Brenda’s Heart …
· Recognize those who made today possible through Christ
· In Heaven & On Earth – Here and Elsewhere
25 Years ago the congregation of Golden Triangle Church On The Rock joined together in the pursuit of one common goal. We earnestly petitioned God and placed the future of this Church in His hands. Our prayer and commitment to God was simple:
“God, if You will give us the opportunity, we will make this Church important to You.”
We had this one goal … to make God smile every day. We began to imagine what we could do to make God happy. For the first day and for the past 25 years we have steadily taken every opportunity given. Some things we tried worked and some didn’t quite turn out the way we hoped. However, in all we do, we hold this conclusion:
Only God can measure success.
Our key scriptures for today are found in:
2 Corinthians 10 NLT
17 As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.”
18 When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.
I pray the Lord commend all who prayed so hard, worked so diligently, served so graciously and supported so faithfully this past week, this past month, this past year and each year for the past quarter century. Each one of you has been a vital link in the unbroken chain of ministry from Jesus’ ascension until His return. I thank you and God thanks you. You have done well!
Before we conclude today allow me to share some:
4 things I know after 25 years …
1. Why we do what we do makes all the difference to God.
o God did not create the heavens and the earth and mankind so that He could live, but rather so that we could.
o Jesus did not come to earth and die on the cross so that He could be saved, but rather so that we could be saved.
o The Holy Spirit does not partner with us because He needs wisdom, guidance and comfort, but rather because we do.
o Why we do what we do makes all the difference …
2. Sometimes God sends us down a road to get to the end of the road and sometimes God sends us down a road to get to the fork in that road … we cannot know which it is until we go down that road.
o Like our father Abraham taught us, we must always be ready for a fresh word from God.
o God does not always seek our permission before He upsets our plans.
o Just because it affects us does not mean it is always about us.
o The journey is your friend …
3. It is not our dreams which make life precious but rather our memories.
o Just because it is over does not mean it wasn’t good.
o That being said …
4. Our greatest days are yet ahead!
It has been the great pleasure of my life to serve as your Pastor for these 25 years. Brenda and I love and appreciate you. Together our Church family has accomplished truly amazing things. There is every reason to believe we have made God smile and have His continued blessings on our Church every day. My family and I expect the next 25 years to be equally dynamic. Thank you for your friendship …
I pray you Go in Peace and Not in Pieces – God has a plan for your life!