We have the greatest opportunity to serve our Lord in the daily routine of our lives. What we do here is just a small portion of what God is expecting from us. There are several ways that we have allowed this day to become "the most important day." It is a day that should be lived to the glory and honor of God, in the fullest degree, just like we should treat tomorrow and Tuesday. God is not worshipped only on Sunday (Rm 12.1ff; Heb 13.5).

We aim to please him in whatever we are doing (2 Cor 5.9). We will not be of those who only seek to please the Lord when we want something, or on only on certain days, or according to our will, but our aim and intention is to please him all the time.

We are the children that are willing to go where he tells us, and do what he commands. We will obey from the love we have in our hearts, singing from the gratitude that we feel in our minds, praying with patience, walking in the light, and keeping our eyes centered on Jesus who died for us! We are his people! We are his sheep! We will be the people zealous for good deeds and hungry for being righteous. We will be the sheep that know the voice of our Master because we have been listening for his direction in our lives. We are the people who will be different to the world. Amen!

I looked at the list Thursday as I was writing this and there were only a very few families that had signed up for the Send Me Home mission.

If you will....sign up, then continue reading. Thanks. Signing up helps us, and others. This is a list for young people and adults, and not limited to age at all. We want kids of our families to be involved in this work, and we want to make sure that we have adults that will be able to help and encourage these kids that sign up.

If you're thinking that you don't know enough, or you're not good at teaching, then you are just the kind of person God can use. He is expert at using people who feel unqualified and not confident in themselves, Moses and Gideon are just two examples. God will use you.

What are you waiting for? God is wanting us to reach our community through good deeds, of course, but with the word of his saving grace in Christ Jesus! That is the gospel message we will be talking to people about and encouraging people to obey. We are called to be evangelists...all of us.

Let's work together and serve our God. Preparation class will begin in April so you need to be signed up!

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved Mk 16.16

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord Acts 22.16

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you Mt 28.19-20

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit Acts 2.38

Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life Rm 6.3-4

For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body I Cor 12.13

We can learn from the scriptures.

We are counting on a huge commitment coming from our Teams! During the Send Me Home week (June 18-23), the mission teams will be going out each day. They are going to need 3 meals each day. We are asking that each Team be prepared to assume responsibilities for one day of the week, with the two smallest (amt of persons) Teams being joined together for their day. This will share the load, not placing too much on any one Team.

Food for that day can, and should be, easy. Teams will NOT be expected to purchase the food. Teams will be reimbursed in agreement with the budget set for this effort. We are only asking if the Teams can organize the food for those days so that our mission team members do not have to think about taking time to fix their own meals.

Team leaders, would you please be encouraging this up among your Teams? We will be sending out a schedule for that week, next month, to all of you, so that each Team will know what day they are doing.

The Send Me Home is for everybody. There's work to do for all of us and God is going to bless us in a great way. Let's empty our cups so that God can fill us!

I hope that you were here for Odis Duncan's lesson on Wednesday night! What an incredible challenge he brought to us. If you were not here, I would encourage you to find that lesson on our website. Jim Romine has been working tirelessly on this website and has facilitated the opportunity for you to hear just about any lesson you might have missed. Please give Jim an encouraging word, as he is still working on this....but back to the lesson from Odis, as I was saying, he gave us a tremendous challenge to empty our cups and lay our everything at his feet, knowing that he can fill us, do through us, help us, strengthen us, and make us useful tools. This lesson was timely because there will be many who will not see a spot for themselves in our Send Me Home this June 18-23rd. There will be people who will think that if they throw in their two mites, it would not even make a difference, and as a result, they may not try at all. Don't be that person. In the face of what God is able to do. He is the One who is able to take the widow's mites and see it as more than anybody else. God can do that.

Go and listen to the lesson. It will bless you. But more importantly, God will bless us if we approach this work by faith, and not by our abilities.