Several years ago, the congregation of First Baptist Church insisted that Martha and I take some extended time to get away. At first, we had to be compelled to do so (what were we thinking?), but since then we look forward to the time.
We deeply appreciate our church’s concern for us and look forward to having most of the month of July to refresh and reflect. We will be gone July 2 through the end of July. I will be back in the office Wednesday August 1 to begin a new Wednesday night study from the Gospel of Mark.
These are my plans for July.
First, I plan to continue my practice of reading through the New Testament during the month. This has been one of the most wonderful experiences for me. God’s Word is wonderful and powerful. Reading through the 270 chapters gives you a good feel for the whole. I rejoice to have the time to do so.
Second, I am looking forward to having time to read a novel or two and some serious books. Any pastor must constantly spend time in study. This gives me a leg up on the year.
Third, this month serves as my opportunity to plan my preaching for the year. Most pastors will tell you that planning is the key. If you know where you are going, you get there much faster. Therefore, this time is valuable for thinking, exploring, and praying over what God wants me say over the next year.
Fourth, this month gives me the chance to prayerfully consider what I will teach at my Tuesday (weekly men’s breakfast) and Wednesday (Wednesday Worship) teaching sessions. I will begin teaching the Gospel of Mark on Wednesdays and Lessons on Leadership from the Book of Joshua to our men each Tuesday.
Finally, I have a devotional book almost ready for publication. I hope to use some uninterrupted time to finish the book and get it to the publisher. The book will be entitled: Lifeapps: Applying the Word of God to the Difficulties of Life.
Martha will have her own projects related to writing and preparing for her Bible Study in the fall. We also plan to visit Sugar Land, Texas, to see the new grandson as well as traveling to Brantley to see my mother and Martha’s sister.
Thank you for your encouragement and prayers.
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