Newsletter April 1, 2017
A WORD FROM THE PREACHER
By Paul Ponchot
BY REASON OF STRENGTH
Psalm 90:10 says, “The length of our days is seventy years — or eighty, if we have the strength; . . .” On Monday, April 3rd, my dad, Bob Ponchot, turns eighty. He is one of those people who have reached that “if we have the strength” age. But the number of years a person has lived is not nearly as important as what they did for the Lord during those years. I am thankful to be able to say that my dad has devoted his entire adult life to serving the Lord.
My sisters and I have been so blessed to have the parents that we have. With the help of the Lord they have helped us in so many ways to become who we are. My dad has especially had an impact on me from a ministry perspective.
My dad has been more than just my father, he has also been my mentor, my preacher, and my hero. He has exemplified what it is to be a Godly father, husband, minister, and friend. So much of what I have learned, and who I am, has come from him. He has impacted my life, and the life of my family, in too many ways to mention.
Dad has also had an impact on countless lives over the many years of his ministry. God has used him in remarkable ways to spread the Gospel and minister to the needs of those around him. He has made his life about exalting Christ. Gal 2:20 says a lot about the focus of dad’s life, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
I am so grateful that dad is still with us and even at age eighty, is moving forward in his service for the Lord. His devotion to the Lord is being handed down as a spiritual legacy for the rest of us. It continues to be an honor and a privilege to serve the Christ with my dad. May the Lord grant him strength for many years to come.
TWO OUT OF THREE
I sent out a letter recently that talked about increasing our level of commitment to the Lord. We are challenging every member of the church to get involved in some aspect of the ministry here in the church. There are sign-up sheets in the foyer that list the various areas of service where we need your help. Please sign up for one or more places where God can use you. Be willing to step up and step out in your willingness to serve. The church here needs you.
We are also challenging the members here to increase their level of commitment in church attendance. We have three regular meeting times each week; Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday Bible study. We are encouraging everyone to commit to being at two of those three services. I realize that this will not always be easy, but it is so important that we give worship and fellowship a high priority in our lives.
Our lives as Christians on this earth needs to be all about honoring the Lord with all that we do, and say, and think. How will you allow God to use you as we continue His Work? We look forward to a great year of growth and service with you all.
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