“PASTOR PAUL’S PARAGRAPHS”
Dear Members and Friends of Sweetwater Baptist Church:
October is a time of change. With the arrival of fall comes the changing of the leaves and
temperature. Many individuals have the opinion that change is a bad thing. However, change is often a positive thing. Not all change is negative. I heard about a church nursery that had a sign above the baby cribs with the following Bible verse on it, “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51). In 1889 The Literary Digest made the following statement about automobiles, “The ordinary ‘horseless carriage’ is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the near future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.” And in 1901 William Baxter, Jr. wrote the following in Popular Science, “As a means of rapid transit, aerial navigation could not begin to compete with the railroad.” (Michael Hodgin, 1001 Humorous Illustrations, 54). Bible teacher and commentator Warren Wiersbe says, “Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome.” (Source – Internet)
Solomon reminds us that life is full of changes and various seasons. Ecclesiastes 3:1 declares, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Jesus Christ certainly changes things. He transforms our lives (2 Corinthians 5:17). He changes our heart (Ezekiel 26:36), our walk (Romans 6:4), and our eternal destination (Philippians 3:20).
In the months to come we are going to experience a lot of positive changes at Sweetwater
as we transition into our new church facility. Some of these changes include new classroom assignments, new parking places, new seating in the sanctuary, a new nursery area, new programs, new bathrooms, etc. We shouldn’t be afraid of change, but rather expect it and embrace it. As we anticipate these upcoming changes let me encourage you to be prayerful, flexible, patient, and expectant of God’s manifold blessings.
It is a joy and a privilege to serve you!
With a Pastor’s Love,