PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
January 23, 2019
Norman Cates shared the humorous story of a man who prayed this prayer every morning: “Lord, if you want me to witness to someone today, please give me a sign to show me who it is.” One day he found himself on a bus when a big, burly man sat next to him. The bus was nearly empty but this man sat next to this praying man. The timid Christian anxiously waited for his stop so he could exit the bus. But before he could get very nervous about the man next to him, the big guy burst into tears and began to weep. He then cried out with a loud voice, “I need to be saved. I’m a lost sinner and I need the Lord. Won’t somebody tell me how to be saved?” He turned to the Christian and pleaded, “Can you show me how to be saved?” The believer immediately bowed his head and prayed, “Lord, is this a sign?” How many of us are looking for a “sign” to start witnessing?
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus challenged us to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And lo I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ doesn’t always mean walking up to a total stranger and saying, “If you died right now, do you know where you would spend eternity?” There are those that can do that quite effectively . . . those are the ones who are gifted in evangelism. We need to tell people what to do, but first we must show them how to live and what Christ is doing in our lives.
According to Rick Warren, there are two basic reasons people don’t know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior: (1) they have never met a Christian; and (2) they have met a Christian. Christian influence is no small matter.
Sometimes you can show people what it is to be a Christian by being there in time of need. At times, it is by how you handle difficult situations or by your own personal commitment to Christ and His Church. And sometimes, through baking cookies to give to someone you have not even met yet. Acts 5:42 says, “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they [the apostles] never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.”
It is my prayer that we will be the kind of Christians who not only pray for an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ but who take advantage of those opportunities by sharing!!
ComfortCare Women’s Health
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Rescued,” based on 2 Peter 2:4-10a. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each Sunday.
Annual Congregational Meeting – Please plan to attend our annual meeting THIS SUNDAY, January 27, immediately following the worship service.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor, after our congregational meeting. We are now looking at chapters 8-11 of I Corinthians as they relate to Paul’s status with the church, idolatry and our relationship to things in and of the world and how that speaks to us in the post-modern church. Come join the discussion.
ComfortCare Baby Bottle Campaign - Please help support the life-saving ministry of ComfortCare Women’s Health by filling a baby bottle with your spare change and/or a check. You may pick up bottles from Pat Layne. Bottles need to be returned to the church by Sunday, February 17th.
Combined Service - Mark your calendars for our combined service with Church of the Brethren on Sunday, February 10th. The service will be at 10:45am (note the time change!) in the main sanctuary upstairs, as COB hosts the WARM Shelter in the fellowship hall that week.
Beth Laughlin’s Memorial Service - The service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th at the Church of the Brethren in the main Sanctuary. Beth Laughlin’s caretaker, Carolyn Taylor, would be interested in serving as caretaker of a disabled family member in their home. She would prefer the Waynesboro area She would be available four hours per day.. Her phone number is (540) 943-0971.
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking a Youth Ministries Intern to lead a dynamic youth program. Those interested should contact the church at (540) 471-4551.
Reading Chronologically Through the Bible - Read the Bible through in a year, in the order in which the events took place. Free classes start on January 7, every Monday from 6p-7:30p (through December 31) at Panera Bread in Waynesboro. To register or if you have questions, call Jake and Deborah Kleinschuster at (540) 949-6080.
Jim Heafner Memorial Bible Study - The Men's Bible Study resumed this week in the Community Room at Panera Bread in Waynesboro. Men are encouraged to gather there around 6:45am to purchase breakfast and enjoy fellowship until the study begins at 7:00am.
WARM Shelter - The Church of the Brethren is hosting again this year, Feb 4-11. Please let us know if you are willing to help as we provide a meal that week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to sign up.