“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” After a week on the road, interviewing pastors from across the southeast, I more than identify with those words. I’m glad to be home. I did have a great and profitable time talking to pastors and looking at the ministry of churches that are considered to be effective, evangelistic churches. I started off at the North Metro First Baptist Church where Dr. Frank Cox is the pastor. To get to see some of the things this great church is doing to reach people and make a difference in their community was very worthwhile. Then on Tuesday I moved over to the Crosspointe Church in Duluth where Dr. James Merritt is pastor and my good friend Alfred Burgess serves as the Next Generation pastor. (This is also where one of TBC’s boys, Josh Frazier, serves as the student praise and worship leader. Dr. Merritt is one of my pastoral heroes and personal mentors and has had a great impact on my life. To get to spend the night at his home, talking about the Lord, ministry and family was a gift that I’m very thankful for. From Atlanta, I drove through the hinterlands of Georgia to Warner Robins to hear Dr. Jeff Laborg, pastor of the Second Baptist Church, preach at his Wednesday night service. There were about 300+ people (many, many more were in bible studies, orchestra practices and such across the complex) on the edge of their chairs in the church’s grand foyer to hear him preach from James chapter 1. It was a tremendous message and I was both encouraged and challenged. We then spent about 3 hours outside of a Starbucks talking all things ministry and SBC. We got together again Wednesday morning for a time of fellowship before I started the trek home. It has been a good week.
Now that I’m home, I’ve set my sights toward this coming Sunday where I will conclude a sermon that I began last Sunday morning on the power of the tongue. I will be finishing up this message by moving from the abuse of the tongue to the proper use of the tongue in the life of the believer. (Ben Franklin said, “A wise man is one who thinks twice before speaking and then doesn’t say anything.”) Don’t miss this message and make sure that you take copious notes so that you’ll be able to pass along and put into use the lessons we’ll be learning from Solomon.
Also, tomorrow, Saturday April 17, beginning at 11:30 in the morning TBC’s Student Ministry will be hosting their BBQ and Bakesale fundraiser. Make sure you come by as well as send your family and friends. The food will be great and the cause is unmatched. I’m already getting hungry just thinking about David Tafaoa’s BBQ. “Two plates for me, please!”
Well, we’re just a week out from our 2010 “Great Things” Spring Revival with Dr. Phil Hoskins. Your Bible Fellowship class should have set up a time to get together this coming week to pray for this important time in the life of TBC. If they haven’t, make sure you’re there Sunday morning to remind them. Also, everybody in your class should fill out a “Who Do You Know” card about the person they have invited to come with them on the first night of revival – April 25 @ 6 pm. It’s going to be a great time. Dr. Phil is a great pastor, gifted leader and anointed preacher. Whatever you have to cancel, postpone, or forgo to be there every night, DO IT – it’s that important.
I hope you have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you and your family at Temple this coming Sunday morning. It’s going to be a terrific time together as we worship the Savior.