Busy, Busy Week!

I am privileged to serve on the North Carolina Missions Board.  Monday we met for approximately seven hours, and finished up this morning with a 2019 budget.  I am so blessed to serve on this board with four Godly men who have a heart and passion for missions and church planting.

We had to spend the night because this morning we had to present our business and budget to the Executive Board of the state.  I didn’t sleep well last night because of receiving text messages that a man in the church I pastor was in a life threatening situation in the hospital.  I rushed to give my report to the board, and drove (way too fast) trying to get to the hospital to see my friend and church member.  He passed away and went to be with Jesus 10 minutes before I could get there.  (Special thanks to my Youth Pastor for going to the hospital and praying with the family).  Upon arriving at the hospital I was able to spend some time with the family and to visit with his wife.  She’s heart broken, of course, but upbeat because she trusts the promise of seeing her husband again.  I love pastoring and ministering to people that are hurting.  This was a special situation because yes we are missing our loved one and friend, however, all is not lost because we’ll see him again!  

That’s the benefit of being a Christian.  I know, I know, some folks don’t want to hear that kind of talk.  Well, (as my dear friend used to say, “tough stuff creme puff,” it’s going to happen any way.  You believing or not believing doesn’t change the truth of Scripture.  I will see my friend who passed to the next life again!

Tomorrow, I’m going to start a Bible Study theme for the week, and I’m going to title the study, “WHEN THE FIRE GOES OUT.”  Proverbs 26:20 tells us, “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out.”  I can’t wait to share this with you.

Take care my friends,

Pastor Cliff

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