A Thank You Note to FBC Waco

Thank You

I thank my God every time I remember you, Philippians 1:3

You are a reason for gratitude to God. I typically use we and us language when I talk about our congregation. I think of us that way. We are we. For just a moment I want to traffic in some pastor to congregation you language. I want you to hear why I’m grateful to God for you.

You are family to our family. When we moved to Waco we moved a long way from the people we love the most. We came because we believed (and believe) God wanted us to. You have embraced us and called us your own. Meredith and I appreciate the love you have shown our children. Thank you.

You serve. I am grateful that you serve one another and this community. Yes, there is more that we can and need to do but you are faithful servants. Thank you

You give. You faithfully give money for the ministry of FBC Waco. Money does not sound very spiritual but it is. You demonstrate faith by consistently giving. You have shown kindness through numerous extravagant gifts. Your gifts large and small are improving the financial health of our church. By God’s grace I believe we will be debt free. We will be responsible stewards. We will be able to invest more in the cause of Christ. We will be able to make needed capital improvements. Thank you.

You pray. I have seen many tears fall this year. Many of you have said during critical moments, “I feel the prayers.” I think you are feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit but in some mysterious way prayer does have a deep effect on God and us. Thank you.

You persevere. You are tough as a boot. Thanks for hanging in there and maintaining your confession. Thank you.

You forgive. I am praying that we become a group of people known for radical forgiveness. We need honesty, correction, and grace. Many of you are walking in forgiveness. Many of you will. It’s the only wise way to live in a broken world. Thank you.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:4

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