Each year the church faces new issues. People don’t come, money is down, leadership seems to be busy with their own lives. Yet the church prevails, moves on and grows in individual faith walks.
We have long passed the years of big, big numbers. Yet the strength of each church is measured in its individual members.
Take a moment and think about the person in your church who steadfastly endures.
Take a moment and think of that older person who represents a life-long call to Jesus.
Take a moment to reflect on that young person who represents the future.
Take a moment today and look internally at where you are in your life with Jesus, the Lord.
Our trust can once more be vested in our Lord - to renew each church we need to begin again to stand up for Jesus.
I think today of Katie, a little girl of five who never misses church each week. She comes, she smiles, she brightens each corner of the church. You can be the Katie of your church and everyone else will become a Katie.
Psalm 125 says “The Lord surrounds his people both now and forever.”
Renew your church.
Today, let your prayer be, “Lord, renew me that I may renew another today. Amen.”
- Bruce Bishop
First Baptist Church, Bradford and their pastor Lynne Hubley
First Baptist Church, Brattleboro and their pastor Suzanne Andrews
First Baptist Church, Brentwood and their pastor John Hastings