Reflecting back over my time serving on the Elder Board at First B, there are many stories and anecdotes I could share with you (if space allowed) about seeing God working in and through our church in amazing ways. Biblical truths that relate to our life experiences are some of the most powerful means of communicating the Gospel of Jesus. For me, agriculture has been a basis of my livelihood and has allowed me to

relate and share the truths of God’s Word in very “natural” ways. The fundamental elements and order in which crops and livestock receive nutrients have corollaries to the fundamentals of the Gospel.

The basic requirements of plants are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). An easy, simple way to remember what they do for the plant is up (nitrogen for

growth), down (phosphorus for root development), and around (potassium for flowering and fruiting). Phosphorus (down) can remind us that Christ died and was buried for our sin. Nitrogen (up) reminds us that He arose from the grave to give us eternal life, and potassium (around) can remind us His Spirit is around and in us.

I occasionally enjoy watching our cattle in the late evening doing what cattle do– “chew their cud,” a process that is repeated several times throughout the day. Grass and hay are ingested and regurgitated (known as chewing their cud) going through digestion in four separate stomach compartments. This amazing process allows the animal to receive every possible nutrient available from the fodder. I am reminded that God’s written Word is like that, full of nutrients, but we can only

receive its benefits when we “ruminate” on it. (Ps. 119:11, 15-16, 97)

It has been an extreme privilege for me to pray with so many from our congregation over the years. Jesus tells us to “carry each other’s burdens” (Gal.6:2). The stories are sometimes heartbreaking, and we have wept
together and rejoiced over an answer to our prayers. More o en, praying with others blesses both the person requesting prayer and the person praying. While interceding on behalf of those requesting prayer, God has shown me prayer is far more than “ask and you shall receive” (Matt. 7:7, 21:22). Prayer is an act of humble worship. It is asking Him for guidance and waiting for His direction and leading. It is an expression of our love and relationship with God our Father who makes His love and resources available to us.

Thank you for the joy of serving you on the Elder Board these past 4 1⁄2 years.