May 2020

Dayspring Family,

In the past six weeks or so, I have noticed signs posted that say, “Faith Not Fear.”  You may have seen them as well.

Why have they been posted?  Because those posting them understand that much of our country, indeed, much of the world is currently living in fear because of a virus that is circulating.  People are afraid of getting sick and ending up in the hospital, and possibly dying.  Or they are fearful for loved ones who could go through the sickness the virus may produce.  And this fear for many has become a panic - which is certainly not surprising, for corona virus information and discussion is practically all we see on the news and we are constantly reminded of it.

But the signs are correct.  In fact, they communicate in summary form the truth Jesus constantly taught His disciples.  We must have faith, not fear.

Over the past three months we have been going through Luke 7:1-10 in order to learn what Jesus taught about faith in the context of the story of a Roman centurion who had a servant who was very sick.  As we have seen, the man whom Jesus would finally describe as a man of “great faith” understood that though he was worthy of nothing from Christ, Christ could do anything by speaking a word - no matter where He was - if He was willing.  And so he asked Jesus for healing for his servant.

But now we come to the last truth we learn about the one who has great faith.  The one who comes to the LORD in great faith is commended and answered.   Verses 9-10 finish the story for us:

“When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.”

Two things happened here.  First, the LORD commended the centurion’s faith as greater than He had seen in all Israel (which would include the most religious in the country).   In speaking to His disciples, Jesus had more often said, “O you of little faith”, rather than commending their great faith.  But this man’s faith was great indeed.  For as unlikely as it might have seemed to others that Jesus would grant this man’s request, he asked anyway.  This centurion might of been able to think of a dozen reasons why Jesus would not answer his request.  He was NOT a Jew.  The servant really didn’t matter in the whole scheme of things.  But he did not act on that.

Instead he sent word to Jesus, asking Him to heal someone very important to him, even though he did not deserve to be heard.  And he trusted Jesus to act.

Second, the LORD healed the man’s servant. The text tells us that  when the messengers of the centurion arrived back at the centurion’s home,  they found that the servant was well again.

When I was a teen, I needed some money to repair my dirt-bike - quite a bit of money at that time.  I was talking about this to mom one day, when she said, “Why don’t you ask your dad?”  Well, I knew why I had not.  He would never do that I reasoned.  This is nothing I deserve.  It’s not even my birthday.   I’m not sure I’ve really done that much for dad.   But I asked, and to my great surprise, my dad wrote me a check right on the spot.  Just like the centurion, I asked for what seemed quite unlikely, and received it.  The only difference was that with me I was quite surprised to have had my request granted by my father, whereas the centurion seemed confident all along that Jesus would do this for him. 

And that is exactly why Jesus said, “I have not seen such faith even in Israel.”

Now this is a faith God expects of ALL his children.  Otherwise Jesus would not have rebuked the disciples so often for not having it.   Yet so often Christians have a difficult time trusting God’s Word and promises - and so they live in fear, rather than faith.

George Mueller in the 19th century was known for remarkable faith - for building orphan houses to take care of thousands of children - all without asking others for anything.  He simply prayed and trusted the LORD to answer.  All who have read his story would say that he clearly had “great faith.”  But Mueller did not think this faith of his to be a unique gift.  Rather, he understood that this was a faith God wanted all of His children to have.  This is illustrated by his own words. 

“Some say, ‘Oh I shall never have the gift of faith Mr. Mueller has got’.  This is a mistake - it is the greatest error - there is not a particle of truth in it.  My faith is the same kind of faith that all of God’s children have had.  It is the same kind that Simon Peter had, and all Christians may obtain like faith.  My faith is their faith, though there may be more of it because my faith has been a little more developed by exercise than theirs...”

That is the key.  Great faith is great precisely because it is exercised regularly.   And if we would be commended for great faith we must do just that.  So when we have needs that seem impossible to have met, we go immediately to our Father.  When we lose jobs or income, we go to the LORD with the promises He has given His children.  And when we face the unknown, we entrust our lives to God’s hands, knowing that God works all things together for the good of those who are His. 

