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Bible Studies for Life lesson for May 31: Philip Loved To Tell Others About Jesus

May 20 2009 by Kenny Byrd, pastor, First Baptist Church, Sylva

Focal Passage: Acts 6:2-3, 5a; 8:4-8, 26-31, 34-35; 21:8-9

We often share that of which we are proud. It can be seen as a parent brings out the photos of children to show to someone. I carry a family picture in my billfold with Shelley and all three of our children smiling at the camera happily. I want to have it ready when I have the opportunity to speak to someone that I have not seen recently. I am often asked, “How’s the family?” and I can show them, not just tell them.  

As a part of the body of Christ we are called to have an unashamed pride in Christ that calls us to share Him with the world by showing and telling. One such person was Phillip in the scriptures as we see him chosen as one of the seven in Acts 6:1-7 when a misunderstanding arose concerning the serving of Greek widows at the table. They were being overlooked and the Apostles realized that assistance was needed.

The congregation looked amongst themselves and chose persons for these tasks within the body with three characteristics: good reputation, filled with the Holy Spirit, and filled with wisdom. The main point of their task would be service to the body and it would allow the Apostles to concentrate on teaching the Word.  

Following the choosing of the seven Stephen became the first Christian martyr and persecution of the church became severe.

The early believers became scattered and Phillip went to Samaria to preach the gospel. His going to Samaria was quite amazing within itself considering the historical tension between the Jews and Samaritans, but in Acts 1:8 Christ Himself included Samaria in His commission. Many responded to Phillip’s preaching, believed and were baptized.  

We then find Phillip in chapter 8 of Acts in contact with an Ethiopian eunuch in the service of the Queen Mother of ancient Ethiopia. The eunuch is an official from a country that would be located in the present area of Sudan and was most likely traveling in a simple ox drawn cart. Phillip is led to the eunuch by the Holy Spirit and heard him reading from Isaiah about the “Suffering Servant” and Phillip takes the opportunity to discuss the passage with him and share the gospel message with him.

And finally in Acts 21:8-9 we see Paul stopping at Phillip’s house in Caesarea as he was returning to Jerusalem from his third missionary journey. Caesarea is where Phillip went following the event with the eunuch and he most likely founded the church there. This city was the seat of the governor of Judea and was 60 miles from Jerusalem as well.

In these verses we see a simple glimpse into the family of Phillip the evangelist, and his family. Not only was he ready to share Christ with others, but he had shared Christ with his family and now his daughters were given to the gift of prophecy, truth telling.

How proud of Christ are we today? May our life and words tell the truth of our pride!     

5/20/2009 6:44:00 AM by Kenny Byrd, pastor, First Baptist Church, Sylva | with 0 comments



Formations lesson for May 24: Esther Takes a Risk

May 11 2009 by Ed Beddingfield, pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville

Focal Passage: Esther 5:1-8; 7:1-8:2

Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all. 

— Friedrich Von Logau (tr. Henry W. Longfellow)

An insomniac king with a beautiful love interest; palace intrigues, comic twists and dramatic reversals; a slapstick mixup of Shakespearean proportions; an arch-villain who gets his just desserts — it doesn’t get any better than this.

Esther melts Xerxes’ heart when she enters, unbidden, into his court. He knows her concern must be serious and offers whatever she asks, even half the kingdom. Instead she invites him to bring Haman to dinner, twice. She has a lot of buttering up to do. As for Haman, he’s overjoyed at his apparent good fortune (5:1-9).

But out in the street Mordecai again refuses to do obeisance. Haman is livid. Power, wealth, status — nothing matters as long as this Jew defies him. Egged on by his wife and friends, he constructs a gallows for Mordecai (5:9-14).

That night the king, unable to sleep, rereads the legal notices in the paper (better than counting sheep?). “Did we ever reward Mordecai for disrupting that assassination plot?” The answer is no. When Haman comes to ask permission to carry out the hanging, Xerxes asks his question first: “How to honor a faithful subject?” Certain that it’s all about him, Haman suggests an over-the-top appreciation ceremony which the king orders him to carry out — for Mordecai (6:1-11). Irony, anyone?

