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Nov
21
2016
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Thankful

Thankful

“Thanks be unto God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15

The Apostle Paul reminds us that living with an attitude of gratitude makes our life richer and our outlook brighter. Paul’s focus in this passage was, of course, the Gospel. In reality, every blessing begins at the Cross, for the Child of God. Having plumbed the depths of Isaiah’s portrait of the Suffering Servant in Chapter 53, we are keenly aware of the magnitude of the Father’s love for us! This Thanksgiving, may we be mindful and grateful of every good gift that the Father bestows on us daily. They all flow from His indescribable gift!

This past Sunday was another amazing day for the Family of Families. It began Sunday morning with an intimate time as we gathered around the Table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Then, Sunday night, Heaven came down and glory filled our souls at our Community Thanksgiving Service! God’s House was full, the combined Canaan choirs brought the house down, and Bro Caddell stirred our hearts with his message about God’s indescribable gift. What a joy it was to gather in our renovated FLC to fellowship with God’s Family. I am certain that the Father smiled from Heaven as the brethren gathered to dwell in unity (Psalm 133:1). What a joy for us to again answer the prayer of Jesus in John 17 and show the world that we (the Church) are one! Our divided nation so desperately needs to see this picture of unity in Christ. Let me use this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard to make our Community Service such a stunning success.

Our proposed 2017 Budget of $931,034.70 was adopted Sunday morning in both services. It reflects a modest reduction of .37% from this year’s budget. We are grateful for the work of our Stewardship Committee. We should be reminded that the budget is simply a guide for the New Year. The budget is met weekly through the faithful tithes and offerings of God’s people. Thank you for your faithfulness.

I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I’m looking forward to our Sunday services as we gather again in God’s House. Don’t forget our weekly prayer initiative for Spiritual Awakening, we’ll gather in the Church office at 8:15 till 8:30.

Your grateful partner in the Journey,

Bro Morgan

Nov
03
2016
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A Christian Citizen

A Christian Citizen

“Let ever soul be subject to the governing authorities, For there is no authority except from God…Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves” Romans 13:1-2

America’s slide into the moral abyss has shifted from a gradual drift to a prophetic freefall. The Church may have reached the apex of Her influence on our culture at the end of the twentieth century.                  Tragically, Christians in growing numbers have become distracted or apathetic and our influence has waned. However, our hope does not reside in the White House, Court House or State House. Our nation’s only hope lives in the homes of Christians and the House of God. “If My people…will humble themselves and pray…and turn from their wicked ways…then I will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 When God’s people are broken before Him the blessings of spiritual awakening will  follow.

Paul reminds us that we have a civic duty as Christian Citizens to be involved in the electoral process. Paul says to ignore this responsibility would bring judgement upon ourselves. Furthermore, Jesus in Matthew 5 compels us to season and light our culture.  I would be the first to admit that this presidential cycle has hit an all-time low and is repulsive to most! Today we need a candidate whom God could use to lead us out of this epic slide. However, we are left with two   candidates who have a legitimate shot to occupy the White House in January. So what is a Christian  Citizen to do?

While this thought is not original with me, I would remind you that we always vote for the lesser of two evils! Unless Jesus is on the ballot there is no candidate who is perfect. In our last presidential election 20-30 million Christians did not vote. Experts have concluded that their non-vote in effect elected our current president. I am grieved that many Christian leaders are again advocating a non-vote. I side with courageous leaders like Franklin Graham who are compelling Christians to go to the polls on election day.

We should vote for the candidates up and down the ballot that we hope will support Judea-Christian values. No one knows what a candidate will do once they are elected. So I’m voting for the  candidates who I believe will support the essential ideals of the Christian Faith – Those who are Prolife and will defend the unborn; those who will defend our religious freedom, and finally, those who will appoint   constitutional Supreme Court Justices. Certainly, there are secondary issues that we are passionate about as well. But we have a duty to our children & grandchildren to promote Christian values in our Nation.

Let’s all pray for

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Apr
08
2015
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“Our Good Shepherd”

Our Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd.

The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep…”

John 10:22

My last tour in the Air Force was at NORAD in Colorado Springs, CO. Our apartment window daily blessed us with a majestic view of Pikes Peak. The allurement of the pristine beauty of the Rockies often drew us into the mountains. One of those gorgeous summer days found us hiking with friends above the tree line near 10,000 feet. At the top we planned to go cutthroat trout fishing in one of the crystal clear crater lakes. As we crested the last rise we heard the undeniable sound of the bleating of sheep. Sure enough in the meadow below a herd of sheep had followed their shepherd to green pasture. Sheep are created to follow their shepherd.

