Pastor’s Pen August 2017

Vacation Bible School

We had a great time at VBS. We averaged 10 kids and about 25 adults. We had 6 of our kids who made a first-time commitment to  receive Christ. Pray for us as we follow up with them. Thanks also to Yasuko, Dale, and  Joyce for the hard work they did in preparing the food and cleaning up afterwards and to others who came and helped with the serving and cleanup. We appreciate all of the hard work you ladies and gentlemen did. It takes a lot of work to have a successful Bible School. Thanks to Mike for putting up and taking down all of the signs. Thanks also to Twila, Mike, Allen and Rebecca, and the ones from Broadview West who came on Saturday morning and distributed flyers. Thanks for all who helped in any way, including those who prayed. We appreciate each one of you. A great big THANK YOU to the folks from Broadview West for conducting our VBS. Most of us have great memories of VBS from the time we were kids. Methods have changed, but the message is still the same: the love of God for boys and girls and men and women. Christ died on the cross for us and is still in the saving business. If you have never asked Christ to save you, I encourage you to do that today.

I told our kids at VBS that becoming a Christian is as easy as ABC. The A stands for admit. We must admit that we have sinned. Romans 3:23 reminds us that we are all sinners. Romans 5:8 tells us that the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. The question is, How do we receive that gift? That is where the B comes in. B stands for Believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved (Acts 16:33). Believe involves two things. There is faith: putting our faith in Christ and Christ alone. There is also repentance. Admitting that we have sinned and being sorry for our sins and turning from our sins and asking for and accepting God’s forgiveness. Someone said that means having a change of heart and change of mind that leads to a change of direction. C stands for Confession and Commitment. We confess our sins to God. When we do that, He forgives us ( I John 1:9). To confess Christ also means that we are to confess Him before men. We are to stand   before others and let people know that we are a Christian and have decided to follow Jesus. That involves joining a church and getting baptized. That is part of the commitment that we make to Christ when we accept Him as our Savior. It is not just a matter of saying, “I am a Christian,” but also committing to follow Jesus and serve Him.

If you have never been saved, but would like to commit your life to Christ, here is a simple prayer that you can pray. “Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life.

I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Thank you Jesus for saving me. Amen.”  The Bible tells us, “Whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). If you prayed that prayer, whether just now, or during VBS, or some other time, I encourage you to follow through on that commitment. Share your decision with others. Get baptized. And remember that God loves you and has a fantastic plan for your life.




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