From the Pastor’s Desk – September/October 2017
Ok, as we start the September/October newsletter it's time to get motivated. Luke 19:40 (NIV) "I tell you, He (Jesus) replied, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
The Pharisee's wanted Jesus to tell His Disciples to be quiet. Jesus said, "I can't do that and even if I could keep them quiet, the stones would cry out." Creation would scream with exuberation about the goodness of God. That word exuberation means overflowing with joy and enthusiasm.
Those people that Jesus was talking about couldn't keep quiet, because they had experienced God in their life. "if they," those Disciples Jesus was talking about, doesn't just mean those Disciples in Jesus' day, but it also means - us today! We should not be quiet about what God is doing in our midst, in our lives and in the life of North Baptist Church.
It was just the other day, I was talking to someone who had heard through the grapevine, who had heard through the grapevine, who had heard through the grapevine, that North Baptist was about to collapse. I said, "I don't think so!" God has provided throughout this year in a mighty way - And I really believe that. I thought to myself, well, someone should have used a clothes pen at some point in the past when they were talking to others. (If you don't know what I mean by that, then you need to listen to the "Functioning Church or Church Function" sermon series) You cannot look at what North Baptist has accomplished this year and what we are still doing, because this year's not over and not recognize that God's has His hand upon it.
I think we, as a Church Body, need to be really careful about not giving credit where credit is due. We really need to watch giving out a doomsday message, when that's really not the truth. God has provided for us, God is providing for us and God will provide for us. That's who He is, that's His character. And as long as we respond to Him and do His will, He provides not just for us, but He provides for what He wants us to do as well.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (NIV) David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, "Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from You; You are the ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name."
In this year alone, 2017, we have had one of our own Church members go on an overseas mission trip, Chloe Jones to Amsterdam through iGoGlobal. We had 18 of our own Church members go to Serve Day in Topeka, a one day Flint Hills SBC mission's trip. We averaged 25 VBS workers each night, which again were our own Church members. We have one of our very own Church members going to a Mission's School, Ethnos360, Jessica Wilcox. All the bills are either paid or could be paid out of the Church bank account. As well as many other things. (But don't stop giving, because God's not done!)
Now I ask you, "Has God showed up this year?" You bet He has! Should you be telling the world about it - Well if you don't, I believe "the stones will - Cry out!" We (you and myself), should certainly be shouting from our rooftops what God has done in and through us this year. If we don't, then why would God want to continue to provide for us if we're ungrateful for what He's done?
This has been a remarkable year at North Baptist, don't miss it. If you don't see it or don't understand it, why don't you ask someone? You could even ask me, I would love to share with you how God is moving at North Baptist Church.
Together, let's get ready for a great ending to this year as we share it together.See ya, Sunday – if not before!
It’s because of Him that we Serve,