July 6, 2018, 6:49 PM

A God Appointment During Fun in the Field Preparation

On July 5th my wife Becky & I were in the Lisman community making preparations for the upcoming July 18-20 Fun in the Field Mission VBS from 9-12 each morning. We were erecting an advertizing banner in front of the old Lisman school where the event will be held. Suddenly a lady named Cynthia came up to us thanking us and saying "God bless you." She explained that her daughter had received a flyer at CCES from Bro. Terry but had lost it and was sad because she wanted to come, but had forgotten the date. Of course our banner had the time and date. She was so happy to get the date and asked if we had any more flyers. We had a whole bunch in the car for distribution so I asked her if she needed more than one. "Oh yes, I want some to pass out to my neighbors, and if you have enough, I want to get some for my church, Mt. Nebo. " I gave her 30 or 40 and she gave me a big hug.  Here is a picture Becky took of Cynthia and I with one of the flyers in front of the old school. Is this wasn't a divine appointment, I have never seen one.

January 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

Mixtec Indian Construction Trip to Montgomery January 20, 2018

 On January 20, 2018, our Association sent a team back to Montgomery to continue our assistance to the Mixtc Indians who live there. This is part of our continuing effort to help reach this indigenous Indian people from Mexico with the Gospel. The participants were: Don Giles, Brent Manasco, Billy Douglas, Ervin Mooney, Chris and Tammy Childers, Jamie Simms, Elyssa Sims, and Terry Long. This is the fellowship hall of the education building of Highland Gardens Baptist Church in Montgomery, who are working with the Mixtecs.  They have donated this unused building for the Mixtec church to meet in.  We painted the entire fellowship hall, replaced several toilets and installed two sinks with cabinets.  We rebuilt their entrance complete with door and hardware.  It was a great experience, with one man from the community being led to Christ while we were working.  This room is where the Mixtecs will worship. 

December 7, 2017, 7:56 PM

Alabama Baptist Children's Home 2017 Visit

Each year the Children's Home in Mobile holds an open house to let area church members and other interested people visit and see first-hand where the children placed in their care live and learn. This year it was on December 3. At least 4 churches from the Choctaw Baptist Association attended: FBC Butler; Chappell Hill; Silas First; and Spring Bank. For many of us, it was the first time on the campus and were we impressed! Here is the group from Silas First and Spring Bank.

This is the entrance to the Home, with the office/ admin building in the background. The hospitality of the staff and children was fantastic. We were served HEAVY snacks in all 3 buildings (the admin building, the boys' home and the girls' home). Not only was the food delicious, it was plentiful! At the admin building we were assigned to one of the children who took a group to his/ her home for a tour. Currently there are 6 boys and 8 girls there, with a capacity of 10 and 12 respectively. This number can change at any time. The children are bused to local public schools daily. Each child we met was eager to show us their room and introduce us to the others, particularly their roommates. Most of the rooms sleep two and are connected by jack and jill bathrooms. There is a common living/ dining room and a kitchen. There is also a laundry room, and each child is expected to do their laundry if they are old enough. They also have posted lists of daily and weekly chores, including cleaning the their toilets and showers. The homes each have a family of house parents, who have their own private living quarters. The children are usually referred by the Alabama Department of HRS, although occasionally there are private placements. The HRS works with the parents while ABCH works with the children and both agencies work together to reunite the children and their parents. The Gracie Home for mothers and children which we learned about at the Choctaw Annual Meeting is located at a different site and will have an open house sometime in 2018. Brother Justin from Spring Bank can be seen in the living room of the boy's home, an example of the beautiful Christmas decorations and tasteful furnishings. Nest we have Bro Tim Mathis, the new Chappell Hill pastor, with Don Giles. In the background is part of the great recreation facilities, including an outdoor pool and basketball court. The building you see is the back side of the Amin building, looking down the hill from the girls' home. The final picture is Celina Doggett, Choctaw County's volunteer coordinator with the ABCH in Mobile, with Steve and Becky Marcereau (your Choctaw Association VBS director.)  Altogether we all had a great time and came away with several positive impressions: our support is needed and the money is well-spent; the children are generally happy to be there and seem to get along well with each other; and everyone ought to go see this in person.










April 25, 2017, 11:44 PM

THE REVIVAL WE NEED by Dr. Terry L. Long

All over our county people are beginning to talk about the tent revival coming to Choctaw County in October of this year.  It's called  Fire in the Field and it will be held under a massive 2500 seat tent in a field just West of Butler, AL on Highway 10 West.  It may prove to be the biggest thing in the history of Choctaw County, and it most certainly will be an opportunity of a lifetime for those who have hungered to see a genuine outpouring of the Spirit of God in Heaven-sent Revival.  

It is no secret that our area desperately needs revival.  Big time.  And we  know that no revival can occur unless God graciously pours it out on His people.  But how do we get that to happen?  How does revival actually come?    For many years there has been a debate about that very thing.  Is genuine revival worked up, or is it prayed down?  Charles Finney, the great revivalist of the 19th century believed that revival came as a result of hard work and promotion.  Yet, Matthew Henry and Charles Spurgeon preached that revival had to be prayed down.  

Well, which is it?  Are revivals prayed down or worked up?  In Psalm 85:6, the Psalmist cried out to God, "Wilt Thou not revive us again, that thy people may rejoice in Thee?"  David's view of revival was that when we pray for revival we are asking God to do something that only He can do.  Whether we work at it, or pray for it, according to the Bible, only God can send revival.  In other words, true revival is always Heaven-sent.

But the answer to the question, "Are revivals worked up, or prayed down?" is that it takes both to have a heaven-sent revival.  Both prayer and work are necessary for true revival to occur.  The relationship between the two can best be seen in the great revival under Elijah on Mount Carmel (I Kings 18).   Israel had forsaken God and gone  after Baal.  So Elijah gathered Israel to the top of Mount Carmel to call them back to God.  He laid out a challenge to the prophets of Baal that would prove  by fire from Heaven whether Baal or Jehovah  was the true God of Israel.  The prophets of Baal prayed and chanted and danced and cut themselves to try to entice their god to answer with fire, but he could not, because he was a powerless idol.

Elijah then built an altar, piled it high with wood, dug a trench around it, and soaked it with water.  He poured water on it until the water ran down the altar and filled the trenches surrounding it.  Then Elijah prayed this simple prayer, "Lord, Let it be known this day that thou art the God of Israel!"  Suddenly, in a burst of blinding light, fire fell from heaven and consumed all the sacrifice, all the wood, all the stone and all the water even down to the trenches.  All of Israel fell on their faces and declared, "The Lord, He is God!  The Lord, He is God!"

Now, it has been wisely said that there would have been no need for Elijah to pray unless he first stacked the wood, for there would have been nothing burn.  And, there would have been no need to stack the wood unless he prayed, because there would have been nothing to ignite it.  So it took work.  And it took prayer. Both were necessary for Fire to fall from Heaven.

I believe that is how it is with revival.  To have a true,  heaven-sent revival we must work as though it all depends upon us, and pray as though it all depends upon God!

We need a heaven-sent revival in our county.  Let's join together to work and pray until God answers with a mighty move of His Holy Spirit!  This is the revival we need!                                                                                                                                                                                    

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