It’s another beautiful Monday morning and somehow that makes it easier to get going on our week. Today I want to jump around and touch base on a few different topics (more than usual). But I am praying for you today. I am praying that God will give you the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and someone will see Jesus in you this week.
Yesterday we kicked off Missions Month with our first guest speaker. Kyleen Bare is a retired IMB missionary who served over 20 years in South America. It was great to hear her stories from the mission field. As I said yesterday I could listen to those stories all day. But hopefully they also remind us of how important it is for us to be missionaries right where we are. God has not blessed you just for your own comfort and enjoyment. He has blessed you to BE a blessing. He has saved you so that you can help bring others to Him so that they too can be saved. That is what missionaries do. They share the story of Jesus. May we be bold today in sharing Jesus.
This coming Sunday we welcome back Stephen Trainer who is doing mission work in New York City. More specifically he is in the Coney Island area of the city. He will be sharing about the challenges they face there in bringing people to Jesus . . . or more accurately, bringing Jesus to people in need of a Savior. We will have food and drinks and fellowship with Stephen starting at 9:30 in the Welcome Center. So come join us before Bible Study and then stay to hear Stephen bring God’s Word to our hearts.
If you missed last night’s video, then you missed a blessing. Eric Metaxas shared about Faith and Politics and the “Golden Triangle of Freedom.” If you want to read a brief description of what that means, then click on that link or click here. And if you’re interested in watching the video you can check it out on YouTube here. I believe that our Faith must impact our Politics just like it should impact every area of our lives. I pray that each of you will be salt and light right where you are.
I know most of this blog today has been directed specifically at FBCWS members and I apologize to those of you who aren’t. The last thing I will address to members is a word of encouragement to support our 150th Anniversary Committee. They are already working towards 2018 and it is going to require an investment of time and talents and finances from every member. The celebration is going to be much more than just one day or one weekend. The celebration is going to require a great deal of preparation in 2017 and then a yearlong celebration is being planned for 2018. It is our hope that we not only remember the past but we plan for a bright future! Be prepared to help!
I heard someone yesterday quoting from a conference they had attended and the quote was in regard to our mission statement. Our Mission is to call every person to create a living legacy in Christ. This person said we cannot change our heritage but we can change our legacy. I like that a lot. Our heritage is what has been left to us but we still have time to impact our legacy, what we leave behind for those who follow.
Quote of the day: “One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.”