What a marvelous day today! Some things to keep in mind:
- God truly used yesterday’s sermon in a number of hearts. When God tells of our future clearly, we can anticipate it with certainty—and thus we can live our lives in the meantime with clarity! When we know where we’re going, and are grateful for the One who suffered, died, and rose again to make that happen—we can live with boldness and surety here and now!
- Our Reason For God Retreat went extremely well and generated much conversation that was helpful and strengthening to the believers who were present. We covered, “Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?” “Why Does Christianity Have So Many Rules?” and “How Can God Be a God of Love and Wrath All at the Same Time?” I look forward to making use of this series in a neutral, non-church setting at some point so there can be more interaction with skeptics as well as believers.
- Celebrating Reformation Day feeds my soul far more than celebrating Halloween! And even though we were a bit down on Sunday night, I was encouraged to hear that some of our folks stayed home in order to make neighborhood gospel connections with trick-or-treaters. Way to redeem the darkness with the light of Christ!
- Thankful for those who have signed up for our Election Day Ministry, where we will pass our popcorn to those who come to vote. Our church is a voting precinct, and we expect a big turnout for this election cycle. Just a way for us to thank those who ‘pop in.’ Yeah, I know it’s ‘corny,’ but it’s a connection nonetheless—and the one time we didn’t do that, everyone wondered what was up. A small connection is better than none at all, people!
- Are you up for the Operation Christmas Child 100 Box Challenge? Each year, Samaritan’s Purse encourages churches and organizations to participate in Operation Christmas Child (http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/) which helps bring gospel along with toys and hygienic materials to children who are in need all over the world. This is an incredible ministry. In the past, we have collected between 60 and 70 boxes. How about our church collect 100 boxes this year? We can do it! It doesn’t cost that much, so each of us could double up. If every regular attender would participate in this, we would shoot right by 100! So are you ready for the challenge? God has challenged me, so I pass that along to you.
- I just purchased a book with the most interesting title: “Reaching People Under 40 While Keeping People Over 60: A Church for All Generations” by Edward Hammett and James Pierce. I’ve only read the introduction, but he speaks to our church and scores of other churches who once flourished in the 1950s and 1960s, but do not see that same flourishing in the present time. I look forward to interacting with this book and will share more about it in the days ahead.
- Did you see the article about our church in the Western Recorder? What did you think?
- Next week, I’ll be preaching on courage as a trait for once with a Gospel-Gripped Character. I will preach from 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 and Joshua 1:1-9. May God give all of us as followers of Christ a holy boldness for His name!