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A Message from our Pastors

 

A Personal Note

Every year is the same at TBC, yet every year is much different. It is the same from the standpoint of the framework of the year, before Easter, after Easter, before summer, the beginning of Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Every year is also different in many ways. How is it different? It is different from a personnel perspective. Each staff member has his or her own life. They have family, they get sick, or even experience the loss of a loved one. They might even be welcoming the arrival of a newborn!

The point being that even though every year has the same framework as an “organization” you are trying to accomplish the same goals, but the circumstances are different in terms of the resources you have to accomplish those goals. That’s fine because you want to minister to the people first, and the first people you want to minister to is the people on your staff. You absolutely cannot place stringent requirements on staff that make it difficult, or impossible, for them to minister to other people. So, you give them room.

A church might experience external factors. It is extreme, but a few years ago, covid rocked our world. We had to adjust. It disrupted many things, and there were times when we thought we were getting started back up only to have to take a step back once again. It was frustrating at times.

As an individual, things change in your life too! The normal change in the seasons brings enough changes just by themselves! We are embarking on one of those major changes right now!

Summer is here. The kids are out of school. People are taking those vacations they have planned for since the beginning of the year. In short, the circumstances of your life may be different, but the goal, or purpose of your life has not changed. It remains the same from year to year and in the different seasons of the year, even in the different seasons of your life!

For me, my life is changing, my wife’s life is changing, and the life of my mom is changing. We have been in a building project since the first of the year, and now my mom is moving in with me and Jill this weekend. I’ve tried not to say too much about that, not because I’m not excited about mom moving in with us, but because I didn’t want what was taking place at my house to affect what is my real purpose in life. My real purpose in life is to serve God, and the way God has called me to serve him is in being the pastor of this church. It will affect me more over the next couple of weeks as I try to get mom moved in and get everything out of her house and turn the keys over to the new owner.

I say all of that to say this: You cannot let the circumstances of your life, the seasons of the year, or the season of your life affect your main purpose in life either!

Solomon studied this diligently, and he said, “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.” Ecclesiastes 12.13.

 

That is me, and that is you, and we can’t think that for whatever reason we are suddenly exempt from accomplishing God’s will in our life. How we accomplish God’s will for our lives might look different in the different seasons, but the goal is still the same.

 

jlk

 

We have kicked off our Cherish Bible study on Wednesday nights and it is going great! One of the questions that was asked was how many of you love your spouses and how many of you like your spouses? That is the heart of cherish, not to just grit your teeth and tolerate your spouse and marriage, but to like and pursue your spouse and be fulfilled in your marriage!

Whether you are married or not, please consider joining us on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. for a great study on love and marriage. We are seeing God move in many ways since our Easter services.

We have had several decisions made for Christ, baptism, and church membership. I would like to thank everyone for praying and encouraging everyone during this time! I want to encourage everyone to keep it up and let’s be the church God has called us to be to our community!

In Matthew 28:19 Jesus instructs us to go and make disciple of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you! We must continue this calling and be Jesus hands and feet!!!

God bless you all!!!

Bro Wesley

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