Six days until the wedding.
Amber decided to visit her home church. She had not been back for a while. She was excited. To see everyone. Tracy told her she could take the day off but be prepared to work on monday. She assured her that she would. Tracy laughed.
Matt got up sunday morning. He showered then drabk cofee and had a light breakfast. He got ready for church. He arived at the church and got ready for the service.
He saw tracy at the church. “Where is amber?” he asked. “She is at her home church. She did say that she would come to our church tonight. She said you might want a break form her. ” Tracy said.
He laughed. He wanted to say never but did not. He just said something like “oh ok!” or something along those lines.
Amber had a good time at her church.she was glad to see everyone. They were glad to see her. She was glad to catch up with old friends. She enjoyed her life on the west coast working for the college but liked it hear in her home town. It would be hard to go back.
Aftter church she went back to mrs. Davis’s home. She went inside. “Hello stranger. “Matt said. “Hi Matt. “She said.”how was your church?”he asked.”it was good. I enjoyed seing everyone. “Amber said.
“So will be coming tonight?”matt said.”i will. I am excited to hear you preach again. ” amber told her. “I am glad your planing on comming. “He told her.
They went into the house. Everyone greated her. Amber helped tracy and his other sisters get lunch ready. Matt talked to steven tracy’s fiancée for a bit.
They all sat down for dinner.matt liked that amber was there. It felt right. She was a part of the family. He was glad she was hear.
Dinner consisted of ham potatoe corn.there was aple pie for desert. After diner, mat went to his place to go over his sermon notes for a bit. Then he went to the church to set up.
Poeole started to flood in. He left his office. He saw amber. “Hi!” she said.he smiled. “Hi !” he said. “Ready?” she asked. “I think so. ” he said.
He started the service with announcements. “This week i will be kinda off kinda on. I will be preaching on Wednesday night. I will be in and out of the church this week.if you need to reach me you can try at the church or call my cell. You can also reach one of our deacons. I invite everyone to the wedding of my sister and steven brell. Our family is very excited. We will hope you will join us. ” he said.
After a time of signing, matt got up to preach. ” i want to talk tonight about our unchangible God. Hebrews tell us that he is the same yesterday, today and foever. The lord is consistent. He is a God of order. He is a God of structure. We can depend on him to never change his mind or standards. We can depend on his promises. In galations, paul says that God never reniged on his promises to abraham. There were some within judism and in Christian circles that the mosaic law undid the abrahamic covinent. Paul says that nothing could undo the promises God made to Abraham. God made this promise thousands of years ago. Because of His consistent character we can rely on that promise. ” he said.
“The lord promised to never leave us or forsake us. We trust that because of his consistent character. David said that he was young,now he was old but he had never seen the righteous forshaken. We trust that he will help us in the future because he helped us in the past. In first samual,the children of Israel put up a stone called ebanezer witch meens this far the lord has helped us. The implication is if God has helped us this far we trust that he will help us the rest of the way. We look at what he has done for us in the past. ”
“When moses was about to leave the scene, what do he do? He reiterated all that the lord had done. Joshua when he was about to die did the same. David at the end of his life told Solomon of Gods faithfulness. We can really on the lord because he has proven himself dependable. ” he said.
“We live in a world full of changes. It is said change is inevitable. Life is changes. We are born babies. We grow, we learn to crall, walk and talk.we learn. We leave home. We gets jobs etc. Life is about change. We cant avoid it. We as Christians can realy on a God. Who does not.” he said.
“Our family and church have experienced changes. We began as a church that met in a motel. Then we perchased a building. Transformed it into a church. We went on the pastors fanily and 2 others to where we are. There were pitfalls trials. We did not know how it would turn out. My mom and dad trusted in the consistentcy of the lord. Faithful is he who promised who also will do it. ”
“Our family has seen changes. Myself and tracy and bryce have graduated high school and Tracy and i have graduated from bible colege. Bryce is in bible school. Kendra is about to start bible colege. Tracy will soon be maried. The baby of the family will turn two. Life has seen changes. We lost our dad. Our pastor. I steped into the pastor role. You saw fit to call me to be your pastor, God’s under shepherd hear in hagerville. Life has been full of changes some we see as positive some negitive. These did not take our lord by surprise. We have seen his faithfulness in these events. We have learned from these events. We have learned to trust in the lord.we have learned to trust in his unchanging character. ”
“In lemantations Jeremiah weeps over the destruction of jerusalem. Judah was punished for its rebelliousness. Judah fell to nubukanezzer and babylon. The whole book is a funeral durge for the nation. He says it is by Gods murcy that we are consumed every day. His murcy are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness. Despite Israel’s rebellion against the lord. Despite his punishment on them, he would still be faithful. At the end of saventy years they would be alowed to return. We see his faithfull consistent character. I rejoice in that. I depend on it.i know i can. ” he said.
After the service, he closed the service.manny stayed behind and felowship. Matt mingled with various members and attenders. He had conversations with everyone.
Amber mingled with various people. She had never attended hear on a regular bases. She knew people from her visits to the church . she lived in the area so she knew them from the town. Though she was not Baptist , she liked the church and liked the people in the church. She always felt welconed hear. She never felt out of place even though she was a crazy charismatic.
Many came up to matt and said what an encouragement his message was. Many could relate. Manny were experiencing changes. The mesege was very timely.
After a while he saw amber. “Hi. I realy liked your mesege?” she said. “Thank you. It was not my original mesege for the night. I could not focus. I kept thinking about evrtything. I decided to turn it into a summon . “he said. “It was a blessing. “She said. “Praise the lord!”he said.
“I missed your preaching. “She asked.”we post my surmons on line.”he said.”i will check them out. ” she said.
At his moms house. “Ok i want everyone hear at eight a clock. Cofee will be on at 7:30. Breakfast will be served at 8:00. Then after breakfast we will go to the church after breakfast. We have alot of work to do.”tracy said.
“This could be interesting.”matt said.”i get to be in charge. “Tracy said.”i am not so sure about that.”matt said. They laughed.
Matt stayed with his family for a while.then he went to his home. Again amber walked him to his car.they said there goodbyes.
End of part 4