Volume 4, Issue 2 | February 2021
God’s conversation hearts
Those familiar conversation hearts that show up every February can be more than just trite romantic or friendly sayings. Use them to remind you — or to teach a child — of the greatest love of all: God’s love for us, which empowers our love for others.

For example:
• TRUE LOVE: What love is truer than giving up one’s only Son so people might have everlasting life? (John 3:16).
• MINE: Jesus knows us intimately, as a shepherd knows his sheep. No one can snatch us from him (John 10:27-29).
• FOREVER: God loves us with an “everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).
• LOVE ME: The greatest commandment is to love God with our whole being (Luke 10:27).
• TRUST ME: “Let not your hearts be troubled.” We can count on Jesus, now and for eternal life (John 14:1-3).
• SWEET TALK: God’s words are sweeter than honey (Psalm 119:103).
• BE GOOD: We show our love for Christ by keeping his commands (John 14:15).
• CALL ME: God longs to be in fellowship with us. We can talk to him anytime in prayer (Jeremiah 33:3).
• FRIENDS: The greatest love involves laying down your life for your friends (John 15:13) — precisely what Jesus did.
• #1: “We love because [God] first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Fourteen of our pastors and youth ministers enjoyed a period of time at Alto Frio for our annual Pastors/Staff Retreat. It was led by Dr. Chris S. Osborne of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The fellowship was good, the share time was good and a brief time away from our busy schedules was also welcome. Thanks to the Alto Frio staff for taking care of us while we were there. Dr. Osborne led us to what I considered 3 key points: Prayer, Fasting and God’s Timing.
Prayer: God may answer our prayers as Yes, No, Wait, or something different. Many times, our prayers seem to go unanswered. Why is that? It was pointed out to us that many times our prayers are too self-centered instead of God-centered. Think about that! We ask God for what we want, maybe how we want it, and when, etc. Maybe our prayers should reflect that of Jesus’ prayer before going to the cross when He said “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39). In James 4:15 we read: “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” Evaluate your prayer life and see if it measures up to God’s terms.
Fasting: A brief period of time going without food for the purpose of seeking guidance from the Lord in an urgent matter. In Acts we find a few examples of this: “While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said…”(Acts 13:2). “So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:3). “Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord…” (Acts 14:23). We don’t hear of this much at all today. And yet it may be something we should reconsider. We fast as needed, to seek the Lord in a matter, a very Biblical practice and something we can do as individuals or as a group.
God’s Timing: In the book of Esther, when Mordecai had learned of the edict to destroy and kill the Jews, he mourned deeply. Then he sent word to Queen Esther, his cousin, about this edict and asked her to go before the King on behalf of her people, the Jews. Mordecai shared these words: “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). Could it be that these words are for us today, with the COVID-19 pandemic, that God has placed us where we are “for such a time as this?” We have the opportunity to share the only hope we have…through Jesus Christ…to many who are looking for hope. Think about it: we as Christians are the only light that can penetrate this dark world we are living in. Let’s let that light shine like never before in our hearts, our words, our behavior and our lifestyle.

During these days and months and years ahead, let’s commit to praying more, fasting more and accepting the fact that God has placed us where we are for His time and purpose. Thank you for taking this to heart. I appreciate all you do in serving our incredible Heavenly Father.

Your Fellow Servant,
Bro. Loren
During these days of uncertain requirements and self-isolation, there may be times when neither Loren nor
Laurie Beth is in the office during our regular office hours. Please rest assured that we are still available
and ready to help you however we can despite
working from home.

We are always available by e-mail: LGFastFRBA@outlook.com or LBScantlinFRBA@outlook.com
and through our cell phones at:
Loren - 830-267-1234 or Laurie Beth - 210-854-9362.
Upcoming Events
(PLEASE NOTE: All events are subject to cancellation or rescheduling
depending on COVID-19 guidelines at the time.)
February 2021

2nd - FRBA Executive Board Meeting
(Location TBA)
9:30am - Fellowship
10:00am - Business Meeting
2nd - OCL Meeting - 6:30pm
3rd - South Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
6th - FRBA CPR/1st Aid/AED Training
11th - East Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
19th-20th - Spanish Session of SBTC Empower Evangelism Conference (Cross City Church / FBC Euless - Euless, TX)
19th-21st - Road Trip - Ladies Retreat (Alto Frio)
22nd-23rd - SBTC Empower Conference (Irving Convention Center - Irving, TX)
25th - North Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
27th - FRBA Deacon Training
(details below)
March 2021

2nd- OCL Meeting - 6:30pm
3rd - South Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
4th-6th - Men's Retreat (Alto Frio)
(details below)
8th-12th - SPRING BREAK (local schools)
11th - East Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
14th - TIME CHANGE - Don't forget to "Spring Forward"!
15th-19th - SPRING BREAK (local schools)
23rd - FRBA Executive Board Meeting
(Location TBA)
6:30pm - Dinner & Fellowship
7:00pm - Business Meeting
25th - North Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
28th - Palm Sunday
April 28th-30th - National Association of Ministry Assistants (NAMA) Conference -
Ft. Worth, TX
April 24th - FRBA VBS Clinic - FBC Charlotte
May 14th-16th - FRBA Ladies' Retreat at Disciple Oaks Camp & Retreat - Gonzales, TX
(details below)
Click HERE for registration and details!
Registration for our 2021 retreat is now LIVE!!

The planning team recently spent a weekend at
Disciple Oaks preparing for this year's retreat.

We've got LOTS of great things planned, so we hope YOU can join us.
Please PASS THE WORD to your girlfriends and your churches!
Registration is all-inclusive for the entire weekend!
(All food, lodging and retreat materials are included.)
We've got a total of 80 spots available, and they're filling up fast,
so be sure to save your place TODAY!

Details & Registration forms are available on our FRBA website .

--Early Bird Registration (before March 1st)
$80.00 per person

--Early Bird Group Registration (before April 1st - for groups of 10 or more)
$75.00 per person

--Regular Registration (on or after March 1st)
$90.00 per person

--Group Registration (on or after April 1st - for groups of 10 or more)
$85.00 per person


We will be staying at the Disciple Oaks Camp & Retreat in Gonzales, TX.
You can check out the location here: https://discipleoaksretreat.net/

Please let us know if price is an issue for you.
We do have some scholarships available, and don't want anyone to miss out!
Did you know that Frio River Baptist Association has
online giving available?
Click HERE to make a donation to our general fund
or to one of our special designated funds.
Our annual Pastor's Prayer Retreat was held in early January, and fourteen of our pastors took part. Dr. Chris S. Osborne (of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) challenged the group to make our prayers more God-centered, with the Spirit’s leading and at times with a season of fasting. He reminded everyone that God wants to and will answer our prayers when we pray on His terms.

Click HERE for more pictures!
Baby Grayson Fletcher was recently dedicated, at FBC Cotulla,
and presented with his dedication Bible.
For an update from the Aitape West Translation Project in Papua New Guinea...
January 1st thru December 31st
Income: $154,344.93
Expenses: $146,871.86
Income: $142,950.84
Expenses: $136,283.37
FBC Cotulla youth and youth leaders preparing food boxes for local families. 
This NEW Bible study and many more are available
through our resource library!

Listen, Love, Repeat
Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World
by Karen Ehman
(6-session DVD study)

Click HERE to download one of our checkout forms.
Then just complete it and bring it by the office to borrow a
Bible study to meet your needs.

We’re also accepting donations of used DVD Bible study kits.
If you or your church have some that you are no longer using, we’d love
to have them here to share with other churches in our Association.
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