Friday, October 23, 2020

Marching Through Matthew - We have come to chapter 7


This week we have read and studied Matthew Chapter 7.  What does that mean to you if you have just now come across this post?  It means that we are only one-fourth of the way through Matthew's Gospel and you can join in and catch up quickly.

Below are some messages and videos to help you catch up, review, and just remember what you have learned so far.

Also, remember that this is not an academic exercise.  We are to put his words into practice.  Join us as we move through Matthew chapter by chapter.

Marching through Matthew

Matthew 1

Part 1

Part 2

Matthew 2

Part 1

Part 2

Matthew 3

Fruit Worthy of Repentance (Jan 2020)

Part 1

Part 2

Matthew 4

Part 1

Part 2

Matthew 5

Part 1 (video)

Part 2 (video)

Part 3 (video)

Part 4 (video)

Part 5 (video)

Part 6 (video)

Matthew 6

Part 1 (video)

Part 2 (video)

Part 3 (video)

Part 4 (video)

Matthew 7

Part 1 (video )

Part 2 (video)

Part 3 (video)

Part 4 (video )

Part 5 (video)

Matthew 8


Matthew 9


Matthew 10


Matthew 11


Matthew 12


Matthew 13


Matthew 14


Matthew 15


Matthew 16


Matthew 17


Matthew 18


Matthew 19


Matthew 20


Matthew 21


Matthew 22


Matthew 23


Matthew 24


Matthew 25


Matthew 26


Matthew 27


Matthew 28



Friday, October 2, 2020

Marching Through Matthew


Marching through Matthew

The Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church has been reading the Gospel of Matthew for a few weeks now.  We will study chapter 4 in this Sunday's (4 October 2020) classes and it will be the topic of both of Tom's messages.

It's not too late to join us.  Read the first four chapters and messages and then read chapter 5 every day in the week to come.  If you can't make it in to share what we read, form a home or neighborhood study group and watch the Sunday messages.

Join us as we march through Matthew.  You will be blessed for your efforts!

Matthew 1

Part 1

Part 2

Matthew 2

Part 1

Part 2

Matthew 3

Fruit Worthy of Repentance (Jan 2020)

Part 1

Part 2

Matthew 4

Part 1

Part 2

Matthew 5

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Moderator Report for September 2020

 Moderator Report

September 2020


This has been a year for flexibility, but our mission has not changed.  We need to concurrently see what missions might be effective now and what we need to set our sights on for next year.

I previously recommended that we combine Walk A Block and Love Ambush #2 but I don’t think we will have the people dedicated to the walking task.  We still have a chance to make connections while people are out on 31 October 2020.

I recommend that we have a Love Ambush #2 (Logistics Only Version).  This would entail ordering about $250 worth of Christian pencils, cross necklaces, Jesus Loves You items and various other reminders of who God is and who we are—people called to love one another.  We also have wristbands, gospels, and videos.  We could put these out the last two weeks of October and let the congregation take what they might give away at their doors or as they walk with their kids around the town.  Leftovers could be consolidated for use in Chewy Tuesdays bags in 2021.

I don’t want to do something just because we have done something for over a decade.  I want to do something because we can still make Face-to-Face connections and talk about God’s love and his call to follow Jesus.

Recommendation #1.  That we order $250 worth of give away items for the congregation to use on 31 October 2020.

Following Kathy Stegall’s Backpack Ministry Report, I recommend that we authorize the Treasurer to issue a check to Kendra Walker for the balance of this year’s budgeted amount for the specific purpose of purchasing school supplies at off-season prices to better prepare us for 2021.

Recommendation #2.  That the Treasurer issue a check to Kendra Walker for the balance remaining of the 2020 backpack funds.  The budgeted amount was $1500.


Attendance is maintaining at 60+.  The computer is operating with some glitches on music transfer.

Broadcast set up in the front of the sanctuary seems to be acceptable to the congregation.

We have a few new faces and want to make sure we get to know them.

I will send out a draft liturgist list for 2021 soon.


Nothing was prepared for Sunday school classes to move up. No recognition was given.  Agenda item to see if we even want to attempt this in the future.

This was my idea but if nobody is interested, I won’t press it.

Building and Grounds.

The AC units for the kitchen and fellowship hall are not working.  The AC repair for the office/foyer area still requires some finalized action.  I think some makeshift repair was done absent the OEM part.  Larry Walker is following up.

The eastern Kitchen sink leaks but is not causing significant problems.

The ice machine has been cleaned.  Dishwashers cleaned. The filter on the RO unit was replaced.  Water producing as usual again.

Onsite ministry & fellowship

F4, Feed the Players, and 5th Quarters have resumed.  We had our first fellowship meal of the year.


Martha – Still in the black.  Spreadsheet on request.

Doors – Still unlocked on a recurring basis. Back doors included in this group now.

