Off To Cancun

Actually, we are headed to Puerto Morelos, Mexico for the next several days. You hate me I know, but we are taking some much needed R and R, so deal with it. You can have your frosty mornings, your ice and your snow. I am headed were it is 80 degrees in the daytime and 60 at night. Anywy, pray for us as we travel. I will post pics as time and desire allow.

Well, we survived the infamous body scanner this morning. I figured they could see me in all my glory if they could stomach it. My lovely wife got both thevscanner and the patdown she just had a big old morning of TSA goodness, of course, the TSA agent who administered the patdown indicated that she wasn’t too thrilled about the process either. We laugh, but as we do, our rights as citizens are being eroded every day.

Adios amigos.

Alan

Another Great Night Of Meeting

We met again with the folk at Higher Ground Baptist in Gadsden, AL. We had a wonderful time on the Lord. Once again, the Spirit of the Lord moved in this precious church and we went to meeting. The Lord allowed us to worship and enjoy His sweet presence. Unlike a lot of places in our day, this church is alive with the joy of the Lord. His presence is sweet, rich and powerful and I am grateful for the privilege to minister here during these special days of meeting. Please remember us in your prayers as we conclude the meeting this evening. Pray for this church and their Pastor James Wallace. I am expecting to hear great things from this congregation in the days ahead.

Alan

Higher Ground Baptist Church

We are at Higher Ground Baptist Church in Gadsden, AL this week. The pastor is James Wallace. The meeting got off to a great start last evening. In spite of a rain storm, the attendance was good, and the presence of the Holy Spirit was powerful. The Lord blessed in the singing, the preaching and the invitation. Please remember us as the week progresses. Pray that God will give us the help we need and that this good church will grow and be blessed.

As some of you may have noticed, I have finally gotten around to updating my sermons. After all the E-mails I received from preachers asking for new material I thought I would take the time to post some. I know the letters of gratitude are mere seconds away from pouring. Anyway, don’t go to sleep as you read the new posts.

God bless you folks and thanks for making The Sermon Notebook one of the most visited sermons sites in the world.

Alan

Great Week Of Meeting

The Southeastern Bible Conference has been a blessing. The Lord has moved in power in each service and I praise Him for that. The people seem hungry for the Word and they are very responsive, both during the preaching and in the invitation. I feel honored to be allowed to be a part of the meeting this year. Lord willing, we will finish the meeting this evening. This meeting has been going on for several years. For a long time, it operated under the title of The Old Dock Bible Conference. Now, it is called the Southeastern Bible Conference. It is made up of several local churches and it is hosted each year by a different church. This yea, it is hosted by Sandy Plain Baptist Church. The Pastor of Sandy Plain, Brother Sterling Sarvis, is the moderator. Please pray for this final night of the meeting, and pray for the future meetings of the Southeastern Bible Conference.

Alan

Southeast Bible Conference

I am in Tabor City, NC this for the Southeast Bible Conference. Actually, Joan and I are staying in a condo in N. Myrtle Beach, SC this week. (Thanks Chris and Bianca!!) At any rate, the meeting got off to a good start last evening. The music was good and I enjoyed tremendous liberty to preach the Word of God. he Lord moved on hearts and the altar filled us as people came forward to honor God’s call. Please remember the pray for the rest of this week as it unfolds. Pray that souls will be saved, churches will be helped, pastors will be encouraged, the saints will be fed, and above all, that God will be glorified.

Oh yeah, sorry for being away from the keyboard for a while. I just haven’t been motivated to share much lately. Anyway, thank you for your faithfulness to visit we web site, even when nothing much is going on. I am still here and one day I will come back with a vengeance. Until then, I guess you will get it hit and miss, a little here, a little there.

Alan

Thank God For His Presence

Once again, the Lord demonstrated His presence among His people. The service at Magnolia Baptist was such a blessing last night. The Lord helped us in a great way. He blessed His Word as it was preached, and He honored it by speaking to hearts in the invitation time as the people moved to bow before Him in love, thanksgiving and adoration. It amazes me how the Lord can take sinners like us, save us by His grace, bless us in so many ways, and then still have a desire to manifest Himself to us when we gather in His house. What a great and gracious God we serve. Please pray for the meeting as it continues this week.

Alan

Hello From Crossett, Ar

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.

Alan

El Bethel

We had another great service last night at the El Bethel Baptist Assembly. The choir from Casey Creek Baptist Church in Chesnee, SC provided the music for the service. They did a great job. Brother Gary Adkins is the Pastor of Casey Creek. He is a great man of God. I would appreciate it if you would continue to pray for the meeting. I would love to see the Lord move in power for His glory during the meeting. Well, I’ve got to get busy preparing for this evening’s service.

Alan

El Bethel Baptist Assembly

I am preaching this week at the El Bethel Baptist Assembly in Spartanburg, SC. We had a great service last night. A group of young people from a church in the area, who go by the name Blood Bought, did an excellent job with the music. I preached from Matthew 17, and the Lord blessed His Word. The El Bethel Baptist Assembly is a camp meeting comprised of several local churches. It has been going on some 60 years. It is a wonderful meeting and well worth attending. The people are very open to the things of the Lord and the Pastors who are involved are good, godly men. I am looking forward to a great week in the Lord. Please help us pray for the meeting as we seek the Lord and His touch. Pray for also as we travel back and forth each day. It is a little over 100 miles each way, so I leave early and get in late. At any rate, please pray for the meeting!

Alan

We Are At The Beach…

Or should I say “seashore”? I have a wedding to perform at Ocean Isle Beach on Friday, so we took this week as a vacation. We are spending the week in North Myrtle Beach, SC. One of the highlights of the week is the fact that our grandson Clayton is with us. This is his first time at the beach, err seashore. Anyway, he saw the ocean for the first time today and he was not pleased with what he saw and experienced. He did not like the water moving like that. He said that the ocean was “Too big” and he wanted nothing to do with it. He stayed a respectful 10 feet away from the water and played with his trucks in the “dirt sand”. We were there at high tide and will try it again tomorrow at low tide. That should make a little difference in how he feels about things. Well, I’m going to sign off and go vacate some more. It’s hard work, but somebody’s got to do it. It might as well be me!

Alan

Here’s a shot of Master Clayton in his Bodyglove ensemble.