Great Meeting At Solid Rock

The Lord is blessing the services at Solid Rock Baptist Church this week. He is touching hearts and honoring His Word. I praise Him for that. The attendance has been good and the response to the preaching has been excellent. God is so good to His children. In this day when there is so much turmoil is places where there should be none, it is good to find an oasis where the peace and presence of God can be experienced in such a manifest way.

Earlier this week I asked you to pray for Brian and Jonda Hill and their unborn baby. After further testing, they have determined that the baby is fine and that things are progressing as they should. We give God the glory for working in the situation and giving peace to the hearts of this mom and dad. Aren’t you glad that our God is a sovereign God?

Alan

Pray for the Meeting in Richlands, NC

I am with Solid Rock Independent Baptist Church for their Spring meeting this week. Brother Rodney Humphreys is the Pastor. Pray that God will give us a good week as we focus on His Word and seek His grace and blessing for revival.

Pray for a special family in Calvary Church. Brian and Jonda Hill are expecting in a couple of months and there is a potential problem with the baby. Please pray that God’s will be done in their lives.

Alan

Quick Update From The Road

Joan and I are in Carrollton, GA at Central Baptist Church for their annual Campmeeting. Brother Doug Bearden is the Pastor. The meeting is going so very well this week. The Lord met with us yesterday in a very special way. Brother Milton Martin, Dana Williams and I preached yesterday AM. Last night Brother Ruel Fox preached and Brother Tom Hayes was to close out the evening. That all changed when the Central Baptist Choir began to sing. The Lord fell on the service and some people got some real help from God. While I cannot speak for others, I can tell you that He settled a few issues in my soul. He gave me peace that passes all understanding. I praise Him for that! They sang that song The Anchor Holds. While they were singing, I realized that the waves were crashing and the winds were blowing against the ship of my life, but I could not feel the ship move! I am anchored in my Savior and all is well. Thank God for His ministry of grace to His people. I bless His name. Please pray for the remainder of the meeting. Pray that His will might be done among us for His glory.

Alan

Pray For The Steve Chapman Family

Brother Steve Chapman, a friend of mine for nearly twenty years, passed away this afternoon from complications of cancer. He was just diagnosed seven weeks ago. Brother Steve was the Pastor of four churches in our area. He leaves behind a wife named Rhonda. They had been married for fifteen years. He also leaves several brothers and sisters, as well as a mom who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. It looks as though the funeral will be held Wednesday at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Morganton, NC. Pastors Dennis Carswell and Randy Huffman will preside. Pray for this special family during these difficult days.

Alan

Bible Conference in Carrollton, GA

This is just a reminder about the Bible Conference being held at Central Baptist Church in Carrollton, GA this week. Brother Doug Bearden is the Pastor. Dana Williams, Lavon Boatner, Steve Dagenhart, and I will be preaching. Other preachers will be called fro mthe floor. Please pray for the meeting and come if you can. The morning services begins at 10:00 AM and the evening services begin at 7:30. The Carl Partain Family will be singing as will Joshua and Caleb Lindsey. It should be a great week in the Lord. Hope to see you there.

Alan

Family Dedication

My wife and I had the wonderful privilege of participating in the dedication of the Jason Dowdell family yesterday. It was my honor to preach in the service and to oversee the dedications of four precious children to the glory of God. Brother Jason is the Pastor of Rustic Hills Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC. He and his wife Valerie are blessed to be the parents of a lovely nine-year-old daughter named Abbey. Due to complications from cancer and chemotherapy, the Dowdell’s were advised against having anymore children. After a number of years, they decided to adopt. On the way to adoption, they allowed two little girls, who are siblings, to be placed in their home. These girls have a brother and an sister who were placed with another family. Through a series of events that border on the miraculous, Jason and Valerie were able to adopt all four children. They range in age from 2 to 7. So, we gathered with the Dowdell family, their extended family, their church family and many of the friends to dedicate this precious family to the Lord. He is using them in a special way already, and my prayer is that they will continue to be vessels of honor to His glory. I look forward to hearing about the salvation of Sam, Ella, Hannah and Summer Grace, as each child grows and comes to know Jesus Christ as his or her Savior. Pray for Jason and Valerie as they adjust to the difficulty of have four new additions to their home. Pray that God will meet their needs and give them grace for all the struggles that lie ahead. Pray also that He will help them to recognize every blessing as He showers His grace on them day by day. As I mentioned in my sermon yesterday, the family if a “God Thing”. He ordained it, He protects it and He will honor it as the family lives out their lives to His glory.

