Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Equipping the Saints

Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “ And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” This is a reference to the importance of those God calls for special service. There is one common goal of all those God places this call. They are called to equip the saints for ministry. God is not trying to distinguish between clergy and laity. God does not call some to sit in the pew and others to work. God calls some to be responsible to equip and everyone he calls to minister.

God has blessed Eastern Heights with godly men who have surrendered their lives to equip the saints. It is my privilege to sacrifice my preaching time on Sunday nights in order for us to hear what God has placed on these men’s hearts. This last Sunday Lonnie Hoelscher did an outstanding job of preaching God’s Word. If you missed it, you can find the link to his message on the church website. I want to encourage you to come and support these faithful men on Sunday night. Not only will you help them gain valuable experience, God will speak to your heart through them. You will leave better equipped to minister.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Giving to the Hopeless

The Example of Children

Children were not mentioned often in the Bible. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, children were not valued in those days. They were property of the father much as women were property of their husband. Second, very few went to school so they were always in the way. They were tolerated but not respected. That is why the disciples did not want the children to bother Jesus. In Mark 10:13-16 it says, “And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.” Jesus did more than just tolerate children. He made them an example to all of us of what true faith really is.

I praise God for what he is doing in the lives of our children at Eastern Heights. Thanks to the faithfulness of parents, Sunday School teachers, AWANA workers and other volunteers we have seen many come forward the last few weeks to make public their decisions to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We always want to be careful that children understand what they are doing. However, I am very aware that the faith of children is strong. They not only have enough faith to believe, they are the example of the faith we need to believe. May God continue to use children as an example of faith at Eastern Heights and may we be faithful to be a blessing on their life.