“I will not offer anything to God that costs me nothing!” 2 Samuel 24:24; “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1
These were the theme verses of my message at the 44th Anniversary Celebration of the Guihulngan City Christian Fellowship Church on December 29! I explained the background of chapter 24, and how, when David came to make an offering to God, he refused to accept something less than his own great sacrifice! God deserves the pure and complete commitment of His people, offering continually day by day their bodies as a holy sacrifice to Him! As David followed his principles and did not give way under pressure, we are to be people of principles, too! Among other things, I stressed seven principles to follow: be consistent in your Christian walk; have a tender conscience; make sacrifices; pay the price; have a heart attitude of holiness; let your life speak; and give to God what belongs to God!
The Guihulngan City church was full to the brim with maybe 500 people, including the city mayor who also gave a short, encouraging talk! The praise and worship was so lively and spontaneous and everyone was so happy and blessed! We celebrated the 44 years’ anniversary of this church, which we planted in 1970!
I also was blessed to speak to our Fellowship Thanksgiving in Pacuan, in the mountains of northeastern Negros on December 22. The Pacuan church was also one of the first churches pioneered here in Negros Island in the early 1970s. I rode as a passenger on a motorcycle over the very rugged and slippery trail 18 kilometers up in the hills! Our local pastors came from their villages in the area to join in the celebration and we had seven dedicated pastors!
We look back at the many wonderful victories of the past year, and forward to great things ahead in 2015! Thank you so much for your prayers that help so much!
We love you in the Lord!
Sis June Pacleb