Sam Berns passed away this week in Foxborough, Massachusetts. He was only 17 years old, but suffered from Progeria, a disease that brings on rapid aging. Sam weighed 50 pounds and looked like someone dozens of years older than he was. I listened online to a speech he gave at a TEDx conference and he made some statements that were pretty remarkable. He said one of his keys to living a happy life was to be okay with what you cannot do, because there are many things you can do. He also said, “Keep looking forward.” Robert Craft, the owner of the New England Patriots football team, said Sam was a close friend and he will miss him dearly. I encourage you as a follower of Christ and member of GHBC to not waste energy focusing on what you cannot do, but find your spiritual sweet spot, where God has uniquely gifted you, and use those gifts for His glory and your joy.
Thank you to so many who gave me the “thumbs up” to sticking around a few minutes after worship on Sundays to invest in those sitting around you. Let me encourage everyone to take a moment to greet the members and guests seated next to you before you leave on Sunday. Thank them for coming to church and see if there is anything you can do to help them or pray for them about.
And thank you to all who helped during the prayer time on Sunday. So many of you prayed with and ministered to those who came to the altar for prayer. Many have commented on how sweet a time that was. I want us to have more times of prayer and encouragement when we gather for worship on Sundays. In fact, if you are a single adult, please be on the lookout this Sunday as I have a little special blessing planned for you.
On Sunday we will begin our study in the book of Revelation. I will preach a couple of introductory sermons to get us started as we venture into this subject of eschatology (study of last days or end times.) As always, I deeply appreciate your prayers for me as your pastor, but for this study I especially ask that you intercede on my behalf. If there is one thing that Satan does not want to happen, it is preachers teaching the Bible verse by verse. He hates Revelation because it is a book that describes his ultimate demise and defeat. And it is a book that details how Jesus and His people─the church─win!
There are many ministries, events, and programs that our church is involved in and I encourage you to take a minute to scroll down this page or go online to our website, find those things that you are interested in, and sign up or get plugged in. Remember Sam Berns’ instructive words that you cannot do everything, but you can do some things. Get involved here at Great Hills and utilize your spiritual gifts for the glory of Jesus and the blessing of His church.
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)