35 You know the saying, 'Four months between planting and harvest.' But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. John 4:35 [NLT] John records the words of Jesus following a life-changing encounter. In John 4 Jesus makes a detour from the world of Israel into the world of the rejected. He detours from the “I don’t want to get involved with these people” path to the most direct route to “those who need Me path.” It is a telling moment of grace. The Jews and the Samaritans possessed great animosity toward each other. The story is too long to put it in this article. Simply stated, hatred was their joint emotion. How often has fear and reluctance caused us to miss those God moments? Jesus chose to go talk with a woman who was an outcast of those who Jews considered outcast. She was the epitome of the classic “sinner!” Jesus encounters this woman at the public well and engages her in a life-changing conversation. In loving confrontation, Jesus exposes her sins and extends grace. This life transforming discussion impacted her and all those around her. Through her conversion, the villagers came to Christ. It is amazing what one committed person can do to change the world. It only takes one person willing to share Jesus to impact so many. I want to introduce you to a wonderful tool that can change people’s lives. It is a card with the church’s name and address on it. That is a normal business card. However, what is on the reverse side is a website (truelife.org) that leads you into videos of life-changing values. We have the opportunity to share these cards with people. It only takes a little effort to change a life. These cards are available at the church. I encourage you to pick up just 5 cards weekly and give them to five different people. Pray over the cards, ask God to lead you to that right person, and then step back and see what God will do. This is a great witnessing/sharing tool. Jesus went to Samaria to save a soul and through that soul an entire town. We all must go to the grocery store, pharmacy, etc. Why not leave that witness card with that one person God leads you to. By being obedient, that may be the day they discover Christ and gain eternal life! We can do this. Let’s do this! God will bless us for sharing our faith and His love.
Summer is here. School ends this month until the fall. Many of you will be taking family vacations. I want you to know that Linda and I are praying for you. We all need some time to relax. However, I would ask that you remember your church during your absence. In the summer our expenses are the highest than any time throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your continued stewardship. There are now many venues available to faithfully support when away. 1. You may set up direct giving to Southwest Christian Center through online banking. If you pay your bills this way, you can add SWCC to your pay list. Remember our mailing address. Southwest Christian Center PO Box 22075 Bakersfield, CA 93390-2075 2. We have available self-addressed envelopes at the church. You can take some of these and mail in your tithes and offerings while on vacation. 3. You can support through online giving, via Pay Pal, by accessing our Website: www.swcc.us.com.We accept Visa, Master Card and Discover. 4. The preferred way is to have you be with us in service. We miss you when you are away and rejoice when you return. As you know, in service you can give by check, cash, via the offering or by credit card at the sound booth (Visa, Master Card, Discover). Thank you for your continued witness to the non-saved, and your testimony of discipleship to your church. Have a great summer! I know you will make your church a continued priority.
Thank you. Blessings,
IN LOVE 2018!!!