Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Are you like me? Do you love the beginning of autumn?
Now comes the time of year when many of us get together again. Fellowship is ignited. School begins. It’s a time to sharpen our focus. It’s kickoff time. Time to huddle up, put your hand in the middle, and add your enthusiastic voice to the others on your team. This church, this family of believers is your best team. For the past five years, September has marked the beginning of what we have called “ALL-IN”. It’s the perfect time for it. All-In is a call for us all, all together now, to focus our faithfulness upon the call of the Lord.
Let me point the way to two important things you can do together with me, and your WSFC family in this season:
1. Get the advantage of growing a group fellowship in this fall season. We grow best when we grow together.
2. Renew your commitment to faithful giving. Put the Lord first in your finances. We give best when we give together.
In 2 Peter 1:2-11, there is a tremendous series of discipleship verses. Let me summarize a portion what Peter wrote to us, “…you have been given exceedingly great and precious promises… so, add to your faith virtuous character qualities…and abound in love.”
Yes! I encourage you to renew your personal commitment to dedicate the first part, the “first fruits” of whatever income you receive because all of your blessing and provision comes ultimately from God your Father. Do this as worship from your own life, and you will have increased peace, assurance, and open opportunity. AND, take another step in your faith and commitment to Jesus. Add to your faith the character qualities that come when you take steps of learning, of self control, and of increased love. Jesus led a group of disciples into this kind of lifestyle as they simply followed Him. He will do the same for you, if you step forward in faith.
I think you will agree, it has been a unique summer. Now the seasons change and we shall see what unfolds in the world. There is a struggle and more than enough drama and uncertainty bubbling up in the kingdom of this world, the world of sin. All the more reason for you and I to renew our minds in God’s Word, and focus our faithfulness and resources on the Kingdom of our Lord, the Kingdom of Redeeming Love.
Growing with you in the harvest season,
Pastor Rich Marshall