From John’s Desk

Posted by Kim McDonald, Category: Announcements, Church News, From John's Desk,

Summer is now in full swing! We have completed a simply great VBS this week with a building full of smiling little ones (and their parents) who were excited to be together, eat cookies and learn from God’s Word. What a journey they went on – from Ur to Moab to Capernaum to Athens – and along the way great lessons were learned from people of faith about the mighty power of God.
Of course, VBS was not the end of our activities for the summer, it is just the beginning! Tuesday Summer Fun Night kicks off June 21st with fun crafts and games for elementary aged kids. Camp Bandina is right around the corner and then it will be time for Creation Camp the week of July 4 at the building. Future Preacher’s Training Camp will start at the end of July and then, before you know it, the kids will be back in school! Come September it will time for the Family Weekend Retreat September 9-11 and then Dr. Brad Harrub will be here again September 23-25. No question, when it’s hot in Houston, it’s also hot at Jersey Village!
All of these activities can certainly wear a body out, and that thought reminds us that even Jesus got away at times to rest and pray (Luke 5:16). With that thought in mind, I would like to offer you a challenge: For the rest of the summer, take 15 minutes every day, get away by yourself and read Psalm 119. I started doing that this week and I am committing to keep it up until September 1. Why Psalm 119? Because this beautiful piece of literary genius and spiritual truth reminds us over and over again of the importance of the Bible in our lives. The author uses no less than 10 different synonyms to describe God’s Word. He constantly acknowledges the need for knowing it in his life. He continually pleads with the Lord to revive him with understanding of Scripture. With every reading, I am reminded of what is important in life.
This morning I was especially touched by verses 33-37, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way” (Psalm 119:33-37, NKJV). The psalmist convicted me in this passage of just how much time I spend every day focused on ‘coveting the worthless things’ of the world and how desperately I need to be revived in God’s way (or Word). And that’s really the great benefit of reading Psalm 119: God will revive you with a hunger and desire for His Word!
I pray that we will not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the busy-ness of the summer months, that we will take the time each day to be reminded of the greatness of God’s Word and that we will fall in love with it all over again!
Our records show that we have a ways to go to hit many of our goals for the year. Our attendance averages in May stayed flat and we need to ramp up the pace for the million verse challenge. Please do all you can to help meet the goals! (By the way…if you take the Psalm 119 daily challenge you will be reading 1232 verses a week. If every adult member at JV would do that we’d hit our 1 million verse goal in just 4 weeks! A special area on our Bible Reading Challenge board has been added for Psalm 119. Just put a star there each time you read it).
Thru May
25 baptisms inside our assembly
400 baptisms outside the assembly
10-20 net gain of new families
360 Sunday AM attendance
275 Bible class attendance
8 in deaf ministry attendance
18 in sign language class
Million Verse Challenge