Dear Immanuel family,
Starting tonight at 7:00 pm, Dr. Jason Ormiston, will begin his 4 part series as our keynote speaker for the Reaching Richmond Missions Conference. We trust you will plan to be there as Dr. Ormiston shares from the Word and his experiences as an urban church planting pastor.
Hopefully you agree that last Sunday was a “slam dunk” for the kick-off of our conference. What challenging messages we heard from Cam, David, Sherry and the Missionary Panel! This weekend will be no exception.
As we prepare for this weekend, I must admit that the quote in last week’s Churchwide, “When the church fails to act in concert with God’s prescribed agenda, then God often chooses to postpone His active involvement until His people are prepared to respond” (Tony Evans) has haunted me all week. The natural question to ask is, “Are we as a church failing to be God’s children or doing things that prevent God from pouring out His blessings on our church?
Certainly God is disappointed when we choose our agenda over His, but we must not forget that the Lord loves you and me with a love that will not end. We will be surprised at what He will tell us IF we take the time to listen. Let him speak to you. If we stop to listen, we will hear Him say, “My beloved daughter,” “My beloved son,” “My beloved child.” Our ability to minister to others is anchored in our understanding of how much we are loved and cared for by the Lord.
We are likely to hear many voices of advice that say - get a good education, work hard and make a name for yourself, or find a job that has meaning - and then you will have success.Let’s remember that one of the main factors in us being the church follows “God’s prescribed agenda”, depends on each of us spending time hearing God’s voice.