Greetings to all of you in the name of Jesus Christ, who is Lord.
My prayer is this letter finds you well and in His will.

Pastor Denton Lester Warning: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.

The time for fun-in-the-sun is here! There are so many things happening during the summer months that will keep us all so busy, and before we blink the summer will be over. We all know the old cliché, “time flies when you’re having fun,” and I know that most of us will have a summer that is filled to overflowing and the time will just fly by.

There are graduations, vacations, weddings, parties, parks, picnics, zoos, ball games, and the list goes on. There are trips to take, places to see, and things to do. There is family to visit, cruises to take, golf courses to play, and races to see. The days will get hot and we will get lazy. The mornings will be cool, and we will want to sleep in, making it hard to get up. (especially on Sunday mornings)

One of the FUNdamentals of fun in the summer is protecting ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun. Sunburn is very painful, and it can cause problems with our skin that we really don’t need. We are told to wear sun blockers anytime we are out in the sun, and we are to keep reapplying them to be safe. Children are especially at risk because of their tender skin and the quickness of their burning.

“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 20:15

Sunglasses are a necessity when we are out and about. The ultraviolet rays are very harmful to our eyes and to the eyes of young children, so keep sunglasses on and on the kids all the time.

One sure way to help reduce our chances of burning and to assure the same for your children is to spend Sunday mornings in Sunday school and Sunday Worship. I know that sounds corny, but I am not talking about burning from the sun. In fact, I am talking about burning because there is no Son in our lives. Some people are certainly concerned about too much sun, but few seem concerned that a lack of Son can also cause burning.

The end of time is something that is current with many, and so the need to know about the lake of fire and the Lamb’s Book of Life are so absolutely necessary for the time in which we live. There is a truth to the understanding that burning is something that will happen to many. Scripture speaks of burning in Revelation 20:15, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Sunburn is something we all understand. The lake of fire is something we do not want to know. Too much exposure to the sun can be damaging in this life. Not enough exposure to the Son can be damaging in the next life.

As we enjoy the sun this summer, let us not forget our covenant with the Son and continue to be vitally involved in our church and in worship of the Son. We are to be upholding our church with our presence, our prayers, our gifts and our service. Enjoy the sun, but don’t get burned. Enjoy the Son, and you won’t burn.

See you in church,

Pastor Denton
            Pastor Denton

June 2022