Last month, our Compassion Can offering was extraordinary as you faithfully gave to provide for those who can’t provide for themselves. We gave $113,299, and I believe all of heaven rejoiced. Your love and kindness expressed through giving will touch orphans and rescue women and children who’ve been exploited through human trafficking. Sujo John and Samuel Thomas were ecstatic and almost to the point of tears when I shared with them. Thank you for your sensitivity and generosity.
Patsy and I have been on ocean cruises before, but a river cruise is something we’ve always wanted to do. And thanks to your generosity, we leave on our Viking River Cruise on Tuesday, November 5th. We will go to Prague for a few days and from there we will go to Nuremberg, Germany, to begin a cruise on the Danube River that will go through Regensburg and Passau, Germany, then Krems and Vienna, Austria, and conclude in Budapest, Hungary. Words can’t express our appreciation, but we are eternally grateful. What a privilege it has been for me to serve this great church for 25 years.
As we rapidly move towards another Thanksgiving, let me challenge you to find yourself a quiet place where you’ll not be disturbed, and take the time to give thanks. Reflect on the goodness of God and fervently pray for our nation. I am so grateful for the blessings of God. I’m thankful for my family, my freedom and faithful friends like many of you. We have so much to be thankful for, but I am deeply concerned and burdened over our country.
The spiritual climate is rapidly changing as our country grows progressively darker. The voice of truth is being silenced while the vices of men are becoming stronger. There’s a lack of leadership as a nation once founded on God has chosen to abandon God and is spiraling dangerously out of control. What once was considered sin is questionable among many, and accepted by others. Christians are continuously portrayed as intolerant, close-minded, mean-spirited people who are extremists.
Unfortunately, there are some who call themselves Christians yet live in direct opposition of Christ’s teachings. They are either spiritually immature or wolves in sheep’s clothing. Followers of Jesus Christ trust and obey Him, and their love for Christ and others consume them. Love doesn’t mean we go along to get along, nor does it mean that we ignore, accept or condone sin. We can’t accept what God says is unacceptable. Sin always brings heartache and sorrow therefore we must love people enough to tell them the truth. We must speak the truth in love.
As we move towards the conclusion of another year may we have a greater boldness, a greater burden, a greater faith and a greater love for our Lord and others! May we work while it’s still day, because nights coming.
Your Pastor and Friend,