From the Pastor's Desk - September 2015

From the Pastor’s Desk – The other morning I heard a song on the radio that caught my ear.  The song Even So Come says: “Like a bride waiting for her groom, we'll be a Church ready for You. Every heart longing for our King, we sing, ‘Even so come. Lord Jesus, come.’” The song is based upon the Book of Revelation where the church is called the Bride of Christ.  The song reminded me of how a bride awaits anxiously the day of her wedding with such anticipation, and all the things that she does to get ready for that special day.  And then, the day of the wedding she does everything to be perfect for her groom. As I thought about this song I remembered Jesus’ words in John 14. “I am going to prepare a place for you...” These words are also a part of getting ready for the wedding. In Jesus’s day the groom goes to prepare a place for his bride and when it is ready he goes to get her. All of this is with great expectancy.  Then I wondered, do we, as the Bride of Christ, have that kind of anticipation?  Are we doing all that we can do to get ready for His coming? 

Two things are coming up that I want you to put on your calendar.  The first is our 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY.  On September 20th we will be celebrating 100 years since LLBC was organized. We will have guest speakers, guest musicians and former members come to help us celebrate.

Ron and Patricia Owens will be our Guests for our revival services October 4-7. Ron and Patricia have traveled the world in ministry for almost 50 years. Ron is the former director of the International Christian Center in Switzerland and co-founder of the International Congress on Revival. In more recent years, Ron and Patricia’s overseas work was focused primarily on the lands of Russia where they have helped direct the training of worship leaders and musicians for the churches of Eastern Europe. Many of their songs and music dramas are being used in churches and theaters of the former Soviet Union where they are proving to be an effective tool in the sharing of the gospel. In 2003, performances of their musical, The Christmas Lamb, were used as a major outreach to the city of Moscow by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In North America they continue to minister in conferences, churches, seminaries and colleges. Their focus includes Ron’s preaching and teaching on the subjects of Worship and Revival as well as their joint ministry through music and composition. Ron was Associate to Henry Blackaby in the Office of Prayer and Spiritual Awakening at Southern Baptist’s North American Mission Board, as well as being Worship and Music Consultant for the International Mission Board. Ron is a published author. He has produced two works on the subject of Worship, and written several biographies.

Pray for these two events and mark your calendar so that you will not miss anything.  You will be blessed. Keith

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