Those that came Sunday evening to The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph to hear Andrea speak of her calling to and her work as a missionary to Romania were blessed beyond measure. Andrea, her siblings and mother and father were integral parts of our youth group in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when Bob and Barb Orleck were youth leaders. Then from 1997-1999 Andrea took on the role of youth leader for our church and did an amazing job. She spoke primarily of her 2 1/2 years in Romania but also of her work in Rwanda.
There will be links to her presence on the web that will be on the front page menu of our website so you can keep track of her work and stay in touch.
Those who missed the presentation can listen here.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IS COMING! VBS is coming – July 6-10! We still need some workers, including someone to be in charge of snacks. Please take a look at the sign up sheets on the back table to see what you might provide for daily snacks and the family night dinner.
Our Southern Baptist Convention met recently (June 16-17) in Columbus, Ohio. Among the business conducted was the approval of the following resolutions:
— urged the Supreme Court in its decision this summer to affirm the right of citizens to limit marriage to a male-female union, reasserted the SBC’s belief in the biblical view of marriage no matter how the justices rule and called for religious freedom for individuals and organizations who conscientiously object to same-sex marriage.
— called for SBC churches and entities to work toward racial and ethnic diversity in their leaders and encouraged Southern Baptists to be “faithful ambassadors of reconciliation.”
— affirmed the sanctity of human life “at all stages of development” and exhorted Southern Baptists to seek “the repeal of unjust laws and inhumane practices that degrade human life.”
— denounced all religious persecution and called for Southern Baptists to pray for persecuted Christians during personal times and corporate worship.
— appealed to the North Korean government to respect human rights and urged the U.S. government to pressure North Korea to recognize the religious freedom of its citizens.
— expressed grief over the destructive impact of pornography and affirmed the power of the Gospel of Jesus to deliver those who have committed sexual immorality.
— pledged a commitment by Southern Baptists to seek God and to pray that He would bring revival.
— expressed gratitude to God upon the 90th anniversary of the Cooperative Program for His leadership in its establishment and encouraged Southern Baptist churches to consider increases in their giving through it.
How would you have voted on these resolutions? Maybe we can get a group together next year and go to St. Louis for the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention. May God bless all our Southern Baptist family.
God has blessed our church so much. At the recent business meeting, we designated some of the money from our anonymous gift to two areas. Both of those areas have been blessed this week.
First, our church decided to cover the remainder of my seminary costs. You can only imagine how uplifting the removal of that debt has been to Gina and me. Tomorrow (Monday, June 22), I will begin my third set of seminars toward the completion of a Doctor of Ministry degree in biblical counseling. This week is focused on marriage and family counseling. I am excited about what I am going to learn. I have learned so much just by preparing for the class in doing the reading and written assignments.
Secondly, our church approved money to be designated for a college intern working with youth. God moved quickly beyond our dreams. Our current intern is Helen Wang. When she heard about our decision to get a college intern to work with youth, she volunteered. She has begun work this week, and you will see the first fruits during the worship service today.
God blesses quickly when you are in His will. Our God is not a reluctant Giver; He is a generous Giver. But sometimes He waits until the church or the person has the right motivation so that the blessings are used appropriately.
There are a couple of upcoming events that we need to pray for fervently: 4th of July outreach at the parade and festival, and Vacation Bible School. Let’s pray and see how God blesses these events.
The headlines proclaimed this week: “Historic snow coming!” (I think this is a curious headline – isn’t every snow in the past a historic snow because it is in the past?) Some areas indeed were hit by a significant snowfall, but other areas had snow that did not live up to the hype. Weather forecasters study weather maps and trends, but ultimately their predictions are a guess. Often times, we base our lives on their guesses because sometimes they are right.
God’s Word contains some interesting news stories that always can be trusted:
1) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16). I know that it is a little long for a headline but it is front-page worthy news! Jesus left heaven and came to earth so that those who believe in Him have access to heaven.
2) Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places, if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also,” (John 14:2-3). This is a promise that Jesus makes to all those who have received Him as Lord and Savior. This is not a guess; this is a fact.
3) The next news story in this sequence is probably: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God,” (Revelation 19:11-13). This glimpse into the future comes from God who knows the future as well as He knows the past and present. He can be trusted to get the story right, because He is the Author of the story. You might not be able to trust the news headlines that you see in the newspaper or the Internet, but you can trust God’s Word.