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Pastor's Notes

     Greetings and grace to you in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I am writing this newsletter after FPKids at Piney Chapel on 9/26/19, and thinking about the various students who attend the club each week.  Some have been attending since we started and we know their names well, and even their family members. Others just started this year, and personally I am struggling to learn the new names.  We all like to be called by name, knowing people care enough to remember our name.  Had the privilege to teach the lesson this morning and couldn’t help but notice the various attitudes.  There were some students hanging on every word; eager listeners and hungry for the things of God.  Others, well, not sure if they even heard a single word or cared.  Not being critical, just honest observation.  Then the Lord gently reminded me that I am like that sometimes.  There are times of eager listening and hunger, but there are times of distraction and unconcern for what my heavenly Father is teaching me at the time.  Father, always make me eager to hear your truth; give me always a hunger for the things concerning You and a willingness to follow You and do my best to bring whosoever will with me.

     October has arrived, but the heat of summer has not been told yet.  The Lord has led us to plan several opportunities this month.  The Hoedown is certainly our big annual fall outreach event, as well as a children’s ministry event.  It will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the LeSueur’s, beginning at 3:30pm with children activities.  Please invite your unchurched family, friends and neighbors.  Everyone is invited to participate in this ministry outreach.  Bring your favorite stew, soup or chili and the fixin’s for it and a desert.  Cokes, water and hot chocolate will be provided.  There will be gospel music and a presentation of the Gospel of Christ.  Currently we have a mission team scheduled to go to Haiti and help GSM with light construction Oct. 29-Nov. 5.  Please continue praying for the situation in Haiti to remain calm and for Bro. Bill to be able to purchase fuel and needed supplies, which will be the determining factors of whether this team actually travels. 

     “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”(Philippians 3:10)  The last phrase is our focus this month.  Yes, we can be “made conformable unto His death.”  Indeed God says it is a past fact (Rom. 6:6), but for it to be a reality in mine and your lives, it must be a present act (Rom. 6:11).  By faith, we must make ours what God has stated to be true in His Word.  We only do this as we absolutely surrender ourselves in obedience to the will of God.  This is the truth of the inspired writing of Paul in Philippians 2:5-8.  The mind of Christ, which we are commanded to have, and which is already given unto us in our completeness in Christ (1 Cor. 2:16; Col. 2:10), is the mind of surrender and obedience unto the will of God.  It was God’s will for Christ to die on the cross. And, it was surrender that made the supernatural overcome the natural.  Christ, Who is life and holy God with no beginning or ending of days, and Who was without sin, surrendered to the will of God and became sin for us, died on the cross, and was raised to everlasting life again on resurrection Sunday! (2 Cor. 5:21)  We too must therefore surrender “self” unto death daily (1 Cor. 15:31) and live unto God moment by moment!  This is what Paul did (Gal. 2:20).  Much of the above was written in the April Newsletter, but the Lord made me revisit this great truth in an intimate and personal way this week.  The Lord reminded me that I must be a dead man to be a man alive unto Him.  Truly the crucifixion must necessarily precede the resurrection.  Father, make me a dead man in order that I can truly live.  Oh, “That, I may know Him!”

 

 

By His grace,

Toney





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