I am looking forward to sharing a sermon with you from Nehemiah 2:11-20 on Sunday. The message is entitled “Moving Ahead” and details how Nehemiah travels to Jerusalem and looks at the destroyed wall around the city. Ever the excellent leader, Nehemiah takes a small group of men with him and inspects the wall while making plans and preparations to one day rebuild it. After his planning phase, he then motivates the people to get the work done. Finally we will notice how he deals with those who opposed him and the great work God called him to do. I will show you a couple of walls where we taped the sermon, and also let you hear a little of Winston Churchill’s famous 1941 speech that brought America into the fight in WWII. Please pray that God uses this message for His glory and purposes.
Allow me to state again, as I shared last week, that the vote to change the name of the church passed with 83% in favor and 17% not in favor. I was disappointed that we did not get at least 90% approval; however, it is more than the 66% required by our Constitution, Covenant and Bylaws. I have labored for almost seven years and, as the Lord wills, hope to continue to serve God by serving GHBC. I still believe and deeply long for a unified, radiant, and missional church that takes the gospel all over the world. I sincerely ask that you pray with me and, if I may ask in humility and hope, that you pray for me as your pastor.
On Sunday Dr. Jeffrey Steed will share in the Connect Group hour and again after the worship service a presentation on how to get your estate in order. He will show you ways that you can leverage your financial resources to bless our church and expand the kingdom of God long after you go to heaven. We are blessed to have him with us on Sunday.
Kierre Lindsay will be with us Sunday, March 5. I met Kierre and his wife, Marika, while on a mission trip to Peru. He is a very gifted worship leader who appeared on the TV show, The Voice. He will lead in worship and sing a couple of songs as well. He is a dynamic worshipper of God. I look forward to him being with us.
We are in need of many happy, smiling faces to serve in our First Impressions Ministry. Those who serve in this capacity are the first ones to meet and greet our guests on Sunday mornings. In the next few weeks Ross Hartsfield and I will be meeting with everyone interested in serving in this ministry. We will train you and get you plugged into this vital part of our church life. Please be in prayer and ask God if this is something that you should be doing. Thank you to those already serving.
Finally, thanks to all who have supported me in my Run for the Refugees. I will, by God’s strength, run 26.2 miles in the Austin Marathon on Sunday. And, thanks to technology, I will also preach on Sunday.
Hebrews 12:1, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”