Tell It Again

Our Resurrection Sunday was far more blessed than I could have ever hoped for. We had a beautiful day, and a wonderful service to remember. We had 98 in attendance, with over 20 in our junior church services, and over 60 adults in the sanctuary to worship with us.

The Lord also granted us an extra special blessing. In February, Bro. Everett, a precious old saint of God, was nearly taken from us with a stroke. Bro. Everett is a graduate of Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO, and was a successful pastor in Pine Hollow, there in Shannon County, Missouri for many years. We feared that the history and miracles wrought in his life would be lost, but God spared him.

As his strength returned, we knew that he would never be able to stand and preach a sermon, or have the ability to tell his story like we had heard it. So, he agreed, for the first time in his life, to sit in front of a camera and share with any and every one who would simply take the time to watch and listen. He worried that he wouldn’t be able to gather his thoughts for the filming, but God blessed him again with an on-target sermon just as he had always preached them: ad lib, with just a Bible, and a burden.

We chose the theme, “Tell It Again” from the old hymn by Mary C. Slade. She sang of the first and last time a young man would ever hear how “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.” The young man’s reaction still brings tears to my eyes: though I have heard and told the story countless times over:

Into the tent where a gypsy boy lay
Dying alone at the close of the day
News of salvation we carried, said he,
“Nobody ever has told it to me.”

Tell it again!
Tell it again,
Salvation’s story repeat o’er and o’er
‘Til none can say of the children of men,
“Nobody ever has told me before.”

There are some stories in this world as old as time, it seems. Yet the more they are told, the more that lives are changed, and sweeter the story gets. Bro Everett’s story, is the Gospel story, the old, old story of Jesus, and His love. We trust He will speak to your heart, and lead you to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Many thanks to Bro. Everett, for surrendering his life to the Lord, and sharing some of it with us. Thanks to Pastor Meier, for allowing us to pursue this vision. Thanks also to Bro. Steve and Emmitt, our camera and sound experts. Thanks to the Gospel Light Baptist Choir: Ms. Deena, Melissa, Brittny, Robin, Bethany, Samantha, Jeremy, Tyler, Nathan, for lending their talents in song. Thanks to Will and Mandy, for singing, and allowing us the use of their house (and coffee pot). Thanks to Ashley, for putting up with me and bringing me food during my hermit-like behavior, going straight from work to the office as we put this together.

Finally, eternal gratitude to the Lord Jesus, whose grace has saved my soul from Hell, and whose mercy still transforms lives even today. His love is a story worth telling over, and over again.

Thanks for watching!

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