Tuesday, July 20, 2004

The Church of Perpetual VBS


Okay, so everyone whose currently working in our VBS has just suffered a massive coronary... but those of you who have completed yours a while ago ought to be over it enough by now to at least smile. And those of you who haven't been in VBS for years need to hear this too.


Church should always be like VBS.


Philip. 4:4 (Msg)      Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him!


VBS is when the church is more biblical than any other time of the year. Why?


Everybody's welcome.

Dress doesn't matter.

You're expected to have fun - if you don't, we failed.

You're expected to learn things about God you'll remember forever.

You'll have an opportunity to sing songs that make you move - in heart and body.


Psalm 32:11 (Msg)      Celebrate God.        Sing together—everyone!        All you honest hearts, raise the roof! 

And everyone you meet that's serving as a host, teacher, cook, or leader is there doing whatever they do for one reason - to help you find God, learn about God, and love God just like they do.


2 Cor. 13:9 (Msg)      We don't just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you. We pray hard that it will all come together in your lives.

VBS is when people go the extra mile, do the silly dances, sing the new songs, give the hugs, laugh the loudest, enjoying being Jesus' arms around the children He so loves.


That's why kids love it, and why VBS is the single biggest way they begin their walk with Christ.


Church should always be like VBS. It can be - come and see!






(BTW, our VBS continues Wed. night and finishes with an explosion Sunday morning!)


This devotional is written by David Wilson, pastor of New Hope Baptist church in Valparaiso, FL. If you find you have received this via a forward and would like to receive it regularly, or find you no longer wish to receive it, drop me an email at dwilsonfl@earthlink.net and I'll make the change to the list. If you'd like to know more about New Hope, visit our website at www.newhopevalp.org . May God bless you.

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