There are a lot of people hurting and battling depression in this world. I want you to know that you have so much worth and value to God that Jesus died for you so that you can have a personal, real relationship with God. Yes He loves you more than you can imagine. God will never hurt you, never leave you, and will always be with you no matter what.
The evil one wants to steal, kill, and destroy and “is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44), but through Jesus you can not only have life but an abundant life (John 10:10). Chose life. Chose Jesus. I encourage you to watch this video and be encouraged.
“I Need Thee Every Hour” for National Day of Prayer. We all want control as individuals and as a nation. Sometimes we feel as though we are self sufficient and we don’t need the Lord. Whether we realize it or not, we not only need the Lord every hour, we can’t even walk without Him.
I know many who are reading this are tired and hurting. I just want you to know I’m thinking of you right now and more importantly, I’m praying for you. God is faithful and He is able. Let’s all pray for each other and our nation that we each would realize our need to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
As we are now in the middle of summer during the heart of vacation time I’m grateful that we are maintaining good attendance in Sunday school, Sunday morning and evening worship, and Wednesday nights. I believe that we are displaying some evidences of a healthy church that includes members who desire to be together to encourage, pray, fellowship, worship, and receive God’s Word. However we should never become complacent and we should always strive to improve. Let’s all do our part to remain faithful to the LORD as part of His church the rest of the summer. If you’ve missed Sunday school let me encourage you to come this Sunday and bring someone with you! Also I’d love to see new members in our choir! The summer months would be a great time to join the choir and be a part of an encouraging group who desires to sing to our great God and King to prepare the way for the preaching of God’s Word! As I’ve often said, I love a good choir special and a full choir is such a blessing to everyone in our worship service.
I’m also grateful that we have the powerful tool of prayer available as the family of God and I’d love to encourage everyone to utilize prayer for our church. I believe that prayer changes things and our church is only going to be as strong as our prayers that we offer to the LORD. As you pray for our church please remember our Nominating Committee as they seek God’s guidance for the upcoming church year that begins in September. As the Nominating Committee is faithfully doing their part, please be willing to do your part by praying about where God would have you to serve. In our church God has given a variety of gifts that, if used, will bring joy and blessing to those who are willing and obedient.
Also please join me in praying for our Deacon Election process that will be taking place during the month of August. This election if very important and should be something that we bathe in prayer. The biblical qualifications for the deacon are found in 1st Timothy 3:8-13 and in Acts 6:3. May God continue to lead us and bless us here at First Baptist! May we each do our part in fulfilling what the Author of Hebrews wrote about:
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:23-25).