Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: September
Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ,
As always, we pray that your days between our previous article and this one finds you healthy and rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ. His blessings are best described in the Old Testament in Psalm 103 . There, the psalmist David describes how that we are cared for by a merciful Father that is loving, forgiving, thoughtful and patient with His children. After you have read the chapter, it is easy to know why David began the chapter like this, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits…”
Most of you know that Josh has gone on to Pastor his first church and we are in a ‘discovery’ mode with our children, youth and church. Discovery mode includes not just ‘finding’ a new Youth Leader as most folks would conclude, and in a Baptist Church this isn’t new. A man resigns, gives his notice for a fond farewell and the Personnel Committee begins looking for his replacement; the process.
But discovery mode is much more than that. Discovery mode is more than searching for someone from the outside to come in, fill a void and lead from that position. Discovery mode is much more of a process for us to NOT necessarily look for someone on the outside as it is for us to examine who/what may be already there from the inside.
I’m a firm believer in finding and cultivating spiritual gifts that are already present but not being used. When Gideon prayed for guidance in his calling as a leader in Judges 6, Gideon didn’t say, “I’ve got to wait on Amazon to deliver me a fleece to pray on!” Nope, the fleece was already there. When David went to fight Goliath, he didn’t say, “Well, he has a sword and all I have is a sling. Guess I’d better make a trip to Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shop!” Nope, the brook with the five smooth stones was already there.
More times than not, the talent or spiritual gift is already there. Courage is and never will be taking on a foe without fear. Courage has always been accomplishing great things in the midst of fear. Gideon cried out from the threshing floor where he was hiding, “Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” David was getting ready to fight a champion named Goliath that stood almost 10 feet tall so no need to imagine if he was a bit nervous before a fight to the death! So, who among us will have the courage to take on a task that’s just a bit out of our comfort zone? “And David said… Is there not a cause?”
Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell