’s name was Rebecca.

     a.  Isaac

     b.  Joseph

     c.  Ishmael

     d.  Esau



1.  a – Luke 2:36-38

2.  d – Exodus 2:1-10

3.  b – 1 Samuel 1

4.  b – Genesis 22:1-14

5.  b – Genesis 37:28

6.  c – 1 Samuel 2:18-19

7.  a – Genesis 17:23-26

8.  b – 1 Samuel 16:11-13

9.  c – Judges 15:1-8

10..d – Genesis 25:21-27


Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer.  The average score is 80%.


     Titus 1:1-16

     Our Founding Fathers created a government framework based upon biblical principles.  Slowly, we have changed from “one nation under God” to a group of people who no longer want Him to be involved.

     Tragically, we’ve become, in numerous ways, an ungodly nation:  many are driven by materialism and power; immorality and rebellion are prevalent; empty philosophy and false doctrine are widely acceptable.  Underlying it all is a vocal decision to take God out of the nation’s “official business”.

     Yet even in an unbelieving society, people can, as individuals, follow Jesus.  But the world will continually disseminate faulty teachings, so believers must be discerning.  Otherwise, erroneous messages can lead Christians to compromise their convictions.  Then affections and priorities may change.  Don’t let the world’s clamor make the Spirit’s voice less audible.  Without His guidance, our minds become vulnerable to lies.

     The Word of God is a compass that keeps us headed in the right direction – even in the midst of confusing messages all around.  We need to be consistently filled with truth by reading, believing, meditating upon, and applying Scripture.  God also tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  If our minds are focused upon Him, unholy beliefs will not be able to take root.

     The Word is our guidebook.  We will still face difficulty as we live in this imperfect world – it is a confusing, dark place that entices us but never fulfills our true longings.  Yet God’s truth will bring confidence and boldness, and His Spirit will direct and strengthen, enabling us to live victoriously.


     You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:26-29

     One.  Basic, simple, and easy to understand.  When we become Christians through faith and baptism into Christ, we are made one with all other Christians around the world.  Race, gender, and social status are gone.  All that’s left is One, the One, Jesus.  Our lives are His and thus are connected to each other.  Our destination is the same, heaven.  Our family is the church.  No barriers.  No closed doors.  We are one.



Pecan Pie Cobbler

  • 1 box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box (or use recipe for homemade pie crusts)
  • 2-1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 2-12 cups packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • Vanilla ice cream, if desired

     Heat oven to 425 F.  Grease a 9”x13” (3 quart) glass baking dish with shortening or cooking spray.  Remove 1 pie crust from pouch; unroll on work surface.  Roll into 9”x13” rectangle; trim sides to fit baking dish.  Place crust in dish.

     In large bowl, stir corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs with wire whisk.  Stir in chopped nuts.  Spoon half of filling into pastry-lined dish.

     Remove second pie crust from pouch; unroll on work surface.  Roll into 9”x13” rectangle; trim sides to fit baking dish.  Place crust over filling.  Spray crust with cooking spray.

     Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until browned.  Reduce oven temperature to 350 F.

     Carefully spoon remaining filling over baked pastry; arrange pecan halves on top in decorative fashion.

     Bake 30 minutes longer or until set.  Cool 20 minutes on cooling rack.  Serve warm cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

     Makes 12 servings.


The Wake-Up Call

     And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep:  for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. – Romans 13:11

     Do you know what Napoleon said about China?  “There lies a sleeping giant, and let him sleep, because if he awakens, he will shake the world.”

     I believe the devil says that about the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.  And I believe the church is just that:  a sleeping giant.  We’re asleep because we have been chloroformed by the spirit of this age.

     We’re bombarded on every side by all kinds of amusements.  Do you know what “amuse” means?  It’s a combination of two words.  Muse means to think, and the alpha prefix in front of it means “not to”.  We are a generation that is amusing ourselves into oblivion.  And it’s time to wake up!


