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April 27, 2016, 11:00 AM

April 27, 2016

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:24-25

What a wake-up call this past Sunday!  We were so blessed to be able to participate in ELBA’s “On Mission Celebration” and to have missionaries share with us.  We were all challenged as we heard reports of work continuing around the world and here at home.  In many ways, we were made painfully aware of our “Americanized” definition of being a disciple of Jesus.  Several questions remain in my mind as we digest the vital information shared with us this weekend.  Are we “doing” church or reaching lost people?  Are we “really” giving to help support missions efforts abroad and at home?  Are we committed to sharing our faith even in the midst of growing persecution?

                The days are here.  We no longer have the luxury of “Americanized” Christianity. We have been much more concerned about our affluence than we have been about people coming to Jesus.    Jesus said,”you cannot serve both God and money” yet our culture has been trying to do just that for decades.  In the lives of too many Christians, money has become far too important. We live in a society that craves more and more money to buy things we do not need while people around us die without Christ.  What has our purpose become within the Church?  Have we turned our money and energy within toward ourselves or do we really have a desire to touch lost people with the only message that saves and provides hope?  There must be a balance to our purpose.  Sure, there are areas that must be addressed within our fellowship.  However, do we place the same or greater emphasis on ways to reach a lost world for Christ?

                I must admit that a question has been continually whirling in my brain since Sunday.  What are we (Plant City Baptist Church) doing to make a difference in the Kingdom?  Are we using the resources available to us to make the most impact in the lives of people?  Please be in prayer for “God-given” direction as we serve Him in these last days.  “God, please help us to realize the days are short and our mission is so vital.  Help us to realize also that Hell is real and people without Jesus really do go there for eternity.   The song by Brandon Heath is so timely.  “Give me Your eyes for just one second.  Give me Your eyes so I can see everything that I keep missing.  Give me Your love for humanity”.  The days truly are short and our purpose is so urgent.  May we be completely focused on our Father’s will and away from the entanglements of this world!  We love and appreciate each of you!

We love you,
Brad and Virginia

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