Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday Survivors!

Today we were blessed with the opportunity to share communion together and focus on what's really important: the gift Jesus gave us through His shed blood and broken body. What a beautiful symbolism.

Our facility still did not have electrical power, but that didn't stop about 45-50 people from meeting in the Fellowship Hall equipped with funeral fans (actually they were wedding fans). We met for an abbreviated service since the heat was almost unbearable. ALMOST. You can bear just about anything for a little bit of time!

Russ's message today at First Baptist Church/Raymondville was an awesome challenge to continue to live above the circumstances rather than under them (sorry for the cliché).

His sermon series from the past few weeks is called “FEARLESS” (how appropriate!) and today he focused on Benaiah. Russ quoted Mark Batterson who wrote In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.

Characteristics of Overcomers:
They Defy the Odds
They Face their Fears
They Overcome Adversity
They Embrace Uncertainty
They Take Risks
They Seize Opportunities
They Look Foolish

Viktor Frankl, concentration camp survivor, said:
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.

I’m determined to be grateful for that choice with which we have been gifted.

1 comment:

chaylife said...

My dear friend, I am so sorry was gone from the computer for so long! I do pray for you --but now I will be praying for restoration and blessing as you rebuild your lives and church.