God is preparing you for the next level

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Greetings from The Springs! Well, the Black History Parade was a no go on Saturday. I think that we all were a little disappointed especially with all of the work that went into building the float and getting ready to enjoy the festivities. I hear that it will take place at a later date, and I will let you know as soon as I can. During last Wednesday night’s Bible Study, we had a very in depth discussion on the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost. We took a short break from talking about fasting, but we will return to it hopefully next week.

I have a question for you. Did you know that Pastor Terrell was an English and Greek teacher? It’s true! The reason why I say this is because he diligently researches and studies each topic that he teaches to us and it shows. Also, Pastor T goes in depth explaining the Word to us and each class is pack full of great information. Check us out each Wednesday night and see for yourself. I told you all previously that Rev. Robert Terrell was going to preach for the “pre-anniversary” for Corinth Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, April 18th. Let me fill you in on the details.

Instead, that Friday was the final night of a three night revival celebrating their 125th Church Anniversary. USBC came with a large group to join their congregation on a very rainy evening for a wonderful worship experience. Yet, there were no complaints about the weather especially since it was Good Friday! The parishioners at Corinth, or “The City of Faith” as they are also known as, have a beautiful sanctuary and you could just feel the Spirit of the Lord there. May the Lord continue to bless this great ministry of Pastor Davenport. Pastor Terrell’s message for the evening was, “Been Running for Jesus a Long Time and I’m not Tired Yet!” His text came from Hebrews 12: 1-3 and he began his sermon with this. When you are on the battlefield for the Lord, you will cry and struggle at times. You must know that you are not the only one that struggles. You are not the first nor the last to struggle. Our hope is knowing that what God has done for one, He will do for others. Therefore, since others before you have run the race and won, you can, too.

When Jesus’ race was over, He sat down at the right hand of God. If you keep running for Jesus, you will one day be able to sit at His right hand. Suffering is the training ground for the next level. Nothing can happen to you unless God allows it, so look at it this way. God is preparing you for the next level. Sunday’s message was a continuation of the resurrection theme that Pastor Terrell has stayed on all month. He started with a history discussion on the German influence on Easter and how the Easter egg and the Easter bunny are legitimate parts of our celebration today. Our text for the morning came from St. John 20: 4-8 which tells of what was in the tomb after the stone was rolled away. The key point that Rev. Terrell emphasized was the appearance of Jesus’ clothing. The turban and the linen clothes were separate from one another. Also, they were not disheveled as one would think if someone had stolen the body. If anyone has been robbed, in most cases, thieves don’t try to steal in an orderly fashion. Items are disarrayed or even destroyed. This is not the case here. Even Jesus’s turban was still, “wrapped together in a place by itself.” Scripture says, “Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed.” The evidence was in the tomb. You must believe that Jesus did indeed rise! Glory be To God!

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