From Pastor Bill

July 9, 2017

Dear Grace Family and Friends,

Half the year is gone. Are we surprised about where we are at mid-year? If we stay on this track, will we achieve our intended goals? I’ve been thinking a lot about where we are as a Church. I’ll confess that I’ve wrestled with God quite a bit lately about why He hasn’t sent the additional Staff members we seek. There is so much more I want us to accomplish as a Church. Yet there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in my day to accomplish those things. So I’m asking myself, “What are you spending time on that isn’t worth the investment?” The answer is, “Plenty.” I suspect I’m not the only one with that problem. The question is, “What will we do about that?” We have the option of doing nothing. Time will still pass and the year will still come to an end in 175 more days. If we simply keep breathing, we’ll get there. But is that enough? Are we satisfied with simply “marking time?” Or is there a divine purpose for our existence? Does God really have a plan for my life? And if so, what will be the consequence of me not accomplishing that purpose? These are serious questions but the Scripture provides a simple answer. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by The Lord, and He delights in his way.” My ability to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” at the end of my journey depends solely upon me walking in His steps. Some days that’s easy while others it seems impossible. Some days I’m excited about it and some days I dread it. None of that matters since God made me master of my mind and feelings. I need simply choose to live in obedience. He’ll bring the rest to pass. As we enter this second half of the year will you join me in that endeavor? Will we choose to obey? We won’t regret it. I love you and am excited about what God has in store for us. Don’t miss it! Pastor Bill Signature REV