A message of confidence in God's guidance was provided by Justin Guffey, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Pierce City, for this week's meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club.
A native of Altamont, Ill., Guffey said he earned his masters of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008. He has been at the Pierce City church since 2009 and works closely with Brandon Tucker, his associate pastor.
A lifetime hero in Guffey's life has been his grandfather, a businessman and World War II veteran. Guffey described how his grandfather would rise at 5 a.m. daily for prayer and take him as a youth on his lap to the coffee shop.
People seek out examples of leadership, Guffey said. One role model who is leaving a striking public impression at present, according to Guffey, is professional football player Tim Tebow, who openly speaks about Christ in his life. Tebow said all he accomplishes today or in the future is due to God's action through him.
Tebow's public demonstrations of appreciation for what God does in his life has prompted notice and occasional ridicule. Guffey said God likes to display his power through weaknesses in the world and acting in unexpected ways.
To take a peasant girl to be the mother of the Savior and to use an animal trough for the bed of king is hardly what men would expect, Guffey said. He encouraged the Kiwanians to follow Tebow's example, giving God praise. Even in moments of weakness, God shows how his power supercedes circumstances and even the limitations of those working for him, Guffey said.
Cathy Lewis was the program chairman. Kiwanis President Eric Kean presided at the meeting. Guffey was accompanied by his wife, Cara, and two children, Kayla and Judah,
In club news, Kean announced the club would hold a pancake dinner during January. For the Jan. 3, 2012, meeting, Kean asked the club's committee chairmen to provide updates on their activities.