August 27, 2017

It is NOT flooding here.

Folks back East sometimes think that a hurricane in Texas is affecting us in the whole West the way it is in Houston, but that is not the case. It is to be 103 here today.  So just because Texas is having unprecedented rain, do not think we are in the desert. 

Yesterday was Baby Dedication Day in the AM service.  It was nice to have some guests for the day to see their precious grandchildren dedicated to the Lord!  And who doesn’t love babies, huh? 

The attendance was so-so in the morning.  We missed the choir singing for sure.  The offertory was a trumpet solo by Mrs. Autumn Clark of “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.”  She was accompanied on the piano by her husband.  (They make a great team!)   It was a perfect offertory, lively, joyous, & in praise to the Lord.  Not only was it well done, but it was the perfect choice too.

I preached from Luke 15:11-16 on “The Road to Ruination.”   It started with his attitude, led to his actions, & resulted in his afflictions.  The road to ruination is only one decision away from any believer, that is for sure.

The evening service was very poorly attended, but it was a good time for those in attendance.  J  The choir sang albeit as self-directed.  Pastor Seth had to play the piano for them since our pianist, Mrs. Blewett was in the hospital.  But the choir members were easy with the song, “Jesus Is Lord.”  They seemed to really like the song & proved it with their strong finale.  Joseph Burt, a budding cello player, performed the string solo offertory.  Pastor Seth accompanied him on the piano to “A Child of the King.”  The congregation delighted in hearing one of their young people play in our quest “”To make servants for the Savior.”  It was our corporate joy indeed.  I was surprised that there were no testimonies last night!  That is a true anomaly for things here at Bethel, but I did NOT try to prime the pump.  I went on to preach from Luke 15:17-24 on “The Road to Reconciliation.”  The two-part message (AM & PM) fit together like pancakes & syrup.  And they were equally sweet tasting.  PTL for His incredible Word & its power to meet the needs of hungry-hearted people.

So that is the weekly report from the front here in AZ.   It was not a phenomenal day, but there were blessings available for those looking for them.  And there were available oversights & shortcomings for those intent on looking for them.  But that is the way it is for virtually any public church service.  The Apostle Paul understood these principles well:


Php 1:16-18  The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.