God blessed our church in numerous ways last week through VBS. We saw many children give their hearts to Christ, and Sunday was a great day of worship and celebration. We had our second largest attendance of the year. Only on Easter Sunday did we have more people on our campus. Thank you again to Teresa Smith and Jennifer Angle, and the host of volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this year’s VBS a tremendous one!
On Sunday we will resume our study in the grand book of Revelation, as I preach on chapter 16, verses 10-21. It is a riveting and ominous passage and I ask for your prayers as I deliver this sermon. This will be an unusual July 4th Sunday sermon! I love our great country and I am as patriotic as ever, but I am deeply burdened for our nation. Like many Americans, I am sorely disappointed over the SCOTUS decision to grant constitutional rights to same-sex couples to marry. God’s Word is crystal clear regarding His creation and design for marriage. Though I am saddened over the blatant disregard for God and His Word, I am not surprised. In order for the nations to gather for war against God at the Battle of Armageddon, there has to be an antagonism and hatred for God, His Word, and His People. This is precisely what we see all over the world and unfortunately it’s what is transpiring before our eyes in our own land.
Yes, times have changed and our world is slipping deeper in darkness. But praise Jesus, for He is the Light of the world. We are His ambassadors and we represent Him. Remember that the light always shines brightest when the night is the darkest. So be encouraged, child of God. Let us keep loving Jesus, keep teaching the Scriptures, and keep loving the lost and sharing the good news of the death of Christ on the cross for the sins of the world. Keep on praying; keep on caring; keep on sharing; and keep on celebrating all the good things God is doing in your heart and in and through our radiant church at Great Hills.
I love you, church family, and am blessed to serve you as your pastor.