Welcome to the Pottawatomie-Lincoln Baptist Association website. Your interest in this ministry is really appreciated.
Our purpose is to glorify God by enabling each church to fulfill it's unique mission for Christ and provide channels for cooperative ministry. The association is focused on church planting through partnership Missions and church revitalization through training and consultation.
As you "click through" this site, please pray for God's favor upon each aspect of our work. And let us hear from you, if we can help you fulfill Christ's Great Commission.
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I’ve begun to seriously review II Corinthians in preparation for teaching January Bible Studies, 2016. Interestingly, one of the commentaries I’m using is Warren Wiersbe’s, Be Encouraged, God Can Turn Your Trials into Triumphs. He says, “People who fight battles and carry burdens are the best candidates to receive blessings.” When I read that I must admit that has been true often in my own life. It seems that my greatest blessings follow some of my greatest battles or burdens.
The Apostle Paul put it this way,
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, BUT NOT CRUSHED; perplexed, BUT NOT DESPAIRING; persecuted, BUT NOT FORSAKEN; struck down, BUT NOT DESTROYED; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” (II Cor. 4:7-10)
We can say the same today. “The surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.” This is true in our personal lives and it is true in the life and ministry of the local church. We must never be guilty of trying to do the work of the Lord in our own strength. When we do, it is no longer His work done by His Spirit in and through us. Rather, it is our work done by our flesh and doomed to failure. “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Rom. 8:8).
So, as this year is wrapped up and a brand new year opens up, let’s BE ENCOURAGED. God is still on the throne...of the universe and of our hearts!
Encouragingly Yours, Russell Cook