Greetings from The Springs! Sunday, November 9, 2014 marked the 139th anniversary of Union Springs Baptist Church. Evangelist Eula Banks presented the church history and what a rich history it is. Union Springs Baptist Church was built in approximately 1875 and the first pastor was Rev. B. Jones. After serving for 25 years and transitioning on to be with the Lord, the old church located on Old Mill Road was built in 1900. With this information, along with the church cemetery dating back to 1823, it is thought that USBC is the second oldest church in Morgan County. Rev. J. W. Bennett was the first pastor at that location and was succeeded by several others including Rev Cockrun, Rev. R. Baccus, Rev. B. F. Lett and Rev. Michael Moore. In 1993, Rev. Hughley accepted the call to pastor the church and with his leadership many improvements were made including the Fellowship Hall being completed with a dedication service on Sunday, April 6, 1997. Other improvements were the purchase of new pews, carpet and chairs in 1999 and stained glass windows installed in 2001. One of the greatest periods of the church’s recent history is the installation of Pastor Robert L. Terrell, Jr. on June 29, 2003. With his leadership, there has been tremendous growth in church membership and in the Union Springs community. As the ministry grew, the Lord gave Pastor Terrell a vision of a new sanctuary and on March 20, 2011, this vision came to light as we transitioned to the new facility located at 1400 West Main Street, Rutledge. As they say, the best is yet to come! If you have been around The Springs lately, you know that Pastor Terrell has been teaching on being baptized in the Holy Spirit. His sermon on Sunday, November 9, 2014 took this topic to a higher level as he gave more clarification on the “Fruit of the Spirit.” Keeping with this subject, the text for the morning came from Galatians 5: 22-26 where we find that the “flavors” of the fruit of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Pastor Terrell explained that these “flavors” are grouped together for a reason. Pastor Terrell stated that the way the Holy Spirit works is similar to a heat pump. The first thing it does is register the temperature in a building. If you change the dial, it changes the temperature. Likewise, the Holy Spirit registers the atmosphere and can tell its condition. With the first three “flavors” of the Spirit, love, joy and peace, we can control the tone of where we are. The one particular thing that the Praise Team does at the beginning of service is sense the atmosphere of the church. If needed, they can dial it up higher. If the feeling in the air is not conducive to the Holy Spirit, they can raise the level. The second set (longsuffering, gentleness and goodness) are the “flavors” that control us on the inside. These are equally as important because if we are broken on the inside, then we can’t control the atmosphere on the outside. The final three “flavors” of the Spirit (faith, meekness and temperance) are the product of the first six. If you have faith, then you have been through the previous six. If you have been broken by God, it teaches you meekness. While you are going through your struggles, the Lord is molding you to be the vessel that He wants to use. Also, when you have learned to trust in God, especially when all types of destruction is going on all around, you have temperance or self-control. The ability to be still when all you-know-what is going on, you have the last “flavor.” Pastor Terrell said that when you have the Holy Spirit or the anointing, you have been set aside for a special purpose in the church. It takes time to be holy. You can’t receive faith, meekness and temperance until you have gone through some stuff. To get these, a seed has to die. The flesh has to be crucified. There are some things that have to die in your life before the seed can germinate and sprout. Being holy and in possession of all the “Fruit of the Spirit” is not an overnight process. It takes time! Even if God has given you the first six parts, it takes time to be blessed with the final three. Thought for the week: Crucify your flesh as God molds you with the nine flavors of the Fruit! Glory Be To God!