With the recent passing of various celebrities.......it makes you think about what is important in life. What are the primary things? What things are secondary? or worth very little? Unless Jesus returns soon, we will all find ourselves dead---standing before our Maker. When He asks "Who was Jesus--in your life?"Will we be able to say---"He was my Savior and Lord"---or He was just a nice role model that I sometimes tried to imitate? Remember that Jesus claimed to be not just a nice guy, but the only way to the Father. "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life---no man comes to the Father but through Me."
So, let's all re-evaluate our position with Jesus---and let's make Him King---of our own lives---listening to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit---making primary things primary. And---look forward to the welcoming arms of our Father in heaven on that day when we will go to see Him.
Men's breakfast this Saturday at the church at 9!!!!
So----When you think about it....does everything in your life revolve around you? Are you a friend to have a friend? or to be a friend? Are you doing elements of parenting so it will show other people what a fine person you are? Or are you parenting because you really care about your kids? Do you give people little digs so you will look better? Or do you find encouraging things to say to build up and bless them? Let's keep in our minds that we were put here to be a blessing----to help-----to build up----to encourage----OTHERS. We can be secure in ourselves---we have a God who loves us SOOOO much.....He sent His Son----and each day He speaks to guide and bless us.
Just some thoughts for me and you------ :)
This week school starts for our kids. Next week 12,000 college kids will join us here in town. Education does amazing things in our lives, but like any other good thing---it is still not the best thing. Let's remember that the primary thing in life is loving God and people. So----go after your classes with energy and good cheer ---and don't forget your spiritual life and growth---- love God every day and love and encourage the people around you!
We had a great weekend with Pastor Bob's old buddy, Carl Cady. He shared his amazing story with us at our men's Guys At Supper----our ice cream social---and on Sunday morning. He came to God in an amazing way and has had many adventures in obedience with God. He runs a great ministry in Indonesia, the largest Islamic country in the world. He has clinics, orphanages, schools, ministry to refugees and sees God do amazing things. By the way----Indonesia is north of Australia and south of the Philippines. It includes the spice islands that Columbus was aiming for when he discovered America. International Friends of Compassion---grows bananas, pineapples, coffee, pork---and feeds over 200 people per day. They minister to AIDS patients, lepers, Christian refugees displaced by jihad, and the poorest of the poor. Thousands have come to faith in Christ and had their medical needs met. All from Carl saying....."OK" to God.
Quite an inspiration to all of us!
Monday thru Friday evenings 6:00--8:30 pm all area kids are invited to attend our Bible School! Learn about Life in the Spirit, play games, have snacks, do crafts---FUN! There will be a family supper on Friday night. Invite some friends and come for a great week! Click here for details.