April 27, 2017
Pastor Darin Youngberg
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Tis' The Season
Posted on Monday, November 28, 2016 by Bro_D
Jesus REALLY is the reason..... and not just for a season. Jesus is the reason for life. Jesus is the reason for freedom. Jesus is the reason for love. Jesus is the reason for peace --- I could go on and on -- Jesus REALLY is the reason.
As I sit down to log this blog, there are a couple of talented ladies busily decorating FBCO. Each year (really each season) there is a fresh theme -- they make the place look so warm, comfy and inviting! If you ask them, they would tell you Jesus is the reason they give of their time. Jesus is the reason they share their talent. My wife told me that if she were to take a stick and put in a jar -- that's what it would be.. a stick in a jar. But when these two ladies put a stick in a jar it looks like a masterpiece! The love of Jesus is displayed many times throughout the year through these two -- and we have the pleasure of experiencing it every time we walk thru the building!
Yesterday, a need was shared in a Sunday School class -- one of our Mission Oronogo families was in need of groceries. Last night and this morning, members of that class have been dropping off groceries to be delivered later in the day. If you asked, they would tell you Jesus is the reason for their desire to give. The ladies of this class minister throughout the year. They are always at the ready to meet a need. They serve our soldiers, they serve children around the world and they serve many shut-ins in area. The love of Jesus is expressed through their service throughout the year -- and we receive a blessing as a result of their sacrifice.
Last week a group of men gathered to minister to a single mom. Her car was in desperate need of general maintenance. They gathered parts -- some necessary and some not so necessary and spent the day working. If you ask, they will tell you Jesus is the reason for their love of helping others. These are a few of the many men of FBCO who will go out of their way to help one in need. They have mowed lawns, cut down trees, repaired fences, cleaned out gutters, done the work of a plumber, an electrician -- even a cable guy. They have prayed with wives who were losing husbands to cancer; they have sought to mend broken relationships. These are men who lead by example -- they teach our Sunday School classes (children & adult); they lead in VBS, they give their time to work on the new construction at church or do repairs for widows. The love of Jesus is expressed through their work throughout the year and our community is better because of it!
Jesus is the reason -- As you enjoy this holiday season, remember, Jesus is the reason throughout your year! When you walk through the buildings here, praise Him for His love expressed through those who give because He is their reason. When you hear of ministry opportunities, get involved and express His love. When you see others completing ministry opportunities, praise Him for His love expressed through those whom He has empowered -- for He is the reason!