September is here and we are turning the corner in many things, from changes in the weather and leaves starting to change clothing from greens to brown and red. From yellow school buses rolling for kids going back to school to harvest times ahead.
Here is something that may get a chuckle…
George, the farmer, had so many children that he ran out of names. So, he started calling his kids after something around his farm.
It was the first day of September and the first day the children had gone to their new school. The teacher greeted the children and asked each child their name. When he got to one of the farmer George's sons, the boy replied, 'Wagon Wheel.'
The teacher said, 'I need your real name boy, to which the lad
replied, 'It's Wagon Wheel, sir.... Really.'
The teacher, rather annoyed rejoined, 'All right young man, take yourself right down to the principal’s office this minute.'
The youngster pushed himself out of his chair, turned to his sister and said, 'C'mon, 'Chicken Feed', he ain't gonna believe you, either.'
With September also comes the celebration of Labor Day. To all of those who work hard and contribute to their family, strive to make an honest living, we say, “Enjoy this day and take some time to relax, you desire it.”
Monthly devotional: The Labor that Matters!
When I think about labor in the Bible, I’m reminded of our Lord’s words in John 4: 34-36
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. (35) Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (36) And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.”
In this passage, Jesus is speaking to His disciple after their initial shock when they discovered that he was talking to a woman who was a very questionable character. (I will let you read the story for yourself, and then you will know what I mean.) Anyway, Christ gave them a loving rebuke and a reminder that as He was working for His heavenly Father, so should they. This is also a reminder to you and me as well.
There are many souls who need Jesus and the time is growing late, so we must be about our Father’s business.
Most people work hard for what they have, such as money in the bank, their home, automobile, and other material things. There is certainly no sin in owning things, or in having money, but the sad thing is, those things are only temporary. Yet, people labor, and labor; they save and save; they accumulate and accumulate only to lose it all one day.
None of the things that we have are really our own, God only has put them on loan to us. One day when we leave this world, we will not take it with us, not one single penny. Someone has rightly pointed out, that you do not see a U-Haul trailer behind a hearse.” Not only that, but we shall give an account of how we have invested our time, talents and treasure in the things that matter.
Jesus taught us to not focus on that which we will lose, and then lose sight of that which we cannot lose, the eternal. When we invest in souls, and in the work of the Kingdom of Christ, we are laying up treasure in heaven.
What we do for Christ is what we should focuse on. Certainly, there is so much truth in that old saying, “Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”
So labor, and enjoy the fruit of your labor, but do not put aside your labor for Christ. Someone has said, “The pay for working for Jesus may not be much down here on earth, but the retirement plan and benefits are out of this world!”
God bless you and your family and may God bless His laborers for the Kingdom!
Highlights from August.
August 7th, we met together to discuss some business matters of the church. What an exciting meeting to be able to talk about the generous support our church has received from members, and non-members who love our church and want to see the Lord do great things in the community.
August 21st, we celebrated the Lord’s Supper.
August 28th, we have the baby dedication of Garrett and Cayce Poulsen’s daughter, “Everleigh Mae.” We appreciate all the visitors who attend to show support. Everleigh is also the great-granddaughter of Pastor and Kathy.
In the last couple of weeks of August, we set into motion the production of our church’s new signs. Six signs will be installed at the end of three highways to attract people to our church!
Also, we were able to prepare and set in motion the sending out of 7000 Direct Mailing Invitation cards. These will go out to people within a 15-mile radius of our church!
As you can see God is busy and He has been so good to us to provide the means to do these things through the Bible Fellowship Baptist Church! Let us give Him praise and honor!
Looking ahead to this month…
Within the first two weeks of September, watch for the Direct Mailing Invitation in your mailbox. I hope everyone receives a copy. We will have extras for you to hand out.
We also will be installing the new church signs!
Do not forget to keep an eye on our website for more regular updates. BFBFnow.org
Please continue to pray for the ministry here at Bible Fellowship Baptist Church. I am asking God specifically to send us a godly couple to help us begin a youth ministry.
Thank you for your prayers and support, Pastor Taylor