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Don’t Quit… Stay All In—

11.19.17 | by Ray Jones

    Don’t Quit… Stay All In—

    In Galatians 6:9 Paul writes, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” The idea is to remain constant, committed and All In for our Savior, noting that the work of the Kingdom of God is at times taxing, demanding and tiring. But we are lead forward by the knowledge that there is coming a day when the Master will reward the dedication and sacrifice of the life used for His work and His glory.

    I’ve just returned from our annual Alabama Baptist State Convention and Pastor’s Conference. This year’s theme for pastors was, “Don’t Quit”, intended to encourage and strengthen pastors and staffs that have become discouraged and tired in the work of God. We are told that hundreds of pastors are quitting or getting out of ministry monthly… the reasons vary-- they are burnt out, tired of conflict, fatigued, moral failings, unrealistic expectations, inability to please, and lost vision among other reasons. But most are in some way related to the demands of keeping the “Kingdom of God” moving. Pastors were encouraged by messages from men like Dr. Robert Coleman, a legendary Pastor, and Professor who at 90 years old is still preaching the Word of God with power. In several messages, speakers pointed to the likelihood that difficult days are ahead for the church in a culture that is growing more anti-god and more politically correct and that we must not quit and we must not grow weary, even as hostilities increase.

    It got me to thinking about several things like… “God help me to stay strong in the Word and for the work.” “God help me face any of the challenges, persecutions, and hardships that may in the future become a reality in faithful churches in our nation.” But it also caused me to think about how grateful I am that God has allowed me to be your Pastor. I am grateful that you allow me to do the work of the Pastor without the burden of unrealistic expectations that so many are faltering under. You have and continue to allow me to do the Biblical task of the Pastor. And because of that, I want to say to you again, I take it seriously and assure you of two things: 1. I promise to stay in the study and in God’s Word so that I may Feed you well spiritually. And 2. I promise to stay before God, seek His voice and His way for our church so that I can also Lead you well in the will of God. Feed us and Lead us, that is my goal for spiritual health and it is my role as your pastor and it is my commitment to you. Thank you for loving the Word of God, loving your pastor and staff and following the direction of God for our family. It is a winning combination, ordained of God. And it fits well with our long-time theme… God is always trying to take us someplace new.

    ALL In for Missions… continues as we move toward our world mission offering goal of $115,000. Have you made your sacrificial gift above and beyond your regular tithes? If not, we’re counting on everyone to be All In! Today you’ll see another brief exposé on BMDMI, one of our 5 mission partners, performing medical missions in Honduras under the leadership of our own Ken and Kristen Nelson.

    Thank You… Ricky & Pam and Piggly Wiggly stores of south Alabama and the panhandle for providing our annual Thanksgiving meals to needy families. If you would like to help distribute these meals tomorrow from 12-6:00 PM be sure to sign up in the Welcome Center today. Thanks also to the Gideons who will be distributing spiritual food for the soul (Bibles), while we are providing physical food for the body.

    What a great church we have… so let’s be All In for Worship now and lift our hearts and voices loudly toward heaven in praise of our Savior. And remember, I love being your Pastor!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray