The devoted Quaker, Thomas Kelly, once said, “People nowadays take time far more seriously than eternity.” How true! Too often, I find myself more concerned about my responsibilities and time restraints than I do about the actual eternal significance of my life. And I am the preacher!! You would think it would be easy for me to focus entirely upon eternal matters; but like you, I can allow the everyday activities of life to become distractions. Thankfully, the Lord often nudges my thoughts back to His priorities and His plan through His Word. Just recently, He has challenged me to plan intentionally for moments where I stop, pray, and listen. I am becoming increasingly aware of the necessity for Him to work in me before He can work through me. My hope is that His Spirit will stir in you in a similar way and that you will commit to slip away regularly from the busyness of life and pray (i.e. commune) with the Father. After all, God is not just concerned about the present moment; He is building us for eternity!
I am so grateful that the Lord has allowed me to pursue His eternal agenda with you, my church family. I continue to see Him increasing our unity, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry. Add to those remarkable aspects the overwhelming joy of the Lord, and you can sense an eternal dynamic at play among us. Let me encourage you to take the opportunities to worship with your faith community on Sunday mornings as we study the Scriptures related to David’s life, a life of passion. Also, join us on Sunday nights as we talk about “Real Faith in a Real World.” (I’m excited that some
of our staff and a couple of our college guys will be tag teaming with me to lead this study!) This Sunday night would be an especially great time to attend since we will have our annual Chili Cook-off. Lastly, I hope you will find a place to make a difference on Wednesday nights. This campus is filled during our midweek services, providing opportunities to connect/worship/serve/study, and you should be a part!
Of course, we shouldn’t just come to worship, but we should go to others! And how Temple Baptist Church does that daily! We get the opportunities to share Christ locally and globally. Many interest meetings are taking place for upcoming short-term mission trips, and we would love for you to go with us. Whether Calgary, South Asia, East Asia, South Louisiana, Montana, or other destinations, there is a place you can be used to take the Gospel and to advance the Kingdom. Check out missions.temple.life for more information, or call the Church Office. Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!