The summer season ends with a look to the coming fall with the dying vegetation and the cooling of the temperatures. Vacations are over, reunions are complete, and the children are back to the dreaded return to school. Ho hum! Not so fast! It is not a time for sadness and despair, but joy and hope. It is the season for Revival. We will be having our fall revival from October 3rd through 8th. This should give us new a chance to experience Spiritual renewal. It can be likened unto preparing ourselves physically for a coming winter.
When I worked on the farm we would “winterize” it for the coming winter. We would cover and protect all equipment that would not be in use in the winter season. And would make sure the roofs, the doors, and windows of barns and sheds were properly sealed to keep out the precipitation that could leak in and during cold weather and freeze. Hay would be dry stored or properly covered to prevent rot and loss of their nutrition for the animals. Antifreeze levels in equipment were checked for proper levels for winter use. One thing I remember was a tractor that was used for snow removal. The plow used on this tractor would be attached in good weather, all lines checked for proper operation and tire chains were placed in a tool type box to be quickly removed and placed on tires in snowy and icy weather.
How much more should we prepare our souls so that when a season of trials and temptations come we have the strength to endure victoriously. As sure as we know there is a winter season that will come there is a time of trials and temptations as well. We need to strengthen our faith, our desire, our love, and our commitment to God for such a time.
The time of revival has some interesting features that often time we as Christian’s fail to take into account. Let us consider a few of these things and how they may pertain to us.
We as a Christian, and as a Church, should examine ourselves from time to time to see where we are. I truly believe Christians want to be where God wants them to be. The revival season is a time for Christian’s to prepare themselves. Then sinners can be saved!
|In Christian Love,|
September Communion Helpers: September 24 (PM)
Gary & Vanessa Shoemaker
Special Need: Greeters are Still Needed!
We still could use 3 or 4 more people.