Happy Monday, July 24, 2023, church!

Brothers and sisters, 

Happy Monday to all! As we worshipped and celebrated the Lord’s Supper together yesterday, we again realized only through the sacrifice of Jesus can we come to know Holy God. We come by Jesus’ blood. Then as we looked at Jesus feeding the five thousand men plus their families and Jesus’ walking on the water, we saw Jesus revealing Himself as the eternal Son of God. The disciples saw the miracles but missed understanding through them who Jesus was. We can be like them and see Jesus provisions but not come to know Jesus more intimately. We can miss the main point of Jesus’ blessings in our lives. The main point is that we might know intimately, love passionately, and serve fervently the God who created and redeemed us. We can be like the first two workers on the St. Paul cathedral who thought they were just cutting stones and earning a living. Or we can be like the last man who said, “I am helping Sir Christopher Wren build a great cathedral to the glory of God.” We have a high calling to be on mission with the very Son of God as He builds and establishes His eternal Kingdom. We have God the Father as our Father, God the Son as our Redeemer and Savior, and God the Holy Spirit as our Comforter and Guide. We are on mission with the God of eternity. Do not just see the things Jesus does for you and others. See who Jesus is, love and live for Him, and be on mission with Him in establishing His forever Kingdom. Jesus reveals His identity as eternal God to those who have eyes to see.

We will have a special speaker next Sunday, July 30. Mike and Carolyn Miller are friends of ours that recently retired from being missionaries to Taiwan. Mike and Carolyn also started Hope Baptist Church in Mankato, Minnesota. You are going to love hearing them!

We will have a potluck luncheon Sunday, July 30, following our morning worship. Bring enough food for your family and a little extra for our guest.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. None of us know fully the burdens our brothers and sisters in Christ might be carrying.

Love being your pastor!

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church