“The Lord is gracious and slow to anger, rich in love and good to all.” These lyrics, based on Psalm 51, are what I am listening to as I type this article. I love this CD by Shane & Shane, as it is filled with harmony and great lyrics straight from the Psalms. “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and teach me wisdom in the secret heart.” Amen, thank You, Lord.
Speaking of great worship and music, on Sunday we will have Kierre Lindsay leading us in worship. Kierre serves as a worship pastor in North Carolina, and I was blessed to meet him in Peru while on a mission trip last year. Kierre and his wife, Marika, are a sweet and talented couple. I look forward to you meeting them and to having Kierre lead our church family in worship. I will start the service a couple of minutes early with a call to prayer. If you are able, please come a few minutes early and let us prepare to meet God corporately as a church.
I will preach a message entitled “Dealing with Opposition” from Nehemiah 4:1-9. Nehemiah and the people of Israel faced some very harsh verbal criticism that threatened to evolve into physical attacks. But Nehemiah and the people with him responded in such a stellar way. They prayed and kept on working! Stepping out in faith and attempting a great work for God will surely be met with two diametrically opposed realties—the opposition of Satan and the intervention of God. Scripture records these stories so that in every epoch of time the children of God can be emboldened to keep moving forward in the tasks God gives.
A key core value of a radiant church is the commitment to shine outward in evangelism, missions, and service. Our church will have another opportunity to do just that March 31 – April 3, as we host Compassion International and their Compassion Experience. They will bring mobile units that will allow you to visit other countries and get a taste of what people go through in those countries. You will be inspired. I invite you to sign up for a time that you can walk through the experience. I also would like to encourage you to sign up to help as a volunteer. We need dozens of volunteers as we will have hundreds of guests on our campus. Visit the Compassion Experience website to sign up for your visit and/or to volunteer.
Onward with Jesus.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5