We as pastors of small churches, (really small in numbers) sometimes are overwhelmed when even smaller number of people come. Today could have been such a day for me. But before the day was over, my focus was on the Lord and had a great time of fellowship.
Too often pastors will express their disappointment over the offering, or attendance, or general attitude of the people. Satan likes to do that to you, you know. The pastor will spend a lot of time just complaining how bad he believes the people are for not doing more for the Lord.
I am grateful for the spirit of our people, I am grateful for their faithfulness. I am grateful that they love the Lord and want to come to all our services. I am glad they want to hear and learn the Word of God. We really have a great group of people.
So today rather than getting down because Bob was not here, and Bill Bower has been sick for several weeks, that we would do the best we could do. And Bill Bower and I made a great team today. Johnny Edwards is a God sent servant of the Lord. He has been sick, his wife is not well either, but Johnny is still full of the spirit of the Lord in his singing and testimony for the Lord. Pauline and Johnny had a great special singing. We had a few visitors today.
Janet Ramey worked hard on Saturday to give the kids a good time of fun. Then she got them to come to church on Sunday. Then one of her grand kids sung a special song tonight and that was very encouraging.
So when the day was over, the Lord once again showed Himself as God and encouraged our hearts with His love and care and grace.
We are a blessed people.
Enjoyed teaching this morning in our Bible study time. "IN TIMES OF SPIRITUAL EXTREME ANXIETY WHAT DO YOU DO? And we talked about the Latin term: Coram Deo. Colossians 1:24, 1 Peter 2:21, 1 Peter 3:18, Philippians 3:10
In the morning hour I taught from Philippians 2:5 'WHAT IS THE MEAN OF THE INCARNATION OF JESUS CHRIST." Jesus Christ became like us in order that we might become like Him. The eternal God came to earth in human form as Jesus Christ. (sermon outline and video come this week.)
Sunday Evening we went to Romans 1:5 and finished up with the 'THE PRIVILEGE OF THE GOSPEL." Romans 8:38-39
Then a great time of fellowship after the service.
So by the time the day Charity and I got back to the house, we were encouraged in the Lord.