“It is because of your sins that he doesn't hear you. It is your sins that separate you from God when you try to worship Him.” Isaiah 59:2 (TEV)
Ouch!! Isaiah certainly hit the nail on the head. Have you ever had those times when you felt that God was distant? Those times when you just could not feel His presence or guidance? Could it be because of your sins? Sin comes in all shapes and sizes. Sin presents itself in some very sneaky ways. We recognize the big sins: do not steal, kill, lie, covet, or commit adultery. It is often the little sins that trip us up. Like pleasing ourselves before we please God. Looking for comfort in our lives instead of obedience to Him. Placing our families and work in front of serving the Lord. These are all good things but we need to be careful not to let them take the place of our Lord.
I encourage you to commit to a daily quiet time, where you can confess your sins, ask for forgiveness, and listen as God gives you direction. He wants to hear from you; do not keep Him waiting.
What a great day we had last Sunday. We rejoice over the five people who joined our church family. Welcome them into the church and invite them to come be a part of your bible study class. We continue to have many visitors in our services. Greet them and invite them to the upcoming concerts and Super Sundae Nights in July.
What a turn out at our annual picnic! Hundreds of folks showed up and the weather was fantastic. The Social Committee did an outstanding job in preparation and clean up. It was exciting to see all the visitors that were present. Once again the Fee Fee family came through. Thank you for being so wonderful.
Summer is in full swing and so are all of the summer activities at our church. I want you to come and bring a friend or two to enjoy the great Christian fellowship.
Our two new 15-passenger buses are on schedule to be delivered around the first of July. These buses will be a tremendous upgrade to our present buses. We approved these buses in March at a cost of about $98,000. We currently are about $35,000 short of that total. Your giving has been great but wouldn't it be exciting if we paid that off when the buses arrived? If you have not given to the bus fund, I encourage you to do so.
God continues to bless us in so many ways. Remember that our mission statement is “To know Christ and make him known.” As long as we keep doing that we will be pleasing our Lord.