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Meeting Report (March Meeting 2016)

Brethren,

This past weekend (March 4-6), the Cool Springs Primitive Baptist Church in Danville, GA hosted her annual March Meeting. We are pleased to report that God was once again merciful upon our band, and the weekend will find a lodging place next to so many others as a rich memory of God’s abundant goodness unto us. In the tumultuous world in which we live, the times seem to keep changing and mostly for the worse. However, weekends like this past one are evidences that not only does God exist in a very real and powerful way, but He is not through with His people on earth. Thank God that He is so good to us! Though Satan’s darts are flying all around us, there is still a place of quiet rest near to the heart of God.

Most of the church seemed to be in the midst of a busy season – my own house included. Many of the members talked about the busy-ness of life that made them look forward to the meeting all the more. Then, the week of the meeting, my life got even busier as I received the call that no minister wants on the week of a meeting. The church had invited and planned for Elder Mark Rowell from Fort Worth, TX to be with us. His first granddaughter had other plans though. She decided to arrive a few weeks earlier than expected causing Brother Mark to have to cancel his plans to come and be with us. Since this all happened a mere 2 days away from the meeting’s beginning, my prayer life increased even more! With the Lord’s help, we were supplied even on short notice. Elder Chris Crouse and Elder John Scott agreed to come and preach for us, though the church was still stuck with her pastor on Sunday – bless their hearts!

From the spirit of the meeting as felt through the attendants, all seemed content with the outpouring regardless of the change of arrangements. Elder Scott alluded to this in his sermon while quoting a grandmother in Israel, “The older I get, the less important the messenger is and the more important the message becomes to me.” Amen! Several of our deacons told me throughout, “It’s going to be fine. Everyone’s being fed.” Visitors came and expressed their feelings, “The Lord handled it, and He still takes care of His people.” Being that we had lived through a sudden shift change of arrangements it was interesting and providential that the messages of the meeting seemed to hinge on God’s dealings with His people in the here and now. Though we rejoice greatly to know that we will be with Him ultimately some sweet day, it is the daily benefits and timely deliverances that show us glimpses of His ultimate deliverance for us. Each daily mercy and timely grace is sufficient evidence that what He has promised that we do not yet see is real and unchangeable.

As the meeting came to its close, we felt again the weakness of the flesh and recharging of the spirit. Tears flowed during the day on Sunday, and some still did not want to leave the grounds on Sunday night even though the meeting had ended. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our kindred in Christ that came to visit and worship with us. As always, we are humbled by your labours of love and fellowship. We feel humbled most of all by the love and fellowship of our God who still stoops down to be us and wrap His arms around us. May His house continue among us with our lights burning and our feet shod.

Friday Night

Prayer: Elder Garry Hall
Preaching: Elder Chris Crouse – “God is a God of the Living” Brother Chris expounded from Matthew 22 in Christ’s reply to the Sadducees. Though the resurrection was a farce to them, Christ showed that in and through the resurrection, God is not praised by dead men but by the living and should be praised as such today by those that have been made alive by His power and mercy.
Prayer: Brother Joseph Fletcher

Saturday Morning

Prayer: Elder Dan Bryant
Preaching: Elder Chris Crouse – “God of Our Righteousness” Brother Chris started in Psalm 4 as David petitioned God acknowledging Him as the source of goodness in himself. From there, Brother Chris continued to show that anything worthwhile we have was given to us by God, and our duty is to show and reflect that back to Him in praise and service.
Prayer: Elder Franklin Bryant

Saturday Night

Prayer: Lic. Win Kuck
Preaching: Elder John Scott – “Christ and His Church” Brother John expounded from Ephesians 5 and showed that the marriage between man and woman is a reflection of Christ and His church. While extolling the Master and His bride, Brother John showed how much the Heavenly Husband thinks of His beloved and how special she should be to us as well. Though little esteemed in the eyes of the world, she is prized to Him.
Prayer: Elder Stephen Dyar

Elder Chris Crouse
Elder Chris Crouse (Pastor of Little Union PBC, Lithia FL)
Elder John Scott
Elder John Scott (Pastor of Bethlehem PBC, Statesboro GA)

