After a long and epic journey, Joan and I arrived in Crossett, Ar yesterday for the meeting at Magnolia Baptist Church. We had a good trip. It was safe and relatively quick considering the fact that we drove 800 miles. Anyway, the meeting got underway last night, and we had a good service. I preached from Mark 2 about the need for getting a handle on the flesh. It was well received. The folk at Magnolia Baptist are good, down to earth folks. They are friendly, welcoming and seem to truly love the Lord. The Pastor, Mike Griffith, is a wonderful Brother in Jesus. He understands, embraces and preaches grace, and that makes him a true Brother in the battle. Please pray for the meeting. It will continue through Thursday evening. Joan and I will head home on Friday.
Very often in these meetings I am privileged to meet people that visit The Sermon Notebook. They will hear about our being in their area and they will come in for the meeting. Last night, I got to meet A.P. Owens. Brother Owens lives near Bastrop, LA and he came all the way to Crossett to attend the service. What an honor it is to meet these precious people along the path of life. Pray for Brother Owens and his church. His Pastor’s wife is battling leukemia. That family and the church is in dire need of prayer.
On a side note, when we left North Carolina, it was very warm, but there was no humidity. The farther South we drove the more humid it became. Yesterday, here in southern Arkansas, it was over 100 degrees and very humid. Pray for these folks. They are in the midst of a long drought and they need some relief in the form of rain. I noticed it was that way all across Mississippi and Arkansas. Also pray for them on this coming Saturday. Their Razorbacks face the Crimson Tide from Alabama. I am sure their will be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth when the Tide rolls in and over the Hogs in Fayetteville. Oh well, thems the breaks, as they say.