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Louisiana Church of God Flooding Update

There are two Church of God churches in the state that have water damage as a result of the recent flooding.  The Chapelwood Church of God in Denham Springs was flooded to the roof.  They lease their building, but have lost all the contents inside.  The Christ the King Church, in Baton Rouge, has about two feet of water damage.  These two churches as well as the Pleasant Ridge Church of God in Hammond, Transforming Culture Church of God in Baton Rouge, Faith Chapel Church of God in Baton Rouge, and Power House Church of God in Metarie, all have members of their congregations who are dealing with water damage in their homes. If you would like to make a financial donation to help these churches in need, you can make a check out to the church and we will forward it on to our state disaster relief fund.  If you would like to donate to any of these churches directly, we can get you their contact information.

Donations for Flooding Relief

As you know, the flooding in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas has been disastrous.  With so many displaced from their homes and so much destruction, there is a lot of need.   The wives of the local Wildlife and Fisheries agents are collecting cleaning supplies, toiletries, and other items to be sent to the Baton Rouge area.  If you would like to donate items, you can drop them off here at the church. Below is a list of supplies we are collecting.  If you have any questions about making donations, you can reach us at the church office at (318) 428-2438.

-bottled water (single serve, jugs, camels or the large dispenser containers)
-rubber boots (all sizes – even kids) and disposable rain ponchos
-gloves (all types) and dust/surgical masks by the box
-hand-sanitizer and liquid soap; wet wipes (the big containers)
-disposable diapers (kids and adults)
-baby food and powdered milk, non-perishable food items (cans with pull top lids)
-pet food, kitty litter and pet crates (all sizes)
-first aid kits (to prevent infection during clean up)
-box fans to assist with drying items
-mops, large plastic push brooms, buckets, bleach and dawn dish soap (the bigger the bottles the better) dawn is the best cleaning item for removing mold and mildew.
-sponges, paper towels and rags
-trash bags and boxes; large trash cans; Heavy duty garbage bags
-utility knives with extra blades for cutting sheetrock out of the affected houses and businesses
-damp rid (all container sizes)
-batteries (all sizes) and flashlights
-Bug spray/repellant and Red Ant Poison
-Multi-purpose antibacterial cleaners
– Laundry detergent
– Dust masks
-Clothesline and clothes pins
-Travel toothpaste/toothbrush kits
-Travel size toiletry items (soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.)
-Granola bars/ snacks

 

Join us Sunday for a special service and potluck meal.

This Sunday, August 23rd, the Oak Grove Tiger football team will be joining us in our morning worship service.  We will  have a special time of recognition and prayer for our students, teachers, and staff as they go back to school.  We will also have a potluck meal following the service, so make plans to stay as we eat together.

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Run For Mercy 5K and Family Walk 2015

The annual Run for Mercy will be October 24, 2015.  Check In and race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run will start at 9 a.m.  Early registration for this event is $25 and ends August 24th.  Registrations after August 24th is $30.  Race-day registration is $35.  You must register by October 6th to be guaranteed a T-shirt.  If you would like to join our church team you can click on the link (or the picture) below and then click on the “join team” link in the little gray box.  If you do not plan to run but would like to support our team, you can make a donation on that same page.  If you have any problems or questions you can call the church office.

run for mercy 2015

Missions Celebration

Join us this Sunday night (August 9th) at 6:30 as we welcome Jimbo and
Beth Herring. They will be sharing about the Missions work they have been doing and their plans for the future. For more information you can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IAMministriesinternational . We will be taking a love offering to support the ministry God has called them to.

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All Church Bowling

All church bowling tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Rockin’ Lanez.  Bowling and shoe rental are free.  Bring a friend and come join us for a night of fun and fellowship.

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Bible Reading for the New Year

There are few things as important for a growing believer as bible reading.  But sadly, it is one of the first things we neglect when life gets busy.  The new year is just around the corner and with the coming of 2015, you have a chance to begin a new bible reading program.  There are many different plans available depending on your time and commitment level.  There are plans that will help you read through the entire bible in a year and there are plans that include smaller portions of scripture.  We want to encourage you to make a renewed commitment to reading the word in 2015.  The information below provides links to many different reading plans that have been developed to help you get into the word.  Take a few minutes to find the plan that will work for you in this coming year.

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a Joyous New Year,
Bro. Jonathan

 

Bible Reading Plans

Many people enjoy the structure of a Bible reading plan. Having a plan guides you to passages on a daily basis and leads you through the entire Bible over time. We need to read the entire counsel of God and not just camp on favorite passages. There are many Bible reading plans that are available. Please refer to the links below and chose a plan that fits your lifestyle and preference.

 

www.evergreenbloomington.com/main/bible_resources

www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/?version=NIV

www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/

http://www.bibleplan.org/

 

For a much larger selection of various Bible Reading Plans with descriptions, see below.

 

YOUVERSION Smart Phone App

Find lots of online reading plans at YouVersion.com.  All of these plans integrate with the YouVersion app on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or Windows Mobile device.  Each read-through-the-Bible plan can be set to your Bible version preference and start date.  So you can begin reading through the Bible at any time throughout the year! Browse the online plans now or access mobile reading plans through the YouVersion app on your mobile device.

 

More Bible Reading Plans

(from http://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/)

 

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from. Maybe this year you will read more of the Bible each day. Perhaps you’ll slow down your reading and instead spend more time considering what you read. Whatever it is you’re looking for in a reading plan, you should find it below.

