Today the Martin family will leave the comforts of Nashville and head to Washington D.C.

We’ll stop halfway in Bristol, VA and enjoy lunch and an opportunity to stretch our legs, before finishing our trip and arriving in the Capital City right around dinner time (I plan all my trips around eating…doesn’t everyone?). We plan to take in a few of the monuments, which are supposed to be beautiful at night. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Of course you’re probably aware that much of the area surrounding the National Mall is a bit dangerous. We ask for your prayers that we, and all other travelers around town, will be safe.

Never take for granted the effectiveness of prayer. It’s such an easy thing to do, yet it carries with it such tremendous power. We have the honor to approach the very throne of God Himself. We can stand (boldly–Hebrews 4:16) before God and bring our petitions before Him. That’s a remarkable privilege, but it seems that because it’s so easy to do, many don’t bother. It’s as though, because we don’t have to work for it, we don’t appreciate it.

Never forget, that it was Jesus who had to work for it. He suffered and died, putting in that terrible work, to make our power of prayer possible. Appreciate it.

Use it!

PS: Don’t forget COMMUNITY DAY on the final Sunday of this month. Invite a friend and plan for a big meal together after our morning service. I like Harps fried chicken, I’m just saying.