Pastor Bob preached two great messages Sunday and the morning message was titled “The Will of God”. 2 Peter 3:9-10 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also, and the works that are in it, shall be burned up. We are people who are not perfect, our thoughts and actions will cause us to sin if we do not have our hearts and minds upon the Lord. Therefore we need to repent daily and keep our eyes upon the Lord. He is such a loving and caring God and gives us plenty of time to do what is right.
“You can’t repent too soon, because you don’t know how soon it may be too late.”
Prayer chains are important because your prayers can reach the throng room of God. We have on our list Sharon Watts, DeWanna Eldridge, Nancy McNew, Pat Majors, Doyle Patrick, Ted and Georgie Jones and many family members and friends. We need to get down on our knees everyday and pray for our country and the election coming up.
“The most dangerous vote in America is the vote that is not used.”
Good things are happening at Holland Baptist! We remain excited over the attendance of more young couples. Our children and youth attendance continues to be good as well. The Family Fall Festival Wednesday evening was a huge success with a large number of parents attending with their children. Games, prizes, hot dogs with the trimmings, bags of candy, and just plain fun was enjoyed by the group. Adult Bible study, taught by Jim Johnston, followed at the regular time.
Brother John Evans Jr. continues to deliver God sent messages. Sunday morning David Garrett provided the special message in song singing “Broken and Spilled Out.” We’re always blessed by his singing.
Sunday evening Brother John preached from Philippians 4 on “People our Church Couldn’t do Without” asking if we were one of those. He spoke of those who are faithful in praying, giving, living, and serving. He said we need willing people to do the work. We should be willing servants. Are we people with a vision? Without a vision the people parish. To reach community for the world we have to evangelize. We need a vision of what God can do through us at Holland. People can only be taken as far as they’re willing to go.
Are we optimistic about what God can do? The only thing that can defeat us is our own pessimistic attitude. Paul, Noah, Moses, and many others we study worked tirelessly to accomplish God’s work. What about us?
We need encouragers. Do we speak well about our church? Do we hold it up? We need to remind people of our love for one another and tell others they can find God at Holland Baptist Church.
We need generous people, not just with money, but who give of themselves generously.
I should ask, “Am I who I need to be?”
On Nov. 11, the ladies of the church will enjoy a social and finish filling the final shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse. On Nov. 18, will be the church/community Thanksgiving Supper. Singing and praising program will begin at 6 p.m. with a potluck meal following.
We continue to pray for leadership and direction for the church. Also we’re continuing to pray for Richard Johnston, Peggy Ray, and many others.
Remember to pray for our country and vote Tuesday.