Sunday Morning

Introduction and Prayer: Lic. Richard James –“Perspective”
Preaching: Elder Philip Conley – “The First and the Last” Brother Philip talked from Revelation 1:8-20 about the Person of Christ and His interaction with His churches. Though things around us change, Christ does not and is the Alpha and Omega. Due to His unchanging nature, His care and affection for His churches remains and endures as well. Though Satan assails, the church will endure, and one day we will all live in harmony together triumphantly with Him.
Prayer: Brother Jacob Davidson

Sunday Night

Prayer: Brother Larry Davidson
Preaching: Elder Philip Conley – “Sanctifying God and Being Ready to Answer” Brother Philip took I Peter 3:14-17 and dwelt mostly on Verse 15 about putting the Lord first and foremost in our hearts. With this mindset and affection, we are prepared to answer others about what we believe, feel, and hope for the future. We fully hope (expect) to live with Him one day with nothing between now and then changing that. We should be ready to answer where our bright hope comes from and why we hold to it. Even if we suffer for it, it is worth holding on to and cherishing.
Prayer: Elder Michael Hataway

The sermons will eventually be uploaded to our website (coolspringspbc.org) for those that would like to listen to them.

In Hope,
Bro Philip

Handshake on Saturday Morning

Meeting Report (Ebenezer Fellowship Meeting 2015)

Brethren,

This past weekend (September 24-26), my home church of Cool Springs PBC in Danville, GA was privileged to host the Ebenezer Fellowship Meeting.  The Lord abundantly blessed with a series of services that carried us to the top of the mountains.  Even though we had some cancellations from ministers due to illness, funeral, and surgeries, the Lord provided.  Ministers from 7 states – not counting Georgia – were present with us, and the Lord supplied the message suitable for this occasion.  The theme that seemed to intertwine the weekend dealt with the Personage of Jesus Christ.  As the eternal Son of God but also made the Son of Man of the house of David and the seed of Abraham, our Saviour is perfect, our kin, and ultimately our God.  The Lord’s mercy was evident in this regard.  Even when men arrived in the middle of the meeting, their message was in line and right through the same ground that was currently being plowed.

While the meeting did not have any shouting, it was that kind of spirit and feeling to the meeting.  Many tears were shed, and heart-bursting adulation was seen and experienced.  During some of the messages, it was easy to forget the flesh, the world, and the problems of life.  The attendance was good, and the Ebenezer churches were made to feel humbled once again by the rich visitation that our friends and family from other parts gave us.  May we show ourselves friendly in the days to come as a token of the same love and affection that was poured out upon us.  As I said at the meeting’s end, “Thank you brethren for your efforts and thank the Lord for His mercy.  He will not forget this labour of love.  Through your efforts, we didn’t run out of food, and through His graces, we didn’t run out of preaching.”  The sermons will shortly be added to our website at coolspringspbc.org.

Rejoice with us brethren, for certainly our great God is good unto us!

Elder Philip Conley
Elder Philip Conley, 2015 Ebenezer Fellowship Moderator

Thursday Night

Prayer: Elder Stephen Dyar

Preaching: Elder Danny Parker – “Heaven’s Vision”.  Brother Danny expounded the scene from Revelation 5 showing the majesty of Christ and the adoration and glory that surrounds Him in heaven’s world.

Preaching: Elder Sam Bryant – “Growing in the Word”.  Brother Sam talked about growing from the sincere milk of the word, like a newborn babe would as seen in I Peter 2.

Prayer: Lic. Richard James

Elder Danny Parker
Elder Danny Parker (Danville, VA)
Elder Sam Bryant
Elder Sam Bryant (Birmingham, AL)

Friday Morning

Prayer: Elder Michael Hataway

Preaching: Elder Jeb Owen – “Sought out and Married/Not Forsaken”.  From Isaiah 62, Brother Jeb showed how we as God’s people are not forsaken but have been sought out and joined to the Lord in marriage.

Preaching: Elder Chris Crouse – “Who Shall Separate Us?”.  Brother Chris travelled the end of Romans 8 showing that nobody and nothing is capable of separating us from God and His love.

