Greetings from my Study Leave!
I love my church family. I am so appreciative of the deep relationships that have been forged over the past 15 years at FBC Arlington. God has truly been good to the Wiles family! We are blessed by God through you!
We have had some much needed rest and vacation time together. We traveled to Destin, Florida for a family vacation. Cindy and I enjoyed a time of relaxation on the beach. We both love to just walk on the beach, look for sand dollars and just watch the waves roll in. It is a cleansing, relaxing experience for us both.
As I write these words this morning, I am in Waco attending the summer meeting of the Baylor Board of Regents. Thank you for your prayers as we meet during these strategic times in the life of Baylor University.
I have missed being with you in worship and community. I have joined the services via live stream each Sunday. Jerimiah has done an outstanding job in my absence in the pulpit. I know you will also enjoy Dr. Joshua Stowe these next two weeks. He has already endeared himself to many of you through his pastoral ministry in our church.
I have been praying and studying as well. I have been especially drawn to the unique power of the Gospel. I am sensing that God is leading me toward a more profound and in-depth study of the nature of the Gospel itself. Even yesterday in our Daily Bible reading, Luke recorded, “But the word of God continued to spread and flourish” (Acts 12:24-NIV).
As I am planning and reflecting on all that is facing our church (Master Planning decisions, construction, moving out of the Sanctuary, capital campaign, potential staff structuring, mission decisions, etc.), I just sense that this next season of life at FBC Arlington is going to be incredibly strategic for our future together. I ask you to pray for me as I seek God’s direction for this next year and the years ahead. As I mentioned, I am feeling drawn toward the Gospel. I am asking God what this means for us as a church family.
I know the Gospel is good news. I know the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. I know the Gospel is the answer for a broken and hurting world. And I just sense that God is drawing me even closer to Him and the beauty of His plan for His creation.
So, I miss you. I love you. I am grateful for a time of study and reflection. I am grateful for a time of prayer and personal growth. I am looking forward to where God leads me and then sharing that with you. Blessings from your Pastor!