The “Church of the Nativity” was originally commissioned to be built in 327A.D. by Constantine the Great and his mother Helena over the site that was traditionally considered to be the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus. It was completed in 339 and destroyed by fire in the 6th century. A new basilica was built in 565 by the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian. There have been numerous additions since this second construction, including its prominent bell towers. It is considered one of the oldest churches in the world that continues to have worship services which now occur daily. If you go with us to Israel in December 2018 – January 2019 you will see this historic site!

Although not quite that old, The Bridge Bible Fellowship (aka, Reseda First Baptist & Heart of the Valley), has been serving the San Fernando Valley and the world now for 75 years! In 1942, this church was planted by people from Van Nuys First Baptist and it has been faithfully worshiping God, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, preaching & teaching the Word, making disciples, and sending out missionaries all over the world. Millions of lives have been impacted over the past 75 years of faithful ministry.

I don’t know about you, but I love to CELEBRATE. And I especially love to celebrate the faithfulness of God and His people. That is why we are going to have a huge celebration the first weekend in June. On Friday night, June 2nd, we will have a banquet and take the evening to LOOK BACK at the faithfulness of God and His people over the past 75 years. We will look at the commitment and sacrifices of those that have gone before us. We will give God praise for the work that has been done and the lives that have been changed. A former pastoral staff member & missionary of the church, Mike Gaston, will be the emcee that night as we reflect and celebrate. There will be photos, videos, special music, testimonies, etc., highlighting the work that has been done for the glory of God. You will be encouraged and challenged by all that has been accomplished and will come to realize as I have, that we truly are here today standing on the shoulders of spiritual giants! People who trusted God to do far more abundantly beyond all they could ask or think (Eph. 3:20).

Then on Sunday morning, June 4th, we will continue to celebrate as we LOOK FORWARD to what God has ahead for our church. We will share a vision for the future and how we can all participate in seeing that vision come to fruition. It is my desire to learn from those who went before us, and serve and sacrifice as they did, so we can hand this church off to future generations who will continue in faithful ministry for the next 75 years. I want to see this church have an even greater impact on Reseda, Los Angeles, California, the U.S., and the world in the next 75 years than it has in the past 75 years. I want to honor those who went before us by sacrificing as they did so future generations might know and love and serve the Lord.

So please mark out that weekend and join us as we celebrate the Faithfulness of God and His people. Then pray about your part in the on-going ministry of this church to the world. May God be pleased to use us as He has used those who have gone before us. To Him alone be all glory and honor and praise!

Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. (Hebrews 13:7 – NLT)

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