Before Bro. John Evans preached Sunday morning I sung "The King is Coming." He preached from Revelation 19:11-16. He said, "One day our faith will be sight." We’re going to see Christ. The Antichrist has drawn his armies together that he might battle Christ trying to prevent Him from setting up His Kingdom on earth. Only Christ can stop the Antichrist. Satan didn’t give up his plan when he was cast out of heaven. He still wants to be God. He continues to fight the battle on earth to gain control. Jesus is finally going to bring peace on earth. He will come on a white horse, indicating war, to make war with Satan. He’s coming to judge the world. When He was here before He was judged. This time He isn’t coming as Savior but as judge. The first time His robes were stained with blood. This time the streets will be filled with the blood of those who reject Him. He’ll come with all dignity, might, and glory. He’s coming to smite the nations and wins the day. All He has to do is speak and that day will be won. People on earth will face the same fate as Satan. They’re going to fall and go into hell. We have a chance to warn them. Are we?
Our VBS schedule has been changed due to a conflict with previous dates. We will meet June 4-8 at 5:45-8 each evening. Bro. John will teach an adult class at 7 each night. May 11 has been set for our Mother/Daughter banquet. The new Wednesday night study lead by Jim Johnston is taken from 1st John.
Steps of Faith from Crosspoint Baptist will present a concert Sunday night, April 29. We’ll enjoy fellowship and eating finger foods afterwards. Everyone is invited to join us.
Have a great day in the Lord tomorrow!
I almost didn’t write this article because I don’t feel good today, so I need your prayers along with Sharon Watts who is out of rehab but still needs our prayers and for Darrell Watts who needs strength, for Mr. and Mrs. Ted Jones, Melissa Heathcote, Lavina Lewis who may have to have two or three stints, Dennis Veazeys mom and for many more family and friends.
I wanted a repeat of our last service and it happened. Sunday night was awesome and many were touched. I love seeing the Holy Spirit work in our service’s. We serve an awesome God who does answers prayers.
Pastor Bob’s message was titled "What a Word is this" from Luke 4, John 7 and Revelations 19. Luke 4:36 says, "And they were all amazed, and spoke among themselves, saying, What a word is this! For with authority and power He commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. If you are troubled and there are unclean spirits, or the devil is trying to control your life then turn to the one who has the power to save you, cleanse and sanctify you and that is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
"Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier."
Thirty-one years ago, on the 2nd Sunday in April, Bro. Gaylon King preached his first sermon as pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenbrier. Tomorrow, his retirement as pastor, and from a ministry of 45 years, will become official. There is no way to explain in 500 words or less what Bro. King and his family has meant to this church throughout these 31 years. He has been a pastor, a comforter, a counselor, a visitor, a laborer, a leader and most of all a friend to so many people and every single message he ever preached was straight from the bible, never straying with his own opinions, but always God’s words. I’m sure every single member of Immanuel could share a funny moment, a touching gesture, or a wonderful blessing involving Bro. King or Mrs. Peggy or both. For me personally, he has been MY pastor for 23 years. Bro. King married my husband and me 20 years ago at Immanuel; he was at the hospital when both of my children were born; I have had the privilege of seeing him baptize both of my girls when they asked Jesus into their hearts. He comforted my family through our pain in October of 1998 when my grandfather, and his friend, passed away, and again in May of 2010 when my grandmother, also his friend, died; he also led us in rejoicing for their homecoming with Jesus at both of their funerals, and throughout it all, he and Mrs. Peggy remained, remain and will forever remain my friend. We are all quite sad for this wonderful chapter in Immanuel’s ministry to end, but we are excited for Bro. King and Mrs. Peggy to begin this new journey in their lives. Thankfully, they are remaining in Greenbrier and we will still be blessed to see their smiling faces at church, but we will miss our wonderful, thoughtful, caring, loving, God-led pastor more than we can express. Please keep our church in your prayers as we begin the search for a new pastor; he has huge shoes to fill, but we know, just as God did 31 years ago, He will again send the right man, in His right time, to help continue the ministry of Immanuel and to spread the gospel message around Greenbrier and beyond. Bro. Jurl Mitchell has accepted the position of interim pastor during this time, and I’m sure he would covet your prayers as well. Also, a reception honoring Bro. King and Mrs. Peggy for their many years of service will be held soon, and I will give you those details when it’s finalized. As many of you know, Mrs. Peggy is in the hospital at this time, so please join us in prayers for recovery, healing and comfort for her, as well as her family.
If you have any questions about service times or activities offered by Immanual, please don’t hesitate to call Lisa at 501-679-2612. Thank you and have a very blessed week!