Mere Shadows

This month is a history making month.  Knowing that our lives are, in fact, very short when compared to eternity, we have launched an effort titled “Mere Shadows.”  The entire concept is born out of First Chronicles chapter 29 where David responds to the realization he will not be able to build the Temple, David commits to raising money so Solomon, his son, can build it.

One of King Davids driving forces was the fact that our lives are mere shadows (this verbiage is derived from The Message version).  He knew what he did today would change tomorrow.  That is exactly what this campaign is all about, changing lives today and tomorrow.

This church has been a strong missions church, and a strong evangelistic church for many, many years.  Only eternity will truly be able to testify to how many millions of lives have been changed by the Gospel message because of the sacrifice of men and woman who went before us.  We stand tall only because so many stooped so low in humility and self-sacrifice to build what we are standing on.  Now it’s our turn!

Our building is not the church, we know that, but our building reflects the church and our reflection needs to be polished up a bit.  We are in need of renovations, and that is why we hired SJCF architecture firm to help us develop a master plan for renovation.  I would rather call it the Masters Plan, for our church building, because I do believe He has brought us to this point.

The entire month of April is committed to Mere Shadows.  April 3rd we Looked Back to what God has done, April 10th we are looking up to what He is doing, April 17th we look out, and we will wrap things up on April 24th as we look forward to what He wants to do.

Please be in prayer about how God would like you involved with this effort.  Also, try to make every service in April.  These are historical days we are living.  This church will be a light to this community for years after we are gone, but in the next few weeks, (in some ways) we will help determine how bright it will shine.

To the Glory of God

Pastor Billy

A New Beginning

A long time ago my life was out of control. The end product of the direction I was heading was sadly going to be loss of life, or jail time but ultimately eternity in hell. But the truth is my life was no more out of control than many peoples at that time. They may have been seen as more productive member of society, but the end product of their life was the same as mine—a life without Christ, and finally the reward for that life: hell.

I am so thankful that Jesus chose to rescue me, and change the direction of my life. Through His incredible grace I have been His child since 1989, and His path has brought great things into my life. An incredible wife, 8 kids who have changed me deeply for His glory, and years of full time service to Him in pastoral ministry that has seen great things happen.

When I think about the direction of my life and yours, this is what I know: His word is a lamp for our feet, and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). That word that will lead us, guide us, and teach us the way of salvation. That salvation is what saves us from a direction that we don’t want to go.

Maybe you don’t like the direction of your life right now. Perhaps that is because you have been following the wrong lamp and light. May I encourage you to visit our Know God page; it will give you some clear direction that will steer your life on a path that will fill you with strength, peace, and contentment.

To The Glory of God