A message from Pastor David
Weekly Update 4/14/21
Wow—what a great weekend we just had. We had 44 baptisms each one telling their story of the need of a Savior and the story of our Lord Jesus Christ—His death, burial, and resurrection!
One lady told me she is ready—“I don’t want to leave anything undone!” Great words!
One of our Students is overwhelmed with life right now—but also knows how much Jesus loves her and wants to help her family! Her tears and raw emotion got the best of her before we “buried her” but as she rose out of that watery grave of baptism the joy on her face spoke volumes! She realizes she is raised to walk a new life with Jesus.
Each one of the 44 who were baptized in this 99 corridor had a story! 44 for and counting of those who said, I’m ALL IN! All in for Jesus! I am excited because God’s not done! It looks like we will have several more baptisms this weekend. And as others continue to share their pictures and videos—God continues to move. Please keep praying—God’s not done!
And if you’re ready to say you’re ALL IN—let us know! We’re ready!
I again want to say THANK-YOU! So many people made this possible with their prayers, their warm smiles, their encouraging words, their carpenter skills, their friendly welcome! Let’s keep on keeping on!
I love what Paul says about baptism in Romans 6 in the MSG paraphrase! Maybe you can share this with someone today. Rom. 6:2-5 That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land! That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.
Last thing: this weekend we start a brand new series—Recovery! Coming out of the Pandemic—it’s a word I’m hearing all the time. How will the economy recover, our work force, our education system, healthcare. We want all these areas to have a strong recovery coming out of the pandemic! I want a strong spiritual recovery as well. In this title you see the heart—we’re focusing on how God can help our heart recover not just from the pandemic but from everyday life. We’re dealing with shame, sorrows, and struggles!
Hope to see you at one of our services—in person or online!