Dear Central Oaks (Part 14)

It has been 20 weeks since I last wrote a letter to you, Central Oaks. It’s about time, I suppose. What follows are disconnected thoughts and encouragements. Forgive my randomness. I went through late adolescence on Twitter.

The grace of God for us in Christ is beyond our understanding. He has chosen us in Him before He even made the world (Eph. 1:4). We are seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). How great the love that the father has given to us, that we should be called children of God (1 John 3:1). And we aren’t just called it. We really are!

Remember that prayer is our fuel. We must pray for one another regularly. Is there someone you’ve noticed at church that you don’t know that well? Pray for them and look for a chance to tell them so. Prayer is work.

Remember that our God will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. We are much more valuable to Him than birds, and He provides for them abundantly.

Have you been praying for one lost person every day at 1? With God’s help, and an alarm, I have been.

Easter has a sense of anticipation and excitement, but for pastors there’s also pressure. It’s a little like the Super Bowl of church life. Afterward there is a kind of exhaustion that takes a little bit to get over. I am in that mode this week. If you want to pray for me, that information might prove helpful.

I would be remiss to not mention the extra effort some made for easter weekend: Joanna Walker, Pastor Chris, all of you who pitched in to move chairs, smile and welcome guests. I’m sure there is more I’m forgetting. Thank you all. May the Lord bless you.

Pastor Chris will be preaching this Sunday. The next Sunday, May 1, Dr. Picirilli will be preaching, Lord willing. It’s rare that I am not preaching for two weeks in a row. So far I’m seeing this time as an opportunity to intake some sermons that are good for my soul and provide any pastoral care you might need. My school also has given me several books to read, which I am working on digesting (I’m a slow reader).

May the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s powerful Word sustain you this week.

Member’s meeting on Wednesday at 7.

Pastor Jacob