Posted by admin on December 3, 2017
It's hard to believe that this is my last monthly blog for 2017! The old saying that "time flies," certainly can be understood. You probably have heard also, that "time is winding up." But the truth is that time is winding "down."
As I get older, I realize that I have used up most of the time God has allotted me. But I see so many people who seem to think that they have all the time in the world left. One thing that amazes me is that so many people younger than me have died. So, I want to encourage all who read my blogs, to be aware that you may not have as much time left as you think.
Therefore, if you have not committed your life to God, by surrendering in belief that He sent His Son to die for you, you need to do it while you have TIME.
Posted by admin on November 6, 2017
If you read my blog last month, you may remember it was called "Looking Back." I was reflecting on 25 years as pastor of the New Piney Grove Baptist Church. The church has graciously decided to honor me with several special events and for that I am thankful.
But I want to now begin to look forward.
We are living in perilous times, especially for the church. Jesus said that His followers would encounter many difficult days as His return drew closer. One Scripture comes to mind for me when I think about my ministry:
"I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work." (John 9:4, NKJV).
My prayer is that God will allow me to serve Him with zeal and vigor for the balance of the time I have left, and that He will enhance my gift as Pastor-Teacher of the New Piney Grove Church. I solicit all who read this to continue to pray that the LORD's will be done in my life.
Posted by admin on October 11, 2017
This month, twenty-five years ago, was the first time I ministered at New Piney Grove Baptist Church. As I look back and reflect, I think about the events which led up to the invitation to teach and preach at NPG. The church did not have a Pastor and I did not have a church. I was asked by my pastor, Willie L. Reid, to take his place at what was known as the Fifth Sunday School Fellowship.. It was at this event that I became acquainted with the members of New Piney Grove. God must have used the gift that He gave me of teaching. I can't remember the lesson, but I do remember the response of the people. New Piney Grove stood out. They asked for my card and the rest is history.
Looking back, I think of how it was teaching; not preaching or my administrative expertise, that eventually resulted in my being privileged to pastor NPG for 25 years. But more people came to hear me preach than teach. Yes, it is true that even from the pulpit on Sunday morning I teach. But it is something about Wednesday night and Sunday morning teaching sessions, where people can ask questions and interject thoughts.
Looking back I remember our elder, Bill Montford's comments, "... we have been preached at too long; we need teaching."
Looking back, I remember a son of the church, Guss Bodison Jr.'s, statement, "New Piney Grove is not for everybody."
Looking back, I have discovered that you cannot force, entice or make people come to learn. It is an inward desire. Those who want to come, will come because they want to be taught.
My prayer is that I will be content with those who want a "full meal" of God's Word, and not waste my time worrying about those who only want a "fast-food snack."
Posted by admin on September 17, 2017
If you were in church on the first Sunday in September, you heard me give my testimony of "From Mercy to Grace." Mercy is God withholding what we should receive and grace is God giving us what we do not deserve.
Fifteen years ago, in September, when I was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer, I asked the LORD to be merciful. Based upon Hezekiah's prayer in 2 Kings 20, I asked God for fifteen more years of life. This month marks the fifteenth year of God's mercy. So, now I am in a period of "grace."
I don't know how long my grace period will last, but I give God praise for every minute. I desire to spend the rest of my time, teaching transgressors His ways (Psalm 51), and developing the faith of the saints (Romans 10:17).