No Excuses

I am back at the keyboard after a two week absence. I make no excuses for not blogging, I simply havn’t had the time. Anyway, I wanted to bring you up to date on what’s been going on in my world.

We got back from Little Rock, Ar two weeks ago after a great meeting there. We came home to many need among our people. So, I spent several days visiting and checking on folks who were in need of some ministry.

I am in Perry, FL today as I write this note. I am preaching at Friendship Baptist Church where Brother Ed Taylor is the Pastor. I would appreciate your prayers today as I am sick with a chest cold and can barely speak today. I am not sure that preaching is in my future today. The Lord knows!

This past weekend we had a great meeting at Calvary. Our Youth Pastor, Brother Chad Carswell, planned a three day youth meeting featuring Brother Jason Payne from Temple Baptist in Stony Point, NC. Brother Jason preached each night and truly had a touch of God on his life and preaching. The services Thursday and Friday were good, but Saturday evening was amazing! We had some 300+ youth in attendance. It was a great blessing to see them weeping, shouting, singing and worshiping God together. I praise the Lord that some young people were exposed to old-fashioned worship in that service. I was a good opportunity for them to see that you do not need comtemporary music, rock bands and other foolish concessions to the world. It was an opportunity for them to see the Lord work in power and glory. I am glad they were there. I am glad that I was there!

We came back to Calvary on Sunday and the Lord met with us in a great way again! The youth choir sang and the glory fell on the service. Praise His name!

Anyway, please remmeber this preacher in your prayers today. I would also ask that you remember Norman and Earlene Tester. Brother Norman has been in the hospital for over eight weeks. Most of that time in intensive care. The doctors told his family yesterday that he has cancer in several places in his body. The doctors said that he has about three months at best. Pray for this man and his family. They need God to do something great for them. I trust that He will!

God bless!

Alan

Another Big Night In North Little Rock

The Lord met with us at Pilgrim Progress Baptist Church in North Little Rock last night I preached from Galatians 5:16-25 on Living The Spirit Filled Life. The Lord truly blessed His Word and gave great liberty to this preacher. Lord willing, we will finish the meeting this evening and Joan and I will fly back home tomorrow. Pray for a safe frlight.

This is my third year with the fine folks at Pilgrim Progress. Not that it matters, but this church is an inner city, African-American congregation. The Pastor, Dr. Gerald Parker Sr., truly took a chance inviting a white preacher from North Carolina to preach in his pulpit. I must say that I have never been treated any better by any congregation anywhere. I enjoy the lively worship in this church. Some of the music is different than the tradition I am used to, but it is biblical and honors the Lord. One things that has arrested my attention each time have come to this church is the emphasis they place on the Word of God. In every service the Scripture is read and expounded many times. The service opens with a deacon reading a passage. Later in the service there will be a devotion, a lecture on some topic, an evangelistic appeal from the Bible and then the sermon. I have never been in a church that uses the Bible more than this church. Praise the Lord. Along with that, there is also a great emphasis on expository preaching. The men who share in the meeting are opening the Word of God and giving biblical exposition of the text. That is a rare find in this day of dead topical preaching and anemic sermons designed to meet the felt needs of the people. I am thankful to find a church that holds up the Word of God as its final authority.

Pray for us as we conclude the meeting this evening. Pray for Sister Jaon and me as we travel back home tomorrow. God bless and thanks for visiting The Sermon Notebook!

Alan

The Meeting In North Little Rock…

is off to a good start! Sister Joan and I had a good flight from Charlotte, NC to Little Rock, AR yesterday. It was the best kind of flight: uneventful! That just means it went up and came down in the right places.

We arrived here to find ourselves booked into a nice suite at a good hotel. The room is spacious, quiet and nicely appointed. Dr. Gerald Parker, the Pastor of Pilgrim Progress Baptist Church in North Little Rock met us at the airport and treated us to lunch. It was a good time of fellowship.

The service last night was lively and well attended. The folks responded well to the preaching and filled the altars at invitation. We had a great evening in the Lord.

Please pray for me as I preach here this week. I had great liberty last night, but the needs of the meeting and the congregation are great. Pray that the Lord might be glorified and that His church might be edified. Thank you for your prayers.

Alan

Good Meeting At Mt. Calvary

The Lord is truly helping us in the revival meeting at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church this week. The services have been very good and there ahd been great liberty to preach the Word. Last night, a precious lady was saved and I praise the Lord for His saving grace and power. Please continue to pray for the services as we meet seeking the Lord for revival in our area.

Alan