The weather has been warm the past several weeks, and it has been great. Soon enough, as fickle as we are, we will be crying because the weather is too hot and humid. I am sure that none of us are great big fans of the humidity, but humidity is part of the PA summer experience.
May flew by. There never seems to be a slow month with all the activities that go on around the church. We will continue our study on Wednesday evening discussing Abraham from the book of Genesis. We will conclude for the summer on June 12 because of the Mission’s trip the following week. We will start Wednesday evening Bible study back up in August. Please keep your books because we are only about half way through the book, so we will continue to use them in the fall.
There are no more spots for the mission’s trip. We will have a full group going to North Carolina which is exciting. I am really happy because we have some new people going along so I hope that they get the desire to continue with serving in this ministry. If you have some spare time this fall, there are some weeks available in Puerto Rico’s disaster project. To go to Puerto Rico, one must be willing to serve there for two weeks, and your flights are at your expense. For all of those that would like to go next time in the US, the 2020 calendar comes out in the fall. We will plan the next trip then.
I am asking everyone to pray for Vacation Bible School. Hopefully attendance will be great so that we have many children coming to learn about Christ. Adults are also invited for Bible School. It never hurts for the Adults to attend a couple of days of Bible training. You do not have to have children to attend the adult side of Bible school. Please plan on attending if your calendar permits.
After our study about honor, we are going to study more out of the book of Romans. We will be starting with chapter 11, this month. We have almost completed the theology side of Romans, so very shortly, we will be discussing the practice side in Chapter 12.
As I was studying for this week’s Wednesday night Bible study on 5/29, one of the text that is studied is James 2. In particular verses 14-17 say, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.” This text can cause an individual heart ache if they cannot comprehend that there is a balance between faith and works. Faith comes first for the believer. Once they have faith and understand what Christ accomplished on the cross, the results are thankful works. One displays the image of Christ when one loves like Christ loved. Your faith is not meant to be a stagnant faith. We are all familiar with stagnant water from a pond. Your faith was never meant to be stagnant, but instead it has always been meant to move. Don’t let your faith grow stagnant this summer.
Pastor Leon Davis