The Burden for People and Pastors – August 2017 Update

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Dearly Beloved,

Greetings from North Texas, I trust that you are enjoying the Lord’s Blessings on your life and ministry as we go through the summer months. I wanted to share this article on pride with you. It is an ever-present problem, I hope it will speak to your hearts as it has mine.

“And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.”–Luke 22:24–26 On the night before the crucifixion, when Jesus was talking to the disciples about how He was looking forward to Heaven and explaining once again His role as the sacrifice for sin, the disciples were arguing over which of them should have the most prominent role in His kingdom. They were filled with pride and came into conflict. At the root of our strife is the insistence that pride makes on having preeminence and having our own way. “Only by pride cometh contention:” (Proverbs 13:10). It is hard for us to overcome pride because it appeals to us so much. Benjamin Franklin wrote, “There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive. Even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.” When our focus is on ourselves rather than on God, we will find it easy to fall into the trap of pride.

We have been busy for which we are thankful. We were blessed and privileged to be with the following churches:

Camp Masterson Masterson, TX Director Mike Kelley Family/Youth Camp
Westworth Baptist Temple Ft Worth, TX Pastor Bob Mayberry Father’s Day
With Family Grandson-Brady Hudson wedding at Glenrose, TX
Metropolitan Baptist Church Fort Worth, TX Pastor Jim Turner Fill Pulpit
Metropolitan Baptist Church Fort Worth, TX Pastor Jim Turner Fill Pulpit PM-Sickness
Ft. Victory Baptist Church Crowley, TX Pastor Bill Keisling 8 Day Bible Conference
Longvue Baptist Church Fort Worth, TX Pastor Brian Fisher Ordination-Russell Brock
Friendship Baptist Church Highland, AR Pastor Mike Stanley Bible Conference
Twin Cities Baptist Church Texarkana, TX Pastor Dave Seifert Anniversary Revival

We look forward to what our Lord has in store in the days to come. As we go, we come under the burden for the people and pastors in the places where we go. Our ministry is one of faith. We trust the Lord to touch hearts and open doors for service where He would have us serve. The need for revival is evident around us in these days. Yet, at the same time we can so readily experience the presence and power of God. Our prayer is, “Lord, help us to Decrease, so that You may be able to Increase in us and all that you will do with us.”

To God be all Glory and Praise!

Bro Wayne and Mrs Susie

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