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As I look into my rear view mirror, my greatest memories of church life
are times when the church was unified toward a common goal. When
I was a child our small church in Edmonson, Texas had a revival I don't
mean a revival meeting, I mean a revival. We extended the meeting
over a several week period because of the overwhelming response.
So many people accepted Christ that during the final service all we did
was baptize the new converts. Though I was only a young grade-schooler,
I too was active sharing my faith with my friends and some of them came
to faith in Christ through my efforts. In some ways the fire of that
revival meeting are still burning, because that was the first time I heard
God speaking to me about becoming a Pastor.
The movement of the spirit was amazing. I certainly remember that,
but I also remember that we were doing this together everyone was participating.
When I was Pastoring in the Central Valley, our church had an annual
Memorial Day Weekend Campout. One year, over 200 of us spent the
weekend together and enjoyed a time of rich fellowship. Less than
a hundred stayed behind and some of them came up for a day trip to join
their church on the adventure. The baptism we had in the river
is among my fondest memories of my time at that church.
Space does not permit me to mention mission trips or building programs
that stick out in my mind, suffice it to say, that the church is at its
best when it is doing something together.
We have an opportunity for togetherness. Starting July 18, our
members of the church are going to explore God's purpose for our lives.
I pray that no one will opt out. Let's do this together!
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