Dear Church Family,
We are excited to join you all on July 10th.
We’ve had a wonderful week with you and can’t wait to return after
we’ve settled some matters in Louisville. Praise the Lord, the closing
on our house in Kentucky is scheduled for Tuesday, July 5th,
and all of our belongings are now safely stored here in Ohio. The love
we’ve already been shown has been such a blessing. From the Lawlers’
graciously letting us stay in their home to the many who have served us
by providing food and fellowship, it’s clear that God has given us a
great church family to be a part of. Thank you to everyone who has
helped us with this transition, getting my office ready, giving us
cards, and providing food. I really appreciate all you’ve already done
to welcome us into your family.
It was also wonderful to see the many church family members involved in
VBS this week. It was a great week with so many working together to
minister to the many children who attended. Thank you, VBS workers, for
sacrificing time and energy to serve First Baptist Church and the
community of New Carlisle as you did this week. From decorations to the
daily grind, the effort was exemplary, and as a result many children
heard the good news about Jesus Christ. We need to continue to pray for
these children and especially for opportunities to share the gospel
again with those who do not know Christ through genuine faith and
repentance. As difficult as that can be to discern, we can be thankful
that our job is not to know their heart with absolute certainty but to
be faithful in sharing the gospel.
On Sunday, July 10th, my plan is to
preach on 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8. You are more than welcome to read that
passage in the week leading up to that Sunday. Please continue to pray
for our transition. Pray that the Lord will quickly knit our hearts
together in the fellowship we all share in Christ. Pray for unity based
on our common desire to bring him glory.
Grace and peace to you all,