VBS starts Monday! Get out your safari hat and mosquito net and join us July 13th-17th from 9:AM-noon. Our “Journey Off the Map” will take our kids to uncharted territory, where they will begin to understand that obedience to God can lead them beyond the expected. They will toss the map, stick close to their guide, and learn to listen for God’s direction in this journey that is unknown to us, but known by Him. Lunch will be provided. Pre-register now!
We still remain true to the faith of our fathers who established religious liberty when the nation began. We must remember, too, that our forebears in every generation, and wherever they established their homes, made prompt and generous provision for the institutions of religion. We must continue their steadfast reliance upon the providence of God.
No greater blessing could come to our land today than a revival of the spirit of religion. I doubt if there is any problem in the world today — social, political or economic — that would not find happy solution if approached in the spirit of the Sermon on the Mount.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938
“There’s a good reason they call these ceremonies ‘commencement exercises,’” Utah Senator Orrin Hatch once said. “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” The same is true of baptism. Both events are often approached as an end point reached with relief: “Well, at least that’s done!” With the degree — or salvation — in hand, some people feel no further need for education — or spiritual growth.
Just remember: You’re at the starting gate, not the finish line. Well-wishers encourage new grads, “Don’t stop now; you’re on a roll. Even greater things are ahead!” And Hebrews 12:1 (NRSV) urges the baptized, “Run with perseverance the race that is set before [you].” While a diploma bears the seal of the graduate’s school, Christians themselves are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30) and the cross of Christ. To take full advantage of each, we must continue learning and growing.
This Mother’s Day we thank God for the special women in our lives while remembering Jesus’ declaration: “Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35, NLT). As Jesus’ own family, let us worship God together now.