If you're one of those folks who have no need for improvement or can't get any closer to Jesus than you are right now or don't participate unless you're in charge/teaching/leading, do not read the following:
1. Sunday School got off to a great start with four new adult classes with over 10+ adults in each class!!! While we're not into #s, that's pretty cool. And our classes for younger folks show great signs of growth.
2. Midweek commences (go back to the first paragraph of this script) this Wednesday for all ages with so many opportunities to learn, grow, and increase intimacy with Jesus. For more details, go to www.belvpresbyterian.org.
3. Maybe later today but definitely by Wednesday, you may want to click on www.koppdisclosure.com for some undershepherding clues titled "Henry, St. James, and..."
4. Trappists at Assumption Abbey in Ava, Missouri taught me to set aside several devotional periods a day. I try. You know how it goes. But in my first devotional period a few hours ago, I came across this prayer from Charles Stanley that kept me on the pot a lot longer than expected: "Lord, I want to walk in victory, not just do the best I can. Do the best You can through me. Amen." Selah.
5. And from A.W. Tozer which kinda relates to what we've been talking about, uh, everywhere at First for the past several weeks: "The way to spiritual power and favor with God is to be willing to put away the weak compromises and the tempting evils to which we are prone to cling. There is no Christian victory or blessing if we refuse to turn away from the things that God hates...Even if your wife loves it, turn away...Even if your husband loves it, turn away...Even if it is something that has come to be accepted by our whole generation, turn away...Every Christian holds the key to his or her own spiritual attainment...if he or she refuses to hate sin and evil and wrong, our churches might as well be turned into lodges or clubs." Whoa. I'm betting in a Christian kinda way that you'll see this related to #3 above.
BTW, if you're outta the flow at First, you're missing what a member said on Sunday: "I don't know what's happened; but more and more and more folks at First are on fire for Jesus! There are new people every week and people are starting to invite more! I feel so sorry for people who are missing out. It makes me cry for them."
I knew it/He would happen sooner than later on the corner of Lincoln and Main.
Blessings and Love!