So be encouraged.

Pastor Dave




  • Missions Moment

    May 2020

    Local Missions

    Missions work done in our community doesn't have the splash and bling of trips across the country or around the world, but it is still very important and just as much part of God's purpose for our lives.

    This month, Dayspring was able to assist in getting food to people in our community who can sometimes live without it. Can you imagine going the whole weekend without eating because there literally is no food in your family's possession? School provides two meals a day for these children, but sometimes on the weekend, there is nothing.

    In teaming up with Gwen Byrd of the Monroe County School system and the Backpack Buddies program, Dayspring provided 48 bags of food to these children who may not have otherwise eaten. The food was all dry or canned so that it could sit on a shelf and not spoil. Gwen was getting fresh vegetables to take to the families along with the bags as she went on her visits. She said the other thing that she tries to take to the children is gently loved books and stuffed animals.

    Look for announcements when we may have the opportunity to do something similar again and thank you for your generosity this time!


    Ministry Schedule
    SUNDAY May 3 May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 June 7
    Beverages Strickland Walker Callahan Dumas Futch Henry
      Turner Calhoun Carter Elliott Haas Holley
    Ushers Deacons Deacons Deacons Deacons Deacons Deacons
    Sunday School            
    Nursury I Elliott Calhoun Holley Leonhard Martin Strickland
    10:45 am Worship            
    Nursery I Carter Henry Calhoun Holley Walker Carter
    Nursery II Elliott Haas Elliott Haas Elliott Haas
    WEDNESDAY May 6 May 13 May 20 May 27 June 3 June 10
    Nursery Futch Strickland Carter Futch  Strickland Carter
    **Set-Up Strickland Carter Futch Strickland Carter Futch
      Henry Calhoun Henry Calhoun Henry Calhoun
    If you cannot serve on the assigned date, please trade dates with someone else. 
    **Set-up includes bringing 1 gallon beverage
  • Church Announcements


    Thank you, Dayspring! Your gift of 48 bags of food has blessed the hungriest of the hungry in Monroe County during this time of stress and difficulty. Backpack Buddies is an ongoing project throughout the school year and gives weekend food to children living in very poor or homeless situations. Keep your eyes open for more opportunities to bless our community coming in the future!

  • Message from Pastor Martin April 24, 2020

    April 24, 2020

    Dear Dayspring Family,

    It is my joy to let you know that we will once again be meeting together at our church for worship this LORD’s Day! I have long looked forward to this as so many of you have as well.

    However, in order to do this we are going to follow the governor’s strongly recommended health guidelines through May 10. That means that we will encourage the washing of hands - and families or individuals sitting no closer than six feet from others in the sanctuary.

    Beginning this Sunday, we will meet for AM worship only. On the following Sunday, May 3, we will meet for Sunday School as there is plenty of room for us to spread out around the room at the various tables. Announcement will be made that day with regard to Sunday evening teaching and prayer time. Future directions for Wednesday evening activities will follow.

    Now I know that some of you may not be comfortable with coming back to the physical gathering yet. And I want you to understand that I (and the other elders) respect whatever decision you make with regard to the services. Do not feel pressured if you feel that you are particularly vulnerable or that it is not the right time for you to return. But do know that we will continue to pray for you as you are part of our church family. Do let us know if we can serve you in any particular way. And do know that we will continue to live-stream the service via Zoom Webinar as we have been for the past five Sundays.

    Be praying for your elders as we pray for you!

    For His Kingdom,

    Pastor Dave (for the Session)

  • Message from Pastor Martin April 22, 2020

    Dear Dayspring Family,

    I have been thinking a lot lately - as all of us have - about things getting “back to normal.” The year 2020 started off without any particular irregularities but by the end of February a rather ominous cloud began descending. By the end of March, most of our lives were suddenly different than they had ever been. So we naturally want to get back to normal.

