We have been so blessed this past Sunday morning and the last three evenings. Brother Richard and Sister Loretta Reffeitt have given us the inspiration we need to draw closer to the Lord. It is my sincere prayer that our members and visitors alike have moved closer to God and “fanned into full flame” the passion that every Christian should live with. Tomorrow evening (Wednesday, 03-07-2012 @ 7pm) will be the last evening of our revival and I am encouraging everyone to come out and enjoy this great time of devotion. It is an exciting time to be counted as one of God’s children and a great time to be a child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
We have many prayer requests that I need to share with you as a church family. Brother Al Howard is in Hospice Care in Jacksonville and his family stands in need of our petitions to God. Brother Ron Kegley is also in Hospice Care and we need to pray for him and his family. Brother Fred has given an update and said Ron is holding his own, but we need to ask God to intervene if it be His will. Brother Mike Stone’s father passed away today (Tuesday, 03-06-2012) and he and Sister Mary are up in Hueytown, Alabama. Brother Mike has asked us to be in prayer for his family.
Please don’t forget that Brother Ron Grossman and his lovely wife will be with us on Sunday morning, March 11, 2012. Be in prayer for the Grossmans for traveling grace and that God will speak through Brother Ron and challenge all of us on Sunday morning.
I want to take just a moment to share a thought with you. Sometimes we say things that may be taken out of context and can be perceived as being mean-spirited. Let’s be careful how we talk to each other and measure our words before they are spoken (I put myself at the front of this line!) When we were children we used to say “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” Don’t believe that. Words can, and do, hurt. James tells us 3:5 “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!” Let’s not let a loose word cause strife between any in this church.
I know I sometimes forget to say “thank you” to so many who do so much in our church, but I do give thanks for all of you every day. I want you to know that I love you in the Lord and count it a privilege that God has called me to pastor this church.
God bless each one of you, stay safe and smile on through the rain – God cares for you!
Good reminder. Thank you for caring for all of us like you do. We appreciate you!!! Donnie and I are praying for the revival, for you and your family, and for the sick and bereaved. It’s a tough world out there, but being in a church that is filled with the love is God is the closest thing to heaven. We are so glad to be a part of SMBC. May God always manifest His presence among us and through us, and may nothing we ever do or say (even accidentally) hinder His Spirit or our fellowship grounded in Christ.