Newsletter: November 18, 2015

Hello Church Family,

Let me begin by thanking the Ruth Sunday School Class for organizing and everyone else for contributing toward the food pounding and money tree for my family this past Sunday morning. We have been so well taken care of by you all from even before we physically moved here. I thank God for the love you have bestowed on us in a myriad of ways. We are eager to move into our home and to begin showing the same hospitality and kindness you continually show us. Thank you. Genuinely, thank you.

Mrs. Joan Cooper encouraged me to take the money tree home and plant it, but I have yet to see any new blooms—it must be from all the rain…

Speaking of rain, we have had our fair share in the past few days. As I drove to the office Tuesday morning, I saw several houses that seemed to be close to flooding. I heard on good authority that the roof in the auditorium leaks on Dr. Dennis Carter’s head from time to time while he sings in the choir loft, so I went and checked it. Sure enough, every so often there was a little drip. I have been in the auditorium before while it was raining, but this is the first time I have seen the leak.

Now, I know that floods and torrential downpours certainly cause new damage to existing structures, but frequently water merely exposes preexisting problems. The hole in your shoe that had gone unnoticed until it found a nice puddle, was there before you stepped in it. The harder the rain, the deeper the water; the stronger the current, the greater the damage.

You may be thinking just now, “I am so thankful we called a hydrologist to be our pastor.” Well don’t wash away just let, we are almost there.

Let’s say hypothetically your wife asked you to fix the leak from your skylight and since it was Saturday and your favorite football team was playing, you told her you had taken care of it without actually taking care of it. Hypothetically, she thanked you and told you how handy you were because you said it would be dry and it is dry—because it isn’t raining. But hypothetically when it started raining later that day, she realized you never fixed the leak.

Rain reveals flaws. Some flaws are hidden in the sunshine, but exposed when it pours. If that leak starts feeling damp when there is one cloud in the sky, it will not hold up when cats and dogs start falling. Naturally, patching that hole will be more taxing and difficult than doing nothing, but preventative maintenance costs less than catastrophic repair.

The best way to be prepared for the storms of life, the attacks of the evil one, and the tests of faith is to have good theology—and live by it. Knowing what the Bible says is necessary, but doing what the Bible says is vital. If you will not strive to do what you know the Bible says, you will reveal that you do not really believe what the Bible says.

If you won’t trust and obey when the sun is shining in your life, what makes you think you will trust and obey when your grandson dies from a rare form of cancer? If we want to be faithful with much, we must be faithful with little. If we are not faithful with little, we will not be faithful with much. Staying watchful and killing every sin is exhausting, but He empowers us with His Holy Spirit. If you are patching holes as you find them, you can be confident when the rains come. Will you hold my ladder while I tar the gap?

Luke 6:46-49; 1 John 2:19; James 1:19-27; Galatians 6:1-5

Gentry