• Jon Forrest


The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest


What is summer to you? For many, it is a time to take a break, a vacation. It is a time to warm up, hit the water, or beach and relax from the every day grind. For kids, it’s a time to break from the rigors of school. For teachers, it’s a time to break from the rigors of school. That’s right, kids, teachers want a break from you too.

However, some folks take a break from God and/or Church. Listen, vacation times will include missing church services. That is to be expected. Sadly, churches often deal with what is known as a “summer slump.” That means that attendance and finances drop significantly, even though the expenses of the church do not decline. In fact, thanks to the heat, church electricity bills often soar thanks to the need of air conditioning. Many churches end up with humungous repair bills from air conditioning equipment that has to be replaced or repaired. To top it off, we spend thousands of dollars on programs like Vacation Bible School and several weeks of church camp. As a result, your church needs your support financially and in attendance.

However, summer brings up opportunities to minister and reach out to people who need Jesus Christ. You will find them everywhere. They will be at your children’s baseball games, at community celebration events, out at the lake fishing in the same place where you fish, or any number of places. Each season brings opportunities to share Christ. Paul told Timothy to be instant (or ready) in season and out of season, to share his testimony. Are you ready to tell someone about Jesus?

One of the saddest verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 8:20. The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

Here’s a Question: What is 750,000 miles long, reaches around the earth 30 times, and grows 20 miles longer each day?

The Answer: The line of people who are without Christ.

Please do your part to shorten that line before the harvest is past.

Looking for summer blessings,


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