One of the great joys of being a pastor is having the privilege of watching people grow spiritually and intellectually. When young people surrender their lives to the cause of Christ it is a wonderful thing and equally wonderful when they start to explore and use the gifts that God has given. This Sunday, April 22nd, 2012, the teens will have a “Teen Sunday.” The teenagers will take care of the entire morning service including leading the singing, usher responsibilities and offertory responsibilities. Bro. Tony Bradley will bring the morning message as the teen leader.
I would like to ask everyone, members and visitors alike, to pray for these youngsters as they embark on a journey to hold themselves and each other accountable to God by serving in the church. Secondly, I want to extend a personal invitation to everyone reading this post to be with us in this service and show our support for these wonderful teens. I am often reminded of the words the apostle Paul penned to a young preacher named Timothy, “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands (II Timothy 1:6).” I truly believe every christian could stand a little “stirring up” every now and again and this will be a good opportunity to come and be blessed as God uses these teens to carry His message.
On February 3rd, 2012, we held a movie night here at SMBC and got a blessing from the film “Courageous.” That was a huge success and many of you have asked for another movie night. I extend another personal invitation to be with us on Saturday, April 28th, 2012, @ 6pm for another movie night. I have watched a DVD of Christian comedian Ken Davis entitled “Get ’em While They’re Hot!” Ken has several other comedians who participate as well. I laughed until my sides hurt – literally. I feel like we could all use a good old fahioned dose of laughter and clean Christian fellowship with everything that is going on in this old world. Come and be blessed by these gifted Christian comedians on the 28th.
I close by saying I am praying for you and am so thankful and grateful to be called your pastor. God Bless!