>Blessed Day!

>What a truly blessed day today!  Good crowd at church this morning, a message that needs to be preached far and wide (The Sufficiency of Christ! -Colossians 2), 3 young people were baptized – publicly proclaiming their salvation and relationship with Christ Jesus, all started the day off great.  But we also had a long-term visitor come forward to join the church, and there may be a couple of others close to making a decision!  What a great morning!

But it didn’t stop there – I picked up my good friend and fellow pastor, Douglass Allen (Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Little Rock) and headed down AR Highway 165 to the sprawling metropolis of De Witt, Arkansas for a wonderful new experience for both of us – the installation of our friend Charles Hawkins as pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church.  What an incredible afternoon of great singing and praising the Lord, being encouraged by the preaching of the Dr. Harold Shirlee, pastor of Charles’ home church Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and being welcomed with open arms by his new congregation.  We left his new church encouraged, uplifed, and edified!  I thank the Lord for the honor and privilege of being there for this important day for Charles and his new church!

And I made it back just in time to speak to my own congregation (ok, I was about 15 minutes late…).  But truly enjoyed finishing off the evening, sharing just a portion of the wonderful experiences of the day!

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