It was around the year 1918, and a young boy followed his father into a small church. It was winter in England and a prayer meeting was taking place in the church without any furnace or form of heating. The boy had begged his father to let him attend, and the father was hesitant because he knew that these prayer meetings would often go into the night as church members would present their requests to God. The boy was determined to go because he would see his father leave with such stress on his face. But the next day his father would have a peaceful countenance. So finally, after asking to attend for several weeks, the boy's father allowed him to tag along. It was in this prayer meeting that the boy's heart was stirred, and at the age of around 9, he gave his life to Christ. This boy was Leonard Ravenhill, who became an evangelist, and lead evangelistic campaigns across England and America. When recounting what led him to Christ, he said, "It was my father's commitment to those prayer meetings, and his prayers that I would hear as we closed family worship."
You can never underestimate the impact our commitment to Christ has on others. For Leonard Ravenhill, it was his father that led the charge in modeling that commitment to Christ, and for many others, it was a church member, teen leader, elder, deacon, or pastor. As a church, we are a family, and as a family our children are important! We want to see our kids embrace Jesus as their greatest Friend, only Savior, and true King! We know that our youth are bombarded every day with propaganda against Jesus, and that making a stand for Him is becoming more and more difficult. We might even, for a time being, see our kids go their own way instead of God's, butwe shouldn't lose hope because God is able to save to the uttermost!
In the story of the prodigal son told in Luke 15, it was the Father's care of his hired hands that gave the prodigal son hope of a better future. The Father had a character of taking care of those under him, and this character is ultimately what the prodigal son trusted in as he returned home. When the promises of the world had failed the son, it was the foundation the father had laid that allowed the son to know he could return. Now, the son didn't feel worthy to be a son anymore, but the father's love for his son never changed. The Bible says, "so he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him." (15:20). What an example! The Father was hoping to see his son come over the hills as many of us are watching to see our kids come home.
As a church, there are two things we can do for our children. The first is to set an example to them through our commitment to Christ. One opportunity is to hop on our church prayer line. Every Monday we are going to devote to praying specifically for the youth in our church. The second thing we can do for our children is to love them profoundly. By loving them, we will lay the foundation of Christ in their hearts that no structure can replace. It might get buried for a bit, but ultimately the promises of the world cannot compete with the love of Christ. I look forward to praying with you on Mondays on the prayer line as we lift up our youth in prayer. Big thanks to Marjorie, Pauline, and all those who are instrumental in the prayer line! And I look forward to worshipping with you tomorrow!
See you tomorrow, either in person or online. Happy Sabbath, Church!
Prayer Line EVERY Night @ 8 pm: Phone 515-603-3162; Passcode 960362#
JULY 18:Men's Hangout @ 3 PM JULY 18: Vespers on the Lawn @ 6 PM JULY 19: Ladies Connect Time @ 11 AM More info AUG 1, 8, 15: Directory Photos AUG 8: Celebration of Graduates SEPT: Gospel Communities begin! SEPT 11-13: Pathfinder Camporee
Please join us tomorrow as Pastor Luke continues his sermon series about God’s extraordinary love for imperfect people. The premise of the series is how the Bible is made up of individuals who were imperfect, yet God accomplishes so much through them by His Grace. It’s to help us embrace being human beings in process because God gives us Grace. Hope to see you there—but 6 feet apart! :-)
Family Photo Directory
Do you know every Alpharetta Church member by name? Do you know how to contact everyone? Likely not! To remedy the situation, and to bring us closer in fellowship with our brothers and sisters, we will be creating a digital, password-protected church photo directory! The first three Sabbaths of August, Curtis Hall will take a photo of you and/or your family after the service. We encourage all of you to participate!
Face coverings are encouraged on the church property for your safety, and others! Free masks are available in the Foyer. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt. 22:39
The Alpharetta Adventist Church is now fully reopened!
As of June 12, the State of Georgia lifted the Stay at Home orders for all Georgians. So, as we begin to come back to church, we’d like to ask that you please review our in place safety measures. Just click here. If you’re in an elevated At Risk category and don’t yet feel comfortable returning, we’ve got you covered!
Masks or face coverings are encouraged at church.
Our streaming Worship Service is presented LIVE at 11 a.m. on our YouTube page each Sabbath. Gather the family and tune in for a special time of worship, prayer, praise, inspiration and relevant teaching with your Alpharetta church family, and enjoy the Sabbath!
Lower Division children’s Sabbath School classes have not yet resumed at the church. Stay tuned here for more info. In the meantime, you’ll find handy links to lesson guides on our website under the “Kids” tab.
Please continue to keep in touch with each other, particularly our sick or elderly members. Let the church leadership know if there's anything we can do to help. We're here for you. See below for contact info.
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 NASB
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