Oakland Baptist Church Fort Walton Beach

118 Wright Pkwy NW, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
Tel: 850-243-8722


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  • Sunday Worship Service - 11:00AM
  • Sunday School All Ages - 9:30AM
  • Wednesday Night Service - 6:00PM
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The All's Have It Pt 2 Ephesians 6:18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pastor Garner   
Friday, 12 February 2010 16:28


One scholar said: "our ultimate position as Christians is tested by the character of our prayer life". The connection to the knowledge of God and His work in our lives is connected to prayer. Someone once asked when should I pray, at the end of my day or at the beginning. Well, the day can be different for some folk. For some the day starts at daybreak or before, and for others it starts late morning as they may work a different shift. So, we should start our scheduled day with prayer. If you pray in the bed at night as I sometimes do, let that prayer be a continuation of your prayers of that day. To have your first prayer of the day to not occur until in the bed at night, would be like tuning your musical instrument “after” the concert. That idea is not new with me but it does make the point.

Eph.6:18 “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,”

John 17 is known, to most, as the priestly prayer of Jesus Christ during the upcoming Passion Week. There are many priceless nuggets there regarding prayer. I encourage you to pray and then read that chapter.

Another gem of prayer is that it reorients our life heavenward. Meaning: it puts and keeps our focus on Christ.

I love the songs that describe our first day in heaven as they say, “I love to see Abraham & ….. but take me to Jesus. Through reading the Word and faithfully praying, we can go right now.

Pray at all times means to be a walking, weeping, willing saint of Christ. Meaning: Always have a prayer on your heart for:  the lost, saved, family, friends, nation, etc.

To pray in the spirit is saying pray in the nature, name, and will of Christ. How so? Nature means, discover who Jesus is in the Bible and emulate Him. In His name means I trust Him with both the request and the outcome. By spending time with Him, we are learning His nature. The request can then go through the thought process of, “would this prayer match what and who Jesus is to us and to the world?”


Be on alert to be praying with the type of devotion as if your life or the life of someone else depended upon it.

Be on the alert to help people understand Jesus in your life.........

1 Peter 3:15 “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;”

With all perseverance means to remember that the Bible says, “keep asking, seeking, and knocking (Matt 7:7).”

For all the saints- In other passages we're commanded to pray for both the lost and the saved. But here the focus is the saved. So, pray for each other as well as missionaries and other saints around the world. Praying for others is both biblical and healthy. There's something about us that promotes our health when we turn our focus away from self and onto others. pm






Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2010 17:25
The All's Have It PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pastor Garner   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 11:00

Eph 6:18 says.......With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance for all the saints.

In this verse, prayer in the Greek means general request; whereas, petition means those that are specific.

Scripture teaches and suggests the following ways to pray: silently, publicly, loud cries, soft whispers, deliberate or spontaneously, sitting, standing, kneeling, laying down, at home, in church, while working, traveling, hands folded or raised, eyes opened or closed, head bowed, or erect.

Both Testaments mention many forms, circumstances, and postures, but it doesn't prescribe any. Translation: there's no set way to pray.

Note: the most powerful praying will seem to come in your private time with God.



Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010 11:02
Why Choose Life PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 February 2010 15:40


Why Choose Life… because our God tells us to do so. God says things in the Bible, by way of giving us leadership, that might seem onerous to an unsaved person. However, they will discover as they turn to Christ for salvation, that the Holy Spirit  helps them understand what God wants for all of us is actually for our own good. It is almost like a recorded message to hear a new Christian say, “I wish I would have asked Christ to save me earlier in life.” Why, because in our unsaved state we don’t have the H.S. living in us, showing us the purpose of Christ for our lives.

As mentioned in the sermon “Choose Life,” available on this website, are the words Moses shared with the Jewish people. Translation: “Obey God and enjoy His blessings.”

I’m in the “Choose Life frame of mind” because our daughter is expecting a baby.  A couple of days after preaching “The Value of Life” which emphasized the protecting of babies in the womb, our daughter called to give us this great news. As we walked in the mall following her call, I continually prayed “Choose Life” in the mind-set of, “Lord we’re asking you to protect this little one in the womb.”

Did you notice the furor about Tim Tebow and his mom’s commercial during the Super Bowl? Wow, what a brilliant commercial to encourage people to go to the focusonthefamily.com website. We have their link on our site.

Life is precious because it is created in God’s image, and it is created by God himself (Gen 1:27, Jeremiah 1:5).

I may be rambling, but this particular blog has been in my heart since last week.  Today, our daughter is officially expecting.  Hallelujah. Please join us in praying for the little one, the parents and the grandparents. May they, with God’s help, encourage and nurture this little one.

I gave you the up side of loving and obeying God. Please let me give you the other side  i.e. failing to ask Christ to save us.

Sooner or later we will stand/kneel before Jesus Christ. Paul tells us, as he is repeating Isaiah, in Romans 14:11, “For it is written, “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”

May you trust Him is my prayer for you?   pm


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2010 15:42
The Battle Belongs to the Lord PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 February 2010 13:46

Please pray for me as I prepare for the Sunday message.

In Christ Alone,


Count Your Blessings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pastor Garner   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 22:59


Psalm 77:11-12 (NASB)

11  I shall remember the deeds of the LORD;

Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

12  I will meditate on all Your work

And muse on Your deeds.


1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NASB)

18   in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.


Whether we look to the Psalmist of old or check in with Paul as he talks to the young church at Thessalonica, the theme is the same. We’re to count our blessings. Yes, living on the Emerald Coast within minutes of Destin Florida is great and fun. However, we must go beyond the pleasure of living in a resort area and count our blessings.

This idea came to me after leaving church tonight. We had an encouraging time as congregants shared praises where the Lord Jesus Christ is working in their lives. Prayer time is the foundation of the New Testament Church. Without the wonderful opportunity to converse with God the Father through Christ we simply are like the man who built his house on the sand. The storms of life, both internal and external, do come; and the house, or better said the shell, is gone.

Then, God gave us the opportunity to study the Word of God together. It is so cool to take a break from the hectic week and look at the Word; then discuss how it might apply to our lives.

Bro. Danny Adkison is teaching our Choir a cantata for Easter. I know it is still early; but, that’s a blessing that I’m going to count now.

Sometimes we can miss out on recognizing a blessing because our lives are so rushed.  So maybe we need to just stop and count………  pm




Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2010 23:51
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