Union Springs News
By T. Adrienne Terrell
Greetings from The Springs. Music, dance, praise…the Word. That was Pastor’s Anniversary for 2013. Honestly I could just stop there but I need to tell you more, right?
Enduring the process to get your inheritance. Now that is a phrase to get you thinking. What does it mean? Well this was the title for Sister Toni Terrell’s message during the morning portion of Pastor Terrell’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.
She stated that we are all going through a process in life. From the time we are born until we cross over to the next life we go through a progression leading up to what God wants us to do. As we venture through the stages we should keep in mind that the Lord created us to be victorious, to be the head, to be the lender, to be winners, to be pursuers of God and to reflect His goodness. Yet we miss the mark when we become disobedient and start doing things our way.
In her message she discussed the end of Deuteronomy and the beginning of Joshua. Here we see Moses and God encouraging Joshua to be strong and have courage to lead the Israelites. She reminded us that Moses himself even missed the mark when he struck the rock instead of speaking to it and this act prevented him from entering the Promised Land. The power was in God and Moses should have relied on Him and not his own efforts.
Joshua watched the people go in and out of obedience to God. At this time he needed the power to endure the process. He wanted to receive the inheritance that the Lord had promised. We too should desire to receive the many blessing that are in store for us. If we want all of our blessings bad enough we will stay thirsty for His Word. Self-reliance is not the answer. We have to have God.
Sister Toni’s great message of encouragement was a tremendous blessing to the congregation and to Pastor Terrell as well. Look to hear more from her in the near future.
The guest speaker for the evening service was Rev. Royce Tillman of the Lamb of God Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta. He brought a fresh word to The Springs and although the day had grown long it was worth the wait to hear him.
What if I told you we went through the entire Bible? Well we did or at least close to it.
His sermon started at Genesis 1: 1. “In the beginning God…” No matter where we begin God was first. We always have someone to answer to and depend upon in life. Even for us to have Pastor’s Anniversary it was God in the beginning.
Next we went to the middle of the Bible and looked at Psalm 103. “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He hath not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”
One of our main duties as we go through life is to bless the Lord. In our lives we have not done everything right. Pastor Tillman said we should be glad that God has not dealt with us for all of our mistakes or given us what we really deserve for them. God has been good to us and His grace reaches to the depths. We should bless Him in our journey for His far-reaching grace.
Also, in the middle God turned grace into human form. Jesus came to die on the cross to pay our sin debt in full. Still, God is with us.
Finally we ended our dash through the Bible in, of course Revelation 22:21. “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Pastor Tillman’s encouraging words reminded us that before we were even thought of God was there. As we go through life God’s grace is there for us and we need to bless his name. Yes even in the end God is there.
The Springs’ family was truly happy to have Royce Tillman and his Lamb of God church family to share with us in this special occasion. We would sure love to hear more from their Minister of Music.
And speaking of music I would be remised if I didn’t mention our own Dr. Kathy Hubbard who graced us with a fine musical selection of new songs, which added to our worship experience. Dr. Hubbard, Sheila Sanders and numerous others worked many hours to make this event a success.
The Springs demonstrated much love to the honorees of the day. Among the unique presentations and gifts that Pastor Terrell received one was a beautiful replica of the Ark of the Covenant. He also was given a yearbook, which chronicles his 10 years as our shepherd. Sister Toni was presented with several finely designed lap covers, of which I know she will put to good use very soon, and a very special tree that seemed to be sprouting cash believe it or not!
I purposely dedicated this entire article to our celebration for the day. The Lord has blessed USBC with a wonderful man of God and a very supportive First Lady who is his constant companion. May the Lord continuously bless the ministry and give our pastor the power to endure as he leads God’s people. Glory Be to God!