September 2014 Dear Friends, Labor Day is always the first Monday in September, a time when America celebrates its working folk—not with a full day of work, but with a day off. Speeches are made on the working man and woman, and all they have accomplished in this country. Many folk see how little work [...]
Acts 8:4 states of the early Christians, “Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. [emphasis added].” From this verse I chose a theme for our church year of 2014—“Reaching Our World, One by One.”
Central Baptist will have its annual mission’s emphasis week October 8 (Wednesday) through October 12 (Sunday). Our church fellowship, “international dinner,” will be on Saturday the 11th at 6:00 p.m., with the members bringing the different kinds of food.
Brother Jeff Alverson, the Director of Military Ministries with Baptist International Missions, will be with us for the second time to share God’s burden for a lost world, reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ’s atoning work on Calvary so that men and women, boys and girls, military and civilians, can come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
May I digress for a moment? You see, it was while I was serving in the United States Air Force during the early part of the Viet Nam War that I “personally” met Jesus as my Savior from sin and hell—Fred Carroll, who had been religious all his life, attending a Congregational church in Everett, Massachusetts, as a young boy…then, as a teenager in Lynchburg, Virginia, attending a Methodist church—even being the “youth pastor” on “Youth Sunday” my senior year…then, going to base chapels while in tech school in the Air Force…then, to church each Sunday off base while stationed at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine. Finally, the year before I was married to Marion Jannette Proehl (who was a saved Baptist), Roi Voelker (my saved roommate in the barracks), Norm Weaverly, and I used to go to church in Brewer, Maine (just over the river from Bangor) every Sunday morning. Pastor Philip Hughey (Calvary Baptist Church) preached. When God finally brought me to the conviction that I was not a “real” Christian, but just one in “name only,” Bro. Hughey was preaching through 1 Corinthians and I realized that I needed Jesus Christ in my life as “my personal Savior.” The Lord changed my life—2 Corinthians 5:17 (look it up and read it.)
Some things changed immediately—Praise the Lord!; other things have taken time and the Holy Spirit’s working in my life (see initial sanctification—being set apart to God—in Hebrews 10:10). Next is progressive sanctification—daily we are set apart as we walk with God (1 Peter 1:15, 16). Finally is “when we see Christ and become as He is (1 John 3:1-3). This is our ultimate or future sanctification, which awaits our complete glorification with resurrection bodies (Eph. 5:26-27; Jude 24-25).” [Ryrie Study Bible, p. 1858]
So, you see, there is a special place in my soul for the “military ministry.”
I pray we will have a good attendance on each night of our Missions Conference. See you here.
Pastor Frederick W. Carroll
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”