February 19th, 2018

It’s a beautiful Monday morning and God is Good! I feel blessed to be alive and well and any Monday that I get to ride to work I feel extra blessed!! I am reminded of the last words from Kyle Idelman’s book called “Grace is Greater” that we just finished. He says:
Life is hard.
God is good.
Just keep reading.
Grace is greater.
This morning officially starts the 150th  Anniversary Celebration week. Which basically means all the last minute little details have to get done now or they most likely never will. We have an amazing committee of around 20 people who have worked for the past 18-24 months in planning out this weekend celebration. In reality it has turned into much more than just a weekend event. It has turned into a time of preparation as we have planned and given money and resources to make God’s house a place where we can come and worship Him and give our very best. The legacy that has been handed down from many generations is something we take very seriously. I don’t mean just the building because in the grand scheme of things this building (the worship center was built in 1953) will someday decay and eventually fall down. But the real legacy we want to remember and propel forward is the legacy of faith. A legacy of obedience and sacrifice and faithfulness and evangelism that has been handed down to us from the thousands who have gone on before us. The greatest thing we can do as a body of believers is to honor that legacy by paying it forward. That is living out that legacy in a life that exists to honor Christ. That is our mission.
I want to thank Cheryl Hart and Rhonda Ferguson who have been our Committee Co-Chairs and did a great job of keeping us on task and focused on our job. And this time of celebration really only kicks off the year of celebrating. We want 2018 to be a time where we truly rejoice as a body over what God has done and what God is doing and what God will do in the future of FBCWS.
Less than 2 weeks after our celebration this coming weekend the Singing Men of North Central Texas will be here on March 8th to help us continue the celebration.
Then on March 16-18 we will be hosting an event called “OneCry”. I don’t want to overstate the importance of this weekend but this might be the most important event in the last decade in the life of our church and could have a huge impact into the next decade. I believe God wants to bring revival and renewal to our lives, to our families, to our church, to our community, and to our nation. I hope you will pray about coming and being a part of this amazing weekend. You will definitely be hearing more about this over the next few weeks.
There are many more events and times of celebration planned throughout all of 2018 but let me invite you one more time to come join us this weekend. On Saturday we will have an informal time of fellowship from 3:00-6:00 PM at the church. Then on Sunday we will meet again for more fellowship starting at 9:30 AM. Our service will begin at 10:30 AM followed by a catered lunch. Lunch is FREE but you need to call the church office and make sure you have your spot reserved. Come help us celebrate this coming weekend! We look forward to seeing many old and new friends!!
Let me close today by speaking very briefly about the tragedy of another school shooting. May we be in prayer for those families today and in the days ahead. I know many people have proposed ways to put an end to this violence. I have my own opinion on that subject which I would be happy share with you in private but the heart of the matter is the rise of evil in our country. It is a falling away from God and this can only lead down a very dark road. People have had guns for hundreds of years. Why is it only lately that we have seen this rise in mass shootings? I believe it is because of the moral and spiritual breakdown of our society. Now more than ever we need to call people back to a genuine faith in Jesus Christ. Without the influence of God in our culture we can expect nothing less than for evil to thrive. It is up to us as believers to be salt and light and to bring the hope of Christ to a world that is living without hope. We must live out the legacy in Christ that we have been given. We must selflessly love those around us and strive to put others ahead of ourselves. The only hope we have as a nation is for true revival and repentance to sweep across this country. It is past time. It has happened before and it can happen again. Do you believe that? I do. And that is my prayer today!!
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?