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Old Town Hill Baptist Church


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2022 Church Theme:

Faith is the Victory

Join us in our journey as we study the book of Hebrews this year. We'll examine the superiority of Christ and what that means to us.

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Sunday 9:00 am
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Sunday 10:00 am
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Youth
Sunday 5:30 pm
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Wednesday 6:00 pm
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Reynolds Rap
Git 'Er Done

 

Who can forget Larry the Cable guy’s famous line, “Git er Done.” I am not sure how he used it in his comedy routine, but it sure made people laugh. I would like to introduce a spiritual application to this phrase. I know, you are wondering how is this going to work?

Let me take you back to the book of I Chronicles chapter 28. King David has gotten to the age of stepping down and has made his son Solomon his successor. David had a great desire, and that was to build the Lord a great temple. He had the plans drawn up and even had the materials ordered. Sadly, David got word from the Lord that he was not the one to build the temple. It was now going to be up to his son Solomon.

 Can you imagine the pressure that was put upon this young king? Not only do you have huge shoes to fill, but David was and is still known as the greatest king Israel has ever had. You are now tasked to build the dwelling place for the Spirit of God to dwell. No pressure there. King David in his wisdom understood the stress that his son must have immediately felt. So, David gave his son these words in v. 20 of that chapter, “Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”   

I am sure those words had to bring great comfort to Solomon. I’m going to let you in on a little secret about how inadequate I feel in the work of ministry. You see I attended Old Town Hill a long time before I finally surrendered into ministry. The evening I was called to be Senior Pastor and the vote came in and I was asked if I would take the position there was a second where I almost turned the position down. I am so inadequate to fill such a position. You see I know the history of this great church, how it started in a garage, how men and women sacrificed to buy a building and add to it. They then stepped out in faith and purchased this property to someday build a new sanctuary. They would later add on a bigger sanctuary and fellowship hall. I remember the testimony of many who thought, “we will never fill this place up.” Then later stepping out in faith again to build a children’s and youth area with a gymnasium. If you were at the last business meeting, you heard how close we are to having it paid for.

Now I am being asked to step into the shoes of great men of God who have pastored this wonderful church and feel like I’ll blow this. One day I was visiting one of our dear saints in the hospital, my friend who I dearly loved, Ron Terry. I looked him in the eyes and said, “I have no idea what I’m doing.” He looked back at me and said, “I believe you do, and you will do a great job.” You cannot imagine how that made me feel. You see Ron was one of those who had been in this church since the very beginning, he saw the good, the bad, and the ugly and he had faith in me.

Oh church, we follow in the steps of amazing saints that gave and sacrificed so that the ministry of this church would not flounder or be stopped. We have a wonderful task ahead of us and with the help of the Lord Almighty, we cannot stop. So be strong and courageous and let us be reminded that the Lord God is with us. So, let’s get er done.

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Know Yourself

Here is a question for you. Are you honest with yourself about who you are? There are some things about us that we are good at hiding, but we know that about us. I’m talking about those things about us that we believe but are not entirely accurate. For instance, there was a day when we were young and had the energy to get a lot accomplished. But if we are honest with ourselves, today we are simply happy to fall out of bed and get to the coffee maker so we can partake of that liquid energy. In my head, I can still do everything I used to do. I can, but it just takes longer.

Today I want to talk about that idea when it comes to the spiritual. Peter is a guy that gives a fitting example of what I’m talking about. In Matthew chapter 26 Jesus is preparing His disciples for what is about to happen. That He is going to be betrayed and put to death. Jesus warned them that they all would run away.

Peter, being Peter made a bold statement in verse 33 “But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” I can just picture in my mind Peter saying, “all the rest of these chumps may quit and run away, but not me.” Peter may have really, honestly believed what he was saying. The sad truth though is that he did not know himself. What we do know is that after a skirmish in the garden at the Lord’s arrest they all took off, including Peter. Later we see Peter not only run away but deny Jesus three times.

Here is what I wonder. Just a little bit earlier Jesus was in the garden praying. He had asked Peter, James, and John to go along and pray with Him. They went and promptly fell asleep. What if Peter and the boys would have heeded Jesus’ warning and got on their faces before the Father and prayed for the strength and courage to stand? What if they would have been honest with themselves and their God and cried out for the power to stand? Would it, could it have changed things? We will never know. I guess that it could not have hurt.

What about us? Can we get honest with ourselves and turn over to the Lord those areas in our lives that are weaknesses? Are we willing to ask the painful request of the Holy Spirit to point out those things in our lives that need strengthening? That my family is true strength and courage; the courage to get honest with ourselves and our God. 

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