Don’t listen to people who tell you what to do.  Listen to people who encourage you to do what you know in your heart is right.



Read Nutrition Labels To Find The “Whole” Truth

     These days everything in the supermarket claims to contain whole grains, from sugary cereals to your favorite chips.  How do you know which foods are healthy whole grains?

     “Whole grain” has become a healthy eating buzz-phrase, and food companies aren’t shy about using it.  But some of the products we buy may not deliver the healthful whole-grain goodness we’re expecting.  And if sugary cereals can tout themselves as a whole-grain food, there’s something amiss.

     Wheat, rice, barley and oats are all grains used to create bread, cereals and pasta.  If those grains are processed heavily before the bread, cereals or pasta are made (such as in white bread or white rice) they’re called “refined” grains.  The processing that leads to refined grains removes fiber – and iron and B vitamins – from the grain.  If you see the term “enriched grains” on a package, it means the fiber is still gone, but some iron and B vitamins have been added back.

     So what’s the best way to identify a healthful whole-grain food?  Use the 10:1 rule:  For every 10 grams of carbohydrates, there should be at least one gram of fiber.  Why a ratio of 10-to-1?  That’s about the ratio of carbohydrate to fiber in a genuine whole grain – unprocessed wheat.

     Let’s say the Nutrition Facts label on a package shows that one serving of a whole-grain roll has 23 grams of carbohydrate.  Divide that by 10 to get 2.3.  It also has 5 grams of dietary fiber, which is bigger than 2.3.  That signals a healthful whole grain food.

     Intact grains  -- wheat berries, brown rice and quinoa, for example – are the best sources of whole grains.  Ground whole grains come next, as long as they still deliver a good dose of fiber.  To find those, use the 10:1 carbohydrate-to-fiber rule.

     What’s the good of eating whole grains?  Because they have more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Even more important, they are digested more slowly.  When you eat a refined grain, there is a sudden surge of sugar in your blood.  That stresses your pancreas, which has a hard time making enough insulin to drive all of the sugar into your cells for energy.  The excess sugar gets turned into fat.

     In fact, people who eat lots of refined grains and few whole grains are more likely to become obese and to develop diabetes and heart disease.  People who eat mainly whole grains and keep their total calories in check are more likely to lose weight.  This advice is proven to improve your health.


     Did you know that 1 out of 3 people over the age of 65 will develop Alzheimer’s Disease?  An increase of 39% since 2000!

     The culprit – processed and fatty foods.

     Start feeding your brain today:  Spinach, Kale & Brussel Sprouts, Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Red Grapes, Cherries, Plums, Walnuts, Almonds & Pecans, Tomatoes, Eggplants & Beets, Green Tea, Flaxseed & Hemp Seeds



     Our Usher Ministry has extended their outreach to include the incarcerated.  If you know or have someone in your family who is incarcerated, please let us know and a newsletter and greeting card will be sent each month to that individual.


  • Outreach Directors – Sis. Zonell Roberts, Bro. Jimmy Walker, or Bro. Anthony Antwine
  • Any of the Mt. Pleasant ushers



     The Benevolence Ministry is here to provide assistance in case there is a death in your family or surgery in your near future.  Please contact one of the following so this group can serve help for your concerns:

v  Sis. Rebecca Berryman – 580-504-0084

v  Bro. Joseph Herbert – 580-226-4451 or 580-222-4439

v  Bro. Jimmy Walker – 580-294-3408

v  Bro. George Bryant – 580-226-2626 or 580-220-9819

v  Bro. Arthur Williamson – 580-220-9302

v  Sis. Marsha Walker – 580-341-8202


We have all made countless mistakes.

We have all stumbled in many ways.

But God’s mercy is bigger than our past,

And the testimonies of others and the

Word of God both show us that it is never

Too late to start doing the right thing.





Who gave birth to a son when she was 90 years old? (Sarah. Genesis 12:1-5)

God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.  -- Author Unknown


 “We’re just Nobodies, tryin’ to tell Everybody

about Somebody Who can save Anybody”