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Linda and I traveled to First Baptist Church, Manistee, Michigan. It was a great ride up as there was no snow and it was unseasonably warm. Then Sunday morning the temperatures tumbled and the lake-effect snow blew in. This historic church is pastored by Rev.
I was at Edinbrook Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota on January 13. It was a very cold weekend in Minnesota but the warm welcome I received at Edinbrook overcame the chilly temperatures outside. The worship service began with upbeat worship music as the band and worship team led us into the presence of God. The two worship services were identical. Although each service has its own flavor. I could tell there was a great appreciation for the ministry of the Cornerstone Fund.
Bethel Baptist Church, Bradenton, Florida is a great missionary church pastored by Joey Mimbs. Pastor Joey and his family have great missionary hearts, having led numerous trips overseas to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A great many Converge people from our northern climates visit and or retire to the Bradenton area. On January 6th, 2013 it was great to make contact with numerous people who I am familiar with in the area around Bradenton. Bethel has been a wonderful partner with the District in church planting and raising up leaders. The church has led the way in partne
On December 9, 2012 I travelled to First Baptist Church, Dinuba California pastored by Tom Carter for the past 30 years. The week before there was a celebration of Pastor Tom’s ministry. It was evident to me that the people of FBC appreciate very much the ministry of their pastor and wife Mary. One young man prayed to receive Christ during the services. I was personally touched by how the church has responded to the recent death of Pastor Fox who was a much beloved associate pastor.
December 2, 2012 I was invited to preach at the First Baptist Church of Darlington, Wisconsin led by Pastor Kevin Hanson. During the Sunday School hour there was a very effective presentation delivered by Missionary Lori Harms of Japan. Her presentation was inspirational and informative. I was very appreciative of her positive and visionary ministry for the people of Japan. She has completed her first term and is returning to J
On Sunday November 18, 2012 I was invited to preach at Bethel Baptist Church in Janesville, WI. This local church has a great reputation of being a missions driven church. The mission’s chairperson Alice gave a rousing report to the congregation which had gathered at each of the four worship services. This is a church which has a great heart for reaching people around the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Psalms 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”
A few years ago I was at the dedication of a facility addition for Edinbrook Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Pastor Ivan Veldhuizen spoke on this passage in Psalms. I took notes because I thought the building process today is so complicated that unless you call on the truth contained in this verse life will be very difficult for the church.
“You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.” Deuteronomy 1:17
If ever there was a fellow who treated people right it was Mark Archibald. Mark was a man on a mission. The mission was serving people with respect and energy.
On the weekend of October 27-28th I travelled to Amery WI to meet with a leadership team of First Baptist Church. They had expansion questions in terms of capital campaigns and loans. The church is full on Sundays and they are hoping they can build an addition to help accommodate the people who wish to worship at First Baptist. Pastor Charlie Butt is the senior pastor who has been there in Amery for over 11 years. The Sunday morning worship service was well attended with all most all of the sanctuary occupied. The people have a wonderful spirit and the work is progressing very well. C