Tim Dumas, French by ancestry, grew up in the rugged Adirondack Mountains of New York. The day he met his sweetheart Pam he had a bobcat tied up in the back seat of his jeep.
Tim married Pam. They joined their hearts in Jesus. The two of them journey together. They are a remarkable team.
For the past couple of years, Tim has experienced medical challenges that have left him on death's doorstep countless times. Last week he had yet another surgery with the doctor making clear that Tim might not live through the surgery. But he did. A normal 3-hour surgery, estimated to be 6 hours in Tim’s case, turned into a 7-hour surgery.
Not many hours out of recovery Tim had mittens on his hands to prevent him from pulling tubes. Pam, Laila and I were with him when he was lucid and expressing happiness. He held a large marker between his mittens and wrote the following:
He wants to live and tell others about Jesus. No longer able to follow his former profession, he became an Uber driver. His tag number is LIFE 101. You can imagine the conversations as people pay him for travel while he shares about Jesus!
The character of a congregation is in its members. The pastoral staff has a duty, but the folks who leave worship and Bible studies to live Christ-like in community are the real heroes.
Over the weekend Covenant held a quarterly leadership training with approximately 65 excited and motivated persons in attendance. On Sunday, separate Bible studies for men and women on the book of James were launched. Both ladies and men's classes have asked for extra chairs for this week.
Covenant believes and practices Bible study on Sundays and during the week in Life Groups. Worship without a biblical foundation is shallow and dangerous. Research is indicating that many believers in America do not have a healthy theology of basic Christian tenets.
We are preparing for battle, i.e., spiritual battle. We are determined to push back the gates of hell and rescue precious souls. Jesus commanded us to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). Making disciples is the First Order. Winning people to Jesus will happen if we MAKE DISCIPLES.
Ours is a conflicted time. Divisive. Contentious. II Timothy 3. Self-willed. Love of pleasure more than love of God. Carnal. Flesh-driven. Lustful. Greedy. Shades of Sodom and Gomorrah. Clouds of Babylon. Witchcraft is made charming. Magic is adored. Sundays are desecrated. Funerals are often a mockery of God. The Church is too often used as a tool to justify self-righteousness. Pulpits are used to promote political and secular ideas contrary to Scripture.
There is a steady progression of charity being given to promote nature and a green earth. Giving to such causes is out-growing giving to the Church.
How shall we stand? Is there hope? Are we doomed by the doomsayers?
What shall we say to all this:
"Nay, we are more than conquerors through him (Christ Jesus) who loved us (Romans 8:37).
"For in him we live and move and have our being," (Acts 17:28a). "For where sin abounds, grace abounds even more," (Romans 5:20 para).
We do not see darkness ahead, but light.
We do not see defeat, but victory.
We do not see despair, but hope.
We do not see hell, but heaven.
We do not see man's weakness, but God's power unto salvation!
Our hope is in Jesus and His soon Coming!
Revelation 22:17-21 (V.20 "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."