As we start another school year for our students, let me remind you that not only has this year’s summer break flown by, but also our lives are passing by quickly as well. Angela and I were looking at some pictures from a few years back of our kids, and it only seems like yesterday that they were riding in car seats. We cannot stop our lives from speeding by, but we can do as the Apostle Paul calls the Colossians to do:
Colossians 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.”
As we look ahead to a new month and new school year, there will be several opportunities for us to fulfill what the Apostle Paul has called us to do. Let me encourage you to capitalize on these opportunities. Some may cause us to get out of our comfort zones a little bit, but those are the times that we are called to trust in Christ and His power and not depend upon ourselves. Keep watch in the bulletin and on our church Facebook page for opportunities to serve our community.
I want to remind you that August the 27th will be our homecoming service. It is going to be a wonderful time of celebration through fellowship, song and preaching of the Word. This year we will welcome back, Bro. Wayne and Michelle Shelton. Bro. Wayne serve as Pastor at New Temple for many years, and it is going to be a blessing to have them back in fellowship with us this year. Our service on Sunday, August 27th will begin at 10:30am with a church wide fellowship meal to follow the service.
My challenge is for us to do our best in this fast paced life to influence as many as we can as long as we can, with the life-changing message of Christ. We never know when our last day will be, but a line in a poem written by Charles Studd come to mind, “only one life ‘twill soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last.” Let us burn our lives out for the glory of Christ.
In His service,
Bro. JJ Creel