Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: November
Greetings to all in the Name of Jesus,
We hope that everyone reading this newsletter is doing well and eager about the good things that are happening at your church. I had someone tell me that the reason that they weren’t excited about church was because they weren’t getting anything out of it. I said, “Well, I’ve found that before you can get something out, you have to put something in.” I hope that when it comes to your faith and your church, that you are as busy about making deposits as you are withdrawals.
I would be an absolute knucklehead to write a newsletter article in November and not talk about Thanksgiving in some way. But we also have another important holiday in the month as well, and that is Veteran’s Day.
When our ancestors came to ‘The New World’ it was with the intention of beginning a land where we could worship God without any interference from the government or any other entity. But once that land began and started to take shape, it would require a defense.
The young men and women, husbands and wives, sons and daughters that defend this land today require our respect, admiration and thanks; past and present. If it wasn’t for those courageous members of our military that stands the watch daily, you could take every holiday that we observe in America and toss it out the window with the ‘baby and the bath water’ because they would not exist without freedom.
Every one of those people, at one time or another, stood at attention and raised their right hand and their voice and said, “I, (NAME), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
This ‘Oath’ began on June 14, 1775 as America fought the British Empire for freedom. But there is also an ‘Oath’ in the Scriptures concerning our faith. Jude, the half-brother of Jesus wrote, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Freedom stops when men/women refuse to oppose their enemies, and the same can be said of faith. So, let me challenge you this month to be thankful for America and the American Soldier/Sailor/Marine/ Airman/Coast Guard or Reservist who stands the watch this Thanksgiving. Thank those Christian soldiers that earnestly contend for the Faith.
Our annual meal is on the 14th and should begin around 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Come out and let’s fellowship together and be thankful for God’s blessings and grace through Christ Jesus here at Park Place Baptist!
Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell