December 2013 Report
Dear Pastor and Brethren:
Periods of great blessing are often followed by periods of difficulty. So it has been with this month of December. While Roxanne and I experienced great blessings with the brethren of Bible Baptist Church in Columbus, Ne., during the Thanksgiving week activities there, we returned to Stillwater for a period of service cancellations due to weather and sickness during the month of December. Roxanne and I were not sick, thank the Lord, but the others attending the work were or were involved in basketball activities that have taken first place in their lives for the time being. However, we are happy with what the Lord has done in spite of the setbacks. We had a little girl, Danielle, visit with the Chester family, and talk of the mother visiting with her in the future is promising. We have continued all the Payne County jail services except one that was cancelled because of the snow and ice. Bro. Gaches had a difficult time with his prison ministry in Cushing, Ok., because of the interference of a new chaplain and the fighting of prison inmates. As all of these things are to be expected, we simply affix our eyes on the Lord and wait upon Him to deliver us from the bouts of sickness, weather, and worldly things that hinder the development of His will and work.
Speaking of “worldly things,” hindering the development of the Lord’s will and work, there is something we can do about such things in our lives. We may not be able to do anything about the weather or sickness, but we can do something about our worldliness. It seems that the Lord’s people in general are losing the battle on many fronts against worldliness. It seems that we can do, say, think, sing, dress, and exercise ourselves in a worldly fashion as long as we are involved in preaching the gospel, believing in the doctrines of grace and local church truth, and being faithful to the services of our local congregation. It seems like our behavior as believers is getting more and more out of sync with our doctrine, a creeping spiritual malady for which we make excuses and cry, “Christian liberty.” Could we not all do a little introspective examination and become aware of the problem, face it with spiritual maturity, and confess it to our Lord and forsake it? Remember what the Apostle Paul said in Ga. 5:13, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
By His grace and in loving gratitude,
Tim & Roxanne Parrow
II Tim. 1:7