A Godly Legacy

We had the privilege yesterday after church services to attend a 70th birthday party for Sherry Davis, a lady from Three Lakes Bible Church where we pastored for 37 years. Jerry and Sherry started coming to Three lakes not many years after it began so we got to know them well and their family became very involved, not only at Three Lakes, but in the community as well.  They taught Sunday school classes, served as Sunday school superintendent, helped organize and teach vacation Bible school, did a “Kids’ Corner” for us once a month for our worship service, helped start a “Jesus Kids” at Elohim Bible Camp for those too young to attend a regular week of summer camp, helped with AWANA, started a Good News Bible Club in Troy that met after school once a week, went to Canada with their family each summer to help a mission conduct vacation Bible school. Jerry has also served as an elder for many years. Needless to say, they have been a tremendous asset and blessing to Three Lakes as well as to us personally. Kathy had gall bladder surgery this past week and guess who it was that came to visit her in the hospital after surgery–Jerry and Sherry!  They have a tremendous heart for others, and a burden to reach the lost for Christ. What a joy as a pastor to have had a couple like them to count on and with whom to serve. I always knew that if I needed someone to assist with a care center service, or any other special ministry, I could call on Jerry and Sherry for help. May their tribe continue to increase!

     At the birthday celebration the three of Davis’ five children who were able to attend, got up and shared how much Sherry has meant to them. The focus of the tributes was the godly home in which they grew up and what a difference it has made in their lives and their own families.  Sherry then shared too and gave testimony to how her life was transformed at age 22. She had been headed in the wrong direction and was totally turned around through her being introduced to Christ as Savior and Lord of her life.  She committed her life to follow Jesus and has had a great impact on all who have grown up in her home or known her as church family or friends. Her dedication to Christ is very obvious by the way she lives and she has a great sense of humor which always makes it fun to be around her. 
     I couldn’t help but think about the commandment God gave to Israel before they entered the Promise Land: “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!  And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart, and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when your rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And your shall write them on the door posts of your house and on your gates” (Dt. 6:1-9).  Jerry and Sherry Davis have done that and the results are very evident. I pray that God grants them many more years of service for Him.  They serve as a great example to each of us of how we too need to put God first in our lives, not just on Sunday in church, but every day, in our homes, in our place of work, in our community.  I trust that it is your purpose to leave a Godly legacy for your family and friends to follow. “May all who come behind us find us faithful.”
                                                                                                       Forever His,
                                                                                                                Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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