“Whatever you do work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for people.” Col 3:23 (CTEV)
We have all had jobs that we did not like. Some were forced upon us by the necessity of paying our bills while others were willingly chosen by us before we realized how bad they were.
We have all had people that we worked with that were a constant test of our patience. Some were rude, crude, and vulgar, while others were loud and obnoxious.
Paul reminds us that no matter how great or small our job is, no matter how wonderful or lousy the work conditions are, no matter how helpful or distracting the co-workers are, we are to do our work as if working for the Lord! He sees our efforts and will reward our faithfulness. Keep your chin up and your eyes on Him.
A big thanks to Dr. Alan Runge for leading us in our Mid-Winter Bible Study. His insight into the “Names of God” was very encouraging and enlightening. Thank you to all who made the weekend so successful.
Please keep the Transportation Committee in your prayers. They have responded enthusiastically to my request that we begin the process of replacing our buses. We currently have a 30-passenger bus, and a 15-passenger van that requires crawling over the seats to board. Both are several years old and need to be replaced. We are looking at buying two 15-passengerbuses that have a center aisle. These buses are easier to board and drivers are not required to have a CDL. These types of buses are much more user-friendly and easier to drive. The cost of the two new buses will be approximately $100,000. It could be a little more or a little less, depending on the accessories.
Pray for the committee that they will make the right choice for our church family. Pray that we can get the buses at a fair price. Pray that God will show us how to raise the money for the purchase of these buses. The church set aside $40,000 at the end of 2013 to start an account for the buses. Pray that God will provide what we need to meet these costs. When the committee makes a decision, they will bring it before the church body to approve the purchase. If anyone would like to give to this account they are encouraged to do so. Remember that it should be after you have supported the church with your tithe.
The new year is off to a good start. Winter has been long and cold but spring is just around the corner. Just like in a hard job, if we hang on long enough God will hear our cries and comfort us. Come and help us reach our community for Christ.
See you in church,