A word from Pastor Jeff

     June was such a busy month!  We finally moved back into the sanctuary, we sent our teens off to camp, we sent our kids ministry off to camp, and then we hosted VBS.  I am thankful for everyone who volunteered in some capacity in each of these events.  I am grateful for your service.   

     After the June we just had here at NABC, Ben and I can officially say we are tired.  Not the bad tired where you want to quit, but the tired that reminds you that God is moving.  It is the kind of tired that you have after your friends run ahead of you while you take a breather - “I will catch up in a minute…go ahead!” you say as you rise back up to keep moving forward.  In my quiet times here lately, I have been bombarded with the reminder of what we strive toward.

I Timothy 4:10 says this, “For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.”  Paul here reminds Timothy that we all have times where our lives are filled with toil and strife and work.  I don’t know where you are as you read this.  Maybe you are sitting outside sipping some sweet tea, or you are reading this after being so busy that you haven’t been to church in a while, or maybe you are in your car as you run to the NEXT thing.  What I know is that life never slows down. Things move forward, things change, people grow, and life stays hectic.  Do you feel the busyness of life, family, work, etc.?  
Paul reminds us in this simple verse to be mindful of what we strive for.  We strive and work and stay busy - all with our hope set on the living God. 
I wonder if our busyness and maybe even trials all serve to point us back to the hope we have.  I know God desires to know you in the busyness, in the striving, in the toiling.  In the midst of the toil, are we walking with Jesus?  It is funny too that Paul describes to Timothy the living God - who is the savior of all people.  Paul reminds Him that in his ministry He is to toil and strive in life for the exaltation of Jesus and the spreading of His gospel.  Do we seek to allow the Gospel to be shown even in our busyness?  Maybe if we do, maybe if our hope is always found in God and not in our schedule, life may just slow down a little bit.  And as the world slows down, maybe we can see clearly the glory and wonder of Jesus Christ our Lord!
Love God, Love People
Pastor Jeff