First Baptist Church
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
There's a place for you
A letter from our Pastor....
Happy New Year! 2016 flew by very quickly. I hope everyone had special gatherings with their families for Christmas and New Year’s Day. It was a special opportunity to be able to worship together on those two days. If you missed it, we began a new sermon series on New Year’s Day through the book of Nehemiah entitled We Build. We began with a sermon out of chapter one entitled A Call to Knees. Just like it sounds, this is a call to prayer. Everything we do, as individuals and as a church family, must begin in prayer.
When Nehemiah heard the negative report of the state of his homeland he responded in prayer. His prayer was extensive. He prayed for four months. He prayed consistently in those four months day and night. He prayed confessing his sins and his peoples to God over those four months. Throughout his time of prayer he asked God for an opportunity to serve and to act. The rest of the book of Nehemiah displays how Nehemiah responds to God’s answer of an opportunity.
What opportunities do we need to be praying for during 2017? We will hear of various needs from others. We will face unknown challenges. We will have struggles and maybe even tragedies. How will we respond? Will respond in prayer as Nehemiah demonstrates? We should not wait until a crisis occurs to begin praying for an opportunity to serve God. We must begin praying now to be ready to respond as God would have us to. We must be in God’s will and willing to serve.
I want to encourage you to visit our website sermon audio link and listen to A Call to Knees from New Year’s Day if you missed it. It is important to understand Nehemiah’s prayer and apply his response in faith to our own individual lives as well as the life of our church. He responded to God on behalf of his people and we must do the same.
I am excited about what God has in store for us together here at Pawhuska 1st Baptist as we move in to this new year of 2017! God has brought us all here together at this time for a mighty work. Be in constant prayer for discernment for understanding of what this work is. “Greater things are yet to be done in this city…” Be constant in prayer. Be actively seeking the welfare of Pawhuska (Jeremiah 29:4-9). Together we must, “Touch the World…Impact Eternity.” In our mission and ministry at Pawhuska FBC, we must truly put Pawhuska First! It is in our name. It is our mission.
In Service for Him,
Bro. Jeff Laughlin