A Memorial service will be held here at the building on Saturday, June 21st at 2:00PM. Barbara and Doyle were dear members of our church family. They had moved to Alabama to be close to her children but they never left our hearts or our family. Our sympathy is extended to the entire family. Keep them in your prayers!
On April 6th, our young men actively led our worship hour and I just wanted to comment on the fine job they did. Remembering when I was that young, it was a difficult task to stand up before the congregation just to do anything. My voice always seemed to disappear, along with my thoughts, and it was not unusual to blurt something out in a mumbling voice.
Many of our members may recall similar experiences in their own lives. Preparing and teaching the younger members in various ways are important to the health of the church and every member should take the opportunity to do all they can to encourage and uplift our young christians who are already a vital part of the church now and in the future.
The Schedule presently set for our Youth Led Worship is once every Quarter and I lovingly appeal to all our members to do their part in the building up process, which is one of the blessings we have in Christ Jesus. We are motivated by the love of Christ to build up the Body of believers at every opportunity presented to us. By building up others, we also build ourselves up, and God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are glorified. When that happens, Joy permeates the entire Body. I was often encouraged by many of my Church Family growing up and knowing how that helped me, I am trying to pass it on to others, hoping that they too will then pass it on!
As Paul reminds us in Galatians 6:9-10, “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
We’ve been talking about fighting the spiritual war that wages all around us. Satan and his forces are out to destroy us. He has weapons that, on the surface, seem to overpower us, yet Paul tells us to “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power!” Paul then goes on to remind us that the armor and weapons of God are far superior to any attack Satan can mount. But more than just withstanding Satan’s attacks, we are to be on the offensive. Taking the fight to Satan. Just as David ran to meet Goliath on the field of battle, so to we are to take the fight to Satan.
We discussed having our feet “properly fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” This is our mission. To take share the gospel with those whom Satan has taken captive, thereby freeing them from Satan, sin and its consequences. I think about the ally forces of World War II reaching the concentration camps. Discovering the malnourished, shrunken, pitiful survivors, they freed them and brought them hope and life. Through the gospel we accomplish the same mission. Freeing the pitiful survivors of Satan’s bondage.
Paul tells us to buckle the belt of truth around our waist (gird our loins KJV). Truth is the ultimate weapon against Satan, because at the core of all his schemes are lies. It was a lie that Eve succumbed to and it is lies that hold our world captive today. The truth is in God’s Word and we are the messengers of that truth. So buckle up! Put on the whole armor of God and let’s take the fight to Satan!