Psalms 119:97 & 98= “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. Thou through Thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.”
The entire 119 Psalm is a compilation of statements recognizing the blessing the Word of God is to the reader. The overwhelming thought that God sent us a special love letter to let us know what He is like and a guideline of how to navigate this life in a way that pleases Him and that is a blessing to us. As a result, we as Christians, will gather regularly to hear God’s Word preached.
Not every message we hear ends up having the same effect on us. I believe there are 4 different responses that we will experience as we listen to a message. Sometimes we aren’t listening. Our mind has wandered off thinking about something else and we weren’t paying attention enough to even be able to tell someone what the message was about a short time later. A second response is one of “agreement”. This is a person who has heard a message like this before, applied it to his or her life and has reaped the benefits of incorporating it in their lives. They are the ones who will say “amen” to what is being preached. The third response is that they become “convicted” about what is preached, realize there is something they need to change to be more like Christ and become determined to make the necessary changes. They are the ones who will go forward during an invitation to solidify their decision and want others to know they are working on something so they will pray for them. Then, there are those who are “offended”. What was preached was contrary to how they are living and they have no intention of changing their lifestyle. It isn’t because what was preached was contrary to the truth, it just was contrary to them. I pray that as you attend services this next Lord’s day you will either be agreeing or convicted about what is preached.
The Lord has been gracious to Nancy and me as we serve as directors of BFLW and the Agape Pregnancy Resource Center. We have our schedule fairly well set through this Summer. We look forward to seeing many of you as we travel from church to church and work with the pregnancy centers.
Our Essay contest has finished at the end of January. Thanks to all who participated. Our next essay contest starts now and will run until January 31st, 2024. This year’s theme is “BEING PRO-LIFE AND CHRISTLIKE”. You can download information about the contest by going to www.bflw.org/essays.
Please plan on attending one of our two pro-life rallies we will be having this Spring. On April 15th we will be at Faith Baptist Church in Oak Creek and on April 22nd we will be at Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie. Both rallies will start at 1:00 PM and Jim Schneider of VCY radio will be our featured speaker. Hope to see you there.
Thanks for all your prayers and support of this important ministry.
Andrew K. Buhrow
Baptists for Life of Wisconsin