The church is facing the daunting task of addressing so many issues and concerns today: Islam, same-sex issues, Ebola, Atheism, and so on. We also have family responsibilities. We are husbands and fathers. It can become difficult for pastors to remain focused enough to adequately deal with all of these concerns simultaneously. When we focus on one, three others jump up. And if we are to do our proper service, we can’t just ignore them and pretend they don’t exist. In the midst of all this, we must keep as our main priority the preaching of the gospel and the declaration of the Lord Jesus Christ so the lost might come to know the Lord and the church might be edified. Please remember to pray for your pastor that God will give him grace, wisdom, and strength to stand in face of adversity and declare what thus saith the Lord. Thanks to all who pray for me daily. Please continue to do so.
Love in Christ,
Pastor Vern Hall
The Free Gift Gospel Mission
1025 Maple Street
Just confirmed: Bro. Parker Street, associate pastor of New Victory Baptist Church in Jonesborough, will be preaching on Monday, November 10, and Tuesday, November 11 at The Free Gift Gospel Mission. I know Bro. Parker Street will be a blessing to many people who’ll attend. Let’s lift Bro. Parker up in prayer, along with Brothers Ryan Elliott and Steve Gregory.
It was an interesting weekend for this ol’ boy. I’ll be turning the big 4-0 in a few days, so some people from the church got together and decided to throw me a surprise birthday party. I was truly unaware that anything was up until I met up with Bro. Earl Hulse to go on “visitation” Saturday morning. He told me to just “park my truck at Blessed Hope (Baptist Church)” because it would be safe there. As I followed him over to Blessed Hope the whole thing seemed a little suspicious, and I remembered how Melissa had left early that morning. To make a long story short, Bro. Earl led me into the fellowship hall of Blessed Hope BC where a bunch of hooligans jumped out on me. At least one thing Bro. Earl told me was true: we were going to see a “rough bunch” of people. Ha! Ha!
The blessings continued yesterday at church as both services brought forth people who gave me gifts and well wishes and just all-around treated me much better than I deserve to be treated. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this weekend a memorable one.
Love in Christ,
I just spoke with Bro. Steve Gregory. He is now home from his recent trip to Alaska where he engaged in prison ministry and is excited about being at The Free Gift Gospel Mission on Thursday, November 13, and Friday, November 14. Bro. Steve is a blessing and I’m looking forward to being in services with him. Thanks to all who have been praying for this revival meeting. Please continue to pray as the Lord brings it to your remembrance.
Love in Christ,
We are pleased to announce revival will begin on November 10 and go through at least November 14. Special preaching and singing every night at 7p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. The church is located at 1025 Maple Street in Kingsport.