COMFORT FROM THE WORD
We are hearing more often of Christians suffering for their faith. We should be expecting this in the last days. Jesus said we are to be watching and to be ready for His coming. The last days will be filled with stress and worry, but we have hope. We have His Word to comfort us as we wait for His coming.
Our faith is in God's infallible, inerrant Word. The Bible gives us power to fight the devil and his demons. It is the sword of the Spirit, (Ephesians 6:17) and His truth is our shield (Psalms 91:4) We can feed and grow spiritually on God's Word. His Word gives us peace and encouragement for today and assurance for the future.
What a great VBS! We enrolled 195 with an average attendance of 153. The church provided a free meal each night for those who attended. The meals were delicious. The youth and children all received free school supplies at the end of each night VBS.
We learned how humankind was divided into different groups of people having their own language and culture. The most important lesson was the gospel. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The students learned how Jesus Christ came to save every person who will repent and receive Him as their Lord and Savior.
I especially want to thank all the teachers and workers who served during VBS. They taught their lessons and loved our guests. I am privileged and blessed to pastor such a wonderful group of believers.
The real thanks and praise goes to the Lord. He is the one who blessed our school.
If you would like to know more about our church, please call me at 540-365-2427. I would be glad to share the gospel with you.
In His grace, Pastor Billy Shively
WE HAVE HOPE
The world has no hope without God. The sinner has no hope unless he turns to God. There is nothing for the lost person to look forward to beyond this world. "When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth." (Proverbs 11:7)
The Christian has hope. "I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope." (Psalm 130:5)
"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD." (Psalm 31:24)
"The hope of the righteous shall be gladness." (Proverbs 10:28)
We discover the reason we have hope when we read the Bible. "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." (Romans 15:4)
We place our faith and hope in Him who died, was buried, and on the third day arose. Peter wrote: "Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God." (1 Peter 1:21) We must place our faith and hope in God.