March 20, 2015

Dear First Pres,

Last week I attended the Fresno/Clovis Prayer Breakfast. The featured speaker was the Rev. Dr. David Jeremiah. His message was about prayer (of course); he called us to be praying personally, persistently, and particularly. He wonderfully reminded us that God is not reluctant to give us what we need. Praise be to God who listens to our prayers, works in us through our prayers, and always answers our prayers.

I believe this is a season when we need to be drawing near to the Lord in prayer.  Here's why:

March 5, 2015

Dear First Pres,

Last weekend, thirty-two of our elementary students went to winter camp at Sugar Pine along with five FPC cabin-counselors.  Looking at the camp picture, I felt like I went back in time to Where's Waldo...only this time it's "Where's Miss Margie?"  Can you find the FPC'ers in the picture?  

February 19, 2015

Dear First Pres,

The Lenten season has begun; last night’s Ash Wednesday service was a wonderful start to this special season in the life of the church set aside for spiritual reflection, renewal, and restoration.  Last night’s Old Testament reading was Joel 2:1-17 in which the prophet urges the people of God to return to their Lord with all their hearts. They had fallen away from God, and His judgment was looming. Still, God’s call was for them to return to Him.

February 5, 2015

Dear First Pres,

     How has your work been this week? I hope you have been thinking about your work as part of God's epic story of redemption and restoration. Remember, your work (paid or unpaid) is part of God's call on your life to live everyday life with Gospel intentionality. I'm praying you are working this week with all your heart with a great certainty of your identity in Christ. I'm praying that you are showing others the character of Christ in the way that you work, and that you're helping to create environments that demonstrate the Kingdom of God.

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