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February 27, 2012

Hey Gang: Only a few more days till the 90th birthday party of our favorite Dallas Seminary grad and dispensational pre-mil/pre-trib scholar Dr. A.L. Palmer! This Sunday 4 March beginning at 2:00 at Ponchatoula's FBC. Be there!

Here are a few requests and reminders:

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. Redemption Christian Center Pastor Curtis Bellazer's wife, Mencie, will have a pacemaker installed tomorrow in Baton Rouge.

2. Eastside, Ponchatoula Pastor David Correira's wife, Lynda, has leukemia and tests to determine the type and treatment continue.

3. Revival and Awakening for our region, state, and nation. BTW: Our office has some 21-Day Prayer/Fasting guides if you need more. $1 each. Give us a call.

4. Millville, Ponchatoula Youth Pastor Jordy Day is home from his Austin "adventure" and doing well. Grandma Grace (wife of former Millville Pastor Stan) is also home from a brief stint in a local hospital and still having intestinal pain. She will be seeing someone about it soon. AND, retired pastor Stan will be undergoing a CT scan for some problems he has been having. Seems like the Day family of Millville has a load right now.

5. Our associational finances need your prayers. In my nine years as your DOM I have not seen as many churches struggling financially as in recent months and it is having a negative impact on our ability to carry on our cooperative work at the regional level.

6. Winter/Spring bring many DiscipleNow type events to our churches. This coming weekend a huge, multi-church D-Now will be conducted by several former Chappapeela churches. Several hundred young people are expected. Throughout history, God has raised up young people as instruments of revival and awakening. Pray that He will do it again.

7. Churches without pastors/ministers and pastors/ministers without churches.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Check www.northshorebaptists.net for many wonderful opportunities.

2. Register for the NSBACOMPASSIONNET meeting March 6th, noon-3:00 at FBC, Lacombe at the website. We need you to register by this Friday the 2nd of March.

3. It is not too soon to register for one of the two VBS Clinics Maggie Fredericks and her team will be providing. You can register at our website: www.northshorebaptists.net. Clinics will be on successive Monday nights from 6:00 to 8:30 at Immanuel, Hammond, April 16 and FBC, Slidell, April 23. We will have a Spanish language track this year.

4. Multi-site round table will be a huge feature of the NSBA Church Planter Network on March 28 at The Nations campus of Woodland Park Baptist Church. All are invited BUT we would like you to pre-register in order to know how many to prepare for lunch. Call us at 225.567.5086 and let us know you are coming and how many you are bringing with you. The Round Table begins at 10:30.

5. Impact Your World Conference at Istrouma, Baton Rouge March 22-23. All on this email list should have received a detailed pdf. If you have not, let me know. You can register for this conference at regonline.com/IYW2012_LA.

6. Ministers Conferences: March 12 at Mandeville's FBC and March 19 at Bethlehem, Albany. Both begin at 10:30 a.m.

7. Ministers Wives meeting is scheduled for March 20 at 6:00 at Thad's on Club DeLuxe Road in Hammond (formerly Catfish Charlie's).

8. Monday Night Men at Camp Living Waters next Monday night featuring my former ministry colleague Argile Smith. Go to www.camplivingwaters.net and click on "schedule" and scroll to March 5 and register there. Dr. Smith and I served together at Trinity Heights, Shreveport "many moons ago!"

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

I was privileged to attend four different services yesterday and I heard two great messages on the Great Commission (one in Spanish!) as well as two other wonderful sermonic exhortations, one delivered by a devoted layman. I was reminded of the importance of proclamation in all that we do. I have been taught that Baptists historically place the Lord's Supper table and the pulpit in the center of their meeting houses to emphasize the importance of the centrality of the Gospel and the proclamation thereof. In his great teaching on salvation in Romans 10, Paul emphasizes the need for proclamation: "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, 'HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!' . . . So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ" 10:14, 15, 17 NASB).

Brothers and sisters: It is our privilege to preach the message of the Gospel. May our attitude be as that of the Apostle Paul: " . . . I am under compulsion: for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel" (1 Corinthians 9:16b, NASB).

People still need to be saved. The Gospel still must be proclaimed. Think about it today.

"Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2) and be blessed today.

Lonnie Wascom

Director of Missions and Ministries

Northshore Baptist Association

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

February 6, 2012

Hey Guys and Gals,

Now the real sports season begins: BASEBALL!

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. Pastors/ministers and spouses health issues: Pastor David Correira's wife, Linda, Eastside, Ponchatoula; Pastor L.C.Lord and spouse, Judy, New Beulah, Hammond; Associate Pastor Jordy Day, Millville, Ponchatoula; Pastor Curtis Bellazer, Redemption Christian Center, Hammond; Pastor Les and and spouse Joyce Fogleman's grandson, Wyatt; Retired Pastors Don Denton, Slidell, and A.L. Palmer, Ponchatoula (recently installed pacemakers).

2. Associate Pastor Jay Johnston, FBC, Covington, is taking another group to Haiti (leaving this Thursday) and he has asked for prayer for the following requests: That plans which are being discussed regarding a partnership will be in accord with God's plan; That the team will discern where God is leading so that clear steps for land purchase and construction of buildings for medical and orphanage work can be established; That eyes will be opened for clear ministry opportunities like Bible Schools, Church Planting, and Simultaneous Revivals; That the team will be faithful to share the Good News of Jesus all along the way.

3. Churches without Pastors: Blood River, Albany; Lighthouse, Independence; Woodland, Springfield; Hillside, Albany; Northside, Slidell; Bedico, Ponchatoula; Creekside, Loranger; PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE ARE OTHERS (LW).

4. Awakening and revival. "Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation" (Psalm 85:5-7, NASB).

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Only one Ministers Conference this month: Next Monday, the 13th, at 10:30, at Camp Living Waters. Be there!

2. A lot of you are taking advantage of the release of the COURAGEOUS movie to air it in your churches. Jerusalem, Pumpkin Center, (11109 Jerusalem Church Road) is showing it this coming Sunday, the 12th, at 5:30 and wants all who do not have Sunday afternoon/evening activities to know they are welcome to join them.

3. VBS Clinics: Mark your calendars NOW! Choose the one that fits your church best geographically or date wise: April 16, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Immanuel, Hammond (1503 Pecan Street) or April 23, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at FBC, Slidell (4141 Pontchartrain Drive). Added this year: A SPANISH LANGUAGE TRACK. Get your faculties enlisted and plan to attend. You know that Director Maggie Fredericks will have a great team and a great VBS conference. If you are doing Lifeway's AMAZING WONDERS AVIATION you will want to attend.

4. THIS IS HUGE: Next month we have the opportunity of spending time "up close and personal" with the senior leadership team of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. The event: IMPACT YOUR WORLD. The dates: March 22-23. The place: Istrouma Baptist Church, Baton Rouge. The cost: $79/person (BUT THERE IS SOME HELP AVAILABLE). Who is it for: Pastors and mission leaders. I WILL SEND YOU A COUPLE OF DOCUMENTS LATER TODAY THAT EXPLAINS IN DETAIL WHAT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE ABOUT. WE HAVE TWO HOTELS THAT ARE OFFERING REDUCED RATES FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDEES AND I WILL SENT THAT TO YOU AS WELL.

