Pastor’s Paragraphs: July 21, 2017

Dr. Rick MarshallSunday we participate in the “Baby Bottle Boomerang.”  Far more than just a catchy title, this phrase carries with it a very serious purpose.  It is our way of adding financial support to the First Choice Women’s Center of Montgomery.  They do a magnificent job of assisting ladies in crisis pregnancy offering an alternative to abortion and of sharing the Gospel Message with each client.  I am proud we can offer support to this ministry and urge you to bring a gift in the baby bottle on Sunday.

This week on July 20 we remember the first moon landing with Buzz Aldrin and Neal Armstrong.  I remember where I was on that night in 1969 while a youth minister in Columbus, GA.   In awe we were intently watching that small grainy picture as those two men stepped out of the lunar module onto the moon surface and heard those famous words, “That’s one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.”

We tend to revere special people for their accomplishments, especially heroes like Armstrong and Aldrin.  However, they would never have made it to the moon by independence.  It was just the opposite.  They got there through teamwork and cooperation of thousands whose names we will never know and who would never step on a rocket or go to the moon.  The secret of their success was interdependence. 

Likewise, that is the secret of a successful church or any efforts in God’s work.  It takes everyone holding hands for the same cause.  The first and foremost step in the process for believers is to take God’s work seriously in prayer.  I have learned that what people pray sincerely about, not just in public when called upon, but in daily petition and intercession, they join hands in making it happen.  Nothing is impossible for any church if the family of believers are holding hands and praying for God’s work to move forward.

 That’s why it’s not too late to join a home discipleship study group on Sunday evenings.  Our focus is on how “ordinary Christians” should live and relate to their world.  We are discovering that the path toward an “extraordinary Christian life” is becoming more “ordinary.”  Big events and exciting programs attract attention, but Christ-like interest and concern for those we meet will turn our world upside down for Christ.

Dr. Rick Marshall About Dr. Rick Marshall

Bro. Rick officially became the seventh Pastor of Eastern Hills Baptist Church on July 3 of 1994. He enjoys playing golf and all outdoor sports. Among his favorites are the book The Greatest Generation and the movie The Passion of the Christ. Bro. Rick’s favorite Bible verse is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, Philippians 4:13.