May 2017 Dear Friends, Each year the first of May, I try to preach on marriage because my wedding anniversary is in May. After looking over the letter I sent you last year, I reached the decision to send it again this year. If you don’t save these monthly letters, here it is again for […]
As we enter another month and again I write to you, I want to encourage each of you to have a close personal walk with the Lord. Recently, I was reading about King David as he fled for his life from his son, Absalom. David says some very interesting words in 2 Samuel 15:25b, “…if I shall find favor in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again” (back to Jerusalem as king). Just how do we find favor with our Lord? Perhaps we can learn something from the life of our Savior in Luke 2:52 where the Scripture states, “And Jesus increased…in favor with God and man.” It appears that the Lord Jesus’ priority in life was to do the will of His Father. Consider Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness…” You see Luke 2:52 is talking about Jesus’ spiritual growth. If in His humanity, our Lord had to grow spiritually, surely we must also. How are you doing in your walk with God each day? Making any progress? Gaining any insight into life’s issues? What are you “seeking first”?
Let’s go back to David and consider a few things he wrote. Psalm 4:3, “But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself (can you claim that promise today?): the Lord will hear when I call unto him” (another promise for your prayer life). There are many encouraging statements in Psalm 28:7 (another psalm of David) –“The Lord is my strength and my shield: my heart trusted in him and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth: and with my song will I praise him.” My, doesn’t that lift your spirit today?
Consider two more verses in another psalm of David: In Psalm 55:17, David says that at “evening, and morning, and at noon,” that he would “pray and cry aloud…” (How often during your day do you pray to the Lord?) In v.22 we have the wonderful promise from the God of heaven and earth: “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” David knew how to rise above his circumstances. He simply looked at them in the light of God. We can be sure the Lord will never let us down. David was sure that God would defend the believer. (And you can be sure also!)
The above are just some random thoughts by this pastor on passages I have been reading. Hopefully, they will encourage you.
June is the month for Family Bible Time (our Vacation Bible School for children and adults) with Vester Arnold, chalk art evangelist; his wife, Sheryl, master story teller; and their daughter, Jana. The dates are Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m.; and Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. There will be Bible stories, skits, puppets, singing, chalk drawings, and refreshments. The theme this year is: “Come, be a ‘Fisherman’ for Girls and Boys.”
Invite your neighbors and their children and bring them with you for this special week of meetings. Hope to see you!
May our Lord bless each of you,
Rev. Frederick W. Carroll, Th.D.