Pastor’s Blog 03/20

NIGHT OF WORSHIP

We are only a few weeks away from this special time in the life of our church. It is a community wide event to seek to bring folks together to worship. It’s call the “Night of worship.” It will be held on Friday evening, April 12, beginning at 6:30pm. We trust that this will bring followers of Christ closer together, as well as praying for a fresh encounter with God. I hope you plan to attend.

SATURATE USA

We will begin the process of seeking to get the gospel into every home that we can in our area. This first of these planned handouts will be on Sunday, March 31, beginning at 3:30pm. We will gather for prayer and then receive assignments. If you are interested in distributing some in your neighborhood but cannot attend, please let the church office know. We can get the bags needed into your hands for distribution. There will be no afternoon or evening activities on that day. Let’s pray that God will use this emphasis to reach individuals and families with the gospel.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE DRILL

The Associational Bible Drill will be held on Sunday, March 31, beginning at 2pm at Hernando Baptist Church. For those who can attend, I encourage you to do so. I am so appreciative of Julie Magliolo beginning this process in our church on Sunday evenings. Please pray for our children who will be participating. For those who attended this past Sunday night for the church drill, you can tell this is not an easy thing to do. I hope you can attend to encourage our children.

SENDING HOPE

There are two weeks left to give to the “Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. The goal is $70 million. Every dime of this offering goes right to ministry.  We have offering envelopes and prayer guide available. For those who wish to do so, you can also us “PurshPay” for this special offering. Please pray about what God would have you to give as well as for this offering.

“BECAUSE HE LIVES AMEN”

That is the title of our Adult Choir Easter music. We will present this on Sunday morning, April 14 at 10:30am. We’re excited about sharing this gospel presentation of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. I want to thank Jen Bourbonais for her preparation as we look to this presentation. I hope that you will invite unchurches friends, family and co-workers for this message.

 CAN GOD TRUST YOU WITH REVIVAL?

That is a pertinent question in our day. As I shared Sunday, the need for revival comes from a steady downward spiral. A. W. Tozer shared the progressive stages in his book entitled Rut, Rot or Revival. He shared the following stages:

  1. Rote=This is repetition without feeling.
  2. Rut=This is when we become in bondage to the rote.
  3. Rot=This is when the church becomes afflicted with dry rot, nonexpectation, spiritual rigidity, and a lack of desire for spiritual improvement.

He goes on to share that when people in church point to others for improvement and not to themselves, it is sure evidence that the church has come to dry rot. It is proof of three sins: the sin of self-righteousness, the sin of judgment and the sin of complacency.  As we also saw however, there is always hope. It relies in a total return to Him. This Sunday we will examine “Revival and Confession” from 1 John 1:5-10. I want to encourage you read, meditate on and pray over that passage as you prepare for the Lord’s Day.

Looking forward to our services this coming Lord’s Day and praying for revival in my life and in the life of our church. God bless you. I love y’all.

 

Your Undershepherd,

Pastor Bob

(1 Peter 5:2-4)

 

Sunday am:  “Revival and Confession” (1 John 1: 5 – 10)

Sunday pm:  “The Ways of God” (Isaiah 58:2)

Wednesday: 52 Q&A = “What is the Church?” (2 Thessalonians 2:13)


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