Greetings from The Springs! USBC gave a special salute to Mr. and Mrs. Ron Eugene Reams during the morning worship service. The smiles on their faces told the story. True happiness! After a standing ovation to the newlyweds by the congregation, Sister Toni Terrell sang, “Our Daily Bread” in their honor. May this union continue to be blessed!
By the way, have you seen the new pavilion? Loooook-innnnnng good! It is almost completed and ready to be used. God is truly in the blessing business!
Wednesday Night Bible Study was devoted to a question and answer session. Various questions were asked of Pastor Terrell and as usual the answers were found in “Book, Chapter, and Verse.” Pastor says we will resume the fasting series soon.
On Sunday, May 25, the R.T. Harmonizers provided the music, and they sounded great! Under the guidance of Dr. Kathy Hubbard, this men’s choir blessed our souls. They also travelled down to Stephens for the afternoon service at Thankful Baptist Church. Rev. Terrell told us on Sunday that God doesn’t care if we have stuff. Even King Solomon, who was the wisest man to ever live, had it all. Also, he possessed the greatest material and political resources that any one man could have. However, at the end of his life, he realized that life without God’s presence was useless. Without the Lord, it is all vanity.
Looking at Ecclesiastes 9: 7-12, we see how Solomon always talked about time. Time. Time. Time. Now you can lose money and get more. You can make some bad investments and overcome them, but when time is lost, it is gone. Life is about your family and children and enjoying the time that God has given you. Solomon had the biggest and greatest of everything. He even built the grandest temple for God that was ever built, but he found out that we need to enjoy fellowship with one another.
Beginning with verse seven, Rev. Terrell pointed out that when God prospers you, that means He has accepted you. As you enjoy what He has given you, keep a righteous stance before Him. Keep your good character and let someone see that you are living well. In addition, whatever you do, do it with pride. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, no device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
The rat race. Pastor Terrell revealed to us that Solomon said he had looked at all that he had done and found out that the “race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither the bread to the wise, nor yet riches to the men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill.” Don’t get to the end of your life and realize that it doesn’t mean a thing and that all of that running was for nothing. Just as time walked down Solomon, it will do the same to us. He was running fast but time caught him. I have to tell you that this message was quite eye-opening. Take time to reflect on this message from Pastor Terrell and read the entire book of Ecclesiastes.
As I mentioned earlier, there was an afternoon service that The Springs was delighted to be a part of. USBC travelled down to Stephens where Pastor Terrell preached the sermon for the 146th Church Anniversary at Thankful Baptist Church. The shepherd there is Dwight Sims, and we are always blessed with good food and fellowship when we visit them.
Pastor Terrell’s message to the church was specifically geared towards Pastor Sims to remind him that as long as he keeps hearing from God, his church will continue to grow. The text for his sermon came from St. Matthew 16: 13-19 where Jesus gives the charge specifically to Peter to build His church. We know that God gives the keys to the church to the pastor and to him alone. At the end of the service, Pastor Sims stated that he has known Pastor T for over 18 years and expressed his respect for his ministry and their friendship.
In closing, remember this from Pastor T. Don’t get to the end of your life and realize that you haven’t enjoyed it. Get out of the rat race! Time and chance will walk all of us down, so enjoy the time that God gives you! Glory Be To God!