On our Pastor’s heart…

Thank You to God for a Wonderful Church

Church, I want you to know how proud I am of you all. You have been faithful in so many ways, and God is blessing. Below are three thanksgiving concerns:

Thanks from Vickie P.

In a card received this week, Vickie expressed her thanksgiving for the love shown during the benefit (which raised over $5,200). She wrote,

I have always felt loved by everyone at this church, but I’m not sure I can ever express in words how my heart overflowed and the blessing God showed me with this expression of love.

She continued by sharing her appreciation for all the prayers and encouragement expressed to her and Randy as they continue this journey.

Thanks from Scott and Anita Hill

Scott and Anita wrote, thanking our church for a wonderful financial gift. They wrote,

We are humbled. We got the gas tank filled up for winter. It should take us to February. God is good and always right on time.

(Everyone out that way has a big gas tank for their heat in the winter. The tank cost a good bit to fill.)

They continue the letter, saying that Scott’s broken leg is healing, sharing that the church is growing, telling about their upcoming Church Fall Festival (on Oct 31), and telling about several ministries in which they are involved. Please keep praying for them as the Lord’s work in Iowa.

Thanks for a wonderful Trunk-or-Treat

Again, God gets all the glory. He parted the storms and held back the rain. (Thunderstorms moved past us 4 miles to the south.) He caused a wonderful showing of our community. And He led our church to respond in such a terrifically manner.

So, I thank God for you all. Thank you to the Planning Team; this was the best fall event we have had. Thank you to the church for donating candy. Thank you to the men and women who helped set-up and prepared things in advance from making cards to acquiring supplies and from setting up equipment to cooking hotdogs and popcorn.

Note: We had 386 registered people plus all the volunteers attend our Trunk-or-Treat this year. Thank you, Lord!

How will we call that a marriage where the husband and wife are still two persons, maintaining individuality as if it were a conscientious condition of the contract? That is utterly foreign to the divine idea of marriage. In a true marriage, the husband and wife become one. Therefore their joys and their cares, their hopes and their labors, their sorrows and their pleasures, rise and blend together in one stream.
– Charles Spurgeon

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, October 13 – YAH goes to Muddy Pond
  • Saturday, October 17 — Fund Raiser for V. Peoples
  • Saturday, October 17 – Parents’ Night Out
  • Monday, October 19 – SS Teacher Appreciation Dinner 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 21 – Quarterly Business Meeting
  • Friday, October 23 – Feed the Fulton Band 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 23 – Children’s Camping Trip
  • Wednesday, October 28 –Trunk or Treat

On our Pastor’s heart…

Called to Holiness

When King David’s sin with Bathsheba was discovered, he confessed his sin and sought God’s forgiveness. But that wasn’t enough. In his confession he pleaded:

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

The verb “create” is the Hebrew word meaning “to create out of nothing” as in the Creation. David wanted a fresh and brand new heart without sin. He wanted to live and to be different.

As Christians, we are different. We have a new heart. Our calling is to holiness. In 1 Thessalonians 4:7 Paul writes:

For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.

Sadly, I believe the modern day church may have missed this point. We want a Christ who pardons. We like the fact that God forgives and that He has removed our transgressions – our sins – as far as the east is from the west (Ps. 103:12). We bask in this forgiveness of Christ. And yet, many of us live our lives as though we do not care about purity.

Many Christians become satisfied with living in sin. They become content to live apart from the holiness of Christ. They deceive themselves into thinking their sin is no big deal or that holiness is not so different.

But Jesus did not just die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and provide us with forgiveness. He also died on the cross to cleanse us from our sins, to make us pure and holy. He clothed us with His righteousness and expressly tells us to be holy because God is holy. So when we sin, we should repent and confess our sin quickly. God then cleanses us from our unrighteousness. He cleanses us and makes us pure again, not to go back to our sin, but to live for the glory of Christ.

When you tolerate unrepentant sin in your life … when we tolerate unrepentant sin in the church, we trample on the sacrifice of Christ. Let us repent. Let us be cleansed. Let us be pure vessels for the work of the Kingdom.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Operation Christmas Child

OCC_logoWe are closing out with 72 boxes. Samaritans Purse requests a donation of $7 per box. We currently have shipping for 19 boxes. As you prayerfully consider a donation for shipping, please remember that these precious gifts literally are sent to the ends of the earth. One of these shoe boxes may be the only opportunity that a child and their family will have to hear the Good News of Christ.

Thanks for all your support.

On our Pastor’s heart…

Doubting Their Interest

Every so often, I have a conversation with Scott & Anita Hill about how things are going on their mission front. Last week, Scott told me about a teenage neighbor who comes by to help with small projects. As they have talked with him, they discovered that he has no knowledge of the Gospel. They are excited to get to tell Him about the crucified Christ.

In Romans 10:13, we read the good news:

For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

We are excited about that “whoever” hearing the gospel, are we not? But in our experience, we have come across people whom we consider too far gone to get saved. We convince ourselves that they would not be interested.


Could it be that the only thing standing between our friends and salvation is the fact that we have not been obedient to tell the foolish message of the cross?

Paul goes on in Romans 10:14-15:

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things” (NKJV)

Friends, I thank God that someone (several people actually) took time to share the Gospel with me. Also, when I hear the life-story of many believers, I am always amazed at how God works in the lives of those we might consider the most unlikely to be saved. Only God truly knows the heart of a person; and only He saves sinners, no matter how bad they may seem.

So it is not our job to be selective about who hears the Gospel or to whom we go proclaiming the Good News. Our job is to go and make disciples. So let’s go and do it!

Romans 8:5-7, NKJV

He said to them, ‘Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.’

Trunk-or-Treat coming soon…

TrunkorTreatOur 2015 Trunk-or-Treat will be on Wednesday, October 28. Please help us prepare to serve our community. We need bunches of candy. Last year we had well over 500 people come through from our community. This year we are planning for more. So we need lots of candy. Please consider either purchasing bags of candy or donating money specifically to purchase candy. Thank you in advance.

Peoples’ Benefit

This benefit for V. Peoples will be at City View on October 17. We are providing a supper and auction fundraiser. The supper is from 5-7 p.m. Costs are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 5. All of the proceeds from the supper and auction will go to help with medical bills and related expenses for V. Peoples. Please plan to attend.