Greetings from The Springs! On Sunday, November 8, 2015, USBC celebrated our 140th Church Anniversary. Despite the rainy weather, there was a good turnout and we were able to see those that we have not seen in quite some time. The program for the occasion gave the history of Union Springs Baptist Church which was founded in 1875. It stated that the history of the church is a, “chronicle of struggle, sacrifice, humanitarian service, undying commitment and unyielding faithfulness.”
It also listed the former pastors including Rev. B. Jones, Rev. J. W. Bennett, Rev. Cockrun, Rev. Baccus, Rev. T. Brown, Rev. Dornor, Rev. Henry Barnes, and Rev. S. A Williams, Rev. G. W. Hooks, Rev M. M. Moore, Rev. Lett, Rev. D. E. Perry and Rev. Bobby Hughley. Most recently, on June 29, 2003, Rev. Robert L. Terrell, Jr. accepted the call to become the present pastor of the church. There are numerous things that Pastor Terrell has brought to USBC and the number is too great to list here. Yet, there are more to come! Again this year, Deacon Richard Hubbard, Sr. addressed the congregation. He has been a member of USBC for half of the years that the church has been in existence. He said that he started his business back in the 70’s with a third grade education and God did it all for him. In his words, USBC has come a long, long way. The message for the morning came from Philippians 4:4-8 and Pastor Terrell gave us the recipe for peace in our lives. The first thing that we need to do is “preheat the oven” by rejoicing in the Lord.
No matter what is going on and no matter what things look like, we need to give God praise. The joy on you can flow to someone else! The next step is to “stir the batter.” Mix things up. Get outside your circle and pray for others. Be considerate of what they are going through in their lives. By stirring up the ingredients, you can believe God for others. Verse 5 states, “Let you moderation be known to all men.” This includes the saved and unsaved. We have to consider those that don’t like us or are not nice to us. Don’t say negative things to them because what you sent out will come back to you. Yet, without considering them, then you are leaving out an ingredient in the recipe. Stop worrying, this is the next step. If there was not going to be things to worry about, Paul would not have told us not to worry. You will have things that you can worry about, but Paul said stop.
The ingredient that is added next to the recipe is praying with supplication. Pastor Terrell said this is very important. Supplication is when you get by yourself and be honest with God and get it all out. Pour it all out to Him! Now with this recipe, something would be missing without adding thanksgiving. Find something to be thankful about. Don’t focus on the things that you can’t help. Watch it bake.
Let your request be made known to God. Tell Him what you need. By doing so, you are telling God that you trust Him to meet yThe promise is this. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Then you can meditate on the goodness of God! When you get peace, you have to keep the peace by thinking on the goodness of God! Pastor Terrell ended his sermon with this. God told us to pray about our situations but don’t worry about them. Do what you can with what you have. What you can’t control, don’t worry about it! When you find worry in your life, read Philippians 4: 4-8 and find your recipe for peace! Glory Be To God!