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Spring Renewal Weekend

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For several weeks now, God has put it in my heart to lead the church in a Renewal Weekend. One of the greatest spiritual experiences of my life happened in a renewal weekend in our church here at Wilmer 37 years ago. That weekend, in June of 1980, was used of God to strengthen the fellowship of our church for decades to come. Those who are still in our church could testify to how the Holy Spirit moved on our church and in our lives that awesome weekend.  

I am praying and trusting God that the wonderful reality of His presence will be our experience this Renewal Weekend.  The weekend will begin on Friday evening March 31st and continue throughout the weekend of April 1st and 2nd.  We are asking all of our church members and families to make the commitment to give this weekend to the Lord.  When we sacrifice to be with Him and truly desire to have Him touch our lives and our church, then we can anticipate that God will move in His time and in a wonderful way. God tells us that when we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us

A word of warning! Satan, our adversary, does not want you or your family to be involved in this weekend. He understands the potential this weekend has to impact the lives of our church family for decades to come. He will attempt to put obstacles in your path to keep you and your family from the spiritual experience Renewal Weekend holds for you. I pray you will recognize his attempts to hinder your involvement and that you will triumph over these obstacles and have a mountain-top experience with God.  It’s going to be great, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us during this weekend. Be in prayer for the weekend, be part of the weekend, and be prepared for an awesome time shared with God and the church family.  

Living Life Together

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We as believers in Christ are challenged by our culture that is becoming more and more anti-Christian. We are struggling to raise our children and grandchildren in a world that influences them to abandon their Christian heritage and beliefs. We want our children to be happy, to be accepted and to fit in--and their world demands that they conform to fit in.

If we believe what God tells us in His Word, then we understand that if we refuse to conform to the world’s standards, we will never be accepted or "fit in." Jesus wasn’t accepted, He didn’t fit in, and neither will true believers. We may even be subjected to ridicule, be made fun of, or be treated differently if we hold Christian beliefs and values.

Children of God are strangers and sojourners in this world (1 Peter 2:11). We have been blessed to have been saved through the blood of Jesus and our faith in what Christ did for us at the cross. Through His Word and by His grace, He has made us His children and adopted us into His family.  We are now to live our lives being followers of Jesus and serving Him.

We are to live holy and set apart for the glory of God. We are not to conform to the world and live as we did before we came to trust in Christ. We desperately need each other as we attempt to live as followers of Christ. We need to love each other and encourage each other as we pass through this life together. The Apostle Peter challenges the church of all ages when he reminds us, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart” (I Peter 1:22). 

We should love each other and enjoy spending time together.  Our Life Groups are a tremendous way of living life together and encouraging each other. Pray about joining a Life Group and experience living life together. Our upcoming Valentine's Day Banquets are another way of connecting with the body of Christ. Come join the members of our church in fellowship on Friday evening, February 10th at 7:00PM (adults over 40) or Saturday, February 11th at 6:00PM (40 and under). Finally, pray for the body of Christ at Wilmer, participate in the ministry of your church, and pursue a life of holiness and God will bless.

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