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TOF Wednesday Nov 7, 2012

November 26th, 2012

First week… How’d it go?  


As you know, last week we gave you the BIBS devotional and you started on them Thursday.

How’d it go?

Did you get something on paper every day? I’m not asking you if you filled out all the days on the trip to church tonight to make it look like you filled it out every day. I’m asking if you were dedicated to your devotions this week.

Hopefully BIBS becomes a habit. All of you have the time… it’s how you use your time that makes the difference. Some of you spend a lot of time on Facebook, on homework, on computer reboots… what about your devotions? How’d that go this week?

BIBS isn’t something you’re doing so you can go on a missions trip. BIBS is something you should do to help your spiritual life. Get in the Bible. Love your Bible. Read your Bible. Think about your Bible. Know your Bible. Live your Bible.

Today was an application day in the BIBS format, so hopefully this week has shown you some ways that you can grow in the Lord. Have you done anything different based on your study of God’s Word? If you were challenged from your Bible and you haven’t made any changes yet, make some changes! No one likes to be deceived… but God says “But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”


I haven’t totally decided how I’ll do the weekly checks… but I think I’m going to get tougher and tougher as time goes on. Especially in the split sessions I’m going to be asking direct questions to basically each of you guys. “Why didn’t you do it this week?” That’s pretty direct!

The Christian life is about growing spiritually, and I have NO problem helping you in your Bible reading by making things very uncomfortable for you. Laziness is no excuse. Time is no excuse. There’s almost NO excuse. Ok let’s put it this way, there will be NO excuse before God, right? So would I be a good youth pastor if I ever said, “It’s okay to not read your Bible.” NO!

I believe I’ll give account to God for my work as a youth pastor in training and helping you grow spiritually. If that means that I or my wife or the Bakers have to confront you about something then so be it. We try to spend a lot of time encouraging, teaching and helping you… but there may need to be some rebuke, confrontation and challenge in there as well.

Can you take it? I think you can.

It’s all for your spiritual benefit. I don’t know how else to tell you except that I love you all and want God’s best for you, and you’ll never have God’s best outside of a personal relationship with Him.

Love God. Love others. Do right.

-Bro. Ryan


YOUNG MENS GROUP – Practicing Wednesday nights after church to sing at the Preaching Rally. New song starting tonight.


BRO. MCCRACKEN – Revival services Nov. 11-14. Meeting in the sanctuary for Sunday school and next Wednesday’s services.


SPECIAL MUSIC WORKSHOP – If you’re in YA Choir you are welcome to come to the workshop. Saturday, Nov. 17 12:30 – 4pm.


MISSIONARY JOSH PYLE COMING – Please greet him on Sunday, Nov. 18. Missionary to Sudan.


PRAISE AND PIE NIGHT – Men and ladies needed. Men on Sunday afternoon to set up tables (please see Bro. Ron Branch) and ladies to help serve pie that night (ladies see Mrs. Rangel). Sunday, Nov. 18.

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