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Follower of My Wonderful Savior Jesus. Husband to My Beautiful Wife Sunshine. Father to My Three Precious Daughters: Maggie, Ellie, & Libbie. Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lipan, TX. Graduate of Maypearl High School, Dallas Baptist University, & Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. AdvoCare Distributor.

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Trust In the Lord with All Your Heart

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

There are times in our lives that God brings us to and through things that we do not fully understand. That’s okay. Our task is not to always understand but to always trust. And to trust with all of our hearts. As we do, and we acknowledge and glorify Him, He will "make straight our paths". He will direct us.

Before I give the details, I want to share with you that I have been offered and have accepted a position as a public school teacher at Tison Middle School in Weatherford. This means I will soon be resigning as your pastor.

Over the last several months, God has been stirring in my heart the desire to serve as a chaplain in the US Army Reserves. I am currently in the final stages of a rigorous application process. I believe this is where God is leading me and am trusting Him to fully open this door for ministry if it is in His will. As such, I would be the chaplain to a group of men and women and their families serving in the reserves one weekend per month and two weeks per year. Deployment would also be a possibility. If God does open this door, it would be sometime between early spring to early summer that I would be assigned to a unit.

Initially, I assumed I would continue to serve as your pastor while serving as a chaplain. Still, God has been working through many factors and circumstances towards a different plan.

God has led Sunshine and I to a point of praying for His direction and His will. In considering what God may be doing in our lives, I began considering the possibility of serving as a public school teacher. I have a great admiration for the many of you who serve our kids in that way. Through many "odd" circumstances (and as a member of our church likes to say, it’s not odd, it’s God) I was offered the position as a teacher in Weatherford. Believing it to be God’s leading, I accepted.

As your pastor, I want you to know Sunshine and I both believe that God has been working to bring us to this point. It is never easy to go from one chapter to another chapter in life and many times we do not nor do others understand all the whys. Still, we trust in the Lord with all our heart.

I have been asked by some, am I certain this decision is the decision I should make. My answer is this, I am not certain of my ability to always perfectly discern the will of God. Still, I am certain of God’s ability to make straight our paths as we walk through this life trusting Him as best as we know how. There are things that scare us about this decision. But, as best as we know how to discern, Sunshine and I believe this is exactly where God is leading and we fully believe in His faithfulness to our family and to our church.

I will continue to preach here for a few weeks, maybe longer depending upon what we as a church family decide is the best and healthiest way for this transition to occur. I am asking each of us to pray as we together make that decision.

After, that I will step away as our church begins the process of searching for our next pastor. My family and I will continue to live here in Lipan and continue to be part of a community that we love and cherish. You are more than members of a church where we have been honored to serve for the last 8 years, and 12 years including my time here as youth minister. You are our friends and our family and we love you. Please pray for our family as we embark on a new chapter with new challenges.

Trusting the Lord together,

The Peacocks

Our Universal Message

If our message is true it is universal. It will change lives in our communities and around the world; from mansions to slums, from kings to servants, from Middle Easterns to South Americans, from those being persecuted to those doing the  persecution, from hospital to prisons to vacation spots. The gospel of health and wealth does not pass this test. The gospel of the cross does!

We Are Accountable – Romans 2:11-15

The Book of Romans: The Good News of God

We Are Accountable – Romans 2:11-15

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, Hebrews 9:27

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5:10

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13

I. Some are accountable for disobeying God’s written commandments.

The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Isaiah 24:5

II. All are accountable for disobeying their conscience.

To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. Titus 1:15

. . . through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 1 Timothy 4:2

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. Hebrews 13:18

III. We will either be condemned or covered by the righteousness of Christ Jesus.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:16–18

Responding to the Righteousness and Kindness of God: Romans 2:1-11

The Book of Romans: The Good News of God

Responding to the Righteousness and Kindness of God

Romans 2:1-11

The Character of God

* God is holy and righteous.

For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:29

* God is loving and kind.

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, Titus 3:4

1. Choose compassion over condemnation.

How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. Luke 6:42

2. Choose repentance over rationalization.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

3. Choose eternal life over eternal wrath.

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. John 5:11–12

Trading God’s Truth for Our Lies: Romans 1:18-32

The Book of Romans: The Good News of God

Trading God’s Truth for Our Lies: Romans 1:18-32

1. Because of unrighteousness, people suppress the truth.

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

The Truth of General Revelation

· All people throughout time have seen creation.

· Creation is evidence of a Creator who is eternal, powerful, and Divine; who is worthy of worship; and to whom we are accountable.

· No one has an excuse

2. Because truth is suppressed, people reject God.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Psalm 53:1

3. Because God is rejected, the minds and hearts of people become foolish.

They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the Lord of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 7:12

4. Because of foolish hearts and minds, people have evil desires.

We all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. Ephesians 2:3

5. Because of evil desires, unrighteousness increases.

For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities: Isaiah 59:12

We need Jesus to save us from this vicious cycle!

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 1 Timothy 1:15

The Big Picture of the Bad News: Romans 1:18-3:20

The Book of Romans: The Good News of God

I. God righteously pours His wrath upon unrighteousness.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. Romans 1:18

II. Humanity is guilty of unrighteousness.

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness. . . Romans 1:29

III. I am guilty of unrighteousness.

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. Romans 2:1

IV. Both Jews and Gentiles are guilty of unrighteousness.

For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. Romans 2:12

V. Everyone is guilty of unrighteousness.

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:10

VI. No one can make himself or herself right with God.

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20

Christ took upon Himself the wrath of the Father so that we might be saved.

God put [Christ Jesus] forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. . . Romans 3:25

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. Romans 5:8–9

Church Announcements

This Sunday our worship service will be at 9:30 a.m. and there will be no Sunday School due to Lipan Homecoming Activities. Our evening service will be at 6:00 p.m. as scheduled.

Mission Lipan: Hands and Feet week will be June 9-13.  Our planning meetings will be Sunday, June 1st at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 7th at 10:00 a.m. (Donuts provided.)

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