Wednesday, April 01, 2009

This little light of mine. I'm going to let it shine!

On Monday Milo Wilson, John Mauldin, and myself before staff meeting headed up to Blue Ridge middle school. We had bought over 80 granola bars to give to the faculty. We were welcomed by the secretary and were able to walk through the administrative offices escorted by guidance counselor Sara Broome. We were introduced to those working that day. Then, we were shown their teacher boxes and we placed a granola bar and a card from our church in each box expressing appreciation for what they do. We were able to talk with several faculty members and the assistant principal. That's one small way our staff team is seeking to be a bridge of God's love to all people each week.

I got a text message last Saturday from a man in our church. He told me he was in line at the Subway sandwich shop. There was a person behind him in line. He turned around and gave the person a Ridgeview card and $5 in order for them to buy lunch. He told them God loved them and wanted to show them that love in a practical way. I had lunch with another man today who told me on his sales route he encountered a lady working at a pizza restaurant. She shared with him her husband had lost his job and they didn't know how they were going to pay their utility bill. Guess what? God's Spirit began to speak to him. Why don't you be that bridge of My love to her? He went home and talked it over with his wife. She also felt it was what God would have them do. He is going back to this lady tomorrow and will give her the money to pay her utility bill as a means of being a bridge of God's love to her. He was so excited about the opportunity!

The Bible says, "...let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16)." As we approach this Easter season, let me challenge you this week to look for opportunities to share the love of Christ in practical ways. After all, God loves people and wants everyone to know His love. Will people know of God's love this Easter because of you?

Lord's Supper This Palm Sunday

This Sunday we will finish up our message series in Isaiah on "Maintaining Spiritual Health." At the end of the message we will partake of the Lord's Supper. This is always a special time for us as a church. Scripture states concerning the Supper, "So a man should examine himself; in this way he should eat of the bread and drink of the cup (1 Corinthians 11:28)." This week, ask God to reveal to you sin in your life and repent and confess (1 John 1:9). This week, examine your relationships and if any need to be restored make the effort of restoration (Matthew 5:23-24). I look forward to partaking of the bread and the cup with you and remembering what Christ has done for us.

Building Team Announcement last Sunday

This Sunday Don Brown, chairman of our building team, shared with our congregation the current direction our church is headed. Our Building team and Advisory team have been focused on the purpose of our church: To be a bridge of God's love to all people. Part of fulfilling that purpose to be a bridge of God's love to all people is to move as soon as possible from Mountain View Elementary school to a single rental facility closer to Greer. One person on the building team remarked that he wanted to do whatever it took to reach as many people for Christ as a church as we possibly can. I love that attitude! If you have any questions, feel free to call Don Brown at 292-5888 or email him at d.brown@embtrak.com.