Stung by the humiliation, Haman forgets all about the second banquet and must be collected by the king’s men. There Esther makes her startling pronouncement: Haman! He’s the villain who is threatening her and all her people (6:12-7:6).

The king storms out in a rage. Returning to find Haman literally flung across Esther begging for mercy, Xerxes mistakes it for an assault on his queen. A servant notices the new gallows outside.  How convenient! “Hang him on that” (7:7-10).

Esther gets Haman’s house and Mordecai gets his job, symbolized by the king’s ring, formerly on Haman’s finger. Next to the king, two Jews are now the most powerful people in the land (8:1-2; remember Joseph and Daniel?).

It can seem like forever. The innocent suffer while the wicked go free. But sometimes — not always, but sometimes — the chickens come home to roost. The evil a person intends toward others becomes his own undoing, and justice prevails.

More than eight years have passed since Vashti was deposed (1:3, 2:16, 3:7). Meanwhile God, unnamed, stands patiently waiting, having placed the advancement of His divine purposes into the hands of two ordinary people. Imagine that.

5/11/2009 6:05:00 AM by Ed Beddingfield, pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville | with 0 comments



Bible Studies for Life lesson for May 24: Barnabas: The Man Who Encouraged Others

May 11 2009 by Kenny Byrd, pastor, First Baptist Church, Sylva

Focal Passage: Acts 4:36-37; 9:26-28; 11:19-26; 13:14-15, 42-43

My daughter Kenley is doing something for the first time, playing little league softball. One of the church members is coaching the team, and he asked her if she would like to play. Her initial response was one of enthusiasm, and we were glad to see her excited about something. The move to Sylva was difficult for our two oldest children in 2006. They left friends, a sense of comfort, and in their minds moved a long way from family.  It has been especially hard on Kenley.

She has struggled with batting, and I have tried to be an encourager as I go to practices and tell her, “Good swing!” Unfortunately, that has been the main result because the bat hardly touched the ball until the last two games.

In her most recent game she got a hit three out of four at bats. And as I stood there at the fence clapping and shouting for her I could see her smile and her face gleaming as she ran to first base. She had wanted to quit, but we kept encouraging her not to give up.

In the Book of Acts we see a man named Barnabas whose name means “Son of Encouragement.”

He is an early benefactor of the church, selling land and giving the proceeds to the church in Acts 4 so that the money could be used to help those in need. He is later seen in Acts 9 reaching out to the Apostle Paul when the disciples were skeptical about receiving him because of his past. Barnabas vouched for Paul and shared how Paul had proclaimed Christ in Damascas so that they would know he had been converted.

Barnabas reached out to Hellenistic Jews from Cyprus and Cyrene preaching in Antioch at the request of the Jerusalem church and worked with them for a year. He sought the assistance of Paul, and they saw great things happen for the sake of the Lord.

They realized that the gospel was open for all. It should be noted that in this section of Acts 11 in verse 24 Barnabas is described as “good” and he is the only person Luke describes as such.

And finally in Acts 13 as we see Paul and Barnabas outside of a synagogue in Antioch their final words to a group of believers are to continue in the grace of God.

They are left with words of encouragement so that these believers will go with the understanding to grow in their faith.

Barnabas is given his name for a reason, and that reason is evident. 

I would not trade anything for that smile that I saw on Kenley’s face as she ran the bases at the ballgame, as she heard me yelling her name and telling her, “Way to go!” I could almost feel tears in my eyes after the first hit because her success was not just encouraging for her. 

It gave me a sense of hope as well. We all need that sense from time to time. We all need encouragement. Find someone who needs encouragement and share it today, be a Barnabas. 

 

5/11/2009 6:02:00 AM by Kenny Byrd, pastor, First Baptist Church, Sylva | with 0 comments



Formations lesson for May 17: Mordecai Intercedes

May 4 2009 by Ed Beddingfield, pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville

Focal Passage: Esther 4

“Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” —
Mordecai to Esther (4:14).

A study I once read indicated that a significant number of preachers are the firstborn sons of willful mothers, thus high-achieving, more compliant than rebellious, and having a strong need for approval. I fit the profile (mostly). But does that mean the calling I felt as a college senior that led me into the ministry was not also the voice of God?

