Monday, December 29, 2008

Sweet Christmas Surprises

Last night we were so blessed to have friends in town that came to our church. They will always be part of our church family. Brother Mark and Mrs. Amy were our youth pastor and wife when we started at Faith. Since then, he has taken a position as an Associate Pastor up north and is now pastoring a church in West Virginia. Amy's mother lives here so they were in for Christmas and what a sweet surprise to walk up in the choir and see them sitting in the congregation last night! And Mrs. Gayle too!!!! It was wonderful seeing the whole family again.

Mrs. Amy has a GREAT singing voice and we miss her in our services. So it was a treat for all of us when Pastor called her up to sing. She sang a beautiful song I had never heard before. It basically says, I don't know what a sinner you are, but I know what a Saviour He is.
Pastor opened his pulpit to Brother Mark to preach and his sermon was on praying for lost souls. It was really good. His text verses were II Corinthians 4:3&4, "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."
~Pray for the unsaved because we love them
~Prayer is the key to power. A lost person does not see their need for salvation because the devil has blinded them. Pray the Lord will remove those blinds from their spiritual eyes and see their need.
James 5:16 "... The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
From left to right: Brother Mark, Mrs. Amy, Hayden, Mrs. Gayle, Luke (the booger with his eyes closed), and Jordan. I'm so glad we got to see y'all!! We love you so much.