PASTOR'S PEN          

July is here and gone.  I think that we are officially in the dog days of summer with the continuous heat and humidity.  These are those types of days that you really do not have to think about sweating because it happens as soon as you walk outside.  Still, I am not complaining because I complain more when it is cold than when it is hot. 

          This summer I have been in North Carolina twice.  I was there in June for the Mission’s Trip and I was there in July for Annual Conference with a small side trip to the beach.  I would consider July a very busy month.  After that we had a week off with Angie’s brother that came home from Oklahoma.  During Annual Conference, I appreciated the time getting to spend time with friends that I had not seen for a year.  Annual Conference allows me to reconnect with a lot of people throughout the denomination as well as meeting new folk as well.  This was the first year that my family went along, and they got to do a number of things in Greensboro while I was in business meetings.  It worked out well for us.

          We are still working on the Compelling Vision process.  This was the only “business” that we discussed, and it will be finished next year in Grand Rapids.  Compelling Vision is not meant to heal the division within our denomination, instead CV is an attempt to get our denomination to refocus on what ministries we can do together as the body of Christ.  I will dive further into Annual Conference and Compelling Vision on 8/11 during the Sunday School hour.

          Please do not miss the kick ball game with the youth versus the adults scheduled for 8/14.  Everyone is welcome to attend, but you do not have to participate if you choose not to.  We will begin Bible Study again on 8/21.  We will again return to our study in Genesis in the John MacArthur book.  If you would like to attend the study, please let me know so we can order more books because I believe that I am currently out. 

           This month we are going to take a look at a few of the names of God that are prevalent in the Old Testament.  Have you ever considered the many names the Hebrews used for God?  We are only going to look at three in August, but there are quite a few more names of God than three.  I will be using Tony Evan’s book “The Power of God’s Names” as a guide so if you would like to have an awesome read, I highly recommend this book.  Why study the names of God?  In the Old Testament, you really got to know an individual by understanding their name.  Our English translation of Hebrew leaves out a lot of understanding of who God is when we do not recognize all of God’s characteristics that are portrayed by His names.  David understood the magnificence of God’s name when he penned Psalm 8:1, “Yahweh, our Lord, how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth!  You have covered the heavens with your majesty.”  Do you understand the magnificence behind the meanings of Gods’ names?  Hopefully our study will help your understanding.


In Christ, 
Pastor Leon Davis