I love my wife, Patty, very much; I love my eight kids, my six sons-in-law, my two daughters-in-law, my 27 grandchildren, and my church. This coming October will be 46 years that I have been here as the Pastor of JBC. Over those 46 years I have worked thousands of hours, preached several thousand different sermons, and given money to the point of being crazy. I love my church the way Jesus loves it. I have given my life to doing all I can with the spiritual gifts God has given me to help make His church healthy, beautiful, and growing.
Colossians 1:24-25 In my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,
The church is the eternal companion of Jesus, His Bride. The church is the “Body of Christ,” the physical manifestation of Jesus on the earth. Jesus the man was “Body I,” the church is “Body II.” My love for Jesus my Savior is no greater than my love for His Bride my church, my commitment to Jesus who is on His throne in heaven is no greater than my commitment to my church, His Body on the earth.
Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
God blesses us in a variety of ways. God’s blessings are conditional, that is we earn His blessings. James 1:25 says that those who are doers of God’s Word, not just forgetting what they read or heard, will be blessed in all that they do.
There is no activity that brings God’s blessing into our life more than our blessing His church with our service, our prayers, and our giving.