Jesus has many descriptive names and titles throughout the pages of scripture. Perhaps the most endearing and intimate name for our Savior is the Good Shepherd. The prophets (Ezekiel 34:23 & Micah 5:4) predicted the Messiah would come and shepherd His people. Shepherding is good preparation for leadership. The Patriarchs were shepherds along with Israel’s greatest king, David. None compare to our Good Shepherd; and, no place in God’s Word is His role more clearly defined than in our John 10 passage. Here John reveals the fourth of his seven great I AM’s.

We need a Shepherd because of the propensity of Sheep to Wander. Shepherding was a familiar part of Israel’s daily life and history. They knew that sheep were dirty, defenseless, straying and helpless animals. They require constant supervision from a caring shepherd. Sheep are an apt metaphor for the Saints.

Sheep are by nature dirty. Sheep don’t have an original thought, they do what they see others do! While the shepherd grooms them each evening only when they’re sheared do we see the glistening white wool. Before Christ comes into our lives, we are the wandering sheep of Isaiah 53:6, in need of the Shepherd Savior.  At Salvation something miraculous happens, “Though your sins be as scarlet…They shall be as (white as) wool.”

Sheep are by nature defenseless. Have you every heard of an attack sheep? There’s a reason you haven’t heard it! Sheep are created defenseless, totally dependent on their shepherd. The great Psalter David reminds us of the defense of our Shepherd (Ps 23:4). His rod defends us from predators and His staff protects us from our selves, rescuing us from the thicket and the crevice. Yes our Good Shepherd is there to protect us from the adversary and adversity.

Sheep are by nature directionless. The ancient shepherd led his sheep, never driving them. They trusted Him and knew His voice. The Good Shepherd’s Sheep trust Him. Through the intimacy of an ongoing relationship, we know His voice and gratefully follow His lead to fulfilling pastures.

Sheep by nature are dependent. Sheep are not naturally industrious! They are helpless and need not only the protection but the provision of the shepherd. The good shepherd leads the sheep to green pasture for nourishment. Our Good Shepherd leads us on the right path, protecting His sheep and providing the provision we need. Our green pastures are the pages of God’s Word that nurture our soul.

It’s obvious that the sheep of God’s pasture need a Shepherd! John masterfully paints a portrait of our Shepherd who is Worthy. John begins by contrasting Jesus the True Shepherd against the false shepherds of the day. Israel was blessed by many faithful patriarchs, prophets, and potentates. However, there were always imposters who were thieves, hirelings and false shepherds who deceived Israel (Jer. 23:1-2). Their motives were impure and their desire was to fleece God’s flock for personal gain. Unfortunately as we fast forward to the contemporary church, we find the same malady. While their methods are more sophisticated false shepherds still prey on God’s Sheep (Matt 7:15).

Jesus is our Good Shepherd. In our text John surveys the incredible benefits His Sheep enjoy. Those that follow His lead will enjoy the abundant life He promises His faithful sheep (John 10:10). Our Good Shepherd is the Savior who willingly lays down His life for the sheep (John 10: 11). Here Jesus looks ahead to the Cross, where He would give His life for His Sheep, as the sacrificial Lamb of God. Ours is a personal Shepherd who knows us and all of our needs perfectly (John 10:14). Finally, our Shepherd invites us to know Him intimately in an ongoing personal relationship. Incredibly the relationship begins at Salvation and never ends!

Yes ours is a Good Shepherd.

During my tour at Colorado Springs I served inside NORAD located in Cheyenne Mtn. Complex. At that time this was a self contained city located a quarter of a mile inside the granite mountain.  It served as our early warning system against nuclear attack. Every day I walked into the mountain passing two six foot blast doors that would shut in the event of a nuclear attack. If there was a secure place on the planet that was it! We know there really is no place that is secure– except in the Hands of God.

John ends this powerful passage reminding us of our eternal security. It’s encouraging to know that the Saints are Well. The Good Shepherd at the point of our conversion places us securely in His Hand (John 10:28). Then the Son takes the redeemed and places them in the Hand of the Father (John 10:29). Christ then makes an emphatic statement – No one will be able to snatch them out of My Hand or the Father’s Hand! Considering we are sealed by the Spirit at our conversion (Eph 1:13), we are eternally secure in the Trinity! Paul asked the question another way, Who or what is able to separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:31-39)? No one or nothing! What an eternal joy to be the Good Shepherd’s Sheep. Are you securely in His Sheepfold?

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Jan
08
2015
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“Touching with Technology”

Did you know Canaan Baptist Church has the following resources available?

