Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: July

Sometimes You Have To Make Due With What You've Got

Good day to those in Christ Jesus,

As always, I pray that this finds each of you well and rejoicing in the goodness of the Savior. He and He alone is worthy of our praise and honor, and it is our highest calling and privilege to be able to share the Good News of Jesus Christ wherever we are and with whomever we speak. What a wonderful Name is the Name of Jesus.

Summer has officially begun and is in full swing. With VBS just around the corner starting on the 29th and running through August 2nd, it serves as our indicator of service and salvation. This is a wonderful chance for us to serve Christ in and with this community, but also a chance to exercise some of the tools that were given to us in the Evangelism Training that the Rice’s taught for the last few weeks. I have said this before, if you have never won anyone to Christ, this is the perfect place to exercise the privilege of one-on-one evangelism with someone that wishes to be born-again.

We had a planned JOY group trip to Shatley Springs that went awry but wound up being a blessing and lesson in ingenuity. The bus had a water hose that went bad and the AC in the van wasn’t working. So, when I headed out to pick the group up, I let them know that it may be a warm trip on the way back in the van. The ladies went out searching for fans and when they found none, they used good old-fashioned ‘redneck’ logic. They bought a pack of paper plates and used them for fans to stay cool! Sometimes you have to make due with what you’ve got.

Paul echoed these same sentiments about ministry about 1956 years ago when he wrote his letter to the believers in Philippi in 62 AD. He wrote, “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

One of the ladies on that Thursday said, “We’re making lemonade out of lemons.” Instead of complaining, God expects His children to find their contentment and strength in the King of Kings: Jesus Christ. The same God that formed the mountains is the same God that we serve in 2018. The same God that created man in His own image is the same God that conforms us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ. Don’t be a complainer. Instead, find you some paper plates!

God bless each of you and we’ll see you all in church!

Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell