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Pastor's Notes

     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 us.

     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 37:4)

    

 

By His grace,

Toney

 





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