Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and Jesus our Savior,
Last month I wrote to you about those who are sitting on the fence or in the middle of the road. I used a passage from Revelation 3 concerning the church at Laodicea. This passage was meant to be a wakeup call for the Church at Laodicea and for us. I often wonder just how effective our ministry is. After all, we don’t see a lot of change. We don’t hear how our efforts in The Lord affect others. But then the Bible says that we are to plant the seed – listen to how Paul said it in 2 Corinthians 3 à “6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it.”
We cannot be timid about our faith or telling others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is planting seeds that only The Lord can cause to grow. I understand that it is easy to get discouraged when we see no immediate results, but The Lord desires for us to be patient and trust that He is with us and working to see that the seeds do in fact – grow.
By the time you read this, our trip to Sight & Sound will be over. It was a fantastic production and truly spoke the Gospel message. If you get the chance – go – you will not be disappointed. In fact, invite someone to go with you that perhaps needs seeds fertilized.
We – you and I – have a blessed and wonderful ministry and I believe that The Lord has His hand on it. We are in this together and we need to support one another – by prayer – by counsel – by helping. We cannot go it alone. Remember the words in Ecclesiastes 4 à
“9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Grief Share Program – See Bob & Ruth Lannan Divorce Care Program – See Bob & Ruth Lannan August 5th – following Salona Service – VBS Wrap-up & taking a look forward – All are welcome – to join us for this debriefing and a tureen luncheon August 12th - Final Harvest Gospel Group – 10 am – Rote – Joint Service Followed by a tureen in the Rote pavilion
A 3-fold strand is not easily broken – You – Me – The Lord Jesus!