I don’t know when Jesus is coming, but I believe He is coming. How much longer can the human race survive the awful inhumanity of man toward other men. Our society today bears the marks of a society without God. We have expelled Him from the public square and He is hardly recognized the lives of those who profess Him. Let us be evermore mindful that we are pilgrims passing through…this world is not our home. However, for the time we are here shouldn’t we be the salt and the light that our Lord commanded us to be? Let us live in light of His coming.
During the week of April 23-May 1, I had the privilege of ministering in Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies, for the seventh time. My first visit to Trinidad was in 1994 when I was invited to preach in a series of Keswick Christian Life Conventions. Once again I must give thanks to God for the friendship of Dr. Stephen Olford. He was a pioneer of the Keswick Convention in Trinidad. He was there many times over the years. It was at his suggestion that I was invited. This time my time overlapped with the ministry of Jonathan Lamb, CEO of Keswick in England (Keswick International). Jonathan had preached in a Keswick Convention and also spent a day with a number of pastors in a Langham Ministries preaching seminar. I did not get to see Jonathan, but we did communicate by email.
This last trip was a time primarily devoted to ministering to pastors. Almost 30 pastors gathered at Camp RidgeWalk for a time of rest, fellowship and instruction. Eight lectures were given on preaching and pastoral ministry. Three lectures by Dr. Stephen Olford were given via. DVD. I gave five lectures on various aspects of preaching and pastoring. It was a good time.
Pastor Errol Bedase and his sweet wife opened their home to me and provided wonderful hospitality. Pastor Mitch John also hosted me in his home and drove me to some scenic places on the island. I enjoyed being with him and his family.
I came home from Trinidad this time with a real burden on my heart for the pastors in Trinidad. They serve the Lord so faithfully…but often with inadequate resources or finances. Yet, they do so much with so little. I am praying for the pastors in Trinidad and I ask you to join me in praying for them and praying for me as I seek the Lord regarding ways to give more support and encouragement to them.
I was privileged to be the guest preacher for a series of meetings with my friend, Bill Barnett, pastor of the Union Hill Baptist Church in Oneonta, Alabama, April 19-22. We had a fantastic meeting. The emphasis for the week was on the Christian Life. Brother Bill asked if I would do a Christian Life Emphasis (a mini -Keswick convention.) I was delighted.
I commend this faithful pastor for the prayerful preparation that went into this meeting. During the weeks prior to the “revival meeting” Brother Bill met with me more than once to discuss the emphasis of the meeting and to pray. There were special prayer meetings in preparation for the meeting. He also met with the worship leader, a young man, Andrew Nunnelly, the student minister at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Andrew gave excellent leadership to the music and worship during the meeting.
The prayerful preparation on the part of pastor and people made a noticeable difference in the impact of God’s word during the week. I would say that the congregation was ready for a meeting with God.
It is a very rare thing for me to receive written comments about a meeting from members of the congregation. However, I have just received from the pastor, one month after the revival, two pages of comments by the members of the church. I will share just a few in expression of my gratitude to the pastor and people.
Tuesday night reminded me that God makes the impossible possible and reaches those who are unreachable. Wednesday night reminded me that we all who have accepted Christ the Holy Spirit is within us to call on in times of need…and sometimes our greatest need is to remember that.
The Holy Spirit must be President in you life, not just present.
Dr.Willmore talked about how special our church is and wanted us to realize how we need to appreciate each other, our pastor, and the spirit of our church. (I commented on the wonderful unity of the church…and the truly joyful and happy spirit I found there.)
I remember Dr. Willmore saying, ‘Hear what I say, don’t say what you think I said, you will get it wrong. Hear what I say and not what you think I said.’ (I often say this…it is true some people hear preachers say things the preacher never actually said.)
Enjoyed every night. Monday night I felt the Holy Spirit moving in the service.
Faith that has not been tested cannot be trusted.
Hesitation is disobedience. ( Referring to putting God on hold.)
It has been a long time since we had attended a revival meeting. Every evening we went home telling revival, and refreshed and closer to God. It was a good revival. We enjoyed Dr. Willmore and Andrew is truly a servant of God. What a special young man (Andrew Nunnelly).
These and all the other comments encouraged me very much. RDW