I am looking forward to our church's summer mission trip to Staten Island, New York. Please pray for us as we leave out Saturday and travel all night to get there Sunday. We will be bridging there for the third summer in a row on behalf of Crossroads Church and Pastor Ray. Crossroads is a Southern Baptist church plant that meets in a school like us. We will be doing lots of painting in the school in which they meet. This act of service has opened many doors for Pastor Ray with school Principals and school administration. He was able to be the graduation speaker at one of the schools as a direct result of painting their school. Let me remind all of us whether we go to Staten Island and paint a school or go across the street and give some Panera Bread to a neighbor, good deeds become the bridge upon which we can share the gospel with people. We do not do good deeds and stop at that. We do good deeds in order for opportunities to share what we've been preaching on the last few weeks in Galatians: salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Please be prepared this Sunday as Tim Norton will be preaching from Galatians 5:1-15. Tim and his wife Anna have been attending Ridgeview for some time now. They have a young son named Judah. They have just been appointed by the International Mission Board and will be going as our Southern Baptist missionaries to Madagascar by the end of the year. You will be blessed this Sunday as Tim opens the Word and shares it with you!