Events in the book of Esther are building. Queen Vashti is deposed; Esther is chosen.
The egotistical Haman is prime minister. Mordecai, Esther’s cousin and adoptive father, angers Haman by refusing to bow to him.

Haman retaliates by bribing the king to order all Jews exterminated. God’s people are in mourning.

But there is one person the king values above Haman: Esther. With nowhere else to go, Mordecai gets a message to her inside the palace, where she remains blissfully ignorant of Haman’s scheme. “You’ve got to help!” Mordecai says. “Besides, your life is in danger too, once the king learns who you are” (4:8, 13).

And then the most famous line from the book, the closest it comes to acknowledging the hand of God: “If you don’t do something, deliverance will come from somewhere else. But who knows? Maybe this is why you’re there in the first place.”

God rarely appears to us in a burning bush or a blinding light on the road. If we’re going to find God where He is, we have to take Him as He comes, whether in a pagan king’s choice of a queen or a budding minister’s family of origin.

“If I perish, I perish.” — Esther to Mordecai (4:16).

Esther agrees to intercede, but there’s a problem. To protect the king, the Persian Secret Service forbids approaching him unsolicited.

The penalty is death. And the king hasn’t asked for Esther in a month (4:11).

Why does Esther agree to risk it? Despite Mordecai’s warning, nobody, not even Haman, suspects she is a Jew until she reveals it herself (7:4). She might have gotten away free.

Instead this seems like an act of courage, of determination, of taking her fate (and her people’s) into her own hands, of serving a higher cause and answering to a higher power, regardless of the cost. “If I perish, I perish” is not really that far removed from “Nevertheless not my will, but Thine, be done.” God’s activity often requires the cooperation of God’s servant, even to the point of sacrifice.

The Bible has only two books named after women. Esther is one of them. Surprised?    

5/4/2009 7:22:00 AM by Ed Beddingfield, pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville | with 0 comments



Bible Studies for Life lesson for May 17: Abigail — Living with a Difficult Husband

May 4 2009 by Kenny Byrd, pastor, First Baptist Church, Sylva

Focal Passage: 1 Samuel 25:2-3, 18-19, 23-31, 36-38, 39b

Throughout history you can look to any person of great success and marvel at their accomplishments. It is always the most noted of persons, the one in the limelight that gets the credit, the fame, the fortune, and their name in the history books. Many events of the past have been attributed to great persons, but surely there were others in the background that had some role to play in the outcome.

On the grand stage of world affairs there are always persons that are working behind closed doors, or behind persons that are not seen, or even known. We have even heard the quote, “Behind every good man is a good woman.” In some cases it might be that behind even a bad man there is a good woman. In the scripture passage from 1 Samuel 25 Abigail is just such a dear wife. She is married to a husband that is very wealthy, but his character is called into question. Her husband’s name is Nabal, which literally means “fool,” and his actions seem to confirm the meaning.  

David is in hiding in the wilderness from Saul, and it is felt that he had watched over Nabal’s men and kept them safe, and also Nabal’s vast holdings. David became aware that it was sheering time, which meant that Nabal would also be slaughtering some animals and there would be feasting. David chose 10 of his men to go and ask Nabal that he might share some meat with him and his men and he told them to speak kindly to Nabal.

Unfortunately, when David’s men approached Nabal he was unaware of whom David was and asked, “Shall I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give to men whose origin I do not know?” (v.11). With this response David’s men returned and David was angered and called his men to arms. Nabal was unaware of the protection that David had provided for him from marauders and thieves who would have stolen from his herds or done harm to his herders.  

One of Nabal’s men spoke with Abigail about how well David and his men treated them and that David had sent messengers to ask for assistance and how rudely Nabal had responded. It was at this moment that she realized that it was up to her to act in the best interest of her husband and her home. She gathered a great deal of food and supplies and went out to meet David, paying homage to him. David had pity on her and spared Nabal.  

She returned to find her husband drunk from feasting and said nothing to him until the next morning. At the news he was so shocked that he suffered a stroke and died ten days later. David offered to take Abigail as his wife.  

