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June 23, 2014
Dear Pastor & friends,
Jesus and Paul had a mutual problem, being forsaken by men. The saddest statement prior to Christ’s crucifixion comes from Matthew 26:56, “…Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.” Paul experienced a similar story in II Timothy 4:16, however, in verse 17 the Apostle exulted, writing, “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me;…”
Many today are forsaking the old paths and even turning their backs on the old-time preachers who are still holding the ropes of old-time religion. I for one, plan to stay with the tried, tested and true road of the past; being aware that our forefathers were not fools and have laid down a good and glorious foot path to follow. Friend, it may not be the broad way of fame, fortune and a big following, however, remember there is a great negative to the broad way in contrast with the strait and narrow way (cf. Matt. 7:13-14).
You dear folk that have stood with me and supported our ministry have no idea what you mean to me, our home and the work God has assigned this preacher. I say with the Apostle Paul, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” (Phil. 1:3).
I have preached mainly Sundays this month except for teaching and preaching a week at a mission school, for prospective missionaries, in north Georgia. It is an humbling experience to be a small part in the lives of these ‘special forces’ in spiritual warfare as they prepare for battle on foreign soil in the far flung fields of the world. They are not opposing enemies of mere flesh and blood, but evil and wickedness beyond belief (cf. Eph. 6:12). I pray they, you and me will “…endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (II Tim. 2:3).
Thank you again for your help, support and prayers over the years, and may God bless you richly is my earnest hope in Christ.
Your friend & His servant,