Monday, November 18, 2013

Better Than...

As you know if you have ready much of Life with Lynnie (LwL), I enjoy meeting up with brothers and sisters in the Lord.

On Thursday evenings, we meet at the church for Bible study.  Okay, our pastor doesn't call it Bible study, but that's what it is!  Instead, he calls it... Prayer Growth Fellowship (PGF).  :)

This past week, he and his wife were away on a vacation. 

The week previously, he let us know we should still meet together for PGF, even if he wouldn't be there.  And, he gave us directions to read Psalm 32, so we could discuss it, as a group.

Thursday had been a busy day for me.  Instead of finishing up something I should have done, I made sure I went to meet up with others for PGF.

Arriving, I found the church in total darkness, except for the light above the door that is usually accessed by the pastor, or whoever has been given access with a security code.

At first, I thought possibly whoever was in charge, was running late.  Then, I realized that my van was the only vehicle, there.

After waiting a while, I realized no one else was showing up.  I headed for home.

Yesterday, was a different story.  Our pastor and his wife had returned from their vacation.  And, we had quite a number of people become new members, during the worship service.  12 to be exact!

Once again, I must say that worshipping with this group does my heart good.

Not just for the prayer time, or music worship time, or even the sermon time.  There's just something about being with this group of people and worshipping with them, that touches my heart.

We did one thing that was slightly different.  In addition to our regular offering, a special offering was received to be sent to the Philippines, to aid those in need.

It touched my heart that this was done.  After all, we need to place others ahead of ourselves.

Just as God told us, in Philippians 2:3, "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."

Knowing that many of our group were originally from the Philippines, this wasn't shocking. 

What was wonderful to me, was hearing that none had lost family members or friends as a result of the storm devastation that happened, there.  I praised God for this!

And, I praised God for protecting one of our church brothers, who only days before the storm hit, had gone to the Philippines, for about a six (6) month stay.  His plan was to take care of some personal things, in addition to doing some missions work.  Hallelujah!  Thank You, Lord!

Knowing that this brother in the Lord was there to do God's Work, it shows that his heart was in the right place, wanting to help others.  And, now... we know he's in the right place, because with all the destruction and need that is there, many seeds for Christ will be planted. 

Please, join me in prayer, that God will use this horrible ordeal for some ultimate good.  Let us pray that many will come to Christ and gain salvation.

Until next time...

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