We see in Abigail an example of faithfulness. She realized that it fell to her to right that which was made wrong by her husband. Sometimes in life it falls upon each of us to help and protect those that we love, and in some way we have to help them find a way to accept responsibility for their actions.

5/4/2009 7:20:00 AM by Kenny Byrd, pastor, First Baptist Church, Sylva | with 0 comments



Formations lesson for May 10: Mordecai Angers Haman

April 27 2009 by Ed Beddingfield, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville

Focal Passage: Esther 3:1-15

It happened so fast you could barely see it.

The English sailors in James Clavell’s novel Shogun are shipwrecked near a Japanese fishing village. The district samurai chief comes to investigate. Both sailors and villagers line up for inspection. The villagers bow before their samurai master, all except for one old man, who stands proudly erect. In the blink of an eye the samurai’s sword flashes and the man’s head rolls — the punishment for not showing proper respect.

The old man was a Christian, a recent convert. He refused to bow down to anyone other than his true Lord, and he paid the price. As for the samurai, small-mindedness, a big ego and unbridled power are a dangerous combination. It might have been easier for everyone if Mordecai alone had been required to pay the price for his personal insubordination, but sometimes the consequences of our actions, like the causes, extend far beyond ourselves.

Esther has been queen for four years (2:16, 3:7). Mordecai is now a guard at the king’s gate (2:19). He’s in the right place at the right time, foiling an assassination plot against the king, who is so impressed he has the event written down (2:21-23). Another lucky coincidence?

Meanwhile a fawning narcissist named Haman has become the king’s right-hand man, and the king orders everyone to bow when Haman walks by. Mordecai refuses. Why?

It’s nice to think that Mordecai is simply following the example of earlier exiles (Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego) who, out of devotion, risked their lives by refusing to kneel. It’s an admirable quality.

Except that, in our narrative, Mordecai does not appear to be especially pious (remember the unmentioned name of God?). What else could it be? Pride, maybe, but bowing to Haman is not a problem for anyone else. You do what you have to do.

Haman is an Agagite (3:1). Jewish historian Josephus pegs him as a descendant of Agag, king of the Amalekites (1 Sam. 15), for centuries Israel’s bitter enemies. If so, Mordecai is simply following the warning in Deut. 25:17-19: when it comes to the Amalekites, “never forget!” Old hatreds die hard.

Haman hears of the snub by the Jew Mordecai. It may appear “beneath him” (3:6) to retaliate for a personal insult, but apparently Haman knows his history, too. He jumps at the opportunity to settle an old score.

His proposal? Genocide: “to destroy, kill and annihilate all Jews” (3:13). On what grounds?  “They’re not like us” (3:8). Works every time.    

It’s no longer just a personal matter. And if God really is moving behind the scenes, He’s got a lot of moving to do — as always.

4/27/2009 7:54:00 AM by Ed Beddingfield, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville | with 0 comments



Bible Studies for Life lesson for May 10: Hannah: Ideals of Motherhood

April 27 2009 by Kenny Byrd, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Sylva

Focal Passage: 1 Samuel 1:1-2, 10-11, 17-18, 21-28; 2:1-2

In a previous article I alluded to the fact that I have once again regained the pleasure of a previous hobby, collecting baseball cards. I have to be honest with you; it is more of an escape than anything. I find myself in my study late at night opening packs and organizing. It has a calming effect, and helps to bring a bit of order to an often hectic schedule. Right now there is one set that is eluding me — 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter. It is hard to find at an affordable price.

It has become a challenge, and quite unattainable, especially if I wish to remain married. It is something that I would really like to have, even more so, it is something that I really want. Has there ever been something that you have truly wanted in life, something that seemed out of reach? In 1 Samuel we read about Hannah as she constantly prays to the Lord. She longs to have a baby and is constantly faced with the fact that her husband’s second wife Peninnah has children.