5. We have Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions Offering materials if you need 'em. Let us know.

6. COMPASSION MINISTRY NETWORK: The initial meeting of the NSBA Compassion Network is scheduled for March 6 at NOON at FBC, Lacombe (27351 Hwy. 190). Then, from 1:00-3:00 the program will be "Understanding Poverty: A Key to Developing More Effective Local Ministries. Randy Poole the Tennessee Coordinator of Mississippi River Ministry will be the presenter. Sign up TODAY at tobey.pitman@gmail.com.

7. What is "multi-site" all about? Many of us are still "wrapping our minds" around this as it pertains to our cooperative work. On March 28, 10:30-1:00 (lunch provided), at Woodland Park Baptist Church Nations Campus, Hammond (16076 Lamonte Drive). Sign up NOW at lane@bridgenorthsore.com. There will be a round table discussion about all aspects of this approach to penetrating lostness.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

My wife is a football fan and she was moaning and groaning this morning about the fact that she will have to wait till this August to see her Tigers and Saints. Mini-camps and Spring football simply do not do it for for her. She wants the "real deal." The whole "sports thing" got me thinking about some of the metaphors the Apostle Paul used to exhort his readers to mature Christian living. One in particular comes to mind in 2 Timothy 2. You know the passage. Many of us committed to equipping the Saints (not the New Orleans Saints!) for the work of ministry use verse 2 as a jumping off place: "And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (HCSB). But keep reading: "Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. To please the recruiter, no one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of everyday life. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hardworking farmer who ought to be the first to get a share of the crops" (3-6, HCSB).

The three common metaphors used by Paul communicated clearly to the people of the great Apostle's day AND they work very well for our day: The soldier, athlete, and farmer. Most of you have preached this passage, I know. It outlines itself, doesn't it? But don't leave out verses 7 & 8a! It is on this verse-and-a-half I want you to meditate and focus your thoughts today: "Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Keep in mind Jesus Christ, risen from the dead. . . " (HCSB). Paul must have remembered what the Apostle John had reported that Jesus said about "understanding in everything." John records Jesus as saying, "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come" (John 16:13, NASB). In other words, the disciplined life we live, modeled on that of a soldier, athlete, or farmer, must be centered in "understanding in everything" and that comes from intentional daily communion with our Father via prayer and the Word.

Think about it. Be assured of my prayers for all of you. Be blessed today and this week and don't forget to "keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2).

Bro. Lonnie

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

January 25, 2012

Hey Gang--Some important information below BUT nothing more important than the prayer requests, right?

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. You probably heard about the fatality resulting from a helicopter crash last week. The man killed was Jason McKean, a member of Loranger Baptist Church. He leaves behind his wife Carol and a teenaged daughter and 7th grade son. Jason had "heart for his Lord and a devotion to his family."

2. Retired Pastor Don Denton, Northside, Slidell, is doing fine after having a pacemaker inserted.

3. NSBA Executive Board meeting on the 31st at FBC, Covington at 10:00 a.m. in their Fellowship Hall. More information in the next section.

4. Churches without pastors/ministers and pastor/ministers without churches.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Did you know there is a MINISTER'S WIVES FELLOWSHIP in the Northshore Baptist Association? Please encourage your spouses to participate. The next meeting will be 7 February at Jerk's Island Grill (you cannot make this stuff up, folks!) in Covington at 6:30. Dinner is dutch BUT if finances are a problem there is help available, just let me know. The next meeting after that will be 20 March at Thad's in Hammond. This used to be Catfish Charlies. Same time. Same deal. Also--if transportation is needed, email Angela Wiggins at a5265261@hotmail.com. This is a great group!

2. Speaking of Minister's Wives, are you familiar with Diane Nix and her website? She is the wife of New Orleans Seminary Evangelism Prof Preston and she has great stuff for women. Check out http://www.contagiousjoy4him.com.

3. Old Zion Hill, North of Albany and West of Tickfaw has an offer: On the fourth Sunday of each month their evening service is available for area youth ministers who want to preach or churches that have "starting out" preacher boys who want to gain some experience AND groups/bands that do music and want more opportunities, etc. I think this is worth you knowing about. Contact Pastor Joe at brojoew@hotmail.com for more information.

4. Executive Board meeting matters: Each member church is entitled to two Executive Board members: The pastor (or his church elected designee) and one additional church member. The meeting on the 31st will feature a recommendation on an expansion of our Compassion Ministry component, a nominating committee recommendation for the Camp Living Waters board, as well as a financial matter pertaining to personnel. Please do your best to attend.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

I attended a meeting with several of our guys and many from around our state led by a member of the staff of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association while at the Louisiana Baptist Convention's Evangelism Conference. I was encouraged by what he said to us about crusade evangelism. I was encouraged and challenged by the preaching and the testimonies. It was a great two days, even though I had to return to SE Louisiana a little early and missed the final sessions. It was an encouraging conference for me. Awakening was a major focus. But brothers and sisters, I sense a missing element in our prayers for awakening: brokenness. This may be more of a reflection of my own admitted spiritual frailty than it is anything else. When I read Isaiah's personal lament in 6:5 in response to his incredible vision of the "Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up . . ." (6:1, ESV) and reflect on what he said, "Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips . . ." v. 5, KJV, I think, "Am I as broken as the prophet was in his time?" If brokenness can be measured by degrees, and I am unsure about that, I am certainly not as broken as Isaiah was.

Then I remembered: One meaning of the word "undone" in the KJV is the English word "lost." When I was a very young boy, I, along with my Dad, his cousin, Kenny, and his boys, all went hunting in the Atchafalaya basin. And I got lost. And scared. No, more than that, terrified! I feared every sound I heard was a slithering cottonmouth coming to fill me with its poison or was maybe instead a bull alligator wanting me as a warmup for its dinner. Seemed to last for days but was, in fact, only an hour or so. Nothing sounded so good as the racket of voices calling my name! It is my considered, heart-felt conviction, that we need awakening in God's churches more than at any time in our history. And I think we will see it when we are as desperate for it as I was for wanting to be found by my Dad.

I am praying in solitude. I am praying with partners. I am willing to come wherever you are gathering to pray with you IF you are praying for awakening. May I join you? Will you join me? Perhaps God will be gracious and grant our cry to Him for revival and awakening. For the sake of our future, I pray that it is so. For the sake of our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren and those yet to be born, I pray that it is so. But most of all, for the glory of our gracious, longsuffering God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and His glorious Kingdom, I pray that it is so.

Be blessed.

Lonnie Wascom

Director of Missions and Ministries

Northshore Baptist Association

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

January 20, 2012

Co-laborers,

I pray you are finding all the time you need to prep for this coming Lord's Day and the entire weekend of Kingdom-focused activity at your churches. Here are a few things we need to pray for and know about:

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. Thanks be to God for the answer to prayer given Lily Williams, wife of Pastor Mitch at FBC, Independence.

