First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Monday, January 23, 2012

Script #43


If you haven't guessed, we will be emphasizing Sunday School and Midweek growth opportunities for all ages in 2012!

Jesus said, "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (see John 17:1-5).

A.W. Tozer wrote in The Pursuit of God, "We have been snared in the coils of spurious logic which insists that if we found Him we need no more seek Him...That lack of it[Him] has brought us to our present low estate.  Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people.'


I have been asked if I'm serious about at least one parent, grandparent, or guardian attending a "parents" class for confirmands scheduled concurrently with this year's Confirmation Class to commence with a brief 15-minute orientation on February 26 at 2:45 p.m. in the chapel.


Confirmation Class is one of the most serious moments in any person's life; and, for parents, it is directly related to baptismal promises of, uh, promising to "bring up your child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."

Again, concurrently, the classes will begin on March 4 (8:30-9:30 a.m.) and conclude with confirmation on May 27.

On a personal note, sales of my most recent book are promising; and I pray every day for massive sales for royalties to bless Him/His.  Don't get me wrong.  I doubt I will be able to underwrite the next chapter of our expansion; but I'm praying...  Anyway, sadly, while my publisher is very generous with me about author's copies, I still pay enough for 'em that I can't give 'em away; and, right now, I'm several hundred behind in folks who have picked up but not yet paid up.  No problem.  If the Lord wants me to absorb that, praise Him for the privilege!  But it does mean that folks are waiting and hinting for free copies like my last book may be, uh, waiting a long time.  Yet, I promise that if the national sales go off the charts, I will provide freebies to everyone who wants one in our family. 

On another personal note, please be sure to go to and for information about interviews and the like related to the book; as well as literary rationale for the genre which some don't get.  A lot has been written about that; and I'm really not going to spend much more time on that. 

While I believe our Lord provoked the book for reasons beyond my own comprehension - as is becoming very clear to me by reviews and people taking a longer look at Jesus because of it - I really don't like to talk about it except when in appropriate settings.


If you want to go deeper - and everyone baptized in the Spirit does - worship regularly and get involved in Sunday School and Midweek opportunities.

Blessings and Love!

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