JUNE 2021
A Message From Marty Dupree, DOM
God Fights Our Battles for Us

“Lord ... we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” II Chronicles 20:12
Many times we find ourselves in situations where we absolutely do not know what to do and feel powerless to even do anything.

I always tell people pray and ask God to tell you what to do and then do exactly what He tells you. God blesses obedience.

II Chronicles 20 is a great encouragement and reminder that God can fight our battles for us - no matter what we are facing or how big the challenge! This passage sustained me during a very difficult season of ministry at a church I pastored when I was in my early 30s.

Jehoshaphat is facing an incredible situation where three armies are coming against Israel. He prays and consecrates a fast.

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” 2 Chronicles 20:12 NASB

He is then reminded that the battle is God’s.

And he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 NASB

“You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.”” 2 Chronicles 20:17 NASB

The Lord instructs Jehoshaphat to do something very counterintuitive: Put your priests and worshippers out front and your army behind you. Then tomorrow, when the three armies come against you, you will see the salvation of the Lord.

All 3 armies completely destroy each other before they ever get to Israel. God fought the battle! Then Israel spent the next 3 days gathering all the “spoils of war.”

God Blesses obedience! No matter how radical or crazy His request. He blesses obedience and then he does exceedingly abundantly more than we can think of, ask or imagine. Not only does He fight the battles for us, He gives us blessings beyond the victory.

“Lord ... we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

-Marty Dupree

Ministers' GOLF Day @ Keith Hills
June 21st - 10am
Please CONTACT LRBA office to register.
Free - lunch included.
Upcoming Ministers' Events

July 26th, 9am-3pm, Pastors' Preaching Conference
Dr. Timothy Warren, Dallas Theological Seminary
Hosted by Pastor Clarence Hardison at Rawls Baptist, Fuquay-Varina

August 10th,10am
"SOGI Laws & 4 Things Every Church Must Know" 
w/Tom Kakadelis, NC Family Policy Council
LRBA Office
Replenish: A Retreat for Pastors & Their Families @ Fort Caswell
September 6th-8th
The “Replenish” retreat for pastors and their families is designed to help pastors replenish their marriage, their ministry and their mission.Cost: $99 per room (Lodging will be at Smith Conference Center)
Mission Trip Opportunity
Confirmed dates: August 7th-14th 
Lawrence Baptist Chapel
North Lawrence, NY

VBS and Construction teams are needed.  
Possible construction projects include a nursery for the church building, projects with the church’s parsonage, and possible construction on the sleeping quarters of a local SBC children & teen camp. 
For more information, please contact Pastor Kevin Darnell at (919) 632-5320
NC Baptist Ministers' Wives Retreat
"What's Your Rhythm"
July 12-14, 2021
Caraway Conference Center, Asheboro

The retreat is a wonderful time of Bible Study, Worship, Fellowship, and Rest. For more information, the retreat flyer can be found here. For registration please click here.
$50 Discount for the first 50 ladies that register online!
Mission: Dignity Sunday
Mark Your Calendar for June 27, 2021
Churches and believers across the nation join together for our annual one-day giving event to support retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows in critical financial need through the ministry of Mission:Dignity.

Christian Adoption Services merged with Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina in October 2020. If you or someone you know may be interested in information please click on the MORE INFO button below.
Baptist Children's Home has many resources on their website regarding ways to get invovled in adoption and foster care for both families and churches from training & licensing to having a representative come share with your church. Go to the BCH website for more details.

Walk for Life 2021
w/Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers

June 5th @ 4760 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville
June 19th @ 607 N. Ennis Street, Fuquay Varina
1pm-7pm (floating)

June 8
Caraway Conference Center, Sophia, N.C.
A one-day conference to assist associational mission strategists, pastors, church staff and laity in keeping existing church facilities in evangelical hands for kingdom purposes and gospel proclamation.
July 22 – Aug. 14
4 sessions — 3 virtual & 1 live at 1324 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C.
Church Job Openings

LRBA Calendar of Events

5 Walk For Life/Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers (Fayetteville)
8 Legacy Churches Conference, Caraway Conference Center
8 LRBA WMU Leadership Team Meeting, LRBA, 6:30pm
13-16 SBC Convention, Nashville
19 Walk For Life/HOH Pregnancy Centers (Fuquay Varina)
20 Father's Day
21 Ministers' Golf Day, Keith Hills, 9am
27 Mission: Dignity Sunday - CLICK for more details

5-10 World Missions Week at Fort Caswell
12-14 Ministers' Wives Retreat, Camp Caraway
26 Pastors' Preaching Conference, Rawls Baptist, 9-3pm