September 6

So, on Sunday, my sermon title was "To Suffer is Better Than ..."  Someone asked me afterwards, "I just want to make sure I got it right -- the rest of the sentence 'To suffer is better than' is?"  In case you weren't there or have forgotten, the sermon was from 2 Timothy 1:7-18.  As I said in the sermon, suffering is not something we should seek -- that is lunacy.  But suffering is something we should gladly accept if the alternative is to deny and desert Jesus Christ.  So the answer to the question is this: To suffer is better than denying Jesus or deserting the work of the Gospel.

During the month of September I will be preaching through the book of 2 Timothy.  I am asking all of our church members to read these four short chapters twice during the month.  

We have a new bishop in North Georgia -- Sue Haupert-Johnson.  She has asked to be called Bishop Sue.   There will be a service of installation for her on Sunday, September 18, at 4:00 pm at Peachtree Road UMC.  The service is open to anyone who wants to attend.  Please keep Bishop Sue and her family -- a husband and a  daughter in high school -- in your prayers.  They have moved to Atlanta from Florida to be our bishop.

Please be aware of these upcoming opportunities next week here at Covenant Church:

Sunday, September 11, 8:00 am -- all the men of the church are invited for breakfast with the Men's Fellowship

Monday, September 12, 9:00 am -- PALS trip to Camp Glisson in Dahlonega -- I will be your tour guide

Monday, September 12, 7:00 pm -- a seven week Bible study on prayer led by Bob Jackson starts -- open to all

Tuesday, September 13, 10:00 am -- ladies' Bible study led by Brenda Cook begins

Wednesday, September 14, 10:30 am -- Seniors Are Special will begin their book study of Longing to Pray: How the Psalms Teach Us to Talk with God

Thursday, September 15, 10:30 am -- The Friendship Circle will meet, Linda Farley will deliver the message and lunch will be served

Friday, September 16 -- six children and two adults leave for the Conference Children's Retreat at Camp Glisson -- please begin now to pray for them

This is in addition to our every week Sunday School, worship, KidSLAM, children's choir, and adult choir.  If you need to know more about any of these, please ask me.

Sign that the gates of hell cannot prevail against the church -- there are more than 2800 teams traveling into the most remote places in the world showing the JESUS film and helping to plant churches. Churches have even been started in animist communities where human sacrifice is practiced.  People there learn that Jesus made the once for all sacrifice -- for all people, for all sin, for all time.

Pray for me.  Pray for our church.  And know that I pray for you.



Some other thoughts:

If you love something, set it free. 
If it comes back, it will always be yours.
If it doesn't come back, it was never yours to begin with.
But, if it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, monopolizes your TV remote, takes your money, and doesn't appear to realize that you had set it free ... you either married it or gave birth to it. 

One of life's mysteries is how a 2 pound box of candy can make you gain 5 pounds.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.

Evan McElreath