Monday, April 7, 2008

Dear Berean Family,

I will be traveling this week to England to attend a board meeting for Evangelical Press. I leave Wednesday and will return the following Wednesday. Please keep me in prayer as I travel. Mary will be going with me and we will have the privilege of seeing Dewi and Mari Higham in London. While I am away I will keep you all in prayer. I am pleased that we have such wonderful deacons and elders who are so competent and spiritual to watch over the church. And of course I cannot say enough about Eric Stewart who has been such a help to me and a great assistant. Eric continues to develop and shows tremendous ability to step up to the challenges of a growing and hungry church. Keep Eric in prayer as I am away this week.

I am finishing up work on my next book on Christian living. I am praying that this book will be a blessing to all our church family and that it will enable our brothers and sisters to grow in the grace that is in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I will keep you posted on when this book will be available for you to read. I am hoping that it will be ready by June or July.

I leave you with the challenge of Colossians 3:1-16 one of my favorite passages in the New Testament.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”


Dean Clouse said...

Pastor, we will miss you while you are away, and you will be in our prayers. However, you are right, we are blessed to have such capable deacons and elders. But I must say something about Eric in particular. The first time I saw him preach, he reminded me of a scared little school girl. He was nervous and lacked confidence. This past week when I saw him preach, I saw much of you in him. He was confident, passionate, informed, and praised Christ endlessly. He was a perfect choice for assistant pastor and I am glad you took him under your wing.

Also, if you see him while you are there, tell Pastor Phil that we are proud of him, but we miss him. Hope he's doing well.

As for you, go do what you do best! Thanks for all you do.

Dean Clouse and family

tami schroeder said...

Dear Pastor and Mary, I am glad that you and Mary are able to spend the week away together. Thank you for the tremendous influence you have on our family and also for the many Godly examples that you display for us. May God bless you in all that you seek to accomplish in England this week. We love you both very much.

Scott and Tami Schroeder

ps cant wait for your new book!

Pastor Robert L. Dickie said...

Thanks for your encouragements!! I love all of you at Berean and praise God for your prayers and support. Love Pastor Dickie