Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42 (emphasis added)
Our Beloved Church Family,
As we look back to 2014, we are so thankful for how well you, Living Proof Baptist Church, have cared for and loved one another and the surrounding community. From teaching our Sunday electives and children’s Sunday school classes, to serving in the nursery, to organizing outreach events, and much more – you have taken to heart God’s command to love one another and care for our needs.
Now, as we look forward to the upcoming new year with its many changes and new challenges, let’s continue to remind ourselves of that which is of first importance. We, like Martha, can so easily be distracted by the cares of this world. Even in things that are considered “good” and important – serving in the church, providing for our families, caring for each other. Our hearts can so quickly and unknowingly turn from loving each other in response to God’s grace to loving ourselves regardless of God’s grace. We can become focused on the processes and systems in place in our lives of family, church, and self. Let’s instead continue to look to the cross, and allow the beauty of the Gospel to guide our every thought, action, and deed.
One way we do this is in prayer. Left to our own, we will always choose self. We need God’s intervention to turn our faces upward and away from the false beauty of sin. As we humbly depend on God for this, He will reveal to us His true beauty and the joy that awaits us.
So be in prayer for each other. For all of us to keep our hearts, minds, and souls fixated on the Gospel and saturated in His Word. Be in prayer for the elders as we rely on God’s wisdom to lead the church. Be in prayer for the deacons as they tirelessly serve the church, many times unnoticed and unappreciated. Be in prayer for David Bounds, the Sunday school/electives teachers, and Shepherd Group leaders as they teach God’s Word. And be in prayer for the many others who serve in so many different ways.
Pray also for our Pastor Search Team as they enter into the next phase of the search process – receiving and reviewing résumés. As of this writing, over 80 résumés have been received and more are expected. They know how much they NEED God’s guidance in this. They need your prayers. If you haven’t already done so, consider setting aside a specific day and time each week to pray not only for our Pastor Search Team, but also for our next pastor and also for our church body as we all continue in this transition time together.
Our reliance and focus must be on Him and not on ourselves.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
Humbly in Christ,
Eddie and Greg