From the Pastor

C.S. Lewis made a wise observation about God, “He seems to do nothing of Himself which He can possibly delegate to His creatures.  He commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in the twinkling of an eye.  Creation seems to be delegation through and through. I suppose this is because He is a giver.”

God’s giving grows us into givers, too.  Thank you, members, for your faithful giving to FBC and all the missions and ministries we support with Texas Baptists and the Southern Baptist Convention.  We praise God for light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and we anticipate what the Lord has planned for the year ahead!  Let’s pray and plan our way into all that God delegates to us, staying prayerful and flexible like the missionaries we are.

Pray for our process of calling people into the volunteer work that makes ministry happen.  It’s going on right now under the titles “Nominating Committee” and even “Committee on Committees.”  Those titles really mean people “praying, thinking, asking, and praying.”

Pray for our process of planning and approving the ministry budgets for the coming year.  The biggest single budget line increase in our proposed budget is for giving through the Cooperative Program.  This is the way that churches like ours combine resources to support missions and ministry on state, national, and international levels.  Bruce McCoy oversees this historic missions co-op for Texas Baptists, and I invited him to be our guest preacher on Sunday morning August 8.  You can also see how FBC’s Cooperative Program giving gets distributed by visiting our church website and clicking on the “Info Center” tab at fbclampasas.com.

The Old Testament book of Numbers is hardly as exciting as the New Testament book of Acts.  But they both belong to the slow and blundering human accomplishment of God’s will.  The same goes for the columns of numbers in church budgets.  Pray and rely on God the Great Giver to lead us farther than we could plan on our own.

 

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Rick