As I mentioned in my last post, I was sick on Sunday and unable to attend church or preach. I was better enough by Monday evening to begin the revival meeting at Belview Baptist Church in Cranberry, NC. The first two nights were especially tough because my voice was not completely better. I was preaching on two cylinders. At any rate, the Lord blessed us in our week up there, and the Pastor, Brother Douglas Bare, has asked me to come back for five more evenings of preaching. So, pray for the services this week and ask the Lord to move among us in power to the reviving of His saints and to the salvation of sinners for His glory.
Preacher, not every sermon you preach is going to be a blessing to those who hear you. Not everything you say will be received as the oracles of the Lord. Sometimes your words will offend people who are not interested in following the Lord with their whole hearts. Let me encourage you to preach the truth in love and let the chips fall where they may. As long as you are in the Word, preach it Brother and stand your ground for that which is right in these days. By the same token, not every member of your church is going to like it when the Lord starts blessing and growing His church. There will always be a few who liked it “the way it used to be”. Let them hold to the past if they will. Preacher, you just keep preaching the Book. the Blood and the Blessed hope. Leave the addition, subtraction, division and multiplication of the church in the hands of the Lord. He alone is able to grow His church. Preacher, just keep on preaching!
Have a blessed day in the Lord’s house tomorrow!
We had a good meeting at Grandview Park Baptist Church here in Lenoir last week. They did, however, have a death in their church family and we cut the meeting short. Still, it was a blessing to be there and preach. Their Pastor, Brother Raymond Spann, is a precious man of God. He has great wisdom and God is using him to touch many lives for the glory of the Lord.
I woke up sick this morning. I can’t talk, therefore I can’t preach today either. That is a problem. First, I love to preach. Second, I feel a strong obligation to the folks at Calvary. Third, I am supposed to start a meeting the mountains of North Carolina tomorrow evening. I would appreciate your prayers. So, it’s back to bed for me today. I hope the rest of you have a blessed Lord’s Day.
Yesterday was a great day for me. We had a good time at Calvary in the AM service. The attendance was excellent and the Lord met with us in a powerful way. I praise His name for His faithfulness!
Last evening we went to Trinity Baptist Church in Valdese, NC. Brother Scott Moneyham is the Pastor and my daughter Nikki, her husband Chad and their son (my GRANDSON Clayton) all attend church there. Anyway, they had a baby dedication for Clayton there last night and they invited us to attend. I did the preaching and we had a great service. All of our family was there as well as Chad’s family, so Mister Clayton was well represented with aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents. In case you missed it, that little boy is really something else!
So, I am scheduled to begin meeting at Grandview Park Baptist Church this evening. Please pray for these services and come if you can. The church is here in Lenoir.
Last week I asked you to pray for a baby in our church, Abigail Gibson. She is about two months old and she was born two months premature. She has had a lot of health problems and is in the process of dying now. The doctors estimate that 85% of her brain is already gone. At any rate, she and her family stand in great need of prayer today. Please remember them and ask the Lord to dispense grace in an abundant measure. Thank you!