Dear Church Family,
Carolyn and I want to thank you as a church for the expressions of love shown to us in October. You will never know how much we appreciated each word, card, or gift. We consider ourselves blessed by God to be able to serve our Lord alongside you here at Lynn Garden Baptist Church.
My heart goes out to all those who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes that have hit our nation. We watched the coverage of the most recent one, Hurricane Michael, very closely since Carolyn’s aunt and uncle lived in Panama City. We are thankful they are okay. Their house however received extensive damage. It’s heartbreaking to see the video and pictures of entire communities flattened and destroyed. Natural disasters, like a hurricane, serve as great teachers for us. First of all, hurricanes can teach us that we are not in control. No human power can control the wind and waves. A fire, hurricane, flood, or other tragedy brings us to a humble recognition that having control over life is an illusion, and we are desperately in need of the God who holds the world together. Natural disasters, like hurricanes, can also teach us what is really important. We live in a very materialistic society and to many people their “stuff” seems to be more important than life itself. In a land where we have more malls than high schools, more debt than credit, more clothes to wear than we can wear, the words of Jesus found in the gospel of Luke ring out so loud today: “Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” (Luke 12:15 NLT). One day, all of our “stuff” will be destroyed and the only thing that will matter is whether one has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior or not. As God’s Word in 1 Timothy 6:7 reminds us, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” When you listen to interviews with people who survived the hurricane, you hear very little said about possessions, but instead you hear concern about family and neighbors or words of thanks that loved ones and friends are safe. Hurricanes and other tragedies teach us that people matter more than possessions. A wise saying goes that money can buy a house, but not a home; food, but not an appetite; medicine, but not wellness; books, but not brains; a bed, but not sleep; amusement, but not happiness; and religion, but not salvation.
May God bless you and I hope to see you and your family in church this coming Lord’s Day!