It is felt that the husband, Elkanah, most likely took the second wife in a similar fashion as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob because of the first wife’s inability to give birth, but that this also foreshadowed the birth of a child of great significance. Hannah was greatly loved by Elkanah and his lineage was from the tribe of Levi. She was dedicated to him, and constantly prayed with fervor that the Lord would hear her prayers to allow her to bear him a child. She made a pilgrimage to the tabernacle at Shiloh were at first the priest Eli thought that she was drunk when he saw her praying, but her fervor convinced him of her dedication and he gave her a blessing after which she returned home.

It was following this that she conceived and bore a son named Samuel. In her fervent prayers Hannah had made a vow that she would dedicate the child to service to the Lord. She and Elkanah took him to Eli, made a sacrifice to the Lord, and Hannah’s song is recorded (1 Samuel 2).  

Hannah shows that persistence in faith is a noble trait, and can find favor in the sight of God. Her inability to bear children was in no way seen to be from a spiritual flaw or sin filled life. She is given to us an example of a committed wife, and eventually a committed mother that is willing to make the ultimate gift through her faith. She dedicates not only her life, but that of her child to service for the Lord. Children are truly a gift from God, and Hannah returns to God the ultimate gift as a gift of faith and service.  

As we celebrate this Mother’s Day we can look back to the gifts that we ourselves have been given by faithful mothers throughout the ages. May God grant us Christian homes!

4/27/2009 7:53:00 AM by Kenny Byrd, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Sylva | with 0 comments



Formations lesson for May 3: The King Chooses Esther

April 22 2009 by Ed Beddingfield, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville

Focal Passage: Esther 2:1-18

How can there be a book in the Bible that never mentions the name of God?

In seminary, Esther was the book we started with in introductory Hebrew.  One of our first words was “hamelek” — “the king” — occurring 26 times in the first chapter. You can bet I memorized that word!

How about Yahweh (the Lord)? It doesn’t appear once. Elohim (God)? Nope. Maybe El Shaddai (God Almighty)? Not there, and neither is any other divine name, not anywhere in the book.  Esther is the only Bible book with that distinction. What’s going on?

Some commentators see Esther as a nationalistic folktale celebrating two bold and clever Jews who outfox their more powerful enemies — a popular storyline for any oppressed people. Esther and Mordecai are the heroes, and everything that happens can be explained by their ingenuity and bravery. There’s nothing left for God to do.

Others notice that Purim, the festival instituted in Chapter 9, is not found in the law of Moses.  That, plus the Babylonian-sounding names of the feast itself (from “pur,” the lot Haman cast in 3:7) and Esther and Mordecai (Ishtar and Marduk were Babylonian gods), suggests that the festival may have had Persian, not Israelite, origins. This is not one of God’s own stories.

And Purim is a boisterous feast. It lasts into the wee hours. Revelers drink until they can’t distinguish between “Cursed be Haman” and “Blessed be Mordecai,” which they shout whenever the men’s names are read aloud. This is not God’s kind of party.

For these and other reasons, Esther had a hard time getting into the Hebrew Bible. It was one of the last books selected. Still, Esther made it — and again, without even mentioning God! What’s going on?

The first chapter is almost comic. Persian King Xerxes “ruled over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia” (1:1), but he can’t make his own wife come to his celebration (1:12). Nervous men all over the empire fear that their wives will now treat them with similar contempt (1:17). So King Xerxes banishes Queen Vashti and decrees “that every man should be master in his own house” (1:22).

Chapter 2 introduces Mordecai, the resourceful Jew, and Esther, his cousin and adopted daughter, who is equally resourceful and courageous, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Esther enters the royal beauty pageant and lands Vashti’s old job. She wins the king’s heart, of course; but she also has his ear, which will come in handy when her people face a threat to their very existence.

Is all this merely a happy coincidence? Or can God still be present, even if His name is not?

4/22/2009 5:03:00 AM by Ed Beddingfield, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville | with 0 comments



Bible Studies for Life lesson for May 3: Barzillai: The Man Who Grew Old Gracefully

April 22 2009 by Kenny Byrd, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Sylva

Focal Passage: 2 Samuel 17:27-29; 19:31-39; 1 Kings 2:1, 7

I was raised in a small town in southeastern North Carolina, and there were certain expectations placed upon me by my mama. Those expectations are quickly going by the wayside in today’s society, and they are called “manners.” Simple things such as greeting those that are older than you with respect. These were staples in conversations, and if they were forgotten a quick tug on the ear would remind one how to speak. There are other simple terms of respect that seem to have been forgotten as well.  

