September 25, 2013
Spring and Summer have been very busy I think for everyone. May brought graduations; June gave us a wonderful Vacation Bible School; July was filled with vacations and for our youth a wonderful Big Stuf conference in Panama City Beach, Florida; August was crammed full of rushing about to get everyone ready to get back to school. Now September is almost completed and we all seem to be as busy as bees. It has been a wonderful summer here at the church and I am looking forward to what God is going to be doing in our midst throughout the Fall and Winter. Let me share with you some of the things that are taking place, and ask you to pray much for every thing we are attempting to do:
1) The Christmas Love ministry is up and going; we are collecting various items that will be used to bless several families and many children at Christmas. All of us can help with this by bringing various items that the Christmas love team request us to bring. You can also make a financial contribution to Christmas love that will help to purchase items that may not be brought; Please pray that God will provide every thing needed; pray for those who are presently working to put all the resources together; pray that God will touch the hearts of people to help with this wonderful ministry.
2) We did not know it at the time we began the discipleship classes earlier this year that we were laying the ground work for a hugh Billy Graham crusade. Those of you who have been in services or listened to cds of the services are now familiar with My Hope America. My Hope America is a nation wide evangelistic effort sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association which will culminate in November of this year. I ask you to pray much for the success of this event. Our nation certainly needs to be healed and I believe this is part of the way God is working to bring it about. Pray that our church will do our part in helping bring this about.
3) Maintaining our personal relationship with God is extremely important; I believe that a dedicated walk with God is the key to our nation becoming all that God wants it to be. Anyone of us may feel that everything is just all right between us and God. However, as we begin to search the scripture and hear God speaking, we may decide that there are a lot of improvements that we need to make. The Psalmist David teaches us how we can find any ways in our lives that are not pleasing to God: "Search me O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts; And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139: 23-24). Be Bold! Be Sincere! Be Humble! Ask God to show you if there is any thing in your life that is not pleasing to him. If you are really wanting to maintain a close relationship with God, read his word for it could well be that he will speak to you through his word and show you some things of which you need to repent. Don't take for granted that all is well--Let God be the Judge! Maybe you haven't stolen anything or killed anyone; but what about murmuring, whining, little white lying, bitterness, unforgiveness, backbiting, lack of praying, lack of reading God's Word, lack of loving God, lack of loving others and on and on the list could go of things which we may not have even thought about.
I love you and I love God. I want to see God's Kingdom and Little Brasstown Church flourish! This will happen as we His people yield to God's Will and Way! God Bless You! Your Pastor-- Aud