June 2019 Witness

On Mother’s Day Sunday, I kicked off our FAMILY EMPHASIS 2019 with a message on marriage called “Till Death Do Us Part.” It is no accident that the Bible envisions the relationship between Christ and His Church as a marriage. Why? Because marriage is the most meaningful, the most intimate and the most beautiful relationship of life. Recently, I was listening to a civil wedding ceremony from another state where, when the officient performing the ceremony got to those last words of the traditional wedding vow, she made them very untraditional. Instead of saying the words “…as long as you both shall LIVE,” she said, “…as long as you both shall LOVE.” Well, that sounded cutsy and creative, but it betrayed a deadly flaw in modern marriage.   It is the idea that you only need to stay married to someone as long as you FEEL LIKE YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH THEM! Love is not a feeling, it is a commitment!  John Drakeford, my professor of counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, shared a principle that that can help every marriage: “It is much easier to act your way into a new way of feeling than it is to feel your way into a new way of acting.” If you wait until you feel like you love your spouse to treat them like you love them, then you won’t have a very good marriage. On the other hand, if you will go ahead and treat your spouse like you love them, regardless of the way that you feel, then once again that “loving feeling” will eventually come back! May has been a very busy month with 353 in Bible Study.   We had a nice community crowd for the National Day of Prayer on May 2nd.  Mother’s Day with its Baby Celebration on Sunday, May 12th was a special day for us all. Thanks to all of our Mission Friends, R.A. and G.A. workers who made our Missions Recognition Program on May 15th a success.  Graduate Recognition and the luncheon provided a record number of graduates and their families a great time of celebration.  Our Children’s Music Recognition Program on May 19th celebrated our preschool and children’s choirs and their workers.  Last night, I greatly enjoyed our Faith Friends Academy Commencement program.  And, as I write this on May 22nd, tonight is Baccalaureate at the Lamar County Fine Arts Center. June has some special emphases:

  • FATHER’S DAY on June 16th complete with Baby Celebration. Please contact the church office if you would like to participate.
  • WORK DAY AT HOPE TREE FOOD BANK on Friday and Saturday, June 21st through 22nd.
  • ANNIE ARMSTRONG NORTH AMERICAN MISSION OFFERING runs from June 23rd to July 14th. Due to our Generations Following fund-raising campaign, we postponed this annual offering. Our goal is $15,000.
  • GOD & COUNTRY DAY on Sunday, June 30th, will be celebrated along with the Lord’s Supper.

June is going to be a great month!   COME EXPECTANTLY! I Love You, Garth