July 30, 2018

Today is one of those if-it’s-going-to-blow-and-make-noise-it-better-rain days. Right? I’m thankful I didn’t ride today but my lawn could sure use a drink of water and I know our firefighters would love to see the grass being a little less dry. It’s amazing how we can have so much rain and it be so wet and then not that much later it is so dry the ground is cracking. Does anyone even remember when it was cold enough to wear a coat? Some of us try to do physical exercise and spiritual nourishment sort of the same way. We go all out and are on fire and then we get burned out and we drift away. Consistency and persistence are necessary parts of maintaining a healthy body and a vibrant walk with the Lord. One of my nephews just had his first experience with serious discipline. He just recently left for his first days at the Naval Academy and he found out pretty quickly that it’s a little different structure than high school living at home with Mom and Dad. You might want to say a little prayer for him today. A big part of being a devoted follower of Christ is be disciplined in our time with Him. May the weather today remind all of us of how much we need the rain (spiritually speaking) in our lives. It provides refreshing and nourishment. The Bible is living water that is poured out on us as we immerse ourselves in it. Start your Monday and your week off right by spending time with God in His Word. I can promise you won’t regret it.
We are continuing on in our Memory Verse Challenge today!! How many of you are joining us? It always strikes me as funny and sad how we can find every excuse in the book not to do something and usually it is something we know is good and good for us but we manage to find a hundred different reasons not to do it. Many of us do this with physical exercise. One of the keys to a long and healthy life is spending at least 30 minutes each day exercising. How many of us do that? I’m tired. My back hurts (OK, that one might be a legitimate excuse). I don’t have time. Etc. We use those same excuses for having a daily quiet time with the Lord. I wondered last night how many would not show up for our Block Party because it was supposed to be 104 degrees. I was very proud to see a great group from our church out suffering in the heat. Were we sweating? Of course. Did anyone die from sweating? I don’t think so. Hey, I had to go to Deacons Meeting after that and the Block Party was definitely more fun, even in the heat. But when it comes to memorizing Scripture it seems most people want to say, but pastor, you don’t understand, I have never been good at memorizing anything. You would probably be amazed at how many things you already have memorized. You memorize them because they are important. Everyone memorizes their addition and multiplication tables when we are younger and they stick with us. Everyone still remembers that 2+2=4. It is in your memory banks because you learned it years ago. Scripture memory should be at least as important as math. I’m not asking you to memorize the Gettysburg Address. Last week our verse was John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” If I counted right that is 30 words. Hopefully that is not too overwhelming for a 168 hour week. This week our verse is Psalm 20:7 which says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” That one is only 19 words and you all have to admit it’s pretty easy. I’ll be on Facebook later this morning to go over these with you again. Join me!!
Also, I want to share with you a need that was passed onto me by one of our IMB missionaries. There is a national worker and pastor whose name is Jawad and he has the opportunity to see his family for the first time in 12 years and he is so looking forward to not just seeing them but being able to share the Gospel message with them. A door has opened up for them to meet him in a third country but he needs help to get there. We have the unique opportunity to be a blessing in his life and the life of his family that will no doubt reap eternal rewards. If you want to help out just PayPal the church (go to www.fbcws.org and see the link there) with a note that just says “For Jawad” and we will pass it on. Or you can drop your donation by the church in the next couple of days. We don’t want you giving your tithe but if you want to give an offering this will be available for the next few days. Bless you for being obedient to what God asks you to give!
I am thinking of my Mom this week. Wednesday is her birthday and I prefer not to think about how long she has been gone but to remember how much I still love her and how much I look forward to seeing her in Heaven very soon!!
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?
P.S. Again, thanks for all the help at the Block Party. We handed out over 100 hot dogs and bags of candy and we had numerous encounters with people looking for a church home. I personally had several very good conversations and I was thankful for the opportunity. Join us at our next Block Party coming in 6-8 weeks. Hopefully it will be a little cooler.