Circle Drive conducted the annual Vacation Bible School July 12-16. "Journey off the Map" was the theme. I am grateful to report VBS attendance increased over last year's event. Most importantly, when the gospel was presented on Wednesday night, some boys and girls committed their lives to follow JESUS CHRIST.
Late Friday afternoon Billy Burleson, Jeff Bolan, Wayne Cantwell and I drove to Gunnison, Colorado to spend the night at a local motel in preparation for our Saturday hike of 14,022 ft. San Luis Peak. Billy and Jeff would be hiking their first 14er, while Wayne and I would be hiking our 20th.
Throughout the public debate on homosexual marriage, people who endorse the Biblical definition of marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman have asked the question, “How can a person take the Bible and defend homosexual (i.e., same sex) marriage?”
On behalf of our church family, I extend my love, sympathy, and prayer support to the family of Don Husted, who went "home to be with the LORD" on Monday, June 22. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mae, who went to heaven May 26, 2003. Don and his wife were married on July 22, 1944.
On behalf of our church family, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to the family of Ron Wilhelm, who "went home to be with the LORD" this past Saturday, June 20, one day before his 84th birthday. He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella, who went to heaven on June 30, 2004.
The Gideons International is a wonderful ministry that spreads the good news of JESUS around the world through the distribution of the Word of GOD. A representative of the Gideons will share a 5 minute report at the conclusion of tomorrow morning's worship service at Circle Drive. After the closing prayer, other Gideon representations will be stationed at doors to receive donations from our members. This money will be used to purchase Bibles for Gideons to distribute around the world.
On behalf of our church family, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to Ravi and Heidi Balaraman, their children, and extended family in the passing of their son, Jesse, this past Monday. Jesse was born April 25, 2000, and just recently completed the 10th grade at Palmer High School.
The greatest need in our country right now is spiritual awakening! Indeed, our culture in so many ways is "in crisis." The solution is not political or social - it is spiritual. It has been over 100 years since America experienced a spiritual awakening. We desperately need a movement of GOD in our lives, our churches, and our country.