Thank you so much for your efforts in Vacation Bible School! What a blessing to see so many lives touched with the Gospel.
You were up before dawn and started your day.
You sped off to work as is always the way.
But this week is different, there's no time for errands run.
The chores at home will have to wait or just go undone.
The laundry piles up and so does the dust.
Things that are usually important, this week just aren't a must.
It's because this week is VBS!
Please be in prayer for the Youth as they participate in Youth Camp. Pray that many meaningful decisions will be made. On Sunday afternoon, July 23, there will be a special lunch and concert for Guatemala. We plan to take a group this December to do ministry during the Christmas season. This effort will help many children the rest of this year. Please get your reservation tickets starting this Sunday.
Don’t miss the Sunday evening series this summer – Topics Too Hot to Touch. I look forward to a great day on Sunday!
Prov. 31:30. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Who can take the place of a mother? During the last world war, a wounded American soldier was taken to a hospital in England. There, in a large ward, that boy lay, sick and dying. And, in his delirium, the boy began to cry for his mother: ‘Mother, mother, mother.’ And,
behold, his mother came in and stroked the hair of the boy, kissed his fevered brow, held his trembling hand and the boy grew quiet and still in the presence of his mother and died. And, the nurse in the ward, standing there, wide-open eyed, listening, when the boy expired, looked and said: ‘What a miracle! You, his mother.’ And, the dear woman replied, ‘No, sweet nurse, I am not his real mother. As I was walking down the hallway, I heard him cry, ‘Mother, mother’ and, for just a moment, I took her place. (Criswell)
Thank you Mothers! We look forward to honoring you this Sunday!
“R. W. Dale was preparing an Easter sermon when the truth of Christ’s physical resurrection burst in upon him with compelling power. ‘Christ is alive!’ he said aloud; ‘He is alive – alive!’ He began to walk about the room saying to himself, ‘Christ is living! Christ is living!’ Not only that following Easter Sunday, but for months afterward he exulted in the theme of the resurrected Christ. He even began the practice of having a resurrection hymn sung each Sunday morning just to remind the people that they were worshiping a living Christ.” (Wiersbe)
Josh McDowell, while a university student and agnostic, put Jesus to the test. After 700 hours of historical research, he honestly concluded that Jesus was the Christ who rose from the dead. McDowell experienced the most conclusive evidence to the living Christ. He said, “Look, I was there. It’s changed my life.”
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
Phil. 3:10. that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
The resurrection is a historical fact. The resurrection is also a personal experience with the risen Christ. Jesus said, “I AM the Resurrection.” The Christian life is the daily knowledge that Jesus is alive within. Every day in Christ is an Easter!
Wilbur Smith related a chaplain’s story: Many years ago a dying tuberculosis patient heard the Gospel on the radio one Good Friday. When a pastor came by the hospital ward, the patient called him over. “It is Easter today.” “Indeed,” I answered, “it is Good Friday and. . .” He became very quiet. In a moment, “I guess you did not understand. It is Easter today.” With his emaciated white hands, he pointed to his heart. At three o’clock the next morning, the pastor was hurriedly summoned to the hospital. The patient lay at the door of death. His voice was almost gone, as he turned and whispered: “It is Easter today.”
Thank you for all who served so wonderfully in last week’s outreach efforts. I thank God for you! Everyone who uses the spiritual gifts given by God will find the greatest fulfillment in the Christian life.
Heb. 6:10 (CEV). God is always fair. He will remember how you helped his people in the past and how you are still helping them. You belong to God, and he won't forget the love you have
shown his people.
Diligence in serving Christ is the outcome of devotion to Him. Believers ought to overflow with love for Christ and demonstrate that love in service to others. William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, had a watchword– “Others.”
I am thankful for God’s grace in the salvation of new believers. Let’s continue to share the
“good news” with others in personal witnessing and bring people to Christ.
A life-saving crew went out in a boat through a terrific storm and rescued a man who had been fastened to a mast on a wrecked ship caught in the rocks and visible clearly from shore through their glasses.
They brought this man back, but he was utterly unconscious. They took him to the little hospital. . . and the first words he uttered when he came to consciousness, were these: “There is another man.” They said, “What do you mean?” He said, “Another, another man.” They said, “Do you mean there is another living man out on that wreck?” “Yes,” he said, “another man.” And
so they went out again through the storm. . . and, sure enough, they found another man. . . and he was saved. (Ironside)
I urge you to pray for and be a part of the revival and outreach efforts this week. Revival begins in the heart and extends with concern for others. Rom. 10:1. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. May God give us a real burden for souls.
The deeper Christian life will result in a personal concern for lost people.
Amy Carmichael said,
“Oh, for a passionate passion for souls,
Oh, for a pity that yearns!
Oh, for a love that loves unto death,
Oh, for a fire that burns.”
When the criminal Charles Peace went to the scaffolds for execution, the chaplain spoke to him of Christ's power to save. The criminal replied, “If I believed that, I would willingly crawl across England on broken glass to tell men it was true.” It is true! Because of that, let's reach out this week and invite someone to be present with us this Sunday!
Please pray and get involved with our Spring Evangelistic Emphasis. We will hear two outstanding evangelists during the week. However, the main thrust will be our involvement in reaching out to the community for Christ.
There is a place for you to participate in this total church evangelism effort.
D. L. Moody said, “I believe that if an angel were to wing his way from earth up to Heaven, and were to say that there was one poor, ragged boy, without father or mother, with no one to care for him and teach him the way of life; and if God were to ask who among them were willing to come down to this earth and live for fifty years and lead that one to Jesus Christ, every angel in heaven would volunteer to go. Even Gabriel, who stands in the presence of the Almighty, would say, ‘Let me leave my high and lofty position, and let me have the luxury of leading one soul to Jesus Christ.’ There is no greater honor than to be the instrument in God’s hands of leading one person out of the kingdom of Satan into the glorious light of Heaven.”