COVID-19 – Cases are still emerging in town and nearby but to date, nothing seems to warrant a change of local procedure or operations.  Pressing on until further notice

Thursday, September 3, 2020

James Woodrow Hendrix


I am not sure how long it will be before the Hendrix family decides to do some sort of memorial for James Hendrix, but this family needs to take a moment to reflect upon his life given to the glory of God.

Obituary revised from Cordell Beacon post.

James Woodrow Hendrix, 90, of Burns Flat passed away Aug. 22, 2020 after a full life of loving God and his family.

He was born June 17, 1930, to Thomas Alfred and Verna Jane (Stone) Hendrix of Hobart. His father died in 1944, and James joined the Army at age 17 to help support his family.

He was stationed in Panama as a chaplain’s assistant and served two years. He came home and married his sweetheart, Wanita Adams, on August 26, 1950. When James passed, he and Wanita were only four days short of celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

James was called back to active duty by the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, until his honorable discharge in 1953.

In civilian life, James found work as a seismographer, working in grain storage, and operating the printing press at The Cordell Beacon. In 1960, he moved his young family to Oklahoma City and began working on the printing press for OPUBCO. Along the way, he attended college at Altus Junior College, Rose State College and Oklahoma State University. He was a loyal OSU fan, and he also dabbled in real estate in the metro area.

In 1987, after 25 years at OPUBCO, James retired and moved back home to western Oklahoma. Retirement didn’t suit him and so he renovated older houses, worked for Western Technology Center in Burns Flat, and served as an elder in the Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where he was a longtime member.

James entered the Army before graduating from high school but did earn his general equivalency diploma when he got out of the service. In his later years, he mentioned his desire for a high school diploma to his next-door neighbor, Marva Webb, who is on the Burns Flat-Dill City school board. With her help and that of the BFDC superintendent, James was awarded a high school diploma in 2015 at age 84. It was the fulfillment of a longtime dream.

James is survived by his beloved wife, Wanita; sons Steve, Chad and wife Holly Clanahan, and Richard and fiancée Rochelle Higgins; and grandchildren James L. II, Jacob and Leeann. He was preceded in death by a son, James Loy, and a granddaughter, Angel.

With his final instructions, James reminded his family to hold fast to the truths in 1 Corinthians 13. 

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

James and I had many good years together, not as many as some of you, but very good years.  It was tough when James lost much of his speech due to a stroke for conversations with him were rich and fulfilling.

While at the old building, James and I filled the pulpit on alternate Sundays for many months until James declared that we needed a third wheel and we corralled Rick Ellis into the rotation.  It wasn’t too much longer before Duawn was on board, but James would preach again.

James and I served on the session together while we were still in the old building.  James couldn’t make a session meeting one time and he told me that we thought alike and I was to vote by proxy for him. 

I told James that I didn’t think the rules permitted that, but those were his instructions.  At that meeting, we needed to elect an elder delegate to represent the congregation at Presbytery which was in Tulsa.  No one present could attend the scheduled meeting, so that left James.

We nominated and elected James to go to Presbytery.

I was instructed by the session to inform James. I did. James said, “What?”

I reminded James that he told me to vote for him by proxy.  You should have seen his look when I told him that not only did I vote for him, but that he did too.

I don’t recall James ever missing another session meeting.

James and I shared a passion for writing.  When he was in the hospital many years ago, I brought him one of my brain teasers books, hoping it would help him pass his hours of incarceration.

James was asleep when I arrived and in my perspective, sleeping is better than working the mind benders in one of my books.  I left a card and a book, said a prayer, and left.

I told Wanita about it and she asked if I got the show.  I didn’t understand.  Apparently, James got cold in the hospital room so he would reach down and pull up the covers.  He didn’t know that he couldn’t reach the covers, only the edge of his hospital gown, which he pulled up over his chest, leaving his bottom half on full display.

When I started PAS, I had some conversations with Reverend Norlan Scrudder and he kept mentioning this guy named Buster from the Burns Flat church.  I had no idea who he was talking about but learned that back in the day, many called James by the name of Buster.

I don’t think that James cared for that name and I surely never used it with him.

After his stoke, I got a few calls from Wanita because she couldn’t understand James.  She put James on the phone and I gave him the answer to his question.  It’s not that I could understand what he said any better than anyone else, it’s that we truly found ourselves commuting on the same train of thought many times.

Those were good commutes.

I hope that one day we can have a full worship service to bring glory to God and to celebrate the life of this wonderful man, where many more may enjoy the celebration. 

I pray that one day soon, Wanita may enjoy a meal with her friends.  She was worried that they might all be gone, but I assured here she still had plenty of friends here.

What can I say about James?

He ran the good race.

He fought the good fight.                              

He kept the faith.

And in addition to my application of Paul’s words, I’ll add, he preached the good news .

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”

We know that now there is in store for James a crown of righteousness.

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

We love you James.  We love you Wanita, and we wanted to say that sooner than later.