  1. Online Directory
  2. Directory App
  3. Emailing your Class or Ministry Teams
  4. Online Giving
  5. Bible & Journal App
  6. Online Lessons
  7. Calendar & Journal Online
  8. Update your membership profile
  9. Yearly Bible Reading Plan
  10. Social Media: Facebook Page, Twitter, Blog
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Jan
08
2015
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Non-Negotiables

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Jan
08
2015
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Journey Groups 2015

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Dec
29
2013
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Do you know what next month is???

It’s Journey Month!!!!

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Jul
10
2013
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The Pursuit of God’s Glory

The Pursuit of God’s Glory

I wanted to use this opportunity to introduce everyone to our new Sunday Morning series. We just completed our focus on the family in May and June – The People for God’s Glory. Now, we turn our focus to a sermon series I’ve developed from Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God study. We’ll break in the middle for our annual emphasis on Journey Groups – Journey to the Summit.

The Pursuit of God’s Glory
A Man Named Moses (Exodus)
July 7 – Be Aware of God’s Activity – God is at Work, Ex 2:21-25
July 14 – Be Available for God’s Advances – God Pursues Us, Ex 3:1-5
July 21 – Be Attune to God’s Appeal – God’s Invitation, Ex 3:5-10
July 28 – Be Affirmed by God’s Assurance – Crisis of Belief, Ex 3:11-15

Journey to the Summit – Sunday School Month
Aug 4 – Bro Dennis Manley launches Our Journey to the Summit
Aug 11 – A Shepherd’s Story, Ex 17
Aug 18 – A Sunday School’s Secret, Ex 18
Aug 25 – Bro Charles concludes our Journey to the Summit

Our 195th Anniversary
Sep 1 – Be the Church Sunday – The Meaning of Membership

Concluding – The Pursuit of God’s Glory
Sept 8 - Be Advancing God’s Agenda – Major Adjustments, Ex 3:16-4:1
Sept 15 – Be Abandoned to God’s Adventure – Obey & Experience, Ex 4:18-31

The next couple of months promise to be exciting at Canaan. I hope you’ll make your plans to be present for each service.

Your grateful partner on the Journey,

Bro Morgan

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May
31
2013
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Habits of a Happy Home

Habits of a Happy Home

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart…

And He will direct your path”, Proverbs 3:5-6

God’s definition of the family has stood from the foundation of civilization in the Garden. However, in our generation, conservative Christians are told that we’re standing on the wrong side of history. The shifting attitudes of culture towards traditional marriage and their new definition must become the new norm. Why is this true? Because a majority of people now think that a gay lifestyle and gay marriage are acceptable. We’re to accept these new standards without any empirical evidence of its impact upon a culture. Since the dawn of time, traditional marriage in every culture has been the foundation of any stable nation. Now, we’re naively to ingest this “new drug” before its ramifications on society have ever been tested. The last civilization that did this didn’t have a happy ending. See Genesis 18:20-21; 19:24 & Romans 1:18-32.

Gratefully, God has given wonderful insight into the Habits of a Happy Home. Sunday, we’ll continue our survey of Proverbs gleaning insightful truth for the family. Christian homes should be The People (living) for God’s Glory. Our next message in the series is The Victorious Home, Proverbs 3:5-12. I hope you’ll make your plans to be here Sunday. Bro Frank Jones will be leading our morning worship and then sharing in a gospel concert Sunday evening. You’ll be blessed by his ministry.

Please pray for our students H20 Choir while on their concert tour to Houston TX. Bro Jeff and Bro Michael are leading the trip with a record number of 19 students! I’m sure God will use them mightily and then bless us on June 9th during their Homecoming Concert.

We have a very important Shepherd’s Gathering on Monday, June 3rd. We value your time and only meet a couple of times throughout the year so it’s critical to have all of our Shepherds, Apprentices and Team members in attendance. Shepherds, please be present and bring your team!

Our Summer Calendar is in full swing! Remember these events…

Ø Children’s Camps at Chelsea YMCA, June 3-5 and June 5-7

Ø Student Service Week here in the area, June 10-14

Ø Men’s GridIron Conference at BJCC, June 14-15

Ø Vacation Bible School, June 17-21

Ø Choctaw Mission Trip, June 22-29

Your Grateful Partner on the Journey, Bro Morgan

Focusing on the Family - The People for God’s Glory

A Survey of Proverbs

May 12 – The Virtuous Wife, Proverbs 31:10-31

May 26 – The Virtue of Wisdom, Proverbs 3:13-35

June 2 – The Victorious Home, Proverbs 3:5-12

June 9 – The Valued Neighbor, Selected Passages

June 16 – The Valiant Father, Proverbs 4:11-4 & Selected (Father’s Day)

June 23 – The Value of a Child, Proverbs 23:13-25 & Selected

June 30 – The Visionary Nation, Proverbs 14:12; 34 & 29:2

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