I hope you will be able to join us on Sunday at 9 AM for our small group study. Our Bible focus is on Revelation 2:1-7 and the topic is renewing our passion for the Lord.
Charles Stanley writes, “The church at Ephesus was commended for many things. It was a wonderful body of believers, known for their service, sacrifice, perseverance, and suffering. Yet the Lord had a key criticism of them: “I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Rev. 2:4).
Their “first love” was Jesus Christ. Their activities and demonstrations of grace to others were admirable, but outside of a growing, intimate relationship with Jesus, those things were of no real value.
Whether you slowly drift away from closeness with Him or make the conscious choice to be consumed with other things, the result is the same—a feeling of distance from the Lord and a hollowness to your days.
God longs for fellowship with you; He sent His Son to die for that purpose. If you feel you have lost your first love, or are somewhere in that process, do not be discouraged. Don’t believe statements such as, “I’ve wandered too far to come back,” or “It will take a while before God wants to hear my prayers.”
“God wants to talk to you right now.”
We Labor Together With God, Wes
Every week in our new facility we continue to see progress being made. As I am writing there is a work crew here that is taping and mudding the dry wall in the educational area. They will be mudding, scraping, and sanding all week.
On Friday several volunteers will come in, clean up, and make the rooms ready for Sunday morning. They will then be set for painting. Again, the painting will be done by volunteers. The goal is to have all the children in the educational space after Step up Sunday. Hats off to our volunteers!
One of the great advantages of our building plan is that the space is so flexible to accommodate almost any arrangement in the present and the future. There is no children’s room, pre-school room, or nursery. In fact, there is no pastor’s office either. It is all useable space that will be shared for many different activities. It may take a while for us to get used to it but we will refer to these spaces by their room number rather than their Sunday use.
I have no new information to share with you on the sale of the building at 218 W. Walnut. There are many items that still need to be removed from the building. The trustees are looking into an auction to clear the building of its contents. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
I must impress as kindly and tactfully as I can, that along with the privilege of being a part of Walnut Street Baptist Church is the responsibility to support the ministry of Walnut Street Baptist Church with God’s tithe and our offerings so that the work may continue.
We Labor Together With God
Perhaps it was so insignificant that you didn’t even notice. On Tuesday June 30th at exactly 11:59:59 the world was given more time. Yes! The timekeepers of the world added one more second to the day … 11:59:60
We say a lot of things about time? A stitch in time. Look at the signs of the times. Time flies. When I get the time. If I had the time. When I find the time.
Here are some thoughts and observations I have gleaned from my study of time this week.
- Our greatest danger in life is spending our time on the urgent rather than the important.
- Our problem is that too often we spend time on life’s demands rather than on God’s priorities.
- Remember that life is too short to do everything we want to do, but long enough to do everything God wants us to do.
I find it quite interesting that the one who transcends time always insists that, “now is the time” and “today is the day”. Of course the irony of all this is that we do not get an extra second of time instead this is all the time that we have.
When will you find the time that you intend to use for the lord? “The time is now fleeting, the moments are passing …”
Let us not just “mark time,” but use time to make our mark! Yes, time flies, but remember that you are the “navigator!”
We Labor Together With God,