Words From Our Director
With the coming of spring we see nature coming back to life. Birds singing, trees budding, even on my way to the office this morning, I saw trees all bloomed out! I've even seen mowing already! Taking our new puppy out to play in his lot this morning I noticed that soon I would be cranking the mower up also! In spring as we look around us and see nature reborn anew, as Christians we think of the first Easter as Mary Magdalene and Mary came down to the sepulcher, finding the stone rolled away and hearing the angel at the tomb saying, "HE IS NOT HERE: FOR HE IS RISEN, AS HE SAID. COME SEE THE PLACE WHERE THE LORD LAY!" Praise the Lord, we celebrate a risen Lord!!
Paul told the Corinthians, "Without the resurrection of Christ, our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yes and we are found false witnesses of God, ye are yet in your sins, Then they which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. BUT NOW IS CHRIST RISEN FROM THE DEAD." Yes, P.T.L., we serve a risen Lord, now seated at the right hand of the Father as our intercessor!
Also in spring, we think about spring revivals and getting ready for Bible School. As you plan for VBS, I have a story that is true. About 55 years ago a little boy who had been to church all his life would visit a VBS at a local church. One of his teachers, Mrs. Fannie Gambill was a deacon's wife and the other was Ms. Sue Barker. That week Psalm 100 was the focal scripture and would be the first scripture to stay in that little boy's heart. Mrs. Fannie Gambill would remain a teacher and a deacon's wife, while Ms. Sue Barker would marry Rev. Joe Myers and become a preacher's wife and later, a mother. The little boy would trust Christ as his Saviour at age 10, answer God's call to preach at age 16, and grow to a man who would become Mrs. Fannie's pastor. At her home going service this man would read Psalm 100 and tell this story. Later when Joe went to be with the Lord, Sue Myers would faithfully attend Benham Baptist Church and be an active member. As you may have guessed, that little boy 55 years ago was me!
In Matthew 13 we find what is called the parable of the sower. "But others fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold." Sister Sue as you move to live with your daughter, "Thank you for all your Christian labor. Most of all Thank you for being a VBS teacher to me 55 years ago! That week impacted my life forever!
So as you prepare for VBS this year, remember some little boy you teach may become a pastor or cute little girl that you teach may become a pastor's wife or missionary in the future. In closing, this is what Paul said in II Thessalonians 3:13, "But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing."
God Bless You All.
Bro. Ken Wood