Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
To the saints of Bruner's Chapel Baptist Church,
When I stand on the stage to which God's grace brings me, leading the members of Bruner's Chapel in worship, I look over those congregated here and see people I look to as parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles, and yet most of my blood relatives live hours from there. I see people I have laughed and cried with. There are still others who I know only by their deeds, and yet I hold them closer than a brother. I see students I have taught and teachers who have mentored me. Yet, ahead of me, and with a heavy heart, I see a parting of ways. In these last two years, I have grown to be a wholly new person from the man I was when I arrived. It seems now that God, in His wisdom, is growing my wife and I in a direction that takes us away from Bruner's Chapel.
In one way, we are saddened at this parting, but in another, we are committed to serve Him wherever He leads us. We will miss those with whom we have served, but look forward to those He will place in our path to serve with in the future. This future, over which my wife and I have sought the Lord in prayer continuously over these last few months, and which has been confirmed by the Lord through His Word and through prayer, leads us to Rainsville First Baptist Church in Rainsville, Alabama, where I have been offered and have accepted the position of Associate Pastor in a full-time capacity, effective Sunday, June 6. This means my last Sunday at Bruner's Chapel will be May 30.
As I remember you in my prayers, particularly as many new things are on the horizon for you, I covet your prayers as well. I will be continuing my education at Southern Seminary, as well as taking up new challenges at Rainsville First.
May God's blessing continue to be evident in the work of Bruner's Chapel, may her worship and service be informed by the Word and empowered by the Spirit, and may the Gospel of Jesus Christ be at the center of all of her endeavors.
Monday, May 17, 2010
How Firm a Foundation
John Rippon was pastor of Carter's Lane Baptist Church in London for more than half a century. Rippon loved hymns, and his hymnal, A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, became a best-seller among Baptist churches in England and America.
You would think that a title touting "Best Authors" would be careful to acknowledge the author's names. However, this hymn "How Firm a Foundation" had only the initial K where the author's name should be. We think that the author was Robert Keene, the music director for Rippon's congregation but we can't be sure.
In most hymnals, quotation marks enclose all the words except verse 1. That is because most of the words are quoted from the Bible a line from here and another from there. The hymn relates a series of Godly assurances. "Fear not, I am with thee," it says and then promises, "When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, my grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply."
This has been an exceedingly popular hymn. At Robert E. Lee's request, it was sung at his funeral. It was also one of Theodore Roosevelt's favorites, and was sung at his funeral. But it shouldn't be reserved for funerals, because its assurance of God's help meets our needs through every chapter of our lives.
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Graduation Sunday May 23
Mountain Community Fellowship Mission Trip
Vacation Bible School
Malta Mission Trip
Monday, May 10, 2010
All I Have Is Christ
Words and Music by
I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still
Verse 2 But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God's love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life
Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You
Music and Words by Jordan Kauflin.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
"He leadeth me." After the Wednesday evening service, Pastor Gilmore went to Deacon Watson's home for refreshments and pleasant conversation. While there, the words, "He leadeth me," continued to come to his mind. He took out paper and pen and quickly jotted the words to the hymn that we know and love. He handed the paper to his wife, and quickly forgot about it.
Without consulting him, his wife submitted his verse to a publication called Watchman and Reflector. They published it without his knowledge.
Several years later, Gilmore was preaching at a church in Rochester, New York, so he pulled out a hymnal to see what they would be singing. The hymnal opened to the hymn, "He Leadeth Me" -- his own hymn. He said of the incident, "That was the first time I knew that my hymn had found a place among the songs of the church."
During his lifetime, Gilmore wrote several other hymns, but only this hymn, "He Leadeth Me," became well known and widely sung. We can be thankful that God led Pastor Gilmore to write it, and we can be thankful that God led his wife to submit it for publication.
–– Copyright 2006, Richard Niell Donovan