Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 30, 2013

Thought for the Week August 4, 2013

As I write this “thought” last minute preparations are being made for the Backyard Bible Club. Around 20 members and staff will join with Jesse and Monica Romero to serve children of military members in their back yard. We are grateful to the Romeros for their willingness to host such an event and to the housing authority for giving them permission. Most of all we are grateful to the Lord for allowing us the opportunity to bring His love to precious children.

I want to thank all of those who are giving their time to support the Backyard Bible Club. Several are serving as team leaders and have already given many hours readying lessons and gathering supplies for activities. Schedules have been written and snacks pre-staged. From what we can see, we are ready.

Yet there is so much we don’t know and can’t really prepare. That’s the best part! We are stepping out in faith. We believe that God has called us and arranged this opportunity so we are moving forward even though we don’t know the outcome. That’s where things begin to happen.

In the Bible we see many examples of those who moved by faith even though they couldn’t see what was ahead. Abraham is one of the best examples. God told him to leave his people and go to a country “I will show you…” (Genesis 12:1). The account shows that Abraham departed before he knew where that country was. The Israelites were told to cross the Jordan River when it was in flood stage. Joshua said, Hear the words of the Lord…as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests…rest in the water of the Jordan…the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off (or stop flowing). (Joshua 3:10, 13). To cross the river they had to step in the flooded water, then it stopped and they crossed on dry land! In Acts Paul saw a vision of a man of Macedonia saying, Come over into Macedonia and help us (Acts 16:9) which he said showed them the Lord was calling them there. Earlier in Acts 8, an angel had appeared to Philip in the midst of a great revival telling him to go toward the south, unto the way that goes down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, the desert (Acts 8:26). How many would leave a great move of God and head off into the desert? By faith Philip did, and there he met the Ethiopian eunuch who became a Christian and likely took the gospel to Ethiopia.

All these and so many more responded to God’s direction and call and obeyed in faith even though they couldn’t see the end of their journey. We join a select group tomorrow. I wonder what God is going to do. Do you?

One other significant means of preparation has been prayer. We are undergirding this opportunity by calling on and depending on the presence and power of God to be our source and guide. Without prayer we will be able to do what a few people together in our wisdom can do. Maybe, quite a lot. But with prayer we will be able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20) or what God can do! We have prayed, we are praying, and we will continue to pray. Will you pray with us? Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday?

Finally, I want to ask if you have the time to join in and help. We will need extra people to help with games, snacks, loving kids, talking with parents, whatever. If you are free between 9:30-11:30 a.m. any of the next three days, just show up and you’ll get to be part of a move of faith. Wouldn’t you rather SEE what God does than hear about it after it happens? I surely would. If you need to know where to go, call me (757-650-8788). In the meantime – pray and believe! Just a thought.

Please Note: North Landing Road between George Mason St. and West Neck Parkway will be closed to traffic Sunday, August 4, 11, and 18. If this is your normal route to church, you will have to find an alternate route.

This week, as we continue to focus on biblical stewardship, I’ll share what John Maxwell calls “The Trust Test”. No need to fear as it’s not a test that measures right or wrong answers but gives some thoughts about how to evaluate whether or not we trust God in several different ways. You want to know, don’t you? Note: feedback is welcome. Email feedback or questions to

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