Thanks to God for 24 Years as Pastor of Faith

SPECIAL NOTE: We will celebrate 24 years at Faith on tomorrow with Dr. Charles E. Wright preaching followed by dinner on the grounds. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy a time of fellowship.

Little did my wife and I know when we came here that we would spend 24 years of our lives here at Faith Independent Baptist Church. Of course, we knew the leadership of God and how He had used special circumstances to work out His will for our lives in coming here. I am told that it is unusual for a Pastor to stay this long in one ministry. The best I can tell, the average stay of a Pastor in a Church is @ 7 years. We give our thanks to God for allowing us to stay 24 years. These have been wonderful years of ministry seeing souls saved, lives changed, homes strengthened and Christ honored. However, ministry always has it’s challenges and it’s burdens, yet the blessings always outshine the burdens. The good thing about the call of God on my life is that I am not called to be a success. I am called to preach the Word of God and He has promised that it will succeed. Isaiah 55:1-13 should be read and particular attention to v. 11 “So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I send it.”

Only God knows how many souls have been saved, lives changed, homes held together, sinners freed from the captivity of the devil and the future of hundreds of children forever changed. Thanks be to God for the many that have not quit; have not lost the battle to the world, the flesh, the devil; have not turned back to the old life that was left for dead at the foot of Calvary.

Our great thanks go first to Our Faithful Lord for all His blessings. He has blessed us with people who have encouraged us, prayed for us, stood with us, stayed with us, served with us, and believed with us to see great things happen for God’s glory. Looking back, the mountain top experiences are so much taller than the valleys, we can hardly remember that they are there. It is our prayer that in time to come, we can say with Paul in 2Tim. 4:7, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

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