"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."
Galatians 5:13 (ESV)
Valentine's Day is a special occasion set aside to recognize those whom we love dearly. Dee and I are blessed to have wonderful husbands who heartily support our ministry here at The Wartburg Watch. Some of our readers have expressed gratitude to our hubbies for encouraging us to stand for God's truth and to reach out to our to our brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who have been hurt or marginalized by the church.
To enhance our proclamation of God's truth, we are overjoyed to announce a NEW ministry that will begin here this weekend called EChurch@Wartburg. We have been listening to you, our loyal TWW family, and we believe God has inspired us to help enrich your walk with Him. Dee and I will be posting an order of worship once a week (at the start of each weekend), consisting of worship music, Scripture readings, prayers, and the preaching of God's Holy Word!
We are very pleased to be offering the teaching of Pastor Wade Burleson, a wonderful friend who hails from Enid, Oklahoma. The "E" in EChurch@Wartburg has a dual meaning — it stands for "electronic", as in the technology that makes this possible, and for "Emmanuel", which is the name of the church where Wade pastors. Wade has shown us incredible grace as we have explored the possibility of this new ministry outreach. In fact, he invited Dee and me to participate in Emmanuel's weekly staff meeting, which we did this morning via Skype. Did we say how much we LOVE this technology?! We praise God for it!!!
Each week we will feature the message Pastor Wade delivers to his wonderful congregation. For those who are not familiar with Wade Burleson, we will be introducing him in our Thursday post. Then on Friday we will provide more details about our internet worship experience, which we hope will serve as a refuge for those who are disenfranchised from the organized church, as well as an option for those who are living in remote areas where churches are not plentiful. And if you are ever out of town on business or vacation, please consider this option for worship. We are not live streaming Wade's message, but instead are featuring the previous week's sermon. This gives you total freedom to tune in when it suits your schedule. We are so excited to provide another way to enrich your worship of Almighty God!
I want to dedicate one of my favorite IL DIVO songs to both Wade Burleson and my BFF Dee because they have helped to restore my faith. I never lost it, praise God, but I have had my own struggles with the organized church. Thankfully, my husband and I have found a wonderful congregation that brings joy to our lives.
I hope this inspirational video will encourage you, too! Thanks Margie (whoever you are) for putting together such a beautiful display of God's glory.
Please join us in rejoicing about our new ministry outreach here at TWW.
To God be the glory!
Lydia's Corner: Isaiah 54:1-57:14 Ephesians 6:1-24 Psalm 70:1-5 Proverbs 24:8