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August 21, 2019
August 20, 2019, 1:11 PM
"And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it'  Luke 14: 27-28
     Do people really count the cost of becoming a follower of Christ? It is expensive because it will cost us some things that are important to us. The passage above reminds us that Jesus warned people to count the cost of following Him before making a commitment. Following Jesus is a life-long commitment that doesn't necessarily mean long life, health or wealth. What would happen if it became illegal to live the Christian life in this country? What if we were told that professing a Christian lifestyle would lead to a prison term or worse? What if we were told that we could no longer meet together as a family of believers? Would we desire even more to be known as God's children or would we shrink back so that others may not find out? Hebrews 10:39 says, "But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved".
     One of the key elements missing among Christians today is commitment. We should be in for the long-term regardless of the circumstances. Sometimes we have the inclination to quickly give up before a task is completed. We have the tendency to quit when we become bored, frustrated or hurt. We often quit just on the brink of something spectacular that God is about to do. However, we live in times when we cannot afford to quit if the task is still before us. There should be a sense of urgency among us. The devil will use anything and everything to get us to quit and become unproductive Christians. We know that the cost of Christianity is extremely high, but we also know that we have been given the responsibility to share the message of Jesus with the world even in difficult circumstances.
     One of the commitments we made as a church family a few years ago was to support AWANA in every way possible. Sometimes it is tempting to give up because it may become frustrating or difficult. Please be in prayer about this extremely important ministry and how you can become involved. Even if we become bored, frustrated or hurt, we must persevere because it is such a critical time. Our children need us! We are looking forward with such anticipation to what God is about to do in this new year. We encourage you to get involved as we all commit to seeing our children come to know Christ personally and become His life-long disciple-makers. Please spend time encouraging them to follow through as they see us willing to totally commit ourselves to the full life of Christianity. May you each have a blessed and prosperous week as you live a life of commitment.
                                                                                                                        We love you,
                                                                                                                        Brad and Virginia