The Pastor’s Pen

The Pastor’s Pen
July is here! Fireworks stands are up and the sparklers will be glowing just a few days from now. Freedom is great! I am so thankful to live daily in the land of the free and it is all because of the brave.
There are a lot of celebrations in July. Our freedom on July 4th and then we will have the largest gathering of General Baptists coming together in Collinsville, Illinois for the M&M Summit July 15-17th!
You will notice a…transformation of the sanctuary into a safari theme as we will conclude the month with our annual vacation Bible school! (July 22-26) We are so excited for the chance to share God’s Word with many in our community and pray for children to receive Christ as their Savior! This year’s theme is: Life is Wild, God is good! Amen to that! Scripture tells us in 1 Chronicles 16:34 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” There is  a lot of uncertainty in our lives and that is the same with the children in our community. They feel the pressures of life just as we adults do. Considering the wildness of life, we will share the truth of God’s goodness in ALL circumstances including: When life is unfair, when life is scary, when life changes, when life is sad, and when life is good- God is GOOD. All the time! I ask that you would be in deep prayer for the students and all the faithful volunteers who come each night of the week to serve these students in hopes that they will know and fall in love with Jesus. The last Sunday we get to experience VBS with the kids in the 10:45 service as they learn their 5th Bible point together with us!
I am excited for all the opportunities that we will have to minister to others this month and share the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ alone! What part will you play? How will you Encourage someone today? How will you Equip yourself and others with the Word of God for the Work of God? And who will God bring in your path who needs to Encounter the Good News of salvation? You were made for a time such as this…let’s do this! Let’s glorify and honor God this month!