Greetings from The Springs! I was missing in action last week, but I am so happy to be back with you again. Bells were ringing on November, 9, which marked the union of Dwight and Brandy Floyd in holy matrimony. Pastor Terrell performed the blessed ceremony at the church and USBC couldn’t be happier for the devoted couple. On Wednesday, November 19, Pastor Terrell began teaching on “wisdom” which is the first spiritual gift listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8. It goes hand in hand with temperance or self-control. It gives divine revelation or insight to work through any situation. A prime example of wisdom is when King Solomon had to judge between the two mothers in 1 Kings 3: 6-28. Other examples of wisdom can be found in St. John 4:16-19; Acts 26:16 and Acts 27: 18-25. The following Wednesday, Pastor Terrell concluded the study on “wisdom” and explained that the spiritual gifts are grouped into three categories: Mind, vocal and working. We were then able to move on to the next spiritual gift which is “Knowledge.” This is a mind gift of divine revelation or insight on God’s will and plan for yourself and others. The texts referenced for this gift were 1 Samuel 3:7-21; 2 Kings 6:8-12; Acts 5:1-4; St. Matthew 16:15-17 and Acts 21: 8-15. This series will resume in two weeks. Remember that the Wednesday leading up to 2nd Sunday is Prayer and Testimony Night at 7:30 p.m. By the way, The Springs is preparing for a grand Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 21st with dinner served following service that day. The kitchen committee has started handing out those little slips of paper with their requests on them, so I know it will be a fantastic meal. Plan to join us that day for The Word, fellowship and food! The baptismal message to the candidates was awesome. To encourage them, Pastor Terrell went to Deuteronomy 28 which gives many blessings. However, there are conditions that we need to understand and not dismiss. The passage begins with this. “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” Now we often lay claim to the blessings which are listed after these passages but we miss heeding the command. The pastor is the voice of God and the Lord has given the pastor the knowledge of His Word, to digest that Word and give it to us. Reverend Terrell said that you can try this for yourself if you want to test it. In the words of the late Flip Wilson, “Try it, you might like it!” The blessings will overtake you if you will keep walking in the right way. Stay in church. Stay in The Word. No matter what spiritual condition you are in, come as you are. Stay the course and the blessings will catch up with you. The main sermon for the morning was equally as good and it packed a powerful punch. When you are working in the Kingdom, challenges will come. Often during the darkest hour, when you are closest to your breakthrough, the enemy will try to stop you. It is the very time, when you are ready to throw in the towel and give up is when your breakthrough is right there. God will not give up on you. Pastor Terrell explained to us in St. Mark 15:27-34 that the devil even tried to get Jesus to quit His mission. At the time that Jesus was called for, the enemy tried to stop Jesus’ purpose. The enemy works on our emotions. When he sees you get angry, the devil wants to stir that anger up more to keep you off course. Think about this. If you stop now, where will your wife be? Where will your children be? Where will be all of those that you are praying for? Jesus was not there to save Himself. He was on the cross for us! God will not give up on you. Another thing that the devil will do is make you feel unworthy as you strive towards your purpose in life. This is nothing new. He tried the same with Jesus and this is evident in verses 29-32. He causes you to question your purpose by making accusations and making you feel like you don’t belong. All kinds of trouble came up against Jesus, but He did not say a word. Looking at verse 33, in the midst of all the talk from the naysayers, the Lord worked on His behalf. Jesus was on that cross during the hottest part of the day, yet God did not allow the sun to shine upon His Son. This is proof that if you will be still, God will fight your battles for you. To make this message more personal, Pastor Terrell told us that we participated with Jesus on the cross. How? Our sins were there! He does not want us to quit. Jesus didn’t quit! Don’t give up on God because He won’t give up on you! Glory Be To God!