This Sunday we honored our teachers and students in the morning service by having a special time of prayer for them as they head back to school this week. The students also filled out cards with prayer requests for the upcoming school year, so please keep them in your prayers. We are very thankful for all the public, Christian and homeschool teachers that invest in the lives of students throughout the year.
Pastor Gardner preached a powerful message on Matthew 22 about what it looks like to love God and love others. Loving God is not coming to Him to see what you can get, but rather a recognition of who He is and all that He has done for you. Our love for God is expressed in the way we meditate on who He is, seek Him daily, hating sin, and read His word. When we love God over our own selves, we naturally begin to love and focus on the needs of others, and this is what shows the world the love of Christ that is in us.
In the evening service, we had the opportunity to hear exciting testimonies of how God worked in the lives of our teenagers who headed down to Peru these past two weeks. It was clear that the testimonies they heard and the things that they had seen had truly impacted their lives, and it was exciting to see young people passionate about missions and spreading the gospel around the world!