“Moses chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.” Hebrews 11:25 (NIV)
Tough decisions are always hard to make. Nobody likes pain. Nobody likes to upset others. Often times, we will take the convenient route in life instead of the necessary one. Moses could have lived a life of luxury in the palace of the Pharaoh, but he knew in his heart that he was a Hebrew. His life was spent with the Egyptians but his heart was with the Israelites. Moses had to be true to who he was. He knew that in the end God would reward him for being honest and faithful.
We, too, often have to make hard decisions and we, too, sometimes shy away from doing what is right in order to do what is convenient or politically correct. Our reward does not come from the praise of people but it comes from the Lord Almighty. One day all of this will pass away and we will stand in front of Him. I want Him to say to me, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
We wrapped up our summer concert series on Sunday night. Once again Ronna did a tremendous job in lining up great talent for us to listen to. Each one of them pointed their praise and thanksgiving to God who gave them their gifts to use. We also had a wonderful time of fellowshipping afterwards with ice cream, nachos, and hot dogs. Many thanks to the social committee for working so hard to prepare the food for us.
This coming Sunday night, August 23, we will present a report from our Ukraine mission trip that we took back in July. Eighteen of our church family went and held a children's camp in the Carpathian Mountains. God did some outstanding things. Why don't you come hear and see what God did and what He continues to do in the great nation of Ukraine.
Also, I want to remind you that on Sunday morning, August 23, we will have a special guest speaker. Dr. Slavic Pyzh, the president of the Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary, will again be our guest speaker. Come hear him and then come back at 6:00 p.m. for the Ukraine Mission report.
The kids are back in school and the families are starting to settle back into a normal routine. I hope that you had a wonderful and blessed summer. As we get back to our regular activities I want to encourage you to be regular in your attendance and giving. We are always better together and we need to “step up” to that place of service that God has prepared for us.
Thank you, Fee Fee family, for being so wonderful and supportive in the ministries of our church. I still believe that the best is yet to come.
See you in Church,