June 5, 2017

Sometimes on Monday I have to just stop and remind myself of how precious life is. I am reminded of one of the little sayings on the screen yesterday that said, “You have survived 100% of your worst days. You’re doing great!” Sometimes Mondays can be a matter of surviving but I am hopeful that today is more than just surviving for you. My prayer is that today will be a precious moment to be treasured and lived to its fullest.
This week is Harvest America week! We are keeping it simple this year but let me encourage you to be praying right now about someone you know that needs to hear the gospel message. There are lost people all around us each day. Just make a point of stopping and inviting them to join you Sunday night. If you can actually bring someone the odds increase that they will attend and possibly even make a decision. Greg Laurie said 80% of the people that make decisions at Harvest America over the years were brought by a friend or loved one. It is so important that each of us be praying and asking God to lay someone on our hearts to invite and bring with us this coming Sunday night, June 11th. Don’t forget that the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Fort Worth time. Luke 14:23 says, “And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.’” The word he uses there is “compel” and it doesn’t mean to drag them in but it does mean to persuade them with all that we have. We need to be praying that God’s Spirit would go before us and open their hearts and minds. And then we need to be as persuasive as possible in reaching out to those who truly need a Savior.
We also kicked off a fundraising campaign for our 150th Anniversary Celebration. I hope that you are praying about what God would have you give as a gift to Him. As I mentioned yesterday, we give our tithe first but then we are also called to give “gifts” to God. Giving to help support all that needs to be done for our 150th celebration is a gift because God has been good to us. I hope that you will be diligent in asking God what He would have you do. Don’t forget that this is a 10 month campaign so you can give over the next many months as God blesses you.
I also wanted to say WELCOME to our new Youth Minister. I hope that each of you will have the opportunity to get to know Jonathan West and his incredible family. I believe God is going to use them in the life of our church as we seek to leave a living legacy in Christ. Be sure and be in prayer for them as they make this transition and may we be willing to help them in the ministry God has called them to here among us.
I apologize today to all of you who read my blog and are not members of FBCWS. This has been a pretty church-centric blog this week. Stay tuned next week for more of what God wants for each of our lives!
Lastly, we are still praying about how God could possibly use us to minister locally to refugees here in the Fort Worth area. If you know of ministries that we might partner with please let me know. I know God wants to use us here as well as globally to share the love of Jesus Christ. And just so you know . . . . #Athens2018 is already in the works!