April 6th, 2014

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

What a wonderful weekend to celebrate the work of God in and through our lives!  Jesus said that God’s work through Him was to “seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).  Once we belong to Him and become His followers, His work through us is the same—sharing the truth of what God has done for us through Jesus.  His “mission” has become our “mission” to the extent that we are faithful.

We are often like the Samaritan lepers who discovered for themselves what God had been doing and said to each other, “We’re not doing right!  This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves” (2 Kings 7:9; see the full story, 6:24-7:20).

Next Sunday, we will celebrate the work of God through Cindy Hall, who grew up at FBC Plano and has spent the past 34 years sharing God’s good news in Brazil and Kyrgyzstan.   She will share a brief testimony in both morning services; she will make a more significant presentation following the April church business meeting at 6 pm in the Great Hall.  After we hear from Cindy, we’ll gather in the Gathering Hall for a time of reception and fellowship.

We also celebrate the work of God through our Valley Mission Trip participants.  In March, Mike Oliver led a group of 21 men to Alton, Texas, where they worked diligently to provide Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel a new 2000 square foot Fellowship Hall.  Thank God for what He accomplished through Mike, Danny Mayfield, Mike Smith, James Ross, Mark Brugge, Terry Kokel, John Reglin, Jim Roddy, Art Spencer, Vince Huston, Steve Hull, John Dees, Jim Conine, Lynn Skuza, Jim Smith, Aaron Abbott, Ben Haning, Milton Hacker, Ken Teague, Paul Bangal, and Robbie Robinson.  Ask God to work through Emmanuel to reach its community through this additional building.  Pray about participating in October’s trip.

As I’ve been praying by name for the neighbors living in the 100 homes closest to mine, God has provided opportunities to begin friendships for Jesus’ sake—right where I live.  He’ll do the same for you if you will let Him.  Go to and register to join us in praying for the people who live in our neighborhoods.  We serve a Risen Savior who still seeks to save the lost—but He has chosen to do it through our faithfulness.

To quote a foursome of lepers, “We’re not doing right!  This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.”