Brothers and sisters,
Happy Monday to all! Yesterday as we worshipped, we meditated on the Savior’s great love for us and how we need Him every minute of every day. We learned from Romans 14 about living in harmony in the church of Jesus even when we see non-essential issues differently. We saw that we are not to waste time arguing about non-essential issues of Christian living and trying to convince others of the correctness of our opinions. We are to accept people where they are in their Christian lives and give them time to grow without forcing our understanding on them. This will also give us time to grow in case we have it wrong! We are to realize others and ourselves ultimately and only answer to Almighty God. Almighty God is for all who believe in Jesus even when they disagree about non-essential issues. We saw all of us are to sacrifice personal freedoms to help others grow into Christlikeness. We are not to look in disdain on those who see issues differently or judge those who might serve the Lord with less restrictions on non-essential issues than we do. Believers need to continually remember we will answer to Almighty God for our faithfulness to Him and our faithfulness to helping His people grow into Christlikeness.
I wanted to thank everyone for their giving and work for our “Trunk or Treat” event last Saturday. It was a tremendous success! We gave out more than 125 gospel tracts to children and lots of candy. The children who attended had a least one parent with them, so we probably had more than 200 people during the two hours. The bouncy houses and popcorn machine were busy for the whole two hours! I think we provided an impactful ministry to our community. It was wonderful!
Connie Boss’ sister-in-law Alice Lamont’s funeral will be at Cress Funeral Home, 1310 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie, on Tuesday, November 1, at 11:00 AM. Pray keep Connie and her family in your prayers.
The East Madison Baptist/Emmanuel Church Thanksgiving celebration will be on Sunday, November 13 at 5:30 PM. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the foyer for the food we will need for the celebration.
Remember to keep praying continually for each other.
Love being your pastor,
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church