First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Monday, September 24, 2012


A fellah in California who actually reads has said I/we will resonate with the recording below.

Lord, I pray it.

Speaking of prayer, we are becoming a beacon for Jesus and safe haven for all.

This came in this morning at 5:39 a.m. via e-mail: "I would like you to know that yesterday's service was very, very, powerful.  If everyone didn't feel the Holy Spirit moving yesterday, they ain't got it yet.  Great service!"

As your undershepherd, I must confess something to you.

C. S. Lewis said going to heaven is like getting on the bus.  The bus stops for everyone; but not everyone decides to get on.

It's a choice.

I am very concerned about folks who are missing the bus or choosing not to hop on - infrequent worshipers, people who make excuses for..., the spiritually deaf/blind, auto-suggested religionists, people detoured by the devil, the arrogant ignorant, and the like.

I am not angry.

That's not my place; or as the first black elder of Winston-Salem, NC's FPC counseled me many years ago, "You love 'em!  Let God judge 'em!"

I just feel badly about folks who - for whatever reason - don't make the trip in a 815-544-3535 kinda way.

We are seeing new faces in worship every Sunday now.

They are wide-eyed and open-hearted and thirsty and hungry flexible wineskins who don't want a religion about Jesus at the expense of a relationship with Him.

They are authentic; and teaming up with you to fulfill our prayer to be a beacon for Him and safe haven for His.

I am convinced some folks who haven't gotten on the bus chose/choose not to get on the bus because they didn't want to make room on the bus...well, uh, the recording below will...

Frankly, I'm just scratching the surface of my relationship with Jesus and guided by my friend in WSNC.  As Chan says, "I'm having a hard enough time trying to figure out my relationship with Jesus; so please don't ask me to figure out yours."  Just get in touch with Him and work it out, as Paul wrote, for yourself.  Get on the bus!  Invite others to get on...!

Over the next few months, we will be scratching the surface of our relationship with Jesus big time via worship, Wednesdays, and

I am already grieving those folks who won't get on the bus or miss the bus or take other trips other than the way to...

Finally, I understand Paul: "He...[and therefore we]...want everyone to be saved."

The bus has stopped on the corner of Lincoln and Main.

All aboard!

Blessings and Love!

Listen to this and tell me what you think.  You may find this guy defines "church" closer to what you envision . . .  and this kind of talk would be essential for new comers, new members, and new leaders-to-be  . . .


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