Dear Church Family,
I hope this note finds you well. As the weather begins to warm up and the weeds begin to grow like crazy, that can mean only one thing: that we are again blessed to celebrate the Hope of our Risen Savior! I hope each of you will take time to say thank you to the Lord for such a great Salvation and that our gratitude will cause us to share our faith with others.
Also with spring arriving, we will again have the opportunity to say thank you to our Church Staff. Our Staff Appreciation is scheduled for the evening of April 22nd. As a church family we are so blessed to have such a caring and talented staff. I know that each of you will want to come and be a part of this special time to let them know how much we truly appreciate each of them.
The other thing that has me so excited this spring is the progress we are making on our new sanctuary. Every day that we come to work, we can see a little more that has been added. I trust you have already begun to think about ways you can give in our 5th Sunday offering later this month, or maybe just giving a little extra each week toward the building fund would be easier.
I also want to challenge all of us to begin to invite others to join us here each Lord’s Day. I read recently that up to 70% of un-churched people would attend if they were just invited! Truly the fields are ripe unto harvest.
As always, we are praying for you and your family. May you have a blessed spring.
Dear Church Family,
I wanted to take a few moments to share with you that love makes ALL the difference, especially when it’s the love of GOD! I believe if we are going to share God’s love with those around us, we need to first experience it in our own lives.
Read the prayer that the Apostle Paul was offering to God on behalf of the church at Ephesus while he was in prison for preaching the Gospel. May it inspire each of us!
Ephesians 3:17-21 (NKJV)
17that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– 19to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
While we face struggles and challenges in this world we live in, there is something that will keep us through the storms and trials of life. It is the unending and unexplainable love that God has for each and every one of us, and yes even for those still lost in the world.
The primary purpose of this letter to the Ephesians was to talk about a “mystery”, and of course, it was not intended to be kept a mystery. Paul’s purpose was to explain and reveal it by sharing about “the church” whose purpose was to express the fullness of Christ in the world.
God’s desire for each of us as believers is to know the love of Christ. In knowing that love, we do our part in sharing it with all those who will listen. He wants to see His love both draw people into the family of God, and unite the Church for more effective ministry and outreach.
During this month, it is a great opportunity to invite friends and family to church with you. Easter is right around the corner. May we each continue to reach out to this world with the love of Jesus Christ!
If you have yet to find a place of ministry here at CPBC, then I would encourage you to take a moment and ask God what He would have you to do.
Blessings in Christ!
Love Pastor David