Preaching: Elder David Guttery – “The Kingship of Jesus Christ”.  Brother David described in beautiful detail the human side of Jesus that made Him the only qualified heir to sit upon David’s throne.

Prayer: Elder Rabon Lord

Elder Jeb Owen
Elder Jeb Owen (Lockhart, TX)
Elder Chris Crouse
Elder Chris Crouse (Plant City, FL)
Elder David Guttery
Elder David Guttery (Cullman, AL)

Friday Afternoon

Introduction and Prayer: Lic. Neil Honea – “Need for Church Worship and Sacrifice”

Preaching: Elder Tony Lester – “Our Rock”.  Brother tony described how that building anything requires a good foundation, and our foundation should be centered on Jesus Christ rather than the shifting sands of things here below.

Preaching: Elder Heath Williams – “An Everlasting Covenant and 3 Houses”.  From II Samuel 23, Brother Heath showed that we – like David – have an everlasting covenant and should strive to make the 3 houses (our bodies, our families, and the churches) better than they are now as a result of that.

Prayer: Elder John Forehand

Licentiate Neil Honea
Licentiate Neil Honea (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Elder Tony Lester
Elder Tony Lester (Starkville, MS)
Elder Heath Williams
Elder Heath Williams (Cullman, AL)

Friday Night

Prayer: Elder Ric Stewart

Preaching: Elder Mark Quarles – “The Christian Soldier”.  From Ephesians 6, Bro Mark described the armour of God and its use and function.

Preaching: Elder Ronald Lawrence – “It May be the Lord will Deliver”.  Beginning in I Samuel 14, Brother Ronald showed how that Jonathan and his armourbearer delivered Israel and that we can deliver today with His help, whether with many or few.

Prayer: Elder Frank King

Elder Mark Quarles
Elder Mark Quarles (Madison, MS)
Elder Ronald Lawrence
Elder Ronald Lawrence (Nashville, TN)

Saturday Morning

Prayer: Elder Garry Hall

Preaching: Elder John Scott – “The GodMan”.  Brother John talked about the personage of Jesus Christ, focused on His holy humanity.

Preaching: Elder Ronald Lawrence – “A King and a Man”.  From Isaiah 32, Brother Ronald described the king reigning in righteousness, coupled with the man as a hiding place, covert, river and shadow, which is all in type of Jesus Christ who was to come.

Preaching: Elder James Isaacs – “Effects of Belief and Baptism”.  Starting with the concept of belief, Brother James showed what belief tells us of our state with God, proceeds to lead us to do other things including baptism, which leads to state of being manifestly married to Christ.

Prayer: Elder Dan Bryant

Elder John Scott
Elder John Scott (Statesboro, GA)
Elder James Isaacs
Elder James Isaacs (Magazine, AR)
Handshake on Saturday Morning
Handshake on Saturday Morning

Saturday Afternoon

Prayer: Elder Jabin James

Preaching: Elder Ric Stewart – “Philemon, Paul, and Christ”.  Brother Ric travelled through Philemon pointing different times Paul showed forth Christ-like qualities.

Preaching: Elder Jeb Owen – “The Beauty and Glory of God’s Service”.  After such a wonderful weekend, Brother Jeb expounded on the majesty of the experience of serving Christ with heaven coming down on the wings of God’s Spirit.

Prayer: Lic. Win Kuck

Elder Ric Stewart
Elder Ric Stewart (Irwinville, GA)
Elder Ronald Lawrence, Elder Chris Crouse, Brother Alec Kuck, Elder Garry Hall, Brother Mike Sheppard, and Elder Philip Conley
Elder Ronald Lawrence, Elder Chris Crouse, Brother Alec Kuck, Elder Garry Hall, Brother Mike Sheppard, and Elder Philip Conley
Brothers Jacob Davidson, Donnie Howell, and Caleb Howell leading singing
Brothers Jacob Davidson, Donnie Howell, and Caleb Howell leading singing
Elder Jeb Owen lining “God Has Been My Refuge Daily”
Elder Jeb Owen lining “God Has Been My Refuge Daily”

In Hope,
Bro Philip