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Responding to the Challenge

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Wilmer is a church with a vision, and that vision comes from the Lord. God Himself commanded His followers to go out into the world and make disciples. Our mission is to tell others about the love of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. We are to baptize those who believe and through faith receive new life in Christ. We are to teach new believers and disciple them to become followers of Christ.

Any church that seriously attempts to fulfill God’s vision will be challenged by our adversary. Satan will attempt to distract, discourage, and divide us as he works to destroy the unity and fellowship of the church. A growing church will face challenges and will need to embrace these challenges and trust God to give us the wisdom to overcome them.

The tremendous growth that we have experienced in our Wednesday night children and youth ministries has led to some real challenges. Our desire is to create an atmosphere for teaching and learning so our children and youth can come to know Christ and become followers of Him. We are having to address some organizational, logistical, and disciplinary issues to be more effective in our Wednesday night ministries.

The church is bringing on some new leadership and some new ideas to help make Wednesday evenings great. We are excited about how our people are responding to meet these challenges. It is exciting to see God move and be part of a congregation that wants to follow Christ and allows the Holy Spirit to lead us in facing challenges. I can’t wait to see how God is going to bless us this coming year as our people respond by stepping up to meet these challenges.

Breaking Through to God

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I believe that God puts into the heart of every Christian a desire to know Him better. We don’t always know how to have a closer walk with God or how to experience Him more intimately. I personally didn’t understand for many years how to have a deep, abiding fellowship with Christ that the Bible talks about. It was through prayer and reading personal testimonies of some wonderful servants of God that I became aware that God wanted me to experience the abundant life that He had for me.

In faith I just reached out to God and told Him I wanted to know Him better and really experience Him. I chose to spend more time praying and seeking after God. Spending more time with God led me to some deep and serious evaluation of my life and resulted in some serious confession and dealing with sin in my life. I began to experience a deeper connection with Christ. My prayers were being answered and my life began to change. Worship became exciting for me and I had a new passion for spiritual things.
Knowing and sensing God’s movement in directing my life and speaking into my heart gave me a new sense and awe of the presence of God in my life. The personal testimonies that I had read about of how God had worked in other’s lives became my personal experience, and the Holy Spirit just lit my life.

The most exciting thing about this deeper experience of the presence of God was to know that God wanted this to be the experience for every Christian. I wanted so much to tell others about what God was doing in my life! I set out on a new course in life to teach and preach about how the Holy Spirit can fill a believer’s life.

My prayer for the church is that God would help each of us to experience Him to the fullest. When the Spirit of God is allowed to take over a church body awesome things begin to happen for the glory of God. May the presence of the Holy Spirit move so powerfully among us that we would be in awe and say what Jacob did in Genesis-- “surely the presence of God is in this place.”