Thank you for your prayers as I participate in the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance this week in Izmir, Turkey. Izmir is the ancient city known in the New Testament as Smyrna, one of the seven churches receiving letters from Jesus in John’s Revelation. “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life,” are the words of Christ to His congregation (2:10b).
It’s been a wonderful week of Vacation Bible School! Thank the Lord for dedicated workers, loving families who bring their children, and faithful followers of Jesus who invite boys and girls from their neighborhood. We are grateful!
Thank you for your gracious response to the information shared last week regarding our church’s current financial situation: giving is lower than planned and expenses (primarily due to emergency HVAC repairs) are higher. Announcing the plan to reduce our spending for the remainder of the year has given each of us an opportunity to consider our own levels of giving to God’s work through our church operating budget.
“Jesus says, “Pray because you have a Father in heaven,’” writes Oswald Chambers. What a fitting reminder for this Fathers’ Day weekend for the family of God!