The 2020 Special Missions Contribution is now history. And I want to commend you. I have been a part of missions contributions for more than 35 years, and I have never seen one as heart moving as this one. Starting with a goal of $250,000 in the middle of a pandemic, the final amount is more than $366,000!!! That is 46% over the target. I am reminded of what Paul wrote about the Macedonian churches in 2 Corinthians 8:2-3 (NIV): “In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.” Phoenix Church, I love you for your sacrifice, and for many other reasons.
As I write this, it is less than forty days until we elect the next President of the United States. Never have I seen so many strong negative emotions in a presidential election. Both sides attack character, truthfulness, fairness, and any other Christian characteristic that you might list. My prayer is that God selects the next president. But my prayer is also that each of us as disciples of Jesus will guard our mouths, social media posts, and hearts from the ungodly attitudes that are all around us every day.
Let me remind you of a few commands from God that should help us all in this hostile political climate:
Until next week, stay thankful, stay calm, walk with God, and encourage one another,
Al Baird for the Leadership Team