I am in Orange County at the “On-Target Evangelism Conference,” sponsored by the California Southern Baptist Convention. Yesterday was very helpful and encouraging. The afternoon sessions were about leadership styles and ministry teams. I needed to hear everything that was said. I still have so much to learn about leadership. And some of the things I had to deal with this past week were discussed in the lecture. The evening session was inspiring. I heard a great message on “How to Make the Good News Good Again” by by John Avant. I’m sure most of us in the conference felt like running out into the hotel to start witnessing right then! The conference ends today. There are four sessions scheduled today. I am looking forward to hearing the lecture by an African-American pastor from Louisville, T. Vaugn Walker, about developing a “Great Commission” church.
At the same time, I have been working on my message for Midweek Service this night. I plan to continue my exposition of Psalm 119. Tentatively, I am calling it, simply, “Teach Me,” from verses 33-40.
Likewise, Dr. R.A. Williams and the McCoy Memorial Church are hosting their annual revival this week. Dr. Williams was with us last week, and was truly a blessing to us. I intend to share with them at least one night during their meeting, which goes through Thursday. His guest speakers are Dr. Frank Ray of the New Salem Baptist Church in Memphis and Dr. A. Louis Patterson, Jr., of the Mt. Corinth Baptist Church in Houston. And in the mornings, they will both be lecturing on bibical preaching and pastoral ministry. That should be good. I want to make it to that this week.
On top of that, I have several important meetings this week. I am speaking at Liberty Baptist Church Friday night, for Pastor Terry Brown’s pastoral anniversary celebration. And Saturday, I will be teaching at our Men’s Fellowship Meeting. And, of course, Sunday’s coming!
So much to do, so little time! Pray that God will give me wisdom and strength for a busy week.
The Most Important Commandment
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. – Mark 12:28-34 Armies win…