Because of all the tragedies and difficult times in our world today involving mass murders and natural disasters, I will be preaching a message of hope and overcoming on Sunday. Invite someone to join you for worship as I share a sermon with you entitled “Hope for Hard Times,” based on Isaiah 40:27-31. This text was written to Israel during one of the bleakest times in the nation’s history. The principles Isaiah provided them then offer tremendous insight and hope for us today, as we too experience difficult days.
Also, on Sunday we will receive our annual Harvest Offering which will help us catch up in our spending for 2017. Thank you for praying over what you will give. Please come prepared on Sunday to worship God with a thankful and generous heart. Perhaps you will give like the Macedonian Christians–out of need and not abundance. I am so proud of the numerous ways you sacrificially give so that GHBC is a beacon to a lost world. It astounds me just to consider the countless lives we touch because people like you give their tithes and offerings.
Speaking of generosity, so many in our church continue to help others in times of need, and I am so appreciative of your heart for others. On Sunday, we will share information on how we can continue to help support those suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I should hear soon about how GHBC can adopt one of the local churches in Port Arthur. Also, we have a family in our church that is leading the way in providing a Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, November 18, to the people of Port Aransas. Matt and Deborah Worrall are working with the city and are preparing a feast for those who have suffered so much. Other families in our church are helping as well. If you are interested in helping or giving, please see Matt or Deborah, who will gladly let you know how you can help.
Ashley and I would like to invite you to an information meeting about our upcoming trip to Israel May 14-23, 2018. We will meet in the worship center immediately after church on December 17. (Last week I wrote December 10, but the correct day is December 17.)
Have a blessed weekend.
2 Corinthians 9:15 – Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!