Thanks to Dub Herring for bringing one of the best Gideon testimonies I have ever heard. Dub did as expected. He is a powerful and self confident speaker that makes it easy to hear what he has to say. Some of the things he shared were similar to what we’ve heard before, but it was good to be reminded of the good work done by the Gideons. Then he showed a video that had us all sitting on the edge of our seats. you could have heard a pin drop during the pauses. There was not a dry eye in the room when Ron Archer finished sharing his story.
Today our Senior Adults went to the nursing home, and then out to eat. I love the fellowship we share with these dear saints when we go to the Pearl River Nursing Home in Poplarville. We have our own members who have passed through the stages of being on their own and independent, being cared for by family in their own homes, and are now part of our folks at this facility. Of course, over the years we have many who worship with us who feel like our extended family whenever we go there. Anyone is welcome, and we try to share the Gospel each time we lead in singing the old songs of the faith. That’s not real hard to do since so many of these hymns are filled with great theology. In fact, I think that the songs you regularly sing during church are an important part of what you teach. We sing the words because we believe them. We value the familiar songs because they communicate deeply held truths. We evaluate new songs, not by the tune, or singability, but for the message contained therein.
It is always a thrill, if somewhat of a mystery, to see some who I know can’t tell you what they had for breakfast singing along and knowing every word to multiple verses of many of these old hymns. While we were there this morning one of my choir members was there visiting her mom. I mentioned that she was singing right along with us, and this came as no surprise. It seems that for many of this generation these songs are so well engrained in their subconscious that they are present and a comfort to them when any rational thought is long since forgotten. That is a miracle of mercy and grace. It also reminds me that we need to keep the tradition of singing praise to God alive in our churches, not only for the witness, but for our encouragement.
I told the folks who came this morning how we at First Baptist have been focused on telling our own unique story. Every believer has a story to tell. If we only knew the beauty and depth of the many stories that were there this morning! Each believer in that room had something that might impact someone. Of course, we all share some common elements. At some point we see ourselves as a sinner in need of a savior. The Good News finally becomes personal and we accept the love of God. We take Him at His word and trust Christ to be our savior.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to know more of those details? How did they come to the point of seeing that what Jesus did on the cross was somehow for them? When did it happen for them? What people led them to trust Christ? How did the Lord help them along their faith journey?
We all have something to add to the Grand Story. I am exploring how it is possible to make a video recording of people telling their own version of the Greatest Story Ever Told. I hope to learn how to include some of these dear saints in that project before their voices are silenced.
Thanks to all the fellows who helped put on a great men’s meeting! We had over a hundred men in attendance and we shared a great meal. Thanks Wendy for cooking and thanks to the crew who served! We gave $500 to the Wiggins Children’s Home mission project. We were treated to wonderful music from Allen and Rossie and Alex, and a 16 voice men’s ensemble accompanied by Betty Nelson. Tommy Strahan gave his testimony and you could have heard a pin drop during this moving story of how God sustained them through a terrible ordeal.
Ken shared how we all need to stay focused on the lostness all around us. Super job from this great guy who is so in touch with what God is up to in missions around the world. It was a fantastic meeting and everyone seemed to really be inspired to live more for the Lord.
The Pearl River Baptist Association will hold a men’s meeting at First Baptist Tuesday, March 3rd. The meal starts at 6:30. Please bring $3 for the meal. Ken Rhodes will be our featured speaker. An offering for missions will also be taken. Our men will take the lead in serving the meal and in forming the core of a men’s ensemble for the worship service. Please plan to join us!
Daryl Bruno, licensed clinical social worker and trained counselor with experience in dealing with trauma related to assault, will be available this Wednesday evening at the REC. Our youth staff will meet with Daryl at five pm and he will be available to meet with young people who may wish to speak to him during the evening. He will address the entire group briefly related to the much discussed sexual assault on one of our church family. We are very concerned not to continually reopen the wounds for this family, but are wanting to provide resources for all of us who have been so shocked and hurt by this terrible ordeal. Young people and their family members who wish to schedule a meeting with Daryl in his Poplarville office may do so by contacting the church office, or you may call Bruno Counseling at 504-451-4582.
Join us for our Valentine Banquet February 11th at 5:30 pm. Note the change of time. Some of our promo went out with a later start time, but the correct time is 5:30 pm! This will allow youth and children to participate and we are encouraging this to be an all church event. Make an effort to bring a parent or friend with you. It is going to be a fun evening with great food and entertainment. We will have two kinds of lasagna and some scrumptious deserts! Yum! Call the church office today to get your reservation. Adults $5, Kids $2. Please make that call before 2/10 so we will be able to have plenty of food.
This weekend will bring Will Snipes and the band Immerse to FBC Poplarville. Our kids are fans of Snipes from hearing him at Centrifuge. Please be praying for a great weekend of renewal for our young people.