LAST WEEK (4)

DECEMBER 30

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A DAILY BLESSING

Blessed is the man who trusts in Him…. Psalms 84:12

Carry me Back to Ole Virginny

It was December 1972 when we made the move to Hopewell, Virginia. My first “full-time” pastorate. The congregation of about 30 people at the time, were more than generous to help raise that salary so that I could give all my time to the church. The seven years we were there, saw God’s Grace and anointing to flow through us there. I just said goodbye to a long time friend, golfing companion and spiritual mentor from that church. Can I say that for a young, young preacher to be able to preach to Bishop J.A. Synan almost every Sunday Night was a very real blessing. We worked hard at the Bermuda Hundred P.H. Church, tearing down a barracks at Ft Lee, salvaging the material and building a two story education building there. Again, God proved Himself MORE than faithful I dug the foundation of that building with one 72 year old carpenter in the congregation. But before we could pour the concrete we had two revival meeting back to back. 7 men were saved during those two meetings, ALL of them in construction. They build that building working every Saturday for almost a year.

From there God sent us to North Carolina. The Calvary Church in Belvidere, N.C. it was a three year journey of healing for me and for the church. But God again proved Himself faithful. It was an amazing journey of faith for all of us back then.

When the conference board told me that I was moving to the Bellwood Church in Chesterfield, Va. I was not too sure of what was going to happen. It was the largest congregation I had ever tried to pastor. But never have I seen the Holy Spirit work through a congregation and pastor as we experienced there. 19 wonderful years of ministry there allowed us to purchase an indoor tennis court for a fraction of the value and today Thrive Church is doing an awesome job for the Kingdom. I remember at General Conference the year that Rev James Legget was elected General Superintendent of the denomination. In his opening message he said, in the coming years, we are going to see churches start in unusual buildings and there will be Revival in those places. Can I tell you I felt he was speaking directly at us.

After 19 years at Courts of Praise, I stepped out of the pastorage for a couple of years, landing a job in the finance department of the Salvation Army, Richmond Area Command. It looked like that was going to be my final work. BUT GOD . . .  always my favorite words.

We’ll visit the last page tomorrow.

 

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine… Prov. 17:22

The finalist has been named in the worldwide search for the perfect man. After careful consideration and endless debate, The Perfect Man has been named.

  1. POTATO HEAD

He’s tan.

He’s cute.

He knows the importance of accessorizing.

And if he looks at another girl, you can rearrange his face.

 

WHY AGING ISN’T SO BAD:

Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.

Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

No one expects you to run into a burning building.

There’s nothing left to learn the hard way.

Your joints are more accurate than the National Weather Service.

In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.