However, the responsibility does not just fall on the younger generations; many seniors may not see it as their calling to maintain these levels of decorum. One friend told me, “I look forward to becoming an elderly Southern lady; I will grow tomatoes and wear funny hats.” It involves more than that, and in life we have responsibilities and expectations of what we will leave the future generations. Growing old with grace and leaving a legacy for posterity, most especially a legacy to point toward a commitment to God. In 2 Samuel and 1 Kings we see the interaction between King David and an elderly man named Barzillai who shows his faith through his actions.  

David is facing an insurrection led by his son Absalom and he is fleeing for his life. How disconcerting it must be to face a rebellion led by your own son, and find yourself fleeing from your capital city. One of the loyal subjects, an elderly gentleman, assists David. The subject’s wealth supported David for his stay in the city of Mahanaim east of the Jordan River. This created a bond because Barzillai was willing to do this and possibly faced retribution from Absalom’s army. In David’s final words (1 Kings 2:7), he tells Solomon to be faithful to Barzillai’s family.

David is so overtaken by the actions of Barzillai that he asks him to cross the Jordan River with him and return to Jerusalem after the revolt had been put down. David wished to repay him for his support and kindness during his exile. Barzillai realizes his age and infirmities will keep him from traveling and he desires to die at home, so he sends what is felt by most commentators to be his son.

In Barzillai we see an image of growing old with grace and an example of wisdom. He followed his heart and his faith. He knew that which was right and followed the direction that God laid before him. He also knew when to say no and stand firm upon his decisions, even when speaking to a king. For his commitment and faith, his family was rewarded with eating at the king’s table. What will be the benefits that our decisions will leave the generations we leave behind?        

4/22/2009 5:02:00 AM by Kenny Byrd, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Sylva | with 0 comments



Formations lesson for April 26: Rejoice in Hope

April 14 2009 by Ed Beddingfield, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville

Focal Passage: 1 Cor. 15:42-58

She lay propped up in bed. The family had gathered, filling the room and spilling out into the hall. Death was in the air.

She had attended our church years ago, a young mother with children in tow. Now the kids were grown with children of their own. She lived with a daughter and went to her church, at least whenever she was able.  

She had sent word for me to come and pray for her one last time. I asked, “Are you afraid?”
“Why should I be? God has never let me down before, and I don’t expect Him to start now.”

Frederick Buechner wrote a book he called Wishful Thinking. Hope might be called wishful living.

Hope is not some pitiful benign whining in the dark: “Well, maybe, if only, I guess so, I surely hope so …”

Hope is not some superstitious incantation: “OK, if I believe with all my heart, and shut my eyes real tight, and clap three times …”

Hope is looking directly into the face of the worst the world can throw at you, and still believing that God cares for you and will provide for you, and then living like it.

I once heard Samuel Proctor, pastor emeritus of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, preach a sermon entitled “Living in the Subjunctive Mood” — as if. That’s hope.

Hope looks up at a cloudless sky, prays for rain, and then goes to the shed and gets the hoe and heads to the vegetable garden — as if.

Hope hears the dreaded diagnosis, “cancer,” and the almost equally dreaded prescription, “radiation, followed by chemotherapy,” and on the way home from the doctor’s office stops at the travel agent’s to book a flight to Houston in October for the birth of the new granddaughter — as if.

Hope dares to believe that we are all created equal and are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, and to prove it marches over the crest of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., into the teeth of the police dogs — as if.

Hope stands in a pew on Easter Sunday morning, singing boldly, “Where, O Death, is now thy sting? Where thy victory, O Grave?” The next week that same hope stares misty-eyed at an open grave as the preacher declares, as boldly as possible, given the circumstances, “Look!  I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” — as if (vv. 55, 51).

Paul concludes this wonderful chapter (v. 58), “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” — as if. That’s hope.
    

4/14/2009 3:02:00 AM by Ed Beddingfield, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville | with 0 comments



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