Greetings and grace to you in the
wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praising the Lord for how greatly He blessed our Easter Sunday. The Lord assembled His people together
in great numbers (130 in Sunday School & 171 for Worship), and His presence
was very strong and sweet at the same time. Thank you, Bro. David and Choir for
leading us to worship with Victor’s Crown. I am always very thankful and mindful of
the Lord’s work among us when both Church ordinances are observed in the
same service. If it were not for
the death and resurrection of Christ, baptism would be a futile exercise of
religion, but thanks be unto God for the death and resurrection of Christ and a
relationship with Jesus made possible by grace through faith; in which baptism
is our identifying public profession.
God is good, all the time!
May and June are full of ministry opportunities. I will begin a sermon series on Family
Matters on May 5 and continue through June 16. Celebrate Jesus, a community outreach
fun day, will be Sunday, May 5 from 3-7pm at Piney Chapel Elementary. Last year over 300 people attended; we
expect more this year. There will
be a Gospel presentation, First Priority Kids assembly, the Cavaliers Quartet
will be singing, free hamburgers, hotdogs and cokes served, and
inflatables! Please invite and
bring your friends and family, especially those that are unchurched. The AWANA Derby will be May 26 @ 5:30pm. Please see John Crutcher for your car
kit and information. Youth Ministry
Retreat is scheduled May 31- June 2, on which they will be leading the evening
service. We will conduct a VBS
outreach on the afternoon of June 9, concluding with cookout and fun at
ERBC. VBS is June 10-14 from
6-8:30pm. The Cavaliers Quartet
will be in concert at ERBC on the evening of June 23. Yes the Lord has planned a lot of
“That I may know him,”
(Philp. 3:10a). My heart
concurs with Paul’s in this desire, and is the reason I read and study
God’s Word. The other day I
looked through the Bible my grandmother gave me on November 22, 1969. The gift date is unusual and I do not
remember why she gave it to me on that specific date, a month before my fifth
birthday. It was the first Bible I
ever read, and contains priceless notes to me from my mother on some passages
and life. Though I possess several
copies of God’s Word, including my grandfather’s, looking through
my first Bible provoked many thoughts about the individual copies I have
primarily studied from through the years.
The little black zipper Bible was replaced with a newer Bible from my
parents for Christmas in 1981, which I treasure. The Lord used that red reference Bible
to give me a love for His Word, and from it I preached my first sermon on
Easter Sunday night, March 31, 1991.
New Bethel Baptist Church presented me with my first Scofield Study
Bible when they licensed me to the Gospel Ministry on August 11, 1991. I keep it on my desk next to my
grandfather’s Bible to this day.
It is tattered and torn, not from disrespect, but from much use. During my first pastorate, Amos and
Betty made it possible for me to buy a Reader’s Edition Scofield in 1995,
which by the time I came to ERBC was also about to fall apart. Pam gave me a wide margin in 1998 for
Christmas and it was my study and preaching Bible for the next fifteen
years. Upon beginning to lose pages
from it, a regular sized Scofield replaced it in 2013, and our deacons gave me
a very nice leather large print Scofield for Christmas in 2014. Why did I tell you all of this? You may wear your Bible out studying it
and even exhaust its life, but you will never wear Jesus out or exhaust the
life He gives to you through His Word!
Study the Word of God to know Him, not to just know facts, names, and
events, or just to have knowledge about the Lord. Hell is full of people that knew about
the Lord, and the eternal lake of fire will be occupied by people that heard
Him say, “I never knew you: depart from me…” (Matt.
7:23). “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only
true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) Truly knowing the Lord Jesus Christ
makes an eternal difference.
By His grace,