For riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? Proverbs 27:24
Like many I watched the ceremonies following Queen Elizabeth’s passing with a sense of deep sadness for her family and nation. But what struck me most was her crown and scepter resting on a purple pillow atop her coffin.
Even though she had faithfully and sacrificially served her country for over 70 years, she could not take them with her!
Every symbol of her wealth, her power, her God-given authority and responsibility, had to be left behind. Her scepter, known to hold the largest colorless diamond in the entire world, her crown the second largest, all left behind as she entered eternity. She entered just as we will one day–either a sinner saved by grace, or one who refused God’s gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us there will be crowns in heaven, crowns far more valuable than the crown Queen Elizabeth or any earthly royalty leave behind. In fact, Scripture specifically mentions 5 crowns.
- Imperishable (1Corinthians 9:25) Presented to believers who have victory over the world, the flesh, and Satan.
- The Crown of Rejoicing (1Thesselonians 2:19) Presented to those who win souls.
- The Crown of Life (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10) Presented to martyrs.
- The Crown of Glory (1Peter 5:4) Presented to the Shepherds of God’s flock.
- The crown of Righteousness (2Timothy 4:8) Presented to those who look forward to Christ’s second coming.
Don’t you love what the Bible says we will do with our crowns? We will place them at our Savior’s feet as we worship Him. Chills run through me as I imagine that moment.
I’m excited that the Crown of Rejoicing is given to soul winners. There is nothing in this world–no amount of riches or fame, no earthly relationship, NOTHING–that gives more joy than praying with folks to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our ministry, the ministry of The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, God uses something as ordinary and plain as a handmade walking stick to bring the Gospel to life in folks’ hearts.
This month has been a month without festivals, but Pete and I have kept busy preparing for the next several busy months. We’ve had serious flooding here in Florida and Pete has walked through mud and water just to get to the trailer for supplies.
We’ve been in touch with several new venues, filling out applications, praying to have an increased presence this season and reach more people with the Gospel. That is our passion. Young or old, the people we share with have no guarantee of tomorrow. They need Jesus. He alone will change their lives. He alone will never leave or forsake them. He alone can forgive their sins and offer them an eternal home in heaven.
When not working on drilling holes in the walking sticks and organizing the trailer, Pete has spent time volunteering at ECHO where we first came to know Bill Brown and the FCFI ministry. He’s also spent time volunteering at our church.
On top of everything else, Pete has been working on our RV’s electrical. When we returned from Minnesota the lights in the front of the RV no longer worked. Without light, we could not read at night unless we headed back to our bedroom. Thankfully, through trial and error he fixed the electricity just yesterday. We are also grateful that the Lord has provided, and we will soon have a new air conditioner. Pete believes he can install it himself. We can’t wait. It’s been a hot August and September!
I’m thankful to be back leading our ladies group. This year we are studying Isaiah, learning to trust God more and more each day.
During our little break, I found time to design our new business cards for FCFI Once again God provided the funds to have them printed.
Our new business card.
Pete and I enjoyed a week off to spend time with family on the beach. The only ones missing were our son and daughter in law, youngest granddaughter, grandson, his wife and their son. It was a blessing to see the Minnesota and Florida cousins and their spouses together again.
As I write this month’s blog, I’m reminded of another crown, a crown without precious jewels or priceless gold. John describes the event this way:
Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe (John 19:1-2).
Jesus willingly allowed that crown to be placed on his head. He willingly went to the cross, suffered humiliation and an excruciating death. All because He loves us.
We are so blessed at this time in our lives to be able to share the greatest story of all–the story of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. And we are eternally grateful to those who support us with their prayers and finances. You are part of a team leading people to Jesus, the only way to salvation.
We are grateful for your prayers.
- Pray that God will prepare us and those we will share with this season.
- Pray for souls to be saved and people to return to the Lord.
- Pray for the health and continued strength of all FCFI workers.
- Pray for our applications to be approved for new venues and the funds to pay to be part of them.
- Pray for our health. We have never fully recovered from our bouts with covid.
- Sandy’s brother-in-law, Pat, was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. His kidney will be removed on October 4. Pray for the doctors, his healing, peace for him and Diane, and Pat’s spiritual needs.
- Our vehicle’s continued health.
- Pray that many souls will be saved during this year’s events.
- Pray specifically for our largest event, The Sunbelt festival in Georgia, taking place in October.
- Please pray for more workers. The fields are white unto harvest.
Thank you so much for your prayer and financial support. I’ll include an updated calendar in next month’s blog. Until then we remain…
In God’s Grip,
Pete and Sandy Singer