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From Your Pastor’s Heart

Many of you have asked, “Who are our active deacons?” as you are considering our deacon nomination process. Here are those names:

1. James Beasley  7. Scott Nevins

2.Jerry Benson  8. Brian Nichols

3.Don Everett  9. Lloyd Pond

4.Terry Gresham  10. Roy Ross

5.Clay Grubbs  11. Tom Swirchack

6.Kenny Mathews

These men faithfully serve in ways that are rarely seen and I am thankful for each one of them. Please continue to prayerfully make nominations (through 9/11) and then pray for our deacon body and the candidates as we seek God’s guidance.

Are you ready?

“One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years, I’ve been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education and training. And on January 15, the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.” Those were the words of Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger as he reflected on the landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. Sully did not plan for his Airbus A320 to fly into a large flock of birds disabling both engines. He did not know that the Hudson River would be the only spot for an emergency landing as he drank his coffee that morning. However, when the time came, with little to no warning, all the daily decisions that were made over and over again were preparing him for this moment and he responded with calm calculated maneuvers and all 155 passengers, as well as the crew, slept safely that night. The opening statement means that while he could never have imagined that January 15, 2009 would turn out like it did, he was ready.

He was ready. Are you ready? Am I ready? Abbey D’Agostino represented the USA in the 5000 meter run in this year’s Olympics in Rio. As the group of runners began the latter half of the race the runner in front of her, Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand, fell. Abbey could not avoid her and as she tried to leap over her, the runner behind her clipped her heel and she fell awkwardly onto the track in a heap along with Hamblin. Her coach had told her before the race, “If you go down…get up and get right back to running.” That’s not what Abbey did. She did get up and start to run past the Kiwi runner, but she instinctively stopped, reached down to Hamblin and said, “Get up. We have to finish this.” She was ready to respond in a way that went against conventional wisdom. When she was asked later about her reasoning she replied, “God prepared my heart to respond that way.” She was ready. Years of devotion to her faith and reading God’s Word prepared her to do the unthinkable; to think of someone else in the heat of individual competition during the biggest track meet of her life. She was ready. Are you ready? Are you making small, regular, yet significant deposits into your account by trusting and obeying God? If you are, you will be ready in the days ahead when the moment arrives that God has prepared your heart for.

Faithfully yours, Bro. David