"To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume." 2 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT)
The Apostle Paul reminds us that as we try to live for Christ, we will evoke different reactions from people. To those who are lost and love the lost lifestyle, we remind them of their sinfulness and eternal death and doom. That is why they attack us so violently. Just to see us or hear us speak of Jesus convicts them of their willful disobedience to Jesus. But, there are some who are lost, that when confronted with the righteousness and love of Jesus, feel compelled to repent of their sin and come to Him. Our witness to the lost can be a life-giving perfume because of the attraction to Christ.
Praise the Lord that our new buses have arrived! Our two, new 15-passenger buses have arrived just in time for our youth to take them to Philadelphia on a mission trip. When you read this issue of The Forerunner, our kids will be ministering to the folks in Pennsylvania. Pray for them as they are due home on Saturday. Pray that the buses provide safe and comfortable transportation. Because of your generosity, we only owe about $37,000 on the buses. Pray that the Lord will allow us to pay them off quickly.
In the next few weeks you will begin to hear about 40 Days in the Word. It is a 40-day campaign that will begin October 1. We will be forming small groups to meet over the six-week duration of the campaign. Each small group will be encouraged to meet once a week for the six weeks. Begin to plan your small group now. More information will be coming on this great church-wide study of God's Word.
Don’t forget to sign up for a new pictorial directory. The photos will be taken in August. The dates are filling up fast and the directory will not be complete without you. More information about the sign-up process is in this edition of The Forerunner.
We continue to enjoy the wonderful summer concerts that Ronna has lined up for us. Join us each Sunday night for great music, delicious food, and fantastic fellowship as we come together as the Fee Fee family.
If we live the life that Jesus wants us to live, we will constantly draw some people to us while driving some farther away. It is their choice to decide; it is our choice to be obedient to God.
See you in church,