“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.” Philippians 1:3
I have found it amazing to see how our LORD works in and through us to accomplish His purposes. Life is, after all, a series of opportunities, challenges and decisions that have a way of shaping us to be useful vessels in our Master’s hand. Our part, of course, is to trust Him and be His willing and obedient servants in whatever endeavor He has for us to do. Our commitment to His calling has not only a great impact on our own life, but on the lives of countless others.
The LORD taught me the importance of this nearly 20-years ago when He put it on my heart to start a church. I had never thought about trying to start a church before, but during the Summer of 1997 I became convinced He wanted me to do just that. I don’t have the space here to tell all the ways that He opened doors and met needs in order to turn His vision on my heart into a reality, but it was an amazing experience for me personally and for all those who helped make the vision come to life.
With God’s help we were able to build a 20’ by 40’ building on a borrowed lot in a few short weeks and in the Fall of 1997 held the first service of Christway Church in Bentley, Louisiana. As we meet for the first service the plywood floor was still stained with sheet rock mud, the walls were unpainted, a few pigtail light bulbs hung from the ceiling and we had no heat. After the praise music and the message an invitation was given and 22 people responded by joining the new church with two of them receiving Christ as Savior. It was a glorious time that I will never forget.
After about nine years as their pastor I moved on to Texas and prayed that God would provide the right man to lead Christway Church. He did and under Bro. Delbert Cates the church has flourished. They have invited me back this Sunday to preach in conjunction with their 20th anniversary celebration. I’ve asked my son Caleb to fill the pulpit here at FFC in my absence.
Hope Caleb will see you here this Sunday!
In Christ, Leo
“Words of truth spoken in love can guide us all toward maturity in Christ”
Matthew 9:37-38 (KJV) 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Five Characteristics of a Faithful Christian - Daniel 6
1.The ability to say no before the question is asked 2.The ability to listen to God's wisdom instead of the worlds logic 3.The ability to be promoted and remain the same 4.The ability to do right no matter the cost 5. The ability to give God all the glory