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Adult Sunday School for 30 August 2020


Adult Sunday School for 30 August 2020.

Below is a list of Jesus’ seven “I Am” statements in the book of John.  Please review one each day this week and be prepared to discuss these and other areas of interest from John’s Gospel.


“I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51) As bread sustains physical life, so Christ offers and sustains spiritual life.

 “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12) To a world lost in darkness, Christ offers Himself as a guide.

“I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7,9) Jesus protects His followers as shepherds protect their flocks from predators.

“I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11, 14) Jesus is committed to caring and watching over those who are His.

“I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25) Death is not the final word for those in Christ.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) Jesus is the source of all truth and knowledge about God.

“I am the true vine.” (John 15:1, 5) By attached ourselves to Christ, we enable His life to flow in and through us. Then we cannot help but bear fruit that will honor the Father.


John 6:35

John 8:12

John 10:7-9

John 10:11-14

John 11:25

John 14:6

John 15:1-4

Wednesday, August 19, 2020



This is the schedule for the Ministerial Alliance Feed the Players and 5th Quarter events for 2020.







10 SEP



17 SEP



18 SEP



24 SEP



25 SEP












14 OCT



22 OCT



23 OCT



29 OCT























1 @ CPC




No 5th Quarters are scheduled in Dill City (many walk)

DC church pastors and staff are encouraged to join BF hosted events.

COC chose not to participate.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Moving Through Matthew


We have completed James and John since March of this year using our chapter per week model.  We continue with Matthew.  Please read the designated chapter every day.  We will discuss it during adult Sunday school, Wednesday evening classes, and it will be the topic of Sunday's messages.

Please begin reading chapter 1 of Matthew's gospel on 6 September 2020. It will be the subject of messages and classes on 13 September 2020.



6              Gideons

13           1

20           2

27           3


4              4

11           5

18           6

25           7


1              8

8              9

15           10

23           11

30           12


6              13

13           14

20           15

27           16


3              17

10           18

17           19

24           20

31           21


7              22

14           23

21           24

28           25


7              26

14           27

21           28

Friday, July 31, 2020

Journey Through John up to Chapter 18

Journey Through John

Below are links to scripture and messages from our Journey Through John through chapter 18.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Worship for 12 July 2020

  Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Worshiping Together
12 July 2020

Tom Spence, Pastor                                                        (580) 515 2995                 
Rick Reeves, Liturgist                                   Church Phone: 562-4706
Kendra Walker, Choir Director             
First Light                                                                            9:00 a. m.
Christian Education                                                           10:00 a.m.
Morning Worship                                                               11:00 a.m.
F4  (Resumes 9 September)                                         6:00 – 7:30 p.m.



Worship Warm ups



Worship in Song

*Here I Am To Worship                                             19 (Blue Folders)

*He Has Made Me Glad                                                              657

*Friend of God                                                        38 (Blue Folders)   

A Time for Children (Children come forward)
Martha Offering
Children’s Songs
Children’s Message

Proclamation of the Good News (Unison)             John 3:16-17
Memory Verse

As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.


Memory Verse Maintenance – Proverbs 3:5-6

Prayers of the People

Hymn                          I Love You Lord                                          85

Scripture Reading                                                 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Collection of Tithes and Offerings         Give Thanks                   359

*Doxology                                                                                       34

*Prayer of Thanksgiving

Scripture Readings      
                                                 Psalm 69:1-4
         Matthew 5:10-12

Message                          Hated because of Jesus

*Hymn of Invitation**    I Have Decided to Follow Jesus             344



*Hymn                              Step by Step                                       494

*Passing of the Peace     


*Please stand according to your comfort and needs.
**Please come forward to profess your faith or have the elders pray with you.


Proclaim the Good News & Connect the Disconnected!
Ask an elder about the Youth Center Planning Committee.
Contact Amanda Rush to serve in the nursery.
The prayer list is online.  Hard copies in the back of the sanctuary.
The session meets today at 6 pm.

Important Dates:

Dates to Remember:  2020
22 July—Blood Drive?
27-31 Jul—Church Camp
 1 Aug—Town Celebration (Walk A Block for Jesus)?
8 Aug—Elder Retreat
 9 Aug—Elders are Liturgists
 9 Aug—The Lord’s Supper (Both services)
30 Aug—Jr/Sr Youth are Liturgists

6 Sep – Gideon Sunday
 9 Sep –F4 Begins
 4 Oct – Pulpit Supply
  1 Nov—DST begins (Fall back 1 hour)
18 Nov---F4
29 Nov—Fellowship Meal - 5th Sunday (Team 2)
  2 Dec—One Pot Meal + Activities
13 Dec—Evening Worship (singing) + Christmas Meal
16 Dec—One Pot Meal + Activities
24 Dec—Christmas Eve Communion


This Sunday                                         Next Sunday
                             No Nursery                                      Amber & Kenzie

First Light:  John 15