    Yet, a lot of people in the media or politics or the medical community are saying that we can never get back to normal - because the normal was too risky. Some have suggested that we might become a society of people who regularly wear masks. Others have suggested that we will continue to have periods of the non-normal interjected on a regular basis. Some have suggested that hand-shaking will have to be a thing of the past - that we will have to do less touching.

    I even read an article the other day about how the church is going to have to do things differently from now on - that we need to rethink how we do the LORD’s Supper, that we must consider shortening services, that we consider not passing any kind of plate for offerings ever again, and that we stop all coffee fellowship or “meet and greet” at the door (and these were just a few of the points) - all for the sake of staying healthy.

    For my part, I think much of what is being said by these various professionals - and church pundits alike - is mistaken. For one, they are calling on people to stop being human, to stop being the interpersonal creatures that we were created to be when we were made in the image of God. And for another, they are essentially saying that what will drive our lives from this point on is fear. And that is simply not the Christian perspective.

    In 1948, C.S. Lewis wrote an article not long after the nuclear bomb had been invented and first used in Japan. He wrote it because the whole idea of a weapon that could wipe out a city in an instant was causing so many to live in fear. It was entitled, “On Living in an Atomic Age.” I share it now because I think it communicates exactly the kind of perspective a Christian should have living in a fallen world, with dangers imminent on every side. And I think it is wise counsel for any age.

    Lewis said, “In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

    In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

    This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a..game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”

    I think Lewis was spot on. No, we are not to be reckless. And better hygiene is something good. I, for one, am glad that I did not have surgery in 1850 before sterilization of instruments was seen as necessary! So certainly we can do some things better from now on. But we cannot live in fear - not in our communities - and certainly not in the church. We cannot stop having close fellowship with each other - or cease sharing meals. We cannot make communion less than communion. We cannot be afraid to shake a hand or even put an arm around someone and tell them we are praying for them when they desperately need that. We need to go on being the church.

    The world will forever live in fear - it has been in bondage to it since the fall. But the Christian must not. For as Hebrews 2:14-16 tells us, Jesus Christ died for us “that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” So let us live in the shadow of our Loving and Sovereign Father, and in the certainty of eternal life in His Kingdom.

    Pastor Dave

    PS: Your session will meet this week to discuss upcoming service plans. Please watch for an update on Friday.

  • Message from Pastor Martin April 15, 2020

    Dear Dayspring Family,

    In my reading this week I came across some words from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, which were encouraging to me and which I hope will be encouraging to you as well. The scriptural text on which he was preaching was Matthew 6:34, Dr. Lloyd-Jones said this:

    “[Jesus] asks...Why do you allow yourself to be worried thus about the future? ‘The morrow will take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.’ If the present is bad enough as it is, why go to meet the future? To go on from day to day is enough in and of itself; be content with that...Worry about the future is so utterly futile and useless; it achieves nothing at all...worry is never of any value at all. This is seen with particular clarity as you come to face the future. Apart from anything else, it is a pure waste of energy because however much you worry you cannot do anything about it. In any case its threatened catastrophes are imaginary; they are not certain, they may never happen at all.

    But above all that, says our Lord, can you not see that... you are mortgaging the future by worrying about it in the present? Indeed, the result of worrying about the future is that you are crippling yourself in the present; your are lessening your efficiency with regard to today...worry is something that is due to an entire failure to understand the nature of life in this world...Man has to labour and must meet troubles...

    The great question is, how are we to face them? According to our Lord, the vital thing is not to spend every day of your life in adding up the grand total of everything that is ever likely to happen to you in the whole of your life in the world. If you do that, it will crush you. That is not the way. Rather, you must think of it like this. There is, as it were, a daily quota of problems and difficulties in this life. Every day has its problems; some of them are constant from day to day, some of them vary. But the great thing to do is to realize that every day must be lived in and of itself...Here is the quota for today. Very well; we must face that and meet it; and He has already told us how to do so.” (Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, ii, p 149-50)

    In these days of uncertainly as to the future, Jesus’ words are what we as a church, and as individual Christians, need so much. In fact, the whole text from which Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ words are drawn - Matthew 6:25-34 - would be great verses to meditate upon this week.


