September 2019 Witness

During a Monday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, one of the commentators observed that Walter Payton, the Bear’s running back and the NFL’s leading rusher at the time, had accumulated over nine miles – almost 16,000 yards – in career rushing yardage.   The other announcer remarked, “Yeah, and that’s with someone knocking him down every 4.6 yards!” We all get knocked down in life.  We all have our losses.   We all have our disappointments.  The key to success in both life and football is getting up again after you have been knocked down by the opposition. A story is told that Andrew Jackson’s boyhood friends just couldn’t understand how he became a famous general and then the President of the United States.   They knew of others who had greater talent but who never succeeded.   One of Jackson’s friends commented, “Why, Jim Brown, who lived right down the pike from Jackson, was not only smarter but he could throw Andy three times out of four in a wrestling match. But look where Andy is now.” Another friend responded, “How did there happen to be a fourth time? Didn’t they usually say three times and out?”   “Sure, they were supposed to, but not Andy. He would never admit he was beat — he would never stay ‘throwed.’ Jim Brown would get tired, and on the fourth try Andy Jackson would throw him and be the winner.” When life knocks you down, will you stay “throwed” or will you rise again asking God to give you the endurance to win the fight?   James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who endures under the load of trials, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” August  has been a good month with 360 in Bible Study.  Our Back to School Splash on August 4th was a great time for Pre-K through fifth grade.    That night we also had a good crowd for the Lamar County Schools Prayer Walk.     Our  Missions Fest has become an annual celebration that encourages a missions mindset.     The Canopy, our community women’s worship event, takes place this coming Thursday.    And our Student/Young Adult Building Fund  ended the month of July at  $688,653.41! September has some very special emphases:

  • SPEAKIN’ WITH MY DEACON will be Sunday evening, September 8th, beginning at 6:30 in our gym. It will be an evening of good fellowship and great food as Sunday School classes/divisions meet with their deacon(s).  We will also be blessed to witness the ordination of Mark Smith to our Deacon Ministry during that same service.
  • Our PREACHER SWAPPIN’, PEOPLE HOPPIN’ REVIVAL will be September 9th through 11th. I will be preaching at Antioch Baptist Church on Monday.   Antioch’s pastor, Jeff Morgan, will be preaching at First Baptist Church of Thomaston on Tuesday.   And FBC, Thomaston’s pastor, Bill Barber, will be preaching here on Wednesday.     Supper will be served each evening at 5:30, with Antioch and FBC, Thomaston providing their meals for us.   Our Steak Supper here on Wednesday will cost $5 per person.   Reservations for each meal can be made through our church office and are needed by noon on September 5th.
  • BUGGY DAYS HOMECOMING will be on Sunday, September 22nd. We’ll have some good services and a great lunch together on that day as we remember all that God has done for us and through us over the years.
September is going to be a great month!   COME EXPECTANTLY! I Love You, Garth