Because Your loving kindness is better than life, my lips will praise You.  Psalm 63:3

 

      First, I just want to wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving!  I am thankful for the privilege of serving the Lord with each of you.  Most of us have so much for which we should be thankful.  Our salvation and just being in the family of God should be at the top of our “thankful” list.  I am thankful for the many servants here at BBC. 

     I appreciate all who helped with the Upward season that came to a conclusion this past Saturday.  I am thankful for those who teach and lead in the various Bible study groups.  I appreciate those who serve on our First Impressions, Safety/Security and Coffee teams each week.  I appreciate those who serve on various councils.  I appreciate the generosity of the folks at BBC.  I know that various ministries are regularly asking for food, diapers, coats, school supplies, and other items, and so many of you frequently open your hands/wallets and provide the requested resources.  I’m thankful (and still amazed) that God would allow me to pastor such a wonderful church family like you folks at Burlington Baptist.  I am very often humbled by God’s goodness and I pray that He will continue to move in our church in a mighty way.  He deserves all the praise and thanks for all the good things He has done. 

       Yes, God has been so good to me and I have so much in which to be thankful.  I’m thankful for my family and am especially thankful this year for a grandson, Aiden.  Many of you were right about the blessings of grandchildren.  I’m looking forward to spending some extra time with Aiden this week.  I hope you have some special times with your family this week. 

         On Tuesday (Nov. 15th), I completed my term as President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.  It was such an honor to serve in that capacity the past year and I appreciate the church’s willingness to allow me to serve.  The KBC annual meeting went very well and I have been thanking the Lord for His kindness and the good spirit and unity that was displayed by Kentucky Baptist who attended the meeting.  The theme this year was “Every Church on Mission” with the realization that every church can be on mission for Christ.  Every way in which we serve, witness, pray, give, or go can be used by God to impact others for the sake of the kingdom. 

       I felt very inadequate when I was asked to serve as KBC President.  I am always overwhelmed by the Lord’s faithfulness when we attempt something in which we feel insufficient.  From the first time I said “Yes” to God to teach a Sunday School class, to the completion of my term as KBC President, God has been faithful.  I can testify to God’s faithfulness and want to encourage everybody I know to always be willing to get out of the boat when the Lord calls.  John Ortberg has a book entitled, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.”  I don’t like to say “No” to many requests because I never want to miss an opportunity to walk a little closer and a littler further with the Lord.  Life is short and opportunities are often limited. I believe that God delights in using the weak and those who feel inadequate to accomplish His purposes.  Never doubt God and be open to opportunities to serve Him.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Burlington Baptist Church!

 

Bro. Harold