I love traveling. I love the adventure of a journey. In just a few days I am off again to Israel. I love getting on an airplane. I love being in the land of Israel. I love delving into the world of biblical archaeology. I love feeling close to Bible characters I read about. Thank you to my church family at Marshfield First Baptist for allowing me to be part of this work. It deepens my understanding and my teaching of God’s Word. You can view video updates from Shiloh Network News by following Associates for Biblical Research on Facebook or read weekly reports at www.DigShiloh.org.
While I am away, I am excited about the Sunday teaching and preaching here at Marshfield First. I urge you to be present each Sunday morning for worship and Connect Groups in the month of June. Here is the line-up of Sunday morning speakers:
June 2: Mitch Fisher, Director of Missions for Webster County Baptists
June 9: Bob Caldwell, Missions and Evangelism Pastor, The Ridge Church, Villa Ridge, Missouri
June 16 & 23: Dr. John Marshall, retired pastor, Springfield Second Baptist
You will be blessed by the teachings of these godly men. I am so very glad they are available to our church family in my absence. Pray for them and be here for worship and Bible study each week.
Even as I am preparing for a journey to Israel, I am looking ahead to the journey God has for us as a church. We live in a day when the world seems to be changing at an ever-increasing rate. Today the Church – including our local church – is faced with the challenge of representing the unchanging truth of God in fast changing world. It seems to me like I can “feel” the church losing ground to the culture. Yet Jesus said, “Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). How will we be the church God has called us to be? What will that look like as we serve God and serve others day by day? What is your part in being this church on the rock? All of these questions are at the heart of our theme for this year: 2020 Vision. Will we clearly see what God has in store for us? And will we respond to God’s unchanging truth with obedience? Our obedience involves us being real modern-day disciples of Jesus: following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and carrying out the mission of Jesus (Matthew 4:19). I am excited for the journey. And I want you to be a part of it!