Scripture Memory for July – John 3:1 – 21
Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Proverbs 3:5 & 6
Read last year’s post from this passage – “The Watchman”
Tonight is our annual Back to School Rally at the church. We are very excited to be able to host this event for the young people in our community along with some students from churches throughout the rest of the state. If you are in our area, we invite you to come and take part. Brother Mike Clark will be our main speaker, but we will also hear from many other area preachers. There is no charge for the event, and there will be lots of food and fun for the kids. Each kid will receive a BTS Rally backpack filled with some surprises. If you need more information, you can go to our church website (www.jerseyshorebaptist.com), or call the church (609 – 748 – 4955).
I am also very happy that the summer is coming to an end, and we are entering my favorite time of the year – the fall. Don’t misunderstand me, I love the summer; but by the time September rolls around I am ready to get back to the more regular routine that the school year brings. It is a shame that too many of us get away from some things during the summer months that are important to our relationship with God. I have discovered that the school year gives us a wonderful opportunity to hit the reset button, and get back to some things that are important:
1 Back to a schedule – It grieves me that our kids are sleeping late during the summer months. The summer vacation was originally intended to allow the young people to help out with the farm work that needed to be done in the sumer months. Today, it is just a time for kids to be lazy. They get up late, play video games all day, and stay up late watching TV. Maybe I exaggerate a little, but you know what I mean. Our schedules tend to get “out of whack” in the summer times. The coming of the fall usually forces us to be more routine. Make sure this fall that you schedule some time for devotions in the morning.
2 Back to soulwinning – It is a proven fact that our soulwinning outreach suffers during the summer months. Many churches will shut down church-wide soulwinning altogether due to lack of participation. Let’s get back to going soulwinning this fall.
3 Back to the Scriptures and Supplication (Prayer) – Make it a goal to be more consistent in your Bible reading, Bible study, Bible memorization, and prayer this fall.
4 Back to Standards – One of the benefits of the colder weather is that people are forced to put more clothes on. Christians tend to let their dress standards dip in the summertime.
Take a spiritual inventory of your life, and if there are some things that you have let slide this summer, then get back to them as the school year begins.
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