Dear Church Family,
I hope this letter finds you blessed and in health. Father’s day is just a couple weeks away. Just like Mother’s day, this holiday is a great opportunity, and reminder, to remember and honor our fathers. However, Father’s day can be a difficult time. Many have lost their fathers, some have had father’s who failed them, and some carry guilt for failure in their fatherly duty. My prayer for each of you is, “Look to your Heavenly Father. He will never let you down and He is abundant in love to comfort and grace to forgive.” God is Love, and in His role as our Heavenly Father we learn how to love.
The relationship with our parents and our children provides us with an opportunity to better understand Gods character. God loves us, and finds joy in seeing us share His love. (See Matthew 25:40) Nothing has demonstrated this more strongly for me, than when I watch my dad connect with my sons.
My father is a great inspiration to me and I am proud of him. I love to watch my boys spend time with him. My heart says, “That’s my dad, boys. Isn’t he great? Don’t you love him?” My heart asks, “Dad, do you think they are turning out okay? Am I doing a good job? Do you love my boys as you love me?” All those questions are answered affirmatively when I observe them laughing, talking, wrestling or working together. My heart is filled to overflowing with the kind of joy I imagine God feels as He watches His beloved children. Thank you God for fathers, and grandfathers, and especially for the glimpse they give us of Your love.
It would be good and pleasing in the eyes of God, to spend a little extra time doing something special for or with Dad this day, month and year. Not just on the 16th of June.
My family and I will be on vacation the next two weeks. We will return to Albuquerque just in time to attend, and hopefully, see you at the Texico Convocation (Camp Meeting) June 20 through 22. We will be back in Lubbock the last week of June. However, blessings abound for all who attend the Lubbock 11:00 o’clock Worship Hour the month of June:
Sabbath, June l – Marcus Harris will present, Cross Way. This message promises to challenge all willing participants to follow Jesus.
Robert Plant, II will be in the pulpit on Sabbath, June 8. The creativity of his choice for a sermon title: “LET GO, and the “D” Will Follow” serves as just a glimpse of the blessing his message has in store for all who attend.
Pastor Leroy Green has just returned from an intense treatment to rid him of the cancer that had invaded his body. He will be in the pulpit on Sabbath, June 15 with; THE BEST IS YET TO COME. Pastor Leroy has also invited a young Christian soloist, Ashley Wafford, from New Mexico, to sing for Sabbath worship and to present a sacred concert on Sabbath Evening, June 15, at 7:30pm.
Then on Sabbath, June 22 – Our very own Chaplain Ken Cartwright will step into the pulpit with a question; What Now? What Next? Be sure to attend and plan to be blessed with scriptural assurance of just what is now and what is next.
I must tell you that Dr. Ben Carson will be in Lubbock on Friday, June 28. He accepted an invitation from the Southcrest Christian School to be the keynote speaker for a fundraiser at the Lubbock Civic Center. Tickets are available to the public through Select-A-Seat.
Sabbath, June 29, Dr. Craig Chaya will be our guest speaker. I am looking forward to meeting Craig, Michelle, and their three children. However, for all who know the Chaya’s, this promises to be a true “Homecoming”. I understand Kim and Chris Sias will also be here. A fellowship lunch is planned along with an evening reception in the Youth Lounge.
We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks when our family returns from vacation. Please pray for me as I pray for you!
God’s richest blessings,
Jeremy McCombs, Pastor
Lubbock Seventh-day Adventist Church