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Greater Love…

06.25.17 | by Ray Jones

    Greater Love…

    Jim Denison recently commented on a sailor who gave his life for his fellow soldiers in the USS Fitzgerald that recently collided with a Japanese freighter—“Gary Rehm was three months shy of retirement when he died on the USS Fitzgerald last Saturday. At thirty-seven, he was by far the oldest of the seven sailors who perished. According to his uncle, Rehm called the other sailors on the ship his "kids." When the ship docked stateside near his Virginia home, he invited those who were far from home to join him on holidays.

    When the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship, Rehm said, "If my kids die, I'm going to die." By various accounts, he saved at least twenty of them. He then went down to save more and perished with six others.

    Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). The sailors saved by Gary Rehm will spend the rest of their lives knowing that someone loved them enough to give his life for them. Imagine the sense of personal worth and significance such knowledge would bring.”

    What Gary Rehm did is a beautiful reminder of what Christ has done for us. As Paul said in Romans 5:8, "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Today, you can receive Christ and in Him discover your personal worth and significance. We’d love to help you with that decision… listen carefully and at the close of the message, I’ll offer you the opportunity to receive Christ and change your life and destiny forever.

    Greater Glory Refurb… is underway and ahead of schedule, thanks in part to the small army of men and women who showed up last Sunday afternoon to help us clear the worship center. Thanks for your help, we could not have done it without you. Also, please be patient during the refurb. There will be inconveniences for all of us, but the end product will be worth it. I would also ask you to stay out of the auditorium until the project is completed… it is a construction area and therefore restricted to authorized personnel only.

    Tonight will be Special… no regular service, but we will meet in the RFC at 6:00 PM where we’ll pray. I’ll give you instructions and then we will head to the worship center where we will write messages with special markers (we’ll provide the markers) on the floor for the generations to come. If you haven’t already, be thinking about a verse or Biblical truth that you would like to leave for generations to come. Come with family, kids, grandkids, or by yourself, but don’t miss it.

    Your Prayers… would be greatly appreciated as I spend the next month away in study, soul refreshment, reading, writing, and relaxation. Please pray that God speaks into my heart His Words for our Church, His messages for the coming year and His Spirit’s anointing upon my life. All that I have been preaching this year came from my time away last year. Also during my absence, be sure to support RBC with your attendance, your finances, and your service. Our staff will be filling the pulpit and I know will do an outstanding job as always.

    By the way, I will be back on Sunday morning July 9th for a special presentation that I am so excited about and then I’ll return to preach on the last Sunday of July prior to our entry into our refurbished worship center. In the meantime, remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor and will see you soon!!!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray