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Student Pastor John Freeman - Cherishing the Time

Believe it or not, Church, come April 8 I will start my 6th year as Student Pastor at ERBC. You can tell in the picture that we've changed just a little in those 5 years. Wow, time goes by quickly when you're having a great time in the Lord Jesus and serving Him alongside such wonderful people! As I write this article I just got back from Converge Conference with my students, and while I was on the trip my son Avery and I were listening to some music before breakfast one morning.

He had a song saved on his playlist called Don't Blink by Kenny Chesney. Now, this is not a Christian theme song specifically, and I typically listen to Christian music 97% of the time, but occasionally a song crosses my path and gets my attention depending on how the Lord is speaking to me that day. The lyrics of this song struck me so deeply that when I heard it, it brought me to tears uncontrollably.

I first heard it when I went to Dillon and Olivia Medlin's wedding last May, and Avery reminded me of the song and how it touched his mother's heart as well. I didn't pay attention to the lyrics then as I did recently.

It goes like this...

I turned on the evening news,
Saw an old man being interviewed
Turning a hundred and two today,
Asked him what's the secret to life
He looked up from his old pipe,
Laughed and said "All I can say is
'Don't blink, just like that you're six years old
And you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five
And your high school sweetheart
Becomes your wife,
Don't blink, you just might miss
Your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know
Your "better half" of fifty years
Is there in bed, and you're praying
God takes you instead, trust me friend
A hundred years goes faster than you think, so don't blink.'

This song strongly provoked me to think about cherishing the time I have together with B.J., Avery, Austin, with my ERBC family, with each of my students, with my friends from afar, and with people in general. I used to not think about time as a young man. I used to live as though I had all the time in the world. But that's not true. Life is fleeting. I'm 46 years old now and I asked myself, where did the time go? Time is a precious commodity. You can't save it, can't borrow it; you use it or lose it. If the Lord allows me to live to be fifty or live to be one hundred, I will praise the Lord. The fact is God doesn't give everyone the same measure of time here on earth, and that's His call to make, not ours. His will be done in our lives. Whether you live a long time or not, in the grand scheme of things, it's just a vapor in the wind. James 4:14-15 says,
"Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."

There's no promise of tomorrow, Church (Proverbs 27:1). All we have is today, so cherish the time. Smile at everyone, speak to everyone, shake hands with everyone, hug everyone, tell everyone you love them, tell everyone that Jesus loves them. We don't have much time, so let's love on people while you and I have the time.

My heart's heavy and bursting at the seams but in a good way. I kind of feel like I'm writing my last letter before I go meet Jesus. Probably not, but the fact is it could be, so with the remaining time I have here on earth,...

I'm gonna live what I believe, I'm gonna walk that line,
If it costs me everything, I'm gonna stand for what is right,
So that everyone can see, It's Jesus that they need,
I'm gonna live what I believe. (from Live What I Believe by Russ Lee)

Church, if you haven't heard it today, JESUS LOVES YOU! Romans 5:8

Please Pray for DNOW March 2-4!

We have close to 100 students attending DNOW and 60 plus student ministry volunteers helping lead our students closer to Jesus for this intense weekend. Please pray for North Greenville University Campus Band as they lead us in worship and for Pastor Travis Agnew as he preaches the Word on Friday and Saturday.

The HUB Wednesdays

THE HUB meets every Wednesday from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. The HUB is our weekly worship for Middle and High School students. Our service includes praise and worship led by The Road Band, an encouraging and challenging message from God's Word, and fellowship time with one another. Snacks and drinks provided. Invite a friend!  

Please Start to Pray for Summer Salt Camp

Last summer we took 77 students and 11 chaperones to Summer Salt Camp. This summer I am thrilled to announce, by the favor of God, we have 90 registered students 6th - 12th Grade going to Summer Salt Camp 2018. This does not include 12 chaperones as well. Lord willing, we will take 102 people from ERBC to Camp this summer. ALL praise to Jesus!

Check out the Students page on the ERBC website! Contact Ginger Hall by email to sign up for our activities.

 

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