2015 Ladies’ Retreat


Crown Him With Many Crowns 2014 Ladies’ Retreat

IMG_2586IMG_2703IMG_20140324_202641_088We had a wonderful time at our retreat, great fellowship, fantastic speakers, and our ladies were downright amazing!  Most of all, none of this would have been possible without God.  Our ladies had been praying for God’s will to be done and for Him to outshine everyone and everything.  We dedicated the retreat to Him, right down to those who were there.  We know there were those who just could not make it this year and wanted to very much.  Those ladies were missed.  No one knows, but we know our Lord is ALWAYS in complete control.  Friday evening’s highlight was a play entitled “…But After This…” , which pictured the entrance into Heaven for our saved “victims” of the plane crash in our previous retreat.  While we know that no one here on earth can even imagine the beauty we will behold, let alone replicate it, our ladies put together quite a scene!  The imitation of Heaven, however, was just the beginning.  Our characters stood at the judgment seat of Christ and received their rewards – along with the wood, hay, and stubble.  They found in the end it was not their busy works that earned them their crowns, but their sincere, humbled works as they surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Their motive to do God’s will and not their own, their desire to please God and not men were acceptable offerings.  I’m sure we will be surprised when we get to Heaven just what our work here on earth has earned us; I pray that we will not be ashamed.

Saturday consisted of presentations from our speakers Jan McDonald and Elizabeth Ogdie, and we finished off with a character trait exercise by Trish Shifflett.  We had a wonderful time, and look forward to meeting again April 17-18, 2014.  Mark your calendars!

Men’s Advance

On Friday, April 25 our men will be traveling to Stillwater, Oklahoma to attend the Men’s Advance conducted by Bible Baptist Church of Stillwater for great preaching, singing, and fellowship.  They will be returning Saturday afternoon refreshed and recharged!

2014 Ladies’ Retreat – Crown Him With Many Crowns!


Who’s Carrying Your Burden?

There is an anonymous poem that has been around awhile.  It goes like this:

Broken Dreams

 As children bring their broken toys with tears for us to mend

I brought my broken dreams to God, because He was my friend

But then instead of leaving Him in peace to work alone

I hung around and tried to help with ways that were my own.

At last I snatched them back and said, “How can You be so slow”?

“My child”, He said, “What could I do?  You never would let go.”

Kind of makes you want to shake your head to imagine such silliness, doesn’t it?  But think about it a minute, in a different light.  How many times have we done exactly that to the Lord?  We say, “Lord, I’ll let you save me, but I won’t bother you with my burdens, I’ll carry them myself.”  “I’ll trust You to keep me out of Hell, but my problems are all my fault – let me help you solve them.”  “God, you take care of the big problems I can’t handle, I’ll take care of the rest”.  If we can trust God to save us from Hell, don’t you think we can cast ALL our cares upon Him?  Psalm 55:22 and I Peter 5:7 tells us we can.   The Bible is full of verses and examples that tell us just that.  Why don’t we resolve to do just that in this new year?

God, Do It Again!

Isaiah 64

Isaiah was a prophet of God who knew his history, he knew what God had done in the past, and he wanted him to do it again!  He was tired of things the way they were.  He admitted  the sinful nature of man.  He was longing to see something unusual.

What stands between the Christians that make up His local churches and the miracle-working power of God?  One thing is uncleanness.  In verse 6 we read, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”  We all must realize that the very things that we do thinking they are good, are evil in God’s sight.

Another problem is unconcern.  Verse 7 states in part that no one is calling on God or is even excited about Him.  They seem to be more interested in their own life and are wrapped up in their own sin.  Most people get all worked up over a ball game or a political contest, but very few get stirred up over spiritual things.  No wonder God’s power is absent from our lives and churches!

Unyieldedness is a third barrier.  The song writer wrote, “thou are the potter, I am the clay,” based on verse 8 of our text.  Clay is worthless by itself, but in the hands of the potter, it can be valuable.  God must have His way before He will share His power.

Don’t be afraid to get stirred up.  It could be the beginning of great things in your life, family and ministry.  Why not pray like Isaiah did – Lord, do it again!


Ladies’ Bible Study

Our current study is on the life of Christ, led by Trish Shifflett.  Lunch is provided.  Come join us on Mondays at noon and fill up spiritually and physically!

Can God Use Me?

Often the question is asked, “Can God use me?”  The person who asks this question has more than likely fallen into sin.  Forgiveness is forthcoming after repentance, but what about being used of God after forgiveness?  So many times, it is assumed that God will forgive that person, but He won’t use them.  What sin does God not forgive?

The Bible clearly shows us what kind of people God used, beginning with Moses.  He was a man who committed murder, but God forgave him and used him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.  Then there was King David who committed adultery AND murder.  He repented of his sin and was greatly used of God, including authoring many chapters found in the Bible.  What about Jonah, a prophet who disobeyed God’s direct instructions but, after seeking God’s forgiveness, conducted a citywide revival.  And Peter, who cursed God and was in a backslidden condition just 50 days before he was used mightily of God at the Day of Pentecost.  This does not mean it is okay to sin; this just shows us that God will forgive and use believers if they will yield themselves to Him.  Psalm 130:3 says, “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?”  If God keeps records and won’t use those who have sinned, who then will He use?

Youth Camp 2013

Well, another youth camp at Royal C Ranch in Eufala, OK has come to an end!  The McDonalds outdid themselves this year – it was all wonderful!  Great preaching every service – so much to take in!  Much food for thought.  Bro. Hal Hightower, Jeremiah Hightower, and Mrs. Karen Hightower were our speakers, and delivered plenty of sound teaching.  Now it’s up to us to apply what we’ve learned.  33 campers went this year, including counselors.  Our youth participated in music, sports, preaching, and Bible memorization competition; bringing home trophies and ribbons.  It sure was good to get back home, but the camp was better than ever! We’re looking forward to next year already – plan on joining us!  Many thanks to the staff at Royal C for all their hard work!


Patriots In Petticoats Ladies’ Retreat

Our ladies’ retreat entitled Patriots In Petticoats, was held Saturday, May 20, 2013 from 9-3.  Mrs. Elizabeth Ogdie with Galatians 6:2 ministries was our guest speaker.  Mrs. Ogdie and her husband, Karl, have been in the ministry for 34 years, first in Wills Point, TX and later at Lakeland Street Baptist Church in Ft. Worth.  Her churches have hosted retreats and seminars for 20 years, and she brought with her a wealth of knowledge and encouragement to our ladies and guests.

Morningside ladies presented a moving and thought-provoking play entitled “The Final Call”, adapted from the play “Once To Die”.  In it, characters were on a plane which crashed, leaving all on board immediately at the judgment seat of Christ.  Those who had received Christ as their Savior were ushered into the presence of the Lord, while those who had not made that profession were doomed to spend eternity in hell.  A wake-up call to both: to the unsaved to change that outcome in their own life by accepting Christ, and to the saved to take seriously the Great Commission to go and tell.  If  YOU were to die today, do you know where YOU would spend eternity?  You can know!  Contact our pastor or a church member to assure your home in Heaven!

The theme was chosen to emphasize how very important it is to return to our patriotic roots, our Christian roots, and put God back in our homes and schools and communities.  We pray that message was received and heeded.  For the ladies at Morningside, it was a privilege and honor to present it.  A heartfelt thanks goes out to all those who worked so hard and made it a resounding success!