I hope this entry finds you staying warm. This has been a week of ups and downs. With our young men competing on Monday night and winning and then moving to celebrate the life of one of their classmates on Tuesday and having so many come to express their condolences to the family and then knowing that one of the friends of that young man along with four others made professions of faith in youth on Wednesday night makes for a good and bad week. To know that some of those in our fellowship are struggling with cancer and the prognosis isn’t good,(please pray for Susan and Charles Roitsch as Susan begins treatment for liver cancer) and others in our fellowship like Jodee Flippin and Floyd Williams, it makes the times during the holidays difficult. But I want to remind you of what I was able to share with those who came to Joseph’s memorial service on Tuesday, Jesus is right here and He will be here with us as we walk together through the good times and the bad. We don’t always know why, but we do know that all things work together for the good and that God’s ultimate goal is for more people to believe. Make that your goal this week. It is starting to ice outside as I write this so stay warm and know that God is near no matter what you are going through. Check the website and the radio and the local tv stations out of Abilene for additional information concerning our services on Sunday should the weather get bad. I am glad I am serving here with you.
It has been a great week to be serving here in Eastland. As I write this, I am looking out my office window at sleet/snow falling down and thinking about how much I love this time of year. I don’t love the sleet, but I do love the changing of the seasons. It is amazing how just a simple change in the weather can change our perspective. The same thing is true of our faith walk. Perspective is usually based on one’s opinion and view. When I focus on what the word of God says to my life every single day, I begin to get God’s view of who I am supposed to be. Sometimes that is discouraging because I realize how far I am away from God’s plan. Sometimes it is exciting because I realize how God is using me and speaking to me and shaping me. When I am discouraged, what often needs to happen is a simple change in perspective. Even when I am not being who God designed me to be and the Holy Spirit convicts me, it is never to condemn me or you, but to lift us back up to God’s desired position for our lives. Take a fresh look at the “weather” and “season” in your spiritual life. Allow the word of God to be that force that brings about God’s change in you for His greater glory. I am glad to be serving here with you.
What a great day we had celebrating “camo” Sunday but more importantly, you did your best to get those here who normally don’t go to church. God blessed with an opportunity to share the gospel and to reach out to those and show them that church can be a place for worship and that it is not stuffy and boring. God has given us a great opportunity to reach our community. Let’s do our best at making that a possibility. Sunday, we will continue in the Gospel of Matthew as we look at the manner in which we serve those who God has placed in our midst. I am glad to be serving here with you.
|Children’s Ministry desires to see children come to know Christ and then train them to follow Him for a lifetime.||Student Ministry seeks to disciple students, grades 7-12, and reach the lost of Eastland County.|
|Men’s Ministry seeks to Honor God in all we do, realizing that our number one ministry is first to our God.||Music Ministry supports the worship of the FBC family as we gather weekly to praise and exalt the Lord, our God.|
|Missions at FBC Eastland is about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ both locally and internationally.||Prayer requests can be submitted online. Members will intercede for you in prayer in our prayer room.|
|Women's Ministry seeks to unite women of all ages as we grow closer to our Lord.|