Alan

Pass The Fish

Jesse, Chad and I returned home last night from Louisville, KY. We spent the last three days under powerful, profound Bible teaching and heart-searching music. I mentioned in my last post a few of the men we heard. I will post the entire list today. We heard: Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, Albert Mohler, Thabiti Anyabwile, John MacArthur, John Piper, Ligon Duncan, C.J. Mahaney, and Matt Chandler. Anyone who reads this list will see the names of men they have read after and learned from. They will also see the names of men with whom they do not agree on every point of theology. While that is true, and while I do not agree with every man and everything he preaches and believes, there is much profit in the ministries of these men.

I am sure you know that one mark of maturity is the ability to eat fish. What I mean by that is this: when you eat fish, you have to pick out the bones and eat the meat. Some people, especially the very young, lack that ability. they have to depend on others to pick their fish for them. When you grow up, you learn to pick your own fish, eat your own meat and grow from the experience. Of course, every now and then, when you are eating that fish, you will still find a bone in your mouth. what do you do then? You pick it out and keep eating! Even when a bone gets stuck in your throat, you work at it until you get it out and carry on with life. The goal of eating a fish is not being focused on the bones, but on the meat you are after in the first place. There’s truth in that analogy that we need to take to heart!

So, I ate fish this week. I didn’t have to pick out many bones at all. In fact, what I received in the meeting was solid in its proclamation of the Gospel of grace, profoundly spiritual, and deeply theological. I was challenged. I was fed. I was helped. I was strengthened. And, I was drawn to love my Savior in a deeper way. I am glad I went to Together For The Gospel 2010. I have marked my calendar for April 11-13, 2012 for the next meeting.

Pass the fish!
Alan

Together for the Gospel

I am in Louisville, KY this week for the Together For The Gospel Conference. Today we heard from Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, and Albert Mohler. the Bible teaching and music have been stellar. I came here needing some help from the Lord, and He is providing me with just what I need. I praise HIm for His impeccable timing and for His infinite love to His people. Tomorrow, we will hear John MacArthur, John Piper, and Thabiti Anyabwile. It should be a profitable day. Pray that God will continue to meet with us during these special days set aside to reaffirm the Gospel of God’s Amazing Grace.

Alan

Be Still

There are times in life when a man feels the need to retaliate against those who attack his doctrine, his preaching and his integrity. There are times when we would love to take matters into our own hands and destroy those who are out to destroy us. It is easy for those who attack others to hide behind the safety of a microphone or a pen and launch their broadside attacks against those with whom they disagree. It is easy for them to pull the trigger and attempt to ruin a ministry and discredit someone who is merely trying to preach the Word of God. It is easy for them to launch their salvos and inflict their damage. They think it makes them look big and tough. They believe they are defending the truth. In truth, they are simply exercising their flesh and allowing their emotions to control their actions. It takes little effort to attack, belittle and the undermine others; but it takes a man of courage to look another man in the eye and say such things about him.

While it is easy for small men to hide behind their faulty, fleshy inspired attacks; it is hard when that attack comes your way. The flesh says, “Rise up and set the record straight!” The Spirit of God says, “Be still and know that I am God,” Psa. 46:10. God has never failed His people. There have been times when it looked as though He had. Think of all the martyrs that died horrible deaths simply because they refused to back down from the truth. They died in agony and God let it happen! But, did He fail them? No, of course He didn’t fail them. He gave them grace to face everything that came their way. He gave them grace to stand against their accusers. He gave them grace to stand for the truth. He gave them grace to face death rather than deny the truth. Then, when they died, He took them home to Heaven. Yes, there are times when we may want to launch our own attacks, but to do so is to lower ourselves to the level of those who would attack us. To do so is to ignore the clear command of Christ that we love the brethren and that we “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you,” Matthew 5:44. To do so is to do the work of Satan and to walk in pride. This is clear from Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

So, when deluded people level their petty attacks at you just remember, “Be still and know that I am God!” God has a way a setting things right without our help. So, before you open your mouth remember this: “Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction,” Proverbs 10:14 and this “He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom,” Proverbs 10:18-21. It is a given that times of opposition will come in our lives and ministries. It is a given that there are times when strife will mar our way. Be that as it may, we must be sure that we are not the cause of such times, “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come. It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Luke 17:1-2. When those times do come, we must be sure that we take the high road of faith and Christlikeness and not walk in the foolish ways of those who stand against the truth of the Word of God.

Just a thought!
Alan