Greetings and grace to
you in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you are like me, it is hard to
believe this is the May newsletter.
By the time I write the June letter, Hannah and Nathan will be husband
and wife. Many of you understand, I
have grown accustom to Heather and Ryan being married over the last 7 years,
but Hannah should still be that little girl Wayne called “Ricochet
Rabbit.” When we first came
to ERBC in October of 1997, Hannah was just 4 years old. Dear ERBC Family, thank you for loving
my family over these past twenty years.
You show it in so many ways each day, but it has been very evident as of
late. I praise the Lord for you and
Him allowing me to serve Him and you as pastor of such a loving church.
I am writing this in
much anticipation of Celebrate Jesus at Piney Chapel Elementary on Sunday,
April 29. Please be in much prayer
for the people of our community.
ERBC is only a small percentage of our community, and without a doubt
there are many that do not know the love of Jesus. The Lord planted ERBC almost fifty-one
years ago to share His love, make Him known and bear much fruit unto His
glory. May we, on our watch, give
ourselves completely unto the Lord in order that He will do all three through
May contains several
days of importance. Mothers Day is
the most important on the calendar.
If your mother is still alive, let her know how much you love her and
are thankful for her at this time.
Bailey Crutcher and Kenley McCown will be recognized on May 20 as they
will be graduating from their respective high schools. These two young ladies love the Lord and
are committed to Him in such a way that makes my heart rejoice. May 20 will also be race day for the
AWANA Grand Prix @ 5:30pm. Mark
your calendars and don’t miss these opportunities.
“For to me to live is
Christ,” (Philp. 1:21a) is our theme verse for 2018. In previous months we have looked at it
in varying ways, but what does it mean for you and me today? There are many times my mind thinks of
tomorrow and what the Lord might do in the future, but it is today that is of
necessity. John the Baptist said of
Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) This also must be true of us today and
each day that the Lord makes today for us.
If we truly want the Lord Jesus Christ to be our life, then it cannot be
our life; it must be His life ever increasingly in us. Not the hours spent at church, but the
hours spent in utter surrender and under His control. Living as Jesus did, doing the will of
the Father. Glorifying and making
the Father known to everyone contacted by His life. This is my desire and I am praying it is
yours. “Delight thyself also in
the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalms