Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: March

Laying Our Hands to the Plow

Good day to all,

     Once again, I pray that all of you who make contact with or keep up with Park Place and its ministry through this newsletter are well and joyful in the Lord Jesus. Now that the days are getting longer and temperatures should be getting warmer, hopefully, we’ll make it through the muck and mire of all of the rainfall and get started with some real hands-on ministry again very soon.

     March is a time of the year where folks start getting excited about Spring. We’ll hit a few days in a row where it is absolutely beautiful outside, and then we’ll swing by Lowes or “THE Wal-Mart” and see the flowers that just came in from the greenhouse and we will get ‘the itch’. We’ll buy the plants, start formulating a plan about where we’re going to set them out and in the ground they go. But in the back of our minds, we KNOW that there is still some cold weather ahead.

     What we have done is ‘gotten ahead of ourselves’ and forgot that the ground determines whether those plants make it or not. Jesus gave us a parable on the same thing when it comes to God’s Word in Matthew 13. He said that a sower went out to sow the seed and it fell on various types of ground. Some ground was bad, and others were good, and others were somewhere in-between. In every case, the seed was good, but the ground decided on how the seed would grow.

     Here at Park Place, I want us to start focusing on what kind of ground we’re on. We sow the Word of God and pray that folks come to know Jesus Christ through that Word, but then what? If we don’t provide good ground for the seed to grow and produce fruit, then we can’t be shocked if we don’t see an abundant harvest.

     One of the things we need to focus on in 2019 is discipleship, and that will be one of the focal points for the Visioning Team. I challenge each of you to pray, let the Holy Ghost lead you in what you and PPBC can do together to make the ground of discipleship good here. Get involved. Roll up your sleeves. Lay your hands to the plow and don’t look back. Speak up.

     Let’s make Park Place a healthy place for the Seed, God’s Word, to grow in our congregation’s hearts so that we can rejoice at the abundance of the harvest that’s white already. “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2)

 God bless and we’ll see y’all at church!!

 Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell