Good Folks,it is Friday, August 16, 2019. Today, we celebrate the life of David Bates and he is now in the presence of his “Ultimate Supreme Commander.” Brother Bates was a committed individual to his family, faith and country. And he called others to be as committed. Thus, this segue. Enjoy.
Sam Houston of early Texas days was a rough frontier hero. His wife, a devout Baptist, prayed for years that he would join the church. Finally, this senior statesman of the new republic surrendered to God and met with the congregation at the river for baptism.
“General,” the minister said, “I suggest you take off that watch and chain. You’ll ruin it if you get it wet.”
“Thank you, I will,” Houston said, handing the piece to a friend.
“And, General, perhaps you had better hand him your wallet, too.”
“No, I believe not, pastor. I’m afraid it needs baptizing too.”
On Sunday, September 29, we will celebrate Commitment Sunday. This is where the gathered community will come together, worship God, celebrate the ministries of the church, and bring our Pledge Cards as a sign of our financial support to the mission, ministries and Christian witness of this congregation.
Commitment is challenging for lots of folk. Our culture has soften us towards a life and lifestyle of convenience. It happens in our daily lives to our spiritual and religious life. Our very church membership reminds us” … will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness?” The question is asked. We answer with, “I will.” Our answer is a future event. Yet there is more and rightly so.
We should not ever forget that as disciples of Jesus Christ we are called to have disciplines as Christ lived. This is an impossible act to follow; however, we can with the help of God.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who hold their membership vows with commitment.
David Bates was committed to the best of his ability. Perfect? No. But a sinner saved by grace through faith, for it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8) Rest in Peace, Brother Bates. Rest from your labors.
I pray that this and every day finds you in good spirits and realizing that God loves you beyond your imagination.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank (email@example.com)
Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. Wm. Carey