Last week was a great week at BBT. There was not a large crowd but we had a good time sharing and worshiping the Lord. Priscilla brought a Sunday school lesson on how we should be encouraging one another. I brought a message about how Jesus does not want us to look for the easy way but the right way. He says if we want to be his disciples we must deny ourselves pick up our cross and follow him. I enjoyed the time we had together.
This week is a very special week as it is our homecoming. It is the only Sunday in the year we meet in the morning. We will start at 10:00 am and have lunch afterwards in the fellowship hall. We are celebrating 59 years as a ministry created to minister to people with disabilities. Usually Jay Gibson is our guest speaker but he is unable to make it this year so I guess you are stuck with me. As I thought about all the Homecomings I have been to at Bartimaeus I can remember so many good times. That is how it should be. There have been many things that happened at this church that could discourage me but the memories I have are those times that God just lifted me up. I want to speak to you this week about how we need to manage our memories. I am going to be talking about the scripture verses in Exodus 14:5-25. This is the story of the children of Israel fleeing Egypt and coming to the Red Sea. The Egyptian army was behind them and the Red Sea was before them and they began to believe it would have been better to stay in Egypt them to die here. They forgot all the things that God had done for them to lead then out of Egypt and lost the faith that God could save them. When we forget God’s power we forget his love for us as well. We are people who are who we are in part because of what we choose to remember. If you only remember the bad things in your past you will not succeed in the future, on the other hand if you will forget the bad things you have gone through and reflect on the good you will live a much happier, joyous and productive life. Don’t let the ghost from your past choke out your future. I hope you will enjoy us Sunday as we see how God can not only secure our future but help us close the doors to some things in the past. Remember we will be starting at 10:00 so come early and visit with each other before the service starts. Let’s celebrate by worshiping together.
Please remember to be praying for those mentioned in our prayer request last week and let’s pray that this Sunday will be a great day at BBT. Do something good for somebody this week by inviting them to come join us in our homecoming celebration. We will see you on Sunday!!
We love you so much,
Pastor David & Pris