Dear Friends and Fellow Believers,
November is upon us again, and Fall is in full display. How beautiful are the colors of the Fall with leaves changing, how nice are the cooler temperatures, and the anticipation of the holidays that are ahead of us? This month we will enjoy the gathering of family and friends to celebrate and remember all that God has blessed us with this year. How great is it to live in a nation that set apart a day to Thank God for His many blessings? Regardless of what the revisionist-historians say, Thanksgiving is to give thanks to the One True God of the Bible who led our forefathers to come to this continent and found this great nation. We are not without our historical faults, that is true, however, this is the greatest nation in the history of the world.
In just a few days we will be hosting the Christianity & Culture Conference in partnership with The Worldview Academy and The Bridge Network of Churches, who gave us a generous sponsorship and has endorsed the conference to its 98 churches. I hope you have been and will continue to pray that God will bring many to attend and be impacted by this event. There is so much going on in our culture today that needs to be addressed biblically. This will be an opportunity for all of us to be equipped to answer important questions, and be conversant in matters that are affecting so many. Please register now and plan to attend and serve on November 8 & 9.
During September and October, we also began our new season of D-Groups. It is great to see more of our body embracing the Disciple making life style. We are encouraged my so many verses to make disciples, to grow, study God’s Word, to be involved in personal accountability, to pray for the lost, and so many of the aspects of D-Groups. Again, I am hearing how even at the beginning of our year how some are seeing a change in their life due to the D-Group experience. We will launch again next September! Begin to pray now about being in a D-Group!
Make sure you introduce yourself (if you haven’t already) to Andrew and Hannah Carpenter, our new Minister of Music family. We are excited to see how the Lord has led them to be a part of the Restoration Church family.
One other thing, this week we will have an election. As followers of Christ we have a duty to be good citizens. Romans 13 and many other passages instruct us to respond rightly to our governmental leaders. In our nation there is no better show of appreciation or displeasure than the vote. Our hope is not in the government, but we do need to be represented and guarded by “magistrates” who hold to similar convictions as we do. Most nations of the world do not have the freedoms we do, and do not experience such peaceful change of power. We must participate as we are allowed in order to stand for the Lord and for our Nation. Please remember to vote.
I hope that you will have a safe and joyous holiday season. Remember to share at every opportunity that Thanks are to God and Christmas is for Jesus! We should all be warmed and encouraged by the time we will spend with friends and family, as well as blessed by the remembrance of the great lengths God was willing to go to demonstrate His love. Happy Thanksgiving!
In the bond of Peace,
Michael C. Smith