Great Sermon! May the Lord richly bless your ministry at Pinelands. I am a Ruling Elder at Old Cutler. I said hi at Presbytery today. If there is anything I can help you as you transition into your new position, please let me know.
Thank you of this reminder of God's faithful provision when all we can see in front of us is a potential massacre, whether it is from illness, lack of finances, betrayal or even an all out spiritual war...He protects and provides for us when we raise our prayers to Him that is able. As long as we are walking in His will, having completely submitted our lives to Him, walking in His Light through the holy scriptures (His love letter to us),keeping in step with the Holy Spirit's prompting, we know we can turn to Him and with confidence, expect His answer and continual care. What a gift that we can call Him Abba, Father.
Our congregation is so blessed to have the PSC that we do. You all truly do represent us.
Brothers and sisters we have seen in difficult times of not having a pastor how He has so blessed us in many ways and continues to sustain us. For example, in our pulpit supply, in additional help from our teaching elders and our ruling elders, in our diaconate to our congregation members! I can only imagine when the man God has called comes along, how truly awesome that will be.
PSC keep encouraged, the church continues to pray and we all know His timing is perfect!
Just yesterday I was scanning the sanctuary looking for new faces and I was reminded what makes Pinelands such a great place to worship. It's our cultural diversity. I was thinking that we should make more of it...let our neighbors know. We should have a flag for every country that is represented by our congregation. These flags should be in plain view of the community. The flags could be donated by a member of the congregation who is from another country (besides the U.S.). Anyone have any ideas on where and how to display them or is this another one of my lame brain ideas?
I know about this time you all may be feeling a little weary...it's human and the process is challenging to say the least. I just want to assure you that your church family will not faint and we will continue to lift each one of you up in prayer. Please be encouraged, as you are well aware the Lord knows the man, continue to pray fervently together as a team that He would direct you to the one that He has called.
Sometimes it is difficult to be patient when one longs for answers to what the future holds. To be patient is to endure discomfort without complaint. Not an easy task. I think of what Moses had to hear while wondering in the desert or what was going through Paul's mind as he lay in prison. I do know that these men waited on the Lord and the world has never been the same. What may seem like an eternity to you is really just a blink of an eye for the Lord. Keep your eyes on the Kingdom of Heaven and do not fret b/c you feel lost in the desert or feel trapped in a monotonousness routine. God will deliver you and your patience will be rewarded. God Bless!
Hi cristy my family and I are looking for a good chuch to attend in miami I was wondering if we would be welcome in yours, we just moved in the city, though I had to go work overseas please advise if possible God Bless you and your family greatly.
Awesome blog Richard! Its such an honor for me to be a part of this body of such devoted saints (Pastoral Search Committee) who have given selflessly of their time and effort. May God bless the body with this new Pastor. Thank you for all the hard work. May He be glorified.