2. Both Pastor L C Lord and his wife Judy at New Beulah, Hammond need our prayers related to physical needs.

3. Hillside Baptist Church, Albany as they continue to process all that accompanies the passing of their Pastor.

4. Pastor Tim Gay, New Hope, Franklinton, recently was involved in a head-on collision. He is recovering. This came on the heels of the passing of his mother during the Christmas/New Year holiday period.

5. Continue to remember bivocational Music Minister/Christian Counselor Dr. Mark and Lynn Graham as they continue to process the death of their son, Bradley.

6 From the farthest corners of East St. Tammany to South Central Livingston Parish and all points in between including our two congregations in Washington Parish and St. Helena Parish, our churches are in need of revival. Several are without pastoral leadership and many are facing critical financial challenges. We need a movement of God upon His churches. I know many of you are doing the Awaken 21-Day Prayer and Fasting. I urge all of you to find time to pray for Awakening.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Multi-Family Housing is a huge unreached area of our cooperative work. On the 25th from 10:30-1:00 p.m. our Church Multiplication Team is sponsoring a Multi-Family Housing Round Table. The meeting will be held in The ROC at FBC, Covington, Room 200. Lunch will be provided BUT we need you to pre-register by going to the website: www.northshorebaptists.net and go to the Calendar/Events link and find January 25 and register at that location.

2. Northshore Baptist Association Executive Board meeting January 31 at 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall of FBC, Covington. Each member church is entitled to two representatives for this meeting. Come and participate in what is going on in your association.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

For awhile I have been sending a brief "thought" or "word for meditation" or "word of the day" email to my adult children as well as a few friends who have personally requested it. It's usually centered in the Scriptures I read for my Daily Quiet Time thus forming a simple Spiritual Journal/Notebook. Once in awhile, though, I depart from that formula, usually when the Lord is showing me something that He wants me to pay close attention to. That happened this morning. Here's today's email and I share it with you as a simple reminder of the urgency of what we do:

I will be conducting a funeral later today. A cousin, Jesse "Pee Wee" Severio, 51 years old. So young. I did his brother's funeral a few years ago. He died at 50. Pee Wee asked me then to do his funeral if I was still around. "Man, I'm 12 years older than you, Pee Wee," I said. "I'll be in heaven a long time by the time you die." So much for my ability to predict. Hebrews 9:27 states, "And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment" (NASB). There's an old hymn with an antiphonal refrain that has a repeated line that asks, "Are you ready? (Are you ready?) Are you ready for the judgment day?"

That's my thought for today, my beloved. "Are you ready for the judgment day?" "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may KNOW [emphasis mine] that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:23).

Be blessed and "keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2).

Lonnie Wascom

Director of Mission and Ministries

Northshore Baptist Association

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

January 3, 2012

I pray you had a great Christmas season and at least a short break to prepare for 2012. We begin the year with some serious prayer needs:

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. We extend our sympathy and prayers to Dr. Mark and Lynn Graham in the death of their son, Bradley. A memorial service is planned for this Friday 6 January at the ROC at FBC, Covington, with visitation beginning at 6:00 and the service at 7:00. Besides serving in our area as a Christian counselor, Dr. Graham is the bivocational minister of music at Grace, Folsom.

2. Pastor George Terrell, Hillside, Albany, has suffered a serious setback and is at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge.

3. One of the fatalities in the multi-vehicle accident on I-10 East last week was an active member of Woodland, Springville, Andy Stafford, Pastor. All of us from time-to-time have had to deal with a congregation-wide grief process and know what Pastor Andy and his leaders are dealing with. It reminds me to remind you how important it is to put PRAYER FIRST, especially when thinking of our co-laborers in ministry.

4. Challenges facing congregations and pastoral leadership in 2012. I am already hearing from many of you!

5. Churches without Pastors/ministers and Pastors/ministers without churches.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Please visit our website from time-to-time for important information regarding region-wide events and items of interest. If you church is hosting or sponsoring an event with region-wide implications, we would like to post it on our online calendar. Visit www.northshorebaptists.net for more information.

2. Mark it NOW! The NSBA Executive Board will meet 31 January at 10:00 a.m. at FBC, Covington. Y'all come!

3. January Ministers Conferences: 9 January at Red Bluff, Folsom and 16 January at Crossgate, Robert. Both at 10:30 a.m. and both featuring outstanding speakers. Good fellowship, food, inspiration, and information.

4. Mark it NOW! This summer we will have hundreds of volunteers descend on the Northshore to do home improvement projects July 9-14. It's WorldChangers and they are coming to the Northshore. Host families will be needed. Project coordinators will be needed. Shower trailers will be needed. There are lots of needs BUT there will be an unprecedented opportunity for the Gospel. I have been a crew chief on several WorldChangers (and similar ministries like GROUP Workcamp) and can testify to the effectiveness of this type of servant evangelism. Lane Corley is on point for the Association and Adam Martin of Kent Construction is on point for WorldChangers. You can reach Lane at Lane@bridgenorthshore.com and Adam can be reached at amartin@kentconstructioninc.com.

5. Coming in March: An opportunity to learn more than you ever could imagine about the work of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. There will be a trustee meeting an appointment service in Lake Charles from 19 March till the 21st. THEN on Thursday and Friday the 22nd and 23rd there will be an IMPACT YOUR WORLD LEADER'S CONFERENCE at Istrouma in Baton Rouge. I will send you more details VERY SOON but please calendar this event now.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Read the Bible through this year. I have been doing it for more than 30 years and each "read" teaches me more than I ever could learn from any other source. I use a "hybrid" plan: Some Old Testament, New Testament, and wisdom literature daily. There are many plans. Read it. Not for sermons or devotional topics but just to be fed. Remember: His Word is a "lamp unto my [our] feet, and a light unto my [our] path" (Psalm 119:105, KJV). It is also nourishment: "Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;" (Jeremiah 15:16a, NASB). It is also purifying and powerful: "Is not My word like fire?" declares the LORD, " and like a hammer that shatters a rock?" (Jeremiah 23:29, NASB). One more: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12, KJV).

Better than losing weight, being more attentive, or any number of resolutions folks make and break at the beginning of a New Year is to resolve to read the Bible through in a year.

Be blessed and remember to "keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 4:12).

Lonnie Wascom

Director of Missions and Ministries

Northshore Baptist Association

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14)

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Let's see: Surgery, a storm, learning a new computer and email system, and the normal chaos of Baptist life--just a few reasons you have not received an UPDATE in awhile! Let's get to it:

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. Pastor Lonnie Thompson, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Barker's Corner, hospitalized in Covington.

2. Pastor's wife Linda Correira, Eastside Baptist Church, Ponchatoula, is hospitalized in Hammond.

3. Pastor Jake Roudkovski, Bogue Falaya, Folsom, for his 32-year-old brother, Paul, in Pensacola, FL on hospice.

4. Pastor Herman Gauthier, FBC, Madisonville, for his son-in-law with cancer issues.

5. Seminary grad and chaplain trainee Tendai Nyatsunga, Hope, Waldheim, and his need to move from student visa to religious worker visa. Favor with ICE is needed!

6. Ministry families continuing to need our prayer support due to ongoing physical challenges and/or rehab circumstances: The Andy Staffords, Woodland, Springfield; The Curtis Bellazers, Redemption, Hammond; The Mickey Hillerys, Riverside, Slidell; The Alvin Wallers, FBC, Pearl River; The Mike Hegwoods, Loranger Baptist; others that I am probably leaving out. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS TO BE ADDED TO OUR PRAYER LIST.

7. Churches without pastors/ministers: Blood River, Albany; Northside, Slidell; Creekside, Hammond; Mt. Calvary, Independence; Bedico, Ponchatoula; ARE THERE OTHERS?

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. The Annual Church Profile is a very useful tool. I urge you to complete it. If you need assistance, our clerk can help. Contact Annette Gordon at lutiedaisey@charter.net or you may contact my assistant, Kathy Cason, at office@northshorebaptists.net. Somewhere, down the road perhaps, your church will ask us for information that can only be gleaned from your ACP. Please help us help you by getting it completed and filed.

2. I trust you have scheduled a screening of the Courageous movie. Its opening weekend at The Palace in Hammond is September 30-October 2. At least 1000 ticket buyers/attendees are needed to insure the continuation of showing such family friendly features. Want some help promoting the flick? Contact Trey Cathey at 985.974.8772 and ask for his help. Trey is a Woodland Park, Hammond, leader.

3. THE ANNUAL MEETING IS ALMOST HERE! Letters and emails with details will be coming to your church houses. Mark the calendar NOW! Monday 3 October at FBC, Covington. Feeding will begin at 5:30 and then business and worship will follow. This has been an historic year and this promises to be an historic meeting. You and your messengers can register at www.northshorebaptists.net.

4, There is still time to sign up for a Crossover event prior to the Louisiana Baptist Convention meeting in Covington this November. Click the link at www.northshorebaptists.net for more information or contact Crossover coordinators Joe Wiggins at brojoew@hotmail.com or Tobey Pitman at tobey.pitman@gmail.com.

5. The health care alternative is getting REALLY CLOSE. My own health care issues slowed the process some as I was unable to carry out a couple of my responsibilities. But we are back on it!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

I love the Minor Prophets, particularly Amos. He was boldly unafraid to challenge God's people in his day. In the 5th chapter he reminds us that it is not the personal desires of human beings that is most important but to discover and fulfill what it is that God desires. What does God desire? 1. That we seek Him. In verse 4, the Word states, "For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel, Seek Me. . . ." Continually look for, enjoy being with, have a strong feeling toward--all these point to seeking God. It is His desire that we seek Him. 2. That we experience life. Again in verse 4: "For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel, 'Seek Me that you may life.'" God is not some cosmic killjoy. He desires that we experience life in all its fullness. 3. That we be loyal to Him. Look at verse 5: "But do not resort to Bethel, and do not come to Gilgal, nor cross over to Beersheba; for Gilgal will certainly go into captivity, and Bethel will come to trouble." The geography here reminds us of rival shrines set up by Jeroboam I to keep people from going up to the Temple in Jerusalem. Amos challenged the people not to turn to false gods, not to become involved with other shrines, but to remain absolutely loyal to God. Syncretism is the enemy of this. Many want to embrace God along with all their other systems. God demands exclusivity. He wants us to be absolutely loyal to Him. 4. That we live what we believe. Skip down to 5:14-15: "Seek good and not evil, that you may live, . . . Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the gate!" This is a national challenge, and how we need to heed that in our land, right? Amos was saying that if the nation would translate its religion into just and compassionate action, then its claim to have the presence of God would be fulfilled. But there is an individual application of this truth. We Christ Followers claim to be the people of God. Amos reminds us to act like it. If we claim to know God's love, then we should demonstrate that love to those around us. As individuals, we should not talk the talk unless we are willing to walk the walk. We are to live what we believe. BTW: That's what the word believe means. Comes from earlier English as a contraction of the words "live" and "by." What you "believe" is what you "live by." One more Amos 5 challenge: That we offer proper worship. Proper worship IS NOT attending church services and going through all the proper religious motions. Worship without commitment means nothing to God. The text implies He hates it! If worship attendees are not offering themselves (ourselves) to God to glorify Him and to minister to His people, then our worship is not acceptable.

Paul captured that centuries after Amos in Romans 12:1-2. Our spiritual service of worship is being transformed from the inside out by the renewing of the Spirit. That is proper worship.

God does not desire from us the impossible. He does not expect miracles. He simply desires that we seek Him, that we experience life, that we be loyal to Him, that we live what we believe, and that we offer proper worship. And those are things any of us can do. At least as I see it in Amos 5!

Have a blessed day and weekend and remember to "keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2).

Lonnie Wascom

Director of Missions and Ministries

Northshore Baptist Association

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

Monday, August 8th, 2011:

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. Pat Hillery, wife of Pastor Mickey, Riverside, Slidell, is in Slidell Memorial Hospital. Pastor Mickey is dealing with major health issues as well.

2. Linda Correiria, wife of Pastor David, Eastside, Ponchatoula, is in North Oaks Medical Center.

3. Moderator and Pastor Joe Dunn, Bethlehem, Albany, continues to recover from a host of matters related to his recent kidney stone battle. He did preach yesterday a.m., praise the Lord!

4. Continue to pray for Pastor Alvin Waller (FBC, Pearl River) and his family.

5. Erin Clark, wife of BCM Director Jonathan, will deliver their second child this Wednesday the 10th. They are also in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia and request our prayers for that process.

6. Churches without pastors/ministers and pastors/ministers without churches.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Crossroads Church, Hammond, 1006 North Oak Street, is hosting an Ability Awareness Training session this Saturday from 9:00-noon. Training in how to assist those with special needs will be the focus. For more information contact Tara Hudgins at 504.952.0504.

2. Northshore Baptist Association Executive Board to meet 16 August at Ponchatoula's FBC, 325 East Pine St., Ponchatoula, at 10:00. Each member church is entitled to two Executive Board members: The senior pastor, or his church appointed designee, plus one additional member

3. Crossover Northshore is developing. Let us know if your church wants in. Go to the website, www.northshorebaptists.net, and wait at the welcome page till the Crossover graphic appears and click where it tells you.

4. Northshore Seminary Extension begins its next session tomorrow night, August 9, at 7:00 p.m. at the Clegg Center in Baptist. Do the same with the website as above but wait for the Seminary Extension graphic and click where you are instructed.

5. Partners in Church Planting meeting and luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. August 24 at Mandeville's FBC. Come discuss why we need to plant new churches and what it means to be a church planting church.You can register for this event at the website address: www.northshorebaptists.net.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Proverbs 17:17: A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity (NASB). Virtually all of you receiving this email are involved in vocational ministry. The rest of you are folks actively involved in the ministries of your churches or our greater Baptist family. Many of you would testify to the truth of the following: You are either in a crisis, just getting over a crisis, or getting ready to have a crisis! Life is like that. My prayer is that you can be encouraged today. A few thoughts on friendship I have kept near and dear over the years: "I believe I don't have to change friends if I understand that friends change." I believe that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. I believe that just because my friend and I argue, it doesn't mean we don't love each other. "I believe that no matter how good a friend is, he will hurt me every once in awhile and I will likely do the same, and that is one reason God invented forgiveness." I believe I should do my best to always leave my friends with loving words as it may be the last time I communicate with them.

So, to all of you I count as friends, here's my thoughts concerning you: How good it is to have friends about whom one cannot think without elevation.

Blessings, brothers and sisters, and remember to "keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2).

Lonnie Wascom

Director of Missions and Ministries

Northshore Baptist Association

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Brothers and Sisters,

I trust you took time in your services this past Sunday to call your folks to prayer for the sake of our nation. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 33:12a). We need AWAKENING in our churches that will spread to all regions of our land.

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. I continue to implore you to pray for one another. A number of our NSBA ministerial family are dealing with serious physical challenges. Just Tuesday I called Pastor Mickey Hillery, Riverside Church, Slidell, and though his spirit was positive, as always, he told me of the challenge of caring for Mrs. Hillery in an assisted living facility while hauling around his own oxygen supply for the C.O.P.D. he has. Others: Pastor Curtis Bellazer, Redemption, Hammond, C.O.P.D., Linda Correiria, wife of Pastor David, Eastside, Ponchatoula, heart issues, Pastor Shannon Burns, Collins Blvd., Covington, continued strengthening from heart issues, Pastor Mike Hegwood, Loranger Baptist, Loranger, heart rehab, Lily Williams, wife of Pastor Mitch, FBC, Independence, ongoing health issues, Pastor Herman Gauthier, FBC, Madisonville, for his son-in-law (multiple myeloma), Daughter of Pastor Alvin Waller, FBC, Pearl River, Father-in-law of Pastor Clark Stewart, New Zion, Covington, heart issues, Kelli Stafford, wife of Pastor Andy, Woodland, Springfield, ongoing issues, The son-in-law of NSBA Clerk Annette Gordon, serious health issues, most stemming from diabetes, and many others.

2. The folks at New Zion, Oakdale, LA as they continue to process the issues resulting from their church bus accident that killed 5 people.

3. Churches without pastors/ministers and pastors/ministers without churches.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Have you pre-registered for "The Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School" conference August 6 at Mandeville's FBC, yet? It's easy: Go to www.northshorebaptists.net and click the link or call us at 225.567.5086. Time: 8:00-Noon. Childcare: Yes! But only birth-four years old and you must PRE-REGISTER for child care! Cost: Your time. That's all. This is a conference jointly supported by the Louisiana Baptist Convention's Evangelism/Church Growth Team, Sean Keith, Sunday School/Discipleship Strategist and your Northshore Baptist Association.

2. Have you committed to hosting an evangelistic event the weekend of Crossover Northshore, November 11-13? You will be able register to do that real soon at our website also. Or, you can respond to the letter you will soon receive.Or you can call us at 225.567.5086 and sign up. Or you can email us at office@northshorebaptists.net and sign up. But please sign up! BTW: Ken Brassfield will be with us the week before Crossover to do personal evangelism training in all churches wanting him, that is, all churches we can schedule. Many of you remember when the Brassfields were with a number of our churches last year. They are clearing their calendar and coming down from Tulsa to help us reach SE Louisiana again! There's always the need for good, hands-on, shoe-leather-to-the-ground soul winning training. Even we who have been faithfully sharing our faith for many years can use a tune up and the Brassfields are great people. Let us know if you want to host the Brassfield training between November 5 and 11. Other event training will be available from now till the Crossover dates.

3. I'm growing appreciative of what we can do with our website. Information of use to our church family is a primary function. A number of our family blog and we have posted links to those blogs on the site. Lane Corley tells me he has set up a podcast/media page. The idea: Post a weekly sermon from one of our pastors who have the capability of sharing with our family in this way. Other ideas: Perhaps posting links to significant messages delivered at the LBC/SBC level. We potentially can get to the place of posting the messages delivered at our Ministers Conferences. We know of about 15 NSBA pastors/churches we can get sermons from. There may be others. You can subscribe to the podcast/media page at: http://northshorebaptists.net/#/media or not!

4. Ministers Conferences: Monday 11 July at FBC, Pearl River and Monday 18 July at Trinity Baptist, Pumpkin Center, both beginning at 10:30 AM. Attend one or both!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Did you hear about the decision of the United Church of Christ to amend their denominational governing documents deleting all references to God as "Father?" Here's the action taken: "Delegates to the UCC's 'General Synod 28' agreed to a series of proposed amendments to the constitution and bylaws which would, among other things, eliminate 'God the Father.' The vote was 613 in favor of the changes and 171 against and 10 abstaining." A spokeswoman for the denomination said the change was made because the reference to "heavenly Father" was too restrictive. The explanation by Barb, the UCC spokeswoman, deteriorates from there.

I am so glad the members who make up the churches of the Northshore Baptist Association affirm the authority of the Bible as our only standard for faith, order, and practice and not the whims of culture. May I remind you that cultural friendliness is dangerously close to old fashioned worldliness and we know what the Bible says about that: "You people aren't faithful to God! Don't you know that if you love the world, you are God's enemies? And if you decide to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God" (James 4:4, CEV). Paul was concerned about this type of compromise: "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14, NASB). You that preach and teach have a huge responsibility in light of the apostasy within culural "Christianity" today.

I will leave you all with a final exhortation, also from the Apostle Paul: I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5.

Be blessed! "Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2).

Lonnie Wascom, DOMM

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

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Monday, June 27th

Hey Co-laborers,

Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Before listing our prayer requests and other things, I need a favor: Please note my new email address: Lonnie@northshorebaptists.net. After the end of this month I will no longer receive any emails at Lonnie@i-55.com. Our new website address is www.northshorebaptists.net. Please begin to access this website! Lane Corley, our Church Planter/Revitalization Strategist, is primarily responsible for the material on the site. I truly believe you will find it helpful.

Now to our UPDATE!

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. FBC, Independence Pastor Mitch Williams continues to request prayer for family member Keith Owens who was seriously injured in an automobile accident last Wednesday night.

2. FBC, Madisonville Pastor Herman Gauthier continues to request prayer for his son-in-law Chris Barbier as he continues his multiple myeloma battle.

3. A friend of mine serves in NE Louisiana. One of his preacher boys serves as pastor of New Zion Baptist Church, up in West Carroll Parish. Last week the church van was involved in an accident leaving the driver, a mother and her two children, and a four year old child dead. Others are in critical condition in Jackson, MS and Shreveport. The pastor's name is Greg Dunn. Please join me in praying for this small, country church.

3. Ongoing return to health for Pastors Shannon Burns, Collins Blvd., Covington, and Mike Hegwood, Loranger Baptist, Loranger, following heart issues.

4. Crossroads Pastor Asah Hudgins' son, Jordan, has had more than a week of intense intestinal pain, even to the point of hospitalization for awhile. Please pray for him.

5. Let's not forget our folks that have chronic health issues: Woodland Pastor's wife Kelli Stafford; Riverside Pastor Mickey Hillery; Redemption Christian Center Pastor Curtis Bellazer; FBC, Independence Pastor's wife Lily Williams; Eastside Pastor's wife Linda Correiria; and many others.

6. Camps and VBS efforts. Pray for salvations and follow up.

7. Churches without pastors/ministers and pastors/ministers without churches.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Mark your calendars NOW: 6 August 2011 at Mandeville's FBC beginning at 8:00 AM (that's right--it's EARLY!) for The Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School Conference. Excellent Sunday School and small group leader training. There may also be a conference devoted to training for personal evangelism. Childcare will be available for birth-4-year-olds at Mandeville's FBC BUT pre-registration is necessary for childcare. Pre-register by emailing our office at office@northshorebaptists.net or call 225.567.5086.

2. Crossover Northshore will be here before you know it. If you and your church wish to host a Crossover event, please let us know. Festival outreach? We can assist. Weekend revival? We may be able to help you pay for it. Door-to-door canvassing? We may have some volunteers who will work with you Evangelistic Block Party? We may be able to get you a "free" trailer for your party. The possibilities are endless. Contact our office at office@northshorebaptists.net or Tobey Pitman at tobey.pitman@gmail.com if you want to sign up for a Crossover event or would like to know more.

3. September will be here before you know it! Let me tell you of two crusade type events you will not want to miss being involved with: First, the Tangipahoa Parish Crusade at the Florida Parishes Arena in Amite that will feature SBC 1st VP and Northshore friend Fred Luter. Planning is going on right now. Next meeting for planning and prayer: Tuesday 5 July at 7:00 PM at Crossbrand Cowboy Church, Loranger. Second, many of you have been influenced through the years by the ministry of evangelist Ed Lacey. He will be at Covenant Baptist Church, Slidell, in September as well. I still use evangelistic stickers I got from Brother Ed's ministry years ago. Contact Pastor Robby James at robbyjames@charter.net for more information and to find out how your church can participate.

4. Some time ago I asked how many of you were bloggers and would you share your addresses. Let me encourage you to hit the following link and check out what our folks are blogging these days: http://northshorebaptists.net/#/our-churches/pastor-staff-blogs. You will be blessed.

5. Congratulations to our own Tobey Pitman! SBC Today has posted a couple of his "The Church Breaking Out" articles. Check 'em out by going to http://sbctoday.org and typing Tobey Pitman in the search box.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

A Bible nugget on how to be a multiplying church: "So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase" (Acts 9:31, NASB).

This verse gives us three items necessary for a church to be classified as multiplying:

1. Enjoy Peace

2. Edify the Body

3. Engage Lostness

A. In the fear of the Lord

B. With the comfort of the Holy Spirit

Be blessed today! And remember: "Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2).

Lonnie Wascom

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

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Sent Monday, June 13th

I pray you had a great weekend serving our Lord. Here are a few items of mutual concern:

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. We received a HUGE thank you from the folks at New Beulah, Hammond, for all the prayers for their youth group involved in an accident near Dallas last week. All are home but one and she is doing well though facing some additional medical/physical challenges. She will be transferred to a Hammond hospital within another week or so.

2. VBS, mission trips, community missions projects, camps, and so many other activities that provide pathways for delivering the Gospel via our churches and ministry partners. Remember to pray for each other.

3. Independence Day weekend will be filled with opportunities to invite lost, unchurched, and never churched folks to hear the Gospel. Some opportunities are listed in the INFORMATION YOU CAN USE section. Let's pray for a harvest! If you wish to have your event listed for prayer send the information to me at Lonnie@northshorebaptists.net.

4. Ongoing health issues for so many of our ministers and spouses. I am sometimes concerned that in listing those I know about I will omit so many I do not know about. Please let us know how we can pray for you.

5. Churches seeking pastors/ministers and pastors/ministers seeking churches.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Calendar it NOW: August 6 at Mandeville's FBC: Sunday School/Small Group Leadership Training. Age group leaders/helpers or those who may be interested should take advantage of this opportunity. There is NO Ridgecrest on the River this year. This will be your best opportunity to get "hands on" EXCELLENT training. David France's booklet, Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School will be featured. Time: 8:00-11:00 AM. Childcare assistance will be available.

2. Independence Day weekend opportunities: The Albany area churches are doing a HUGE evangelistic thrust centered around a Living American Flag theme at Albany High School. I know others are doing things. If you want us to list your even so your colleagues can pray, let me hear from you! remember our watchword: PRAYER FIRST.

3.Anyone interested in knowing how you and your church can get involved in ministering to those designated "non-custodial parents?" Divorce is a horrifying reality in our day and my prayer is that all our churches are engaging this evil with the Gospel. Let me know. I will set up a meeting with one of our pastors who has been blessed to coordinate this type of ministry. To non-custodial parents, that is.

4.How about sharing with me contact information regarding men and women in your churches that provide businesses or services that will help our churches more effectively minister to the "flock of God." For instance, those considering a construction project might like to know that Kent Construction Company has a Faith Division led by Adam Martin, coordinator for the upcoming 2012 WorldChangers event. He can be reached at www.kentconstructioninc.com. Also, Don Blunt, at New Hope, Folsom, builds incredible Ten Commandment signs for church properties and other places. Don will build one for you. He can be reached at 985.796.5566. Send me more!

5. Want to host a CrossOver event prior to the Louisiana Baptist Convention? Maybe a block party? A PrayerWalk? Door-to-door canvassing? Some other event like an area crawfish boil, fish fry, wild game fellowship, 3-on-3 basketball, weekend revival, etc., etc., etc.? Contact our office or Missions/Evangelism team leader Joe Wiggins and let us know. Joe can be contacted at brojoew@hotmail.com. Our associate, Dr. Tobey Pitman, is helping coordinate the activities. You can reach Tob at tobey.pitman@gmail.com. The CrossOver weekend is Friday-Sunday 11-13 November.

6. We have had a good response to our offer to share blog information. If you "blog" and want to be listed, let me know. I need your name, the blog's name, and its contact information. Our plan is to post links to them on our webpage. I plan to share the info in this space as well. Let me hear from you!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

You all know I like to sign off with the exhortation "keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" based on Hebrews 12:2. This speaks to growing in Christ. Sanctification is that process whereby we who follow Christ become more like Him in every way. Nowhere is this process summarized better than in 2 Corinthians 3:18. In the NASB it is rendered as follows: But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

This verse gives us the principle for Christlikeness: "But we all . . .are being transformed into the same image. . . . " The image Paul references is Jesus. The ultimate goal of sanctification is that we might become like Jesus. The rule by which our spiritual growth is measured is Jesus Christ Himself.

The verse gives us the people for whom this admonition is addressed: "But we all. . . ." This takes my breath away due to at least two implications: One is that we all have the responsibility to grow in Christlikeness and second, we all have the possibility of growing spiritually. Dr. A.J. Gordon, pioneer Baptist pastor and educator of another generation, rightly said, "If the doctrine of sinless perfectionism is a heresy, the doctrine of contentment with sinful imperfection is a greater heresy."

How does spiritual maturity come? Paul gives us the pathway we are to follow to maturity: "But we all . . . beholding . . . the glory of the Lord. . . ." Here is the teaching: We are made into the image of that upon which we habitually concentrate our attention. Spiritual growth is profoundly simple, yet, simply profound: It is a matter of redirecting one's concentration from self-concentration, and success concentration, and money concentration into concentration upon the Lord Jesus.

A single glance at Him will save one's soul; it takes a lifelong gaze to know the abundant life that comes from spiritual maturity. What does it mean to concentrate one's gaze upon Jesus? I think this has something to say about our thought life, that is, taking the time to think about and meditate upon Christ and His purpose for our lives. I think it speaks to our intake, that is, taking the time to read and listen to those things that are designed to build us up spiritually. I think it speaks to our worship, that is, an intentional desire to come into the very presence of God like Moses at the burning bush or Jacob at Jabbok or Isaiah in the Temple. I think it speaks to our devotional life, that is, finding time day after day to commune with Jesus in prayer and Bible intake and personal study.

Until we begin to concentrate upon the glory of Christ instead of the glitter of the world, we will never move forward toward spiritual maturity for this text states clearly that this is the path that leads us there.

So, what happens when we concentrate on Jesus like this? Paul says we will be "transformed into the same image from glory to glory. . . ." Maturity is not instantaneous like some fairy tale story whereby a servant girls is transformed into a princess simply by a 'fairy godmother' waving a wand like in Cinderella. It is like the growth of a newborn child, who becomes an adolescent, then a young adult, and then full maturity. It is by degrees. It is from "glory to glory."

Before James A. Garfield was president of the United States, he was the headmaster of the Hiram Institute, an exclusive prep school for boys. One day, a wealthy man asked Garfield if the course of study could be made a little lighter for his son. Garfield told the man, "Certainly, but it all depends on what you want to make of your boy. When God wants to make an oak tree, He takes a hundred years. But when He wants to make a squash, He requires only two months."

Our churches need people to grow up in Christ. Evangelism of the lost is not our only greatest need. Right up there with it is the need to facilitate spiritual growth of Christ's followers. It takes time to be holy. We don't become spiritual giants in a single day. But we have a blessed promise: If we will, with unveiled face, behold the glory of the Lord, then we will be changed into His image from glory to glory.

Have a blessed day, and, oh yeah, "keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2).

Lonnie Wascom

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6;14)..

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Sent May 19th, 2011:

It's been awhile BUT I have been praying! "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." --1 Timothy 2:1-4, ESV

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. Pastor Herman Gauthier, FBC, Madisonville, requests prayer for his son-in-law who has myeloma.

2. Annette Gordon, Clerk for the NSBA, requests prayer for her son-in-law who has multiple issues related to diabetes and is facing the potential amputation of one of his feet.

3. Our Shower/Laundry Unit is in use supporting a Red Cross shelter in New Roads. Pray for all those in the Morganza Spillway area.

4. Many are partnering with churches in Alabama and Mississippi in the aftermath of the terrible tornadoes. Continue to pray for those who are traveling a lot and reaching out.

5. Sponsors and co-sponsoring churches for new plants or ministries or revitalization partnerships.

6. Churches without pastors/ministers and pastors/ministers without churches.

7. Revival, renewal, revitalization--whatever you call it, WE NEED IT! "The reason we do not have revival is we are content to live without it" (Leonard Ravenhill).

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Our support team is sending prayer calendars to all the prayer warriors in the NSBA. On the calendars are the names of the Pastors and Spouses and their birthdays. If you are not sure if you and your spouse (Senior Pastors ONLY at this time!) please send me the names and dates of birth. Not only our churches, but those who lead them, are the focus of our PRAYER FIRST watchword and strategy.

2. This Saturday at 6:30 PM at FBC, Folsom, 13320 Broadway, Folsom, 70437 and this Sunday at 6:30 PM at New Zion, Covington, 17387 New Zion Church Road, Covington, 70435 the church's choirs will present Experiencing God: The Musical.

3. One of our plants, Bridge Northshore Church, conducts community projects around their "faith in action" core value. Their reputation is growing exponentially in West St. Tammany. They have more project requests than one can "shake a stick at." If you would like to know some ways your church can make a "hands on" impact for the Gospel in Tangipahoa/St. Tammany, contact Lane Corley, lead planter at Bridge Northshore and our church planting strategist. Email lane@bridgenorthshore.com.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

The Northshore Probe 2011: Summary captured my attention right away. I have attached a copy for you. You can also access at www.northshorebaptists.net. Just click the tab at the bottom of the home page. At the top of page two the report states: "resident members of NSBA churches make up only 7% of the population, small group attendees make up only 1.9% of the population, and only 3.3% of the population of the Northshore attend NSBA churches on any given weekend." I say to myself, "How can this be 2,000 years after our Lord sent out His followers to disciple the nations?" A lot of explanations are given, but it is evident to me that we are not fulfilling our Great Commission task primarily because we fail to acknowledge that those of us in the Kingdom of God are engaged in spiritual warfare against an enemy that is intent on depriving God of His due glory in our region.

For generations our adversary the devil has captured the hearts of the people of the NSBA region with two formidable weapons: Religion and materialism. It's a fact: Louisiana and especially Southeast Louisiana has been proven to be the most religious state in the U.S. Most think they are going to heaven. Yet, they have never experienced the work of grace. They believe they will go to heaven if their good works outweigh their bad as if God is some divine accountant and decides who can enter heaven on human merit. The Bible says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any many should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9, KJV).

In the second place, we have grown attached to material things more than the things of God in our churches. Have you ever analyzed how much time we spend dealing with the material? How much of our work is to do more than provide for our own basic needs? How much of our money goes toward our own pleasure? Jesus said that a "man's life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15b, KJV). In fact, He urged us to lay up treasure in heaven where it cannot be corrupted, didn't He?

We are in Satan's territory right here in the NSBA region. Wherever you go you are in his domain. In the lives of the multitudes without Christ, you find him in occupancy. He will not win. Jesus holds all authority. But, though defeated, he seeks vengeance. He seeks to rob God of His glory and distract God's people from our unfinished task. He tempts even churches to serve their own selfish interests and to seek their own comforts and desires instead of having God's glory as the highest priority. He has convinced many in our churches that they can continue to pursue their own plans, stay close to Mama and Daddy, go to church, toss a little money in the plate, and pretend they are accomplishing something while around the world 10 people die every second and most go to hell and numbers exceeding 75% of our neighbors in the NSBA region are in the same spiritual condition.

So how do we overcome? The same way the early saints did. Check out Revelation 12:11: "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death" (NKJV). It was not in their righteousness and strength but because they accepted the righteousness of Him who became sin on their behalf. "There is power in the blood! In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb!" It was the word of their testimony. Christ's death on the cross does not exempt us from trials. There is power in verbalizing one's testimony."Let the redeemed of the Lord say so" (Psalm 107:2). They also "did not love their lives to the death." Everything Satan throws at us is an appeal to ego and self-centeredness. He says, "Indulge yourself; you've earned it." He is the author of "my rights, my opinion, my space, my time." He wants us to be concerned about our comfort, our houses, our "entitlements," the kinds of things that erode the power of an effective witness. But when you and I are willing to lay it all on the altar, even if it means torture and the loss of our physical lives, the accuser cannot get a foothold to defeat us.

