SAVING PRIVATE RYAN - I'm not a big movie-watcher, but over Memorial Day weekend I sat down and watched Saving Private Ryan. The opening D-Day scene was a shocking reminder of how many Americans suffered and died to keep us free.
But something else struck me as I watched. Tom Hanks hand-picked several men for a special mission. By the end of the movie, all but 2 of those men had died trying to make sure that Private Ryan didn't.
In the movie, many died to save 1. But in the history of mankind, 1 died to save many. The One who died for the many is Jesus. He laid down His life to set us free from sin.
SUMMER CAMPS AT ACS! - Summer camps have always been a big part of ACS, and we look forward to hosting camps again this summer - albeit under very different conditions.
Camp Eagle runs from June 1 through July 31. This is a weekly camp for children ages 3 through 10 with multiple options for attending. Our brand new "Aggie" Camp runs June 23-26 for kids interested in agriculture and animals. We also have camps throughout the summer for baseball, softball, and tennis. Of course, we will have specific safety protocols in place for all of our summer camps.
If you are looking for something fun for your kids this summer, you can learn more and register for our camps at the ACS website.
GOD IS AT WORK - One characteristic of God taught in Scripture is that He is omniscient, i.e., He knows everything about every thing and every person. That makes Him very different from us.
In this difficult time, unbelievers may ask, "where is God when millions are losing jobs and tens of thousands are dying?" Believers will answer, "we cannot know everything that God knows, but we do know He is good, and we do know He is at work."
One evidence that God is at work is that churches are now reaching thousands of more individuals through online services than they were reaching before the pandemic. Although we cannot see God, we CAN see His work all around us.
Although we live with an uncertainty about our immediate future, we need not live with an uncertainty about our eternal future. When Jesus bore our sins on the cross and then rose again, He provided a way of salvation.
As Believers, we claim the truth of Isaiah 43:1: "thus says the Lord . . . 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are mine.'" This is our certainty in uncertain times.