Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Spring is in the air and summer will be here before we know it. It’s good to know that

God is in control as we encounter the day-to-day challenges and receive the blessings that God sends our way. As your moderator, what a privilege and blessing it has been for me to be a part of the committee and board meetings of Synod, and to know that God has raised up those among us to serve and conduct the business of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in a Godly, positive, and efficient manner. Our challenge this year has come from, 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be watchful, stand

firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” We should all fully realize that society has changed over time, and not always in a positive direction. Some even believe that we are now living in a post-Christian era in this country. Scripture tells us that in the last days what is right will be seen by many as wrong, and what has been considered wrong will now seem right. But one thing we know to be true is that God never changes. He is our constant in a world of change. We are commanded to proclaim God’s Word in season and out of season. There are good works taking place to further the kingdom of God in this country and around the world, and many souls are being saved every day. A recent trip to the Mississippi Valley Presbytery meeting in French Camp, MS,

was certainly an eye-opener for me. Our meetings were held at the French Camp ARP Church. During our visit, we were able to tour French Camp Academy. FCA is a great example of a work begun years ago, in 1885, by faithful Christian men and women which has resulted in souls being saved throughout the years. FCA serves many hurt- ing young people to this day. Their school sign leading into the campus says, “French Camp Academy…One Fine Place”, and two things are obvious. It really is one fine place and God has certainly blessed this ministry. I would encourage all churches to research the French Camp Academy ministry for hurting young people, add them to your prayer ministry, and consider support for this worthwhile endeavor. This is just one of the many outreaches that win souls for Christ every year. My closing thoughts about our challenge is further expressed by the words of many

great Christian hymns such as “Rise Up O Men of God”, “Am I a Soldier of the Cross”, “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus”, “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”, “How Firm a Foundation”, and many more, too numerous to list. As we strive to live up to the challenge in 1 Corinthians 16:13, may we always seek

God’s direction for what He would have us to do in winning souls for Christ. Let us seek to “be watchful” for issues that would divide us, “stand firm” for the tenets of our faith, “act like men” when called upon to serve, and “be strong” in our daily lives as we serve our churches, families, and fellow Christians.

Moderator Phillip Malphrus

1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” May/June 2019 3

Moderator’s Challenge

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