“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Deut. 6:4-5 NLT
GREAT JOB: I thought this past Sunday Berry Phillips, Everett Vermillion & Macy Knight did a great job doing the Traditional Service. They gave the two normally slow dragging Hymns a great inspiring upbeat. “To God Be The Glory!”
6,209 Days: This past Sunday, I began my 18th year as Pastor of First Baptist, Coleman. It was exactly 17 years ago, on October 8, 2000, that I started my Administrative, Pastoral & Preaching duties.
I look forward to continuing my responsibilities for the next three months. I get excited about what God is going to do through this Church in the days to come.
STAY FOCUSED: As we go through the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas season, we must keep our focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to keep focus on “Who He is” and “Who we are in Christ.” We must focus on His plan for this Church not ours.
SECOND GUESSING: I have to admit, since I announced my retirement as Pastor of F.B.C. on December 31st, I have moments of second guessing the decision. At different times, I’m tempted to ask the Church for Mercy to stay another four or five months.
BRO. JOHN’S WILL: However, that’s Bro. John’s plans and not God’s plan. Then I have to remember Who the “Head of the Church is”—Jesus Christ. It’s His Church, not mine or the Deacons or anyone else. I didn’t die for the Church, He did!
GOD’S WILL: As far as I’m concerned, I could stay another 5 years but that’s flesh driven and not being led by the Spirit of God. That’s why I have to constantly keep myself focused on the Lord and His Agenda for this Church. I know it’s time for new leadership, fresh Vision, and new ideas on reaching people with the gospel.
PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE: That is why the selection of the Pastor Search Team is very important. There has never been a more crucial time than now. The Church in the 21st Century is facing incredible Challenges. It is not the Church friendly Culture of the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s anymore.
FIVE PEOPLE: This is the first time I get to vote on a Pastor Search Committee as a Church member. Prayer is of the utmost importance in this matter. I hope you will join me this week, asking God to lay on our hearts five people whom are called for this task. I’m praying that it will be a good mix of men and women of various ages.