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Pastor's Notes

     Greetings and grace to you in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The Lord blessed the various events He had planned for May, and I want to thank everyone for their service unto the Lord.  Summer has fully arrived with school ending, heat and humidity, afternoon thundershowers and vacations.  The Lord’s plans did not stop in May, as He has many great ministry opportunities for us to be involved in to engage the people of our community and to glorify Him.  One of the greatest opportunities to engage the people of our community is VBS.  Utilizing Answer in Genesis’ Time Lab curriculum, VBS participates will be “Discovering Jesus from eternity past to eternity future!”  Invite your neighbors, friends and family to attend June 11-15 from 6-8:30pm.  There will be activities for K-12th grade students.  I praise the Lord for Anessa Ferguson directing our VBS ministry.  You can still speak with her about how you can serve during VBS.

     Other opportunities for the summer begin with Youth Camp June 1-3.  Please be in prayer for our Bro. Davy, our youth and the adults leading this camp.  IMB missionaries Brian and Karen Robinson will be sharing during the morning service on June 3.  You do not want to miss this service.  Super Summer Sunday Nights return this year.  Dr. Dustin Henshaw, pastor of Happy Home Baptist, Henagar, AL, will kick the series off on June 3 @ 5:30pm.  Pastor Eric Mattox, East Highland Baptist, Athens, will be preaching June 10.  There will be no evening services on Fathers Day, June 17.  June 24 will bring Pastor Mitch McCormick, New Bethel Baptist, Elkmont.  July’s Sunday night preachers are as follows;  8th - Jason Shawley, 15th - David Cofield, 22nd - Don Graham, 29th - Kerry Mitchell.  Hope you plan to attend each week and let us hear together what the Lord has to say from His Word through these choice men.

     “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18)  I am glad that the Lord reminds us it is not about the temporal, but the eternal.  If you are like me, we can get our eyes on the temporal very easily.  Since our eye is the light of the body (Matt. 6:22), what we focus on affects how we live.  When focused only upon temporal things, our hearts can be affected by circumstances and not controlled by Christ.  The Lord personally reminded me of this on the morning of May 26.  Yes, Hannah’s wedding day.  She had planned and dreamed of an outdoor wedding.  We had prayed as well as many of you with us, and it had rained all during her rehearsal on Friday evening so that we did not get to have it outside.  Now as I shared with ERBC last Sunday evening, I was not mad at or blaming God for the rain, but I was down hearted.  Within myself, I had said my baby’s dream is not going to come true.  It was at that moment the Lord seemed to speak and admonish my heart.  I was focused on the temporal not the eternal.  Hannah’s dream was coming true!  Rain had absolutely nothing to do with the dream and shouldn’t have any effect upon my heart, but I had allowed it to.  Struggles are meant to strengthen us.  Circumstances out of our control are meant to remind us Who should control us, and that being Christ.  Affliction should affix our eyes upon the Lord with a steadfast focus.  The Lord is faithful, will never leave or forsake you, but will work together all things for good for those that love Him.  The Lord Jesus will, in the working for good, renew your inner man, your heart, no matter what the outer man is enduring, if you will set your eyes on Him, Who works from and for eternity!  “For to me to live is Christ!”

    

By His grace,

Toney

 





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