The Dog Days of Summer

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14 NIV)

You can’t go anywhere these days without people talking about how hot it is.

“The Dog Days of Summer” is an expression that one hears often in baseball. The phrase comes from the very challenging days of playing baseball in the heat of the summer. Not only are players contending with the heat, but they are also contending with the length of the baseball season. The excitement of the beginning of the season has certainly waned, and the end of the season with championships on the line is too far away to make a difference. Added to this is the sad reality that some teams recognize that their championship hopes have all but been shattered. Championships are won or lost in these “dog days of summer.”

I suspect that the Christian experiences our own version of the “dog days of summer.” The main difference is that the Christian’s “dog days” can come in almost any season of life. The newness of conversion unfortunately loses excitement, and the daily battle with sin and circumstances makes our ultimate reward seem so distant.

How does the Christian survive the dog days? Apostle Paul seems to give us a good word: “Press on.” We must press on in our walk with Christ. We must strengthen ourselves for these difficult times with the spiritual disciplines of reading the Word, prayer, Scripture memorization, worship, and fellowshipping with other believers. We must go back to that calling we remember in our conversion. We must remain focused on our ultimate destination in Heaven.

Just as we quench our thirst with water in these hot summer days, let us realize that we need that same kind of replenishment for our thirsty souls.

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What’s Happening this Week at FBC?

We are helping to promote two city-wide events—one on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. and one on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

8423165_GThe Wednesday night event, a City-wide Prayer Service, is the joint effort of area churches and will be at Crossroads Church located at 150 Verona Drive. “Don’t miss this service!”

Obviously, we are adjusting our schedule to participate in this city-wide event. We will still have dinner beginning at 4:45 p.m. During dinner, members of the Rapid Response Team of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will join us and address us for a few moments. After dinner, we will head over to Crossroads Church.

The Thursday night event will be more of a community memorial service and is being organized by Lafayette Consolidated Government. This event, being called “Lafayette Strong: Unite. Honor. Heal.” will be held at Blackham Coliseum. I am thankful for the leadership of LCG Parish-President Joey Durel for the organization of this event.

Obviously, the Thursday night event conflicts with the Hopper’s Concert. This concert has been planned for months and tickets have been purchased. We certainly want the concert to be a great event and will be a place of worship and encouragement for all who come. However, if you do not have tickets to the concert and have no intention of attending, I certainly hope that you will strongly support the Thursday night city event.

We have been praying for revival and spiritual awakening for right at one year now. What if we are on the verge of seeing spiritual awakening come to our city?

Sunday morning we are continuing our series called “Altered by the Altar.” Sunday, we study the altar built by Isaac as recorded in Genesis 26.

Finally, be praying for our College students as they travel to Glorieta, New Mexico for Collegiate Week. Pray for safe travel and an awesome encounter with the LORD.

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Helping our Community to Heal

In Genesis 4:26, we read, “At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.” There has always been something within humanity that moves us to call out to our Creator. In times of crisis and tragedy, we have examples of people calling out to God. Isaiah comes to mind. In the year that King Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the Lord and began to call to Him. Even our Lord, when faced with history’s greatest crisis of all, His own crucifixion, Jesus gives us that powerful example of calling on His Heavenly Father. Indeed, the need of the hour in our community is to look up and cry out to God.

As a result, we are helping to promote two city-wide events—one on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. and one on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

The Wednesday night event, a City-wide Prayer Service, is the joint effort of area churches and will be at Crossroads Church located at 150 Verona Drive. We are still hammering out the details of the program, but having just returned from a meeting with about 35 area pastors, I would just say, “Don’t miss this service!”

The Thursday night event will be more of a community memorial service and is being organized by Lafayette Consolidated Government. This event, being called “Lafayette Strong: Unite. Honor. Heal.” will be held at Blackham Coliseum. I am thankful for the leadership of LCG Parish-President Joey Durel for the organization of this event.

Obviously, both of these events are short notice, but both are necessary in the ongoing healing of our community. We already have planned the concert for Thursday night at FBC with the Hoppers, and we certainly want that to be a great event. However, if you do not have tickets to the concert and have no intention of attending, I certainly hope that you will strongly support the Thursday night event.

We have been praying for revival and spiritual awakening for right at one year now. What if we are on the verge of seeing spiritual awakening come to our city?

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