Greetings in the grace of Christ. As I reflect on a Spirit-filled Homecoming service, as well as everything else God is doing at New Temple, there is one word that comes to mind, thankful. Thankful, first and foremost that God would see fit to allow my family and I to be apart of such a great faith family. Angela, Joshua, Tori and I could never begin to put into words how special each one of you are to our family. Your calls, messages and conversations at church are such an encouragement to us, and from our hearts to yours, we love you all so much.
I am thankful secondly, for the way God is allowing NTBC to be used to serve our community. With the school merger, God opened up a door for our church to be used to make a difficult situation more manageable. Also, God is using NTBC to impact young men and women through our outreach to the Corner athletic program. We are continuing to serve breakfast and the Word of God to the players, coaches, and cheerleaders on the weeks they have a home football game. God has opened up a new door as well. Last year we began to serve Corner High school with the golf cart shuttle service ministry, and this year we have ramped it up. We have added several more carts to the mix and what a blessing it is to see how this ministry is making a tremendous impact to difficult situation.
I am thankful lastly for the future at NTBC, both those things that we know about and those things God has yet to show us. Those that we know about include a big event we have planned in October. On Thursday night October 6th we will be hosting an event featuring Clay Dyer. Clay is a professional fisherman who has no legs and only part of one arm, yet he does not allow his current situation to dictate how he lives his life. Clay is a wonderful example of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We will be using this event to reach out to students at Corner High School. You are invited to attend as well. It will be a great night. Watch for more info coming soon.
In summary, the following scripture from the words of Paul comes to mind in Philippians 1:3-6 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
For God’s Glory,