    Now as to our service this week, the schedule will remain the same as it has been. We will begin a live service at 10:45 which will be streamed via Zoom Webinar. We will also have this Sunday’s sermon available on the church website the same day.

    Speaking of the website, it will shortly have a brand new look - and will have a number of features that I trust will make it more informative and easy to navigate. Be watching for this.

    Finally, I just wanted to let you know that I would love to pray for you - or with you on the phone - if you have any need or request that you would like to share. Feel free to call me, or text/email me with a prayer need. My cell number is 478-284-2487, and my email is dave-martin@juno.com.

    I hope to see you soon!

    Love in Christ,

    Pastor Dave

  • Message from Pastor Dave April 10, 2020

    Dear Dayspring Family,

    In light of the possibility of rainy weather for Sunday, I wanted to let you know how to plan for Sunday morning, and provide one other opportunity for worship.

    First, if the weather is clear and dry at 10:30 Sunday morning, proceed to the church for the drive in service as planned. If not, plan on connecting via Zoom, as we have been doing (we hope to broadcast this on Zoom even if we can meet outside. If that is not possible, the service will be made available on the Website as soon as possible after the service's conclusion).

    Second, as some have expressed a desire to worship on Good Friday, any who choose to may meet on Friday at 6:30 in the parking lot for a short service of hymn-singing and prayer.

    With regard to both of these opportunities, we will follow all distancing guidelines and request that you not cluster in groups for talking before or afterwards. We look forward to closer fellowship in the future, but will follow this procedure at this time.

    May the LORD bless all of You,

    Pastor Dave

  • Message from Pastor David Martin March 21, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Dear Dayspring Church Family,

    Thursday evening your elders met (and then earlier yesterday discussed by phone) actions that the church should take in light of the current virus situation.  We have been closely following press conferences and updates in which the president and our governor have communicated guidelines as to how both citizens and organizations should responsibly deal with the current crisis in order to make informed decisions with regard to our church.

    As of his latest press conference our governor explicitly stated that he was not going to ban small churches or other groups from meeting.  He stated that this decision was made in consultation with those who administrate public health in Georgia, who did not recommend that he mandate more restrictive measures at this time.  The governor did encourage churches to consider live streaming of services.       

    Understanding this, we have also prayed for God’s wisdom so that we might make decisions that are first honoring to Him, and second, that will be good for His people, of which we are a part.

    We have decided to take the following actions:

    First, we are working to provide live streaming for our Sunday morning service.  I hope in the next 24 hours to provide our members and attenders with a link which will allow connection to the service.   However, our morning service, which will be broadcast from the church, will be made open to those are comfortable with coming, provided they have no symptoms of any sickness, and are not among those considered the most vulnerable in our community.  Those who are elderly or who have  weak immune systems, as well as those who are care-givers for these individuals are encouraged to watch the service online.  For those who do come, there will be hand sanitizer at the doors, and regular physical contact greetings will be suspended.  As well, since our sanctuary provides for it, those coming should sit appropriately apart within it.

    Second, we will suspend Sunday School, Sunday evening Bible study, and the Wednesday evening fellowship meal until further notice.  This will allow our building to remain sanitary between meetings, as per state and national guidelines.

    No one should feel pressure to be physically at the morning service.  The elders will respect the decisions that families or individuals make with regard to the service.  Please know that we trust your judgement.

    We do, however, want to encourage you to make known any needs you have to myself or the rest of the session.  If you need food picked up from the grocery store, or need help with regard to anything else, do not hesitate to call.  We, and others in the church, would love to serve you in every way we can.

    Please be in prayer for your elders.  We desperately need it.  We will be praying for you as well.

    Should there be further developments that require changes to the current plan, we will inform you as soon as possible.

    Love in Christ,

    Pastor Dave



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