Brothers and sisters,
Happy Monday to all! Yesterday we had a beautiful day to worship in our parking lot. As we sang praise to the Lord, we considered the high price paid for our redemption by our Savior. We then remembered Him as we took the Lord’s Supper together. We saw from John 8 how Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel and the world. If you want a Savior, a Messiah, a Lord, a Leader, One who is the Light of the world, look to Jesus. Jesus “has delivered us (those who believe) from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Do not miss Jesus by being distracted by anything else. Jesus provides light, life, and direction for all who will follow Him.
Today, May 17, is a special day for me. On this day 41 years ago, Carla and I were married. I thank God when I was young and inexperienced, that His Holy Spirit led me to Carla. I knew God had given me a jewel but did not know just how blest I was on that day. Carla is a wonderful wife who sees me at my worst and still loves me. I do not know of anyone who could have been a better mother to our children and grandmother to our granddaughters. Carla is a fantastic partner in ministry! Carla has a huge heart for hurting people and has invested her life in seeking to help them and point them to Jesus. God truly blessed me with a wife of beauty and noble character, and I wanted, like the husband of the Proverbs 31 woman, to rise and honor her today.
Put Sunday evening, June 6, on your calendar. We will be having a church picnic on the grounds starting at 6:00 PM. We will not share food but ask you to bring food for your family. I am looking forward to getting together with all of you on that evening. Plan on being here with us on that Sunday evening.
During the weeks between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we are participating with CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County in the Baby Bottle Campaign to help support this wonderful ministry. Baby bottles are available for you to take. We ask you to use these to collect an offering for this ministry, which we shall take to them after Father’s Day.
Remember to keep praying continually for each other.
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church