From the Pastor’s Desk 9/2011

13 Sep

Dear Members and Friends,

Now we are entering the season of new beginnings and the new football season.  I love to watch football games with high expectations every season.  When I see the games, I really understand that football is a team player game. It doesn’t matter if you are the quarterback or the guard or the tackle or the wide receiver.  What does matter is that you are a part of the team, and that everybody on the team needs everybody else to play their part.

So it is really true of the church.  You may think the little part you do doesn’t matter at the church.  But that misses the point.  For example, what difference does it make if you decide to stop serving in the nursery?  You are just one person in the whole congregation after all.  If you step out, surely one person will step in.

If you leave a hole somewhere, someone else filling that gap will leave a hole somewhere else, and so on, and so on.  So we are accountable to each other.

In the Bible, the apostle Paul wrote in Phillippians 2:2 this way.  He urged Christians to make joy complete “by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving each other, and working together with one heart and purpose.”

In the next verse, he continued:   “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others.  Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.  Don’t think only of your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.”

Going back to the football game in the beginning, we’ll all be ready for game time.  We need to know that everybody will show up for practice for the game and rely on each other.   That’s the only way, when the win comes, that everyone can join in the victory.

May God richly bless our ministries here at Belvidere and beyond our community!

Thanks be to God!

Sincerely Yours,



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