In Northern India where a number of believers have been martyred (Yes, it is still happening!), they are taught to say the following at the time of baptism if a threat against their life should come because of their stand for Christ: "You do not take my life from me. I give it to you in the name of Jesus Christ, so that one day you, too, might know Him."

Now what can the devil do with that? Absolutely nothing. When you and I determine that we will reach our world, nation, state, and the NSBA region with the Gospel, we will do so by the blood of the Lamb that was shed for the sins of the world, by the power of the testimony that we belong to Him who is King of kings and Lord of lords and has won the ultimate victory, and because we are willing to surrender everything, even our physical lives, for the sake of the Kingdom.

This is what I stake my life on. This is what drives me. It is all for the "sake of the Gospel." "Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2) brothers and sisters. God bless you.

Lonnie Wascom

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

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Sent: May 5, 2011

Hola! Mis Amigas y Amigos!

That's it for my part in Cinco de Mayo! Mi Espanol es muy malo! Here are some prayer requests and a word about supplies going to Alabama from Slidell:

PRAYER REQUESTS/UPDATES:

1. Pat Hillery, wife of Pastor Mickey, Riverside, Slidell.

2. Lily Williams, wife of Pastor Mitch, FBC, Independence

3. Kelli Stafford, wife of Pastor Andy, Woodland, Springfield

4. Linda Correiria, wife of Pastor David, Eastside, Ponchatoula

5. Robert Wascom, my brother, surgery today.

6. All who are in authority (1 Timothy 2:2).

7. Those who are without Christ (1 Timothy 2:4).

8. For an awakening in our churches (Hab. 3:2).

9. Churches without pastors/ministers and pastors/ministers without churches.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE:

1. Prayerwalking Training Seminar 14 May 9:00-1:00 with lunch included at FBC, Madisonville, 416 Hwy 22 West, Madisonville. Janie Wise of the Louisiana Baptist Convention Missions and Ministries Team will be the trainer and there will be a Prayerwalk conducted in and around Madisonville. Please let us know you are coming. Call or email: 225.567.5086 or office@northshorebaptists.net by next Wednesday so we will be good stewards with food purchases. This is part of the strategy for CrossOver Northshore that will be conducted prior to the Louisiana Baptist Convention Annual Meeting which meets in Covington this year.

2. You should have received an email from me yesterday with information regarding what materials are needed and where they can be taken for distribution in North Alabama. Here's an update to that: FBC, Slidell will be receiving supplies till noon, Monday, so you can grab all you can through this Sunday and get it to them by the noon deadline. The supplies will be going further than Montgomery--they will be taken all the way to Birmingham. I know others are collecting and going BUT Hope Church and FBC, Slidell were the only ones providing me lists of specific needs. That's why they are the ones I listed--

3. Our Shower/Laundry Unit is going to North Mississippi it looks like. If you can help (yellow hat certification required), let Tom Long, 985.960.2989 or brotom@camplivingwaters.net know.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Mother's Day can be a challenge for preachers. But to let you know how important this day is to so many, I once again as I have in the past, share the following (it's kind of long, but I promise it will bless you):

She was born into a large family, the third of nine children, on October 31, 1929, less than one week following "Black Friday," the New York Stock Exchange crash that was a major factor triggering the beginning of the Great Depression. Her family was poor, but hard working. She was an industrious and intelligent young woman, finishing as the valedictorian of her high school graduating class and earning a scholarship to Louisiana College. However, it was not near enough to cover her expenses so she dropped out and returned home to assist her parents in the family farm and struggling logging business.

In the second half of the 1940s she met and married a distant cousin. Within one year of that union she gave birth to her first child, a boy. Sixteen months after that, on New Year's Day 1950, she had her second child, a daughter. Following a miscarriage, she had three more children in 1955, 1956, and 1960.

Those first years of marriage were difficult. But even with two small children to care for and with little or no money to meet basic family needs, her trust in God and His watchcare was unaffected and very strong. Though it was a struggle, those first years of marriage were filled with happiness. One highlight stands out: A new church was planted out of a home Bible Study that held its meetings in her four room house.

Around the time of her fifth year of marriage the first of what were to become a series of challenges came: Her little girl had been running high fever for several days. The family lived far out in the country without adequate transportation or communication. Ultimately the child was hospitalized in Baton Rouge, moved to another hospital in New Orleans, operated on and treated and left in a state of brain damage that rendered her bedfast and unable to care for even her most basic needs for the remainder of her brief (15 year) life. It is worth noting though, that she did not let the devoted care of her homebound child keep her from maintaining her involvement in her Lord's church and His work. She continued to teach God's Word and was the church's leader for VBS and Woman's Missionary Union (WMU).

At the end of the 1950s, she and her husband packed up the family and moved into a new home, new church, and new community. Her primary interests continued to be her Lord, her husband, her children, and her church. She continued teaching Sunday School, leading VBS in the new church, and all matters related to WMU and missions in general.

The 1960s brought more challenges. The little girl mentioned above died in 1965. Later in the decade and throughout the 1970s she was stricken with an undiagnosed condition that often brought her near death's door. It was not uncommon to find her lying in hospital intensive care units in two different cities over the next several years. People of lesser character and determination would never have made it. But through prayer and a tenacious faith in her all-powerful Father, she ultimately survived the illness until it was diagnosed and treated. She taught by example the "stewardship of suffering" for the follower of Christ.

A different challenge appeared in the 1980s. Her husband's health began to fail. Multiple surgeries for back and hip issues ultimately gave way to an extremely rare cancer diagnosis resulting in a rare surgical procedure that was deemed medically necessary if he was to live. The procedure is rare because of those who undergo it, more patients die than survive. But he did live. And she cared for him through the 1990s until he died in 2000.

While caring for her husband, her middle son was diagnosed with a brain cancer. A never married single, he moved from his home in Arkansas to be near his parents and siblings in order for them to assist him with his challenge. He made it till January 2001 when he passed away.

Do you think she let the health issues of her infant daughter give her an excuse to retreat from life in the 1950s? And what about her own health issues and the death of that child and the miscarriage of another? Would she not be granted forgiveness if she indulged in a little self-pity? Especially when you add in the long term care of her husband and middle son, both of whom died while under her care? The fact is, with every challenge she faced, her faith only grew stronger. And on December 28, 2007, her beloved Lord Jesus called her to the home He prepared for her.

Her life was marked by 2 Timothy 1:12: "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless, I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."

"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. . . .she looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed. . . " (Proverbs 31:10, 11, 27, 28a).

I call her "blessed." My mother, Patsy Ruth Wascom. The greatest Christian I have ever known in my life.

"Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2), brothers and sisters.

Lonnie Wascom

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

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