Grace For The Journey
On March 31, 1996 God brought our family to First Baptist Church, Butler to become involved with a sweet, servant-hearted, and Scripture-driven fellowship. Ours was a different “calling” process. I actually preached two Sundays before the “call” vote on Sunday, April 6th. Our family considers the last Sunday in March as our “beginning” time with the First, Butler, church family. During the past 21 years we have been overwhelmed by what God has done in you, for you, and through you. I write this blog today as a way to say a heartfelt “THANK-YOU” to so many of our dear church family for your faithfulness throughout these past years.
Through these years God have given our family so much . . .
- A loving, caring church family who has stood with us and ministered to us in some of the roughest storms of life;
- A loving, visionary church family that has the faith to launching outreach and ministry efforts that churches larger in number and resources would not believe possible;
- A loving, Bible committed church family that is seeking to walk in the Truth and be a witness of the Gospel to those across the street and around the world;
- And, a loving, surrendered church family that seeks to honor and glorify the Lord in all that we do and say.
When Jesus said He would build His church (Matthew 16:18), He meant what He said! He is building us up at First Baptist in every way. And we have Him – and you – to thank for it. Your prayers . . . your participation . . . your heart for souls … your ministry . . . your sharing of God’s love and life in Jesus to everyone you know … your desire to talk about what God is doing at First Baptist has blessed our family beyond what the words in this blog could ever convey to you.
You are both vital and valuable to God and to us. You are a source of great encouragement to my beloved Kay and me. The words from Philippians 1:3-6 speak for me today, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Your partnership in the Gospel from the first day of our ministry among you until now has been used by God to reach lost souls, feed the hungry, show others what Jesus can do through a soul who is surrendered to Him, minister to a hurting community, and seek to be involved in spreading the gospel around the world. What more God has in store for us I do not know. I do know this: whatever God’s sovereign will for First Baptist will be, our family is thankful and blessed to do it with you!
Please keep praying that God will continue increasing our borders, our influence, our witness, and our daily walk with Him. Pray also that God will increase and we will decrease. This is His way of expanding the cause of His kingdom. This ministry must never be about a man . . . or even about the preaching of a man. The ministry of First Baptist Church must always be about Jesus Christ and introducing men, women, children, and youth to Him; it is He alone who is our life and the way, the truth, and the life to those who need to know Him.
My prayer is that God will continue to grow me into a pastor known for simply two things:
Faithful in preaching God’s Word
Fervent in pointing others to our All-Sufficient Savior, Jesus Christ!
Again, from my heart: thank you for what you have done and are doing to co-labor with us to lift up the name of Christ. Along the way may you be “continually blessed by the Best and poured out for the rest!”
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”