52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan

Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

A Bible Reading Chart

Read through the Bible at your own pace. Use this minimalistic, yet beautifully designed, chart to track your reading.

Duration: Flexible | Download: PDF

Chronological Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings beginning in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew and Acts.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

ESV Daily Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings taken from four lists: Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

Every Word in the Bible

Read through the Bible one chapter at a time. Readings alternate between the Old and New Testaments.

Duration: Three years | Download: PDF

Historical Bible Reading Plan

The Old Testament readings are similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament readings are an attempt to follow the order in which the books were authored.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System

Reading ten chapters a day, in the course of a year you’ll read the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters four to five times, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, the Psalms at least twice, Proverbs and Acts a dozen times, and the OT History and Prophetic books about one and a half times.

Duration: Ongoing | Download: PDF

Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan

Read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once.

Duration: One or two years | Download: Website

Straight Through the Bible Reading Plan

Read straight through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

Tabletalk Bible Reading Plan

Two readings each day; one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF
App: Accessible in the Ligonier App (iPhone / iPad & Android)

The Legacy Reading Plan

This plan does not have set readings for each day. Instead, it has set books for each month, and set number of Proverbs and Psalms to read each week. It aims to give you more flexibility, while grounding you in specific books of the Bible each month.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF

Two-Year Bible Reading Plan

Read the Old and New Testaments once, and Psalms & Proverbs four times.

Duration: Two years | Download: PDF

 

 

Even More Bible Reading Plans

(From http://www.backtothebible.org/index.php/Bible-Reading-Guides.html

 

One-year Reading Guides

The Bible “Read Me” Plan features multiple schedules to help you to read the Bible in a year. God’s Word is a big book and without a workable schedule it can be easy to give up before you even get through Genesis. Following are 5 unique guides to use as you read through the Bible:

 

Chronological

Read the events of the Bible as they occurred chronologically. For example, the Book of Job is integrated with Genesis because Job lived before Abraham.
View the guide

 

Historical

Read the books of the Bible as they occurred in the Hebrew and Greek traditions (the order in which they were written). For example, the Old Testament books in the Hebrew Bible do not occur in the same order as they do in our English Bible. The New Testament books are arranged according to their date of writing as well.
View the guide

 

Old and New Testament Together

Read the Old Testament and New Testament together. Your knowledge of the Old Testament will be enhanced by what you read simultaneously in the New Testament.
View the guide

 

Beginning to End

With this guide there are no surprises. You simply read through the Bible from start to finish, from Genesis to Revelation.
View the guide

 

Blended

If you prefer not to read straight through the Bible but want to add variety to your Scripture reading. For example, while you are reading the Old Testament book of Isaiah, you are also reading the New Testament book of Mark to heighten the variety of your Bible reading.
View the guide

 

My Hope with Billy Graham “Heaven” showing in Oak Grove on Tuesday, November 18th

Come see the new film “Heaven” from Billy Graham showing at the Fiske Theater on Tuesday, November 18th, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Be sure to invite your  friends and family to hear this message of hope.

 

We have created some resources to help you spread the word about this event.  Below are links to banner ads to place on your website.  There is  a cover photo you can put on your Facebook page.  There is also a full page poster you can print to display.  We appreciate your help in sharing this message of hope.

my hope banner:
my hope banner

 

my hope cover photo:
my hope cover photo

my hope poster (pdf):
my hope poster

my hope poster (jpg):
my hope poster

 

Run for Mercy 2014 Registration

It’s that time again to Run for Mercy. We are getting a late start getting this information out so if you want to get the early-bird discount you need to register now. The early bird price of $25 ends this Monday, August 25th. Regular registration is $30 and race-day registration is $35. You need to register by October 6th to be guaranteed a T-Shirt.

To register as a member of our First Church of God team click on the image below or go to http://mmoa.convio.net/goto/ogfcog2014.  Then click on the join team link and follow the directions.

Run for mercy will be held on Saturday, October 25th.  Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with a start time of 9 a.m.  Join us as we support this ministry that makes a real difference in the lives of these young ladies.

 

run for mercy 2014

Focus 40 Day 40: Extreme Living—Honoring God with Our Resources

HE IS RISEN!

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Day 40
Extreme Living—Honoring God with Our Resources

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”
—Acts 17:24–28 (NIV)

IF GOD MADE THE WORLD and everything in it, shouldn’t it be our act of worship to honor him with all of it. Many people will read the statement above and see the word offering and be instantly proud that they got it or mad that I brought it up. But I am not just talking about the joy box or the offering plate that gets passed in services and Sunday school.

Are you honoring God with everything you have? God gave you the ability to work and earn money, so honor him with your career and with how you manage your finances. God surrounded us with a world that is not only functional and life sustaining, but beautiful, so honor him with how we take care of the environment. God is not just the God of today, but forever, so honor him with our time and our future. These are all gifts. Will we receive them as a gift or will we approach them with the attitude that God owes us those? If we begin to look at them from that perspective, we will find ourselves angry at God when one of them is taken from us.

So today, strive to honor God with the gifts he has given you for the gifts he has given you. Do this as an act of worship and you will find yourself blessed beyond measure. (I don’t mean financially blessed. Just blessed.)

God, today may I find pleasure in the gifts I have received and may I honor you by offering them to you for your kingdom and not mine. Help me to be quick to offer these gifts to a family member, to a neighbor, or to my community as I love you and love all you have put in my path. Amen.

Rev. Trey Oldham
Live Transformation Team Member and Pastor

 

Focus 40 2014