Psalm 126:3, "The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad."

On September 3, we reached 200,000,000 copies of Scripture printed at First Baptist Church and Bearing Precious Seed since 1973. What a blessing it was to see that happen at a time when many people are experiencing a year like they've never experienced before.

I thought of my grandkids and the situation facing them; the wearing of masks and that appearing to be normal to them.

Then I thought about things in the Bible that evidently became normal in people's lives. In the story of the demoniac man in Luke 8, people had accepted his behavior as normal because when they found the man, he was "... sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid." (verse 35). Many times we get used to normal and that can be a dangerous place to be.

We hear leaders in our country saying that we need to get back to normal. I think we need to stay focused on the task at hand and press on for the cause of Christ. Going forward, we need to make sure we are focused on the task of the Great Commission and reaching as many as we can.

The last six months have not been what we would refer to as normal, but we need to guard against what we let become normal. Staying home from church and watching online needs to not be normal. It was necessary for a while; in California, it is now necessary at times, but it is being forced upon them. During this time, let's guard against what we accept as normal. I have seen things in the last year that I never would have thought possible. And the longer it goes on, the more people start to accept it as normal.

As a ministry, we need to guard against just being normal! God continues to do things above and beyond what we ever expect and it is all for His glory. All that we do is for His glory!

Psalm 136:1, "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."

Psalm 136:2, "O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever."

Psalm 136:3, "O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever."

Psalm 136:26, "O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever."

Let's guard against what we allow to become normal and focus on what God has done, and continues to do, in our lives. Let's allow Him to use us ... and for Him to get the glory for all that He does.

Written by Al Braley
Director of Operations-BPS
September 23, 2020