I have just returned from a challenging trip to Griffin, Georgia, for a conference there. Four of us were together on the outgoing trip, including Roy “Soup” Campbell, a long-time brother in Christ, close friend, fellow traveler and teacher-servant. Soup taught with me in the men’s conference at Mount Gilead Baptist Church, a conference sponsored by Pastor Ron Cook and Rushston Hope Ministry of Griffin. My other traveling companions were Alan McCall, a dear pastor-friend of long standing, and a newcomer whom I have just met, Caleb Hendricks. Soup, Alan, and Caleb shared the driving duties on the trip. Soup did not make the return trip back to Memphis with us because he finished his trip by continuing on to Orlando, Florida, EARLY on Sunday morning, for another engagement there.
In the conference, we taught one of my favorite themes, JESUS’ STRATEGY OF DISCIPLE-MAKING. Jesus modeled this strategy throughout His ministry, and mandated it to each of His followers when He finished His Ministry. This mandate is called the Great Commission (‘CO-mission”; i.e., it dominated HIM, and now He expects it to equally dominate US). A small teaching team of ladies, Cheri Holcomb, Bonnie Everly, and Beverly Malone, also taught (the ladies) in the conference. The attendance was good, and the attention was outstanding, and we are convinced that the Holy Spirit will initiate and enlarge a great movement of disciple-making through the conference. In a general Sunday School meeting on Sunday morning before the Worship Service, the testimonies were outstanding, the listening quality was unusually attentive, with great audience rapport, and the prevailing spirit was remarkable. It is a special privilege for me this morning to write with such immediate memories stored in the forefront of my mind and heart. I cherish for every believer the privilege of participating in such a life-shaking conference as this.
You will have just such an opportunity at our annual Disciple-makers’ Retreat at the Linden Valley Retreat, at Linden, Tennessee, on April 4-6. This conference is for both men and women. One of my dearest preacher friends, Wade Trimmer, will be the special guest teacher, but several other laymen will share the teaching duties. Cheri Holcomb will lead the ladies’ sessions, and Brian Chamberlain will lead the youth sessions. I want to encourage the attendants to bring their wives and youth with you to this special event. The cost for 2 nights, 6 meals prepared for us on site, and the securing the training rooms is as follows:
· $110 per person for Individual in the Cabin, or $270 per couple for Double occupancy in the Hotel / private room.
Please register on line at www.corbanresourceoutfitters.org (click on the picture of Camp Linden) and pay your full amount by March 21st. If you have questions, please call 931-796-3062. Lisa is handling registration. You can speak with her or you can call Bert Spann at the same number. We look forward to seeing you all at Linden and may God bless you richly until then.
This month’s message was chosen after I read an email that awaited me on my computer upon returning home last evening. A pastor wrote to request a message he had heard me preach quite some time ago, because his son is scheduled to teach this lesson on an overseas training trip that is coming up shortly. His request placed this message at the forefront of my mind, and I read it again this morning before sending it to them. The attached message from John 6 about “The Lad, The Lunch and the Lord”, was thus chosen for this mailing. I received a BIG BLESSING this morning as I read it, and realized it would make a good choice for this month’s message. So here it is; may God anoint it in your mind and heart as you read His Word “set-to-SERMON”. Be greatly blessed.
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