For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
— Jeremiah 29:11

It's always good to come home and to hear good reports from the worship services when we are gone.  Thank you again, Bro. Tim, for leading our church in worship while Debbie and I were away last Sunday.  I'm looking forward already to next Sunday when the church gathers to worship.  It will be a holiday weekend with the 4th of July just around the corner, and we will recognize the great gift we have of freedom - both in our country and in Christ.  Our orchestra will begin the day playing "God Bless the USA."  We'll sing great old songs like "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" and great new songs like "Even So, Come."  In it all, may our eyes and hearts be directed to the One who is worthy of all glory.

Most of you know already that I led the services last Sunday at FBC Idabel, OK.  At the close of the morning service, the church issued a call for me to come as their worship pastor, and I have accepted.  This was certainly not a move that we ever expected to make, but we sense the hand of God and we must follow.  There is no language that would begin to express what we feel as we try to wrap our minds around leaving this place that has been our life for almost 30 years.  You have loved us, cared for us, prayed for us and worshiped with us when it mattered most.  We have been on a journey together to discover that the glory of God really is the priority of life - and I pray that you never lose sight of that truth as you continue to lift up the name of Jesus in this place.  Please pray for us in this time of transition as we prepare to move and begin a new work.

And yes, we will have rehearsals on Wednesday night!