Trust is such a common word in our world today but it carries great importance. We trust the electric company or water company that our lights and water will come on when we flip the switch or turn the faucet. We trust the people who cook our meals at restaurants that the food is not spoiled and is prepared and cooked properly. We trust the gas stations that they will give us a full 10 gallons of gas when we pay for 10 gallons. We trust the bank with our hard-earned money to keep it safe rather than us keeping it at home.
Trust and faith are interchangeable words. But when the Bible talks about trust and faith, it is speaking about something that is living, active, moving, doing, going. We tend to speak about trust and faith as something passive… sitting, waiting and watching.
When God says to trust Him, He means to do something. He tells us to trust him with our bodies in Romans 12:1-2. He wants your hands to help others and to build His kingdom. He wants your feet to go to places where there are hurting people or to go next door to share Jesus. He wants your lips to talk about Him to people you meet. He wants your ears to listen to someone who is lonely or listen to music and messages that will edify and encourage you in your faith. He wants you to do something. He wants you to know that by giving Him your bodies as living sacrifices to Him, He will bless you with a life full of happiness and peace that is beyond describing. Real trust and obedience go hand in hand. Jesus said if you love Me, you will obey Me. Do you trust God enough to obey Him, even when He may ask you to do something you have never done before or are very uncomfortable doing? We used to sing the old song “Trust and Obey” which said it well. “There is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
We are in the middle of our Margaret Lackey State Missions month. I trust you read the brochure you received with your Sunday order of worship last Sunday. Disaster Relief is one of the places your money will go. You see all the other places your offering will go as well - camps, BSU work, starting new churches, helping send Mississippians on mission efforts, etc. We can’t go everywhere, but our offerings can. Yes, you can give directly to the Disaster Relief efforts if you choose. Make your check out to Alta Woods Baptist Church and on the subject line write disaster relief. We will earmark it so it will be used for that particular need. Ask God what He would have you give in order to help others share His love in places you can’t go.
Monday, October 30 Day Trip - we are finally getting to go to Bennie Rogers’ place. We have been trying all year to reschedule this. They have graciously agreed to let us come that day. Mark it on your calendar.
September 18, Camp Kernop Day Trip (“Get-out-of-the-house-day”) was a good day. Thank you, Lark, for driving the bus and Bobby, for cooking the hamburgers. Thank you, ladies, for all the trimmings that made the meal even better. We decided that since it takes more than an hour to get there, that next time we need to stay longer and enjoy the fellowship.
October’s Cheerful Hearts luncheon, I hope to have an “in-house” program with some of our people participating. I really needed the St. Dominic’s speaker last Tuesday and the program on “Memory and Aging” since I had a birthday recently and I forgot the Senior Adult Choir was singing away from church that day. Duh!