October was a great month for us at Emmaus Road Church. We have been walking with Moses through the book of Deuteronomy. This sermon series is challenging, but it has been very good. Our children are learning lessons from Moses along with “big people church.” I extend many thanks to our gifted children’s teachers who make this unity of message and theme possible.
Our group is staying steadily consistent at 16-19 people on Sunday mornings. We have begun to consider and look at renting a space as seating in my basement is filling up. We anticipate finding and renting a space within the next few months. Please be in prayer with us over our space and building logistics.
Our “partnership” with the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission has been fruitful. Several homeless men from the men’s emergency shelter (the City of Refuge) have been attending church with us on Sunday morning and Bible study on Thursday evening. It has been incredible to see the changes that God is making in peoples’ lives, and we are excited to be a part of it. Please pray for our brothers from the mission, as well as the mission staff and all the residents of all the facilities around Idaho Falls ministering to the needs of homeless and vulnerable people in our city. Pray also that the ministry of the gospel would continue to take root and take over these peoples’ lives, and that Jesus would become the sovereign Lord of their lives.
Our fellowship activity for October was a great success. We attended the Newsboys concert in Idaho Falls as a group of about 25 people. We had several men from the mission join us, and we worshipped our Lord Jesus with the Newsboys as they boldly declared “I believe,” and if our faith should be found to be illegal in this country then we’re “Guilty!”
This week, one of our church members will be delivering a message on Sunday about the persecuted church around the world. In the US, the church is fairly well off, although our freedoms are quickly diminishing in the face of an increasingly secular culture and government. Please join us in praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Pray also that God would work among His people in the United States to bring a submission to His will back to the center of our nation.
I will be traveling to Atlanta in a few weeks for the annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society. I am really looking forward to the conversation of marriage and family at the conference. I will be attending the conference with one of our elders, Dale. This will be a great opportunity for Dale and I to engage with the church wide conversation about marriage and family values and how we may honor the Lord in those areas of our lives, and why it matters. Please pray for Dale and I as we travel to this conference, and pray for the church in the US and around the world that we would evaluate our views on marriage and family and that we would return to a biblical understanding of each and so honor God more in our daily lives in the home.
For the month of November, our church will attempt to partner more directly with the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission to minister at the family shelter. We are not sure what our partnership may look like yet, but it could include community meals, activities for the kids, or simply filling needs of food and supplies. We hope to begin a conversation with the mission this month that may become an ongoing and long-term relationship. Please be in prayer with us over how and where God wants us to serve Him at the mission this month and in the months ahead.
In Deuteronomy 3:18-22, we learned how God’s desire for three tribes of Israel that received an early inheritance was to continue to assist the rest of Israel to receive the full inheritance of the promised land. While God does not call His church to conquer land and people groups today, one lesson that we can take away from this passage is that God does not grant rest to all his people at the same time so that we must help our brothers and sisters in need. Our comfort should tell us that others have needs and we should help out to the best of our ability. This week, along with our church, I ask that you would seek for opportunities to help other believers out, and bless them in their families, and in their ministries.
I pray that the Lord would bless each and every one of you, and thank you all that have strategically partnered with Emmaus Road Church. We appreciate your financial support, and your prayers. God is doing a work among us, and we are excited to see what He plans to do through us in the future.