Tuesday, October 2, 2018
“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31, ESV)
What a tremendous weekend! On Sunday a good number were present for worship service. Then, after we fed on God’s Word, we were able to feed on chicken and homemade noodles! It was a smorgasbord! There were various side dishes, salads, and desserts donated for the cause! In fact, there was enough food (as planned) to feed the men who came to the P.S.E.A. Men’s Meeting we hosted on Monday night. There are just not enough words to thank Kay Wright (who organized and cooked) and all the men and ladies of the church who helped in one way or another. The fundraiser was a huge success!
We have completed our series of sermons from Daniel. I hope it was as much of a benefit for you as it was for me. We are living in tough times! Daniel has provided for us not only an example, but also a vision of the blessings that are ours when we remain faithful. I love the final exhortation and promise he is given: “But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.”
Now we move to the Gospel of John – a sermon series I have titled “That You May Believe.” The title is taken from the words in the verses quoted above. Each of the four gospels was written to a different audience and for a different purpose. John tells us clearly the purpose for his writing. This will also be the aim of this sermon series – What can we ‘know’?
God is so good! Many of you have allowed us to do a variety of odd-jobs, while others have donated and worked with us. The end result is that by working together for just a few short months, we have been able to raise the funds necessary for our mission trip to Mexico. In fact, I was even able to locate and procure twenty-five textbooks in Spanish (though I couldn’t find an English translation for myself) and forty-six Bibles (Spanish language) were given to us to distribute in the best manner for the Kingdom.
Please keep us in your prayers! During the two weeks we are in Mexico our home base will be Iglesia de Cristo – Cd. Guadalupe. Jessie, Autumn, and I will stay with the minister’s family. The primary focus of our trip will be a class that I will teach each evening for two weeks to ministers and church leaders from the surrounding area. Our focus will be on using the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon) for spiritual growth and transformation.
Remember, we are here for you! We can only minister to you if you let us. That is another reason why we hope to see you or hear from you soon. May God bless you abundantly!
When you absent yourself from the body, not only are you hurting yourself, the rest of the body (the Church) is also suffering. “Now is the time…” We can’t change the past; we have no control over the future. We have NOW!