“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you.” This statement in the opening lines of the letter of Paul to the Romans is typical of the way he begins most of his letters to the churches. It also reflects my sentiment when I think of the Valley church family.
I could not imagine a greater gift from God than to have the opportunity to serve with those who are a part of the body of Christ here at Valley. The outpouring of your love, encouragement, and support through the cards and gifts shared with us this week brought that again into sharp focus.
The most common sentiment expressed in your cards and expressed to me regularly is your appreciation for an uncompromising stand on the Word of God. Rightly handling the Word of God is a profound stewardship which I do not take lightly. Your eagerness to hear and follow the Word of God lends great encouragement to those of us who minister the Word of God each week. I pray each week that the Word of God will accomplish all that God intends in every heart and that it will be “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16, ESV)