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05
Aug

Teach Us to Number Our Days

The last month has been difficult. It’s been hard to watch a precious family go through the pain of losing their son. It has been hard to watch a group of young people grieving and mourning one who was so young and so full of life. We will never forget Dallas.

As we continue to minister to the family and friends I want to encourage you to keep several things in mind. One is that life is not guaranteed. We don’t know the day we will leave this world. We can’t afford to take for granted that we (or our loved ones) will “always” be here. Our day will come.

“You return mankind to the dust, saying, “Return, descendants of Adam.” For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night.” (Psalm 90:3–4, HCSB)

Yet when you think about it the entire Bible is preparing us for eternity. The entire message of Scripture is that there is a place called heaven and that this life and this world is temporary and it will soon pass away. That doesn’t mean that we don’t grieve our loved one. We do. With everything that is within us we miss them.  Yet we do not grieve as those who have no hope.

Instead we live and love and wait in confident expectation that one day we too will experience the wonder of life as it was truly meant to be. It’s a challenge. Because everything we have experienced and that we know is right here. We learn about heaven but we can’t see it. We don’t have pictures of it. We can’t go there for a visit.

Yet Scripture gives us the ability to see and to know. It’s called faith. Some will think believing in Jesus to be ridiculous. But to those who believe in Jesus Christ it means everything. He is our life. He is the One who helps us in every moment of loss and pain and hurt and anger and confusion. He is there. I can’t tell you how you will know He is there. You just have to trust and see. Ask Him to help you find your way.

“Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” (Psalm 90:12, HCSB)

There are limited days for each of us. Find the reason that you are here and live your life to its fullest. Love the people God brings into your life. Live your days with all the joy and wonder and passion that He would intend. Give everyone around you the gift of seeing a genuine follower of Jesus – not perfect but really trying hard.

“Lord—how long? Turn and have compassion on Your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with Your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days. Make us rejoice for as many days as You have humbled us, for as many years as we have seen adversity. Let Your work be seen by Your servants, and Your splendor by their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands— establish the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:13–17, HCSB)

In the end (umm, except there really isn’t an end) you will discover that your life was well lived in every moment you trusted Him, every time you served Him, every way that you glorified Him. And that is really what this life (and the next) is all about.

Grieving with you,

Bro. Tim Hobbs

06
Jul

The Power of the Gospel in These United States

There is a power in Christ. There is a saving power, a cleansing power, a changing power, a strengthening power, a sanctifying power, a healing power and a satisfying power. There is power that you and I have yet to experience. Praise God!

There is a power in the Gospel that a lost world cannot see or understand. There is a power in the Gospel that turns a nation from a black hole of immorality and violence and poverty and racism and despair to a blessed hope of peace and tranquility and safety and hope and love.

Our nation has been blessed by the Gospel throughout our 240 years of existence as a nation. We are still benefitting from it today. Our freedoms of speech, religion, the press, assembly and others are based on a biblical world view that values the individual freedom of all people – people of all faiths and of no faith. Everyone benefits.

Yet most today don’t understand that a nation of people who are preoccupied with violence, blood, and gore won’t be self-controlled. Just like the woman in Memphis who stabbed and killed her four children. Just like the man in Orlando who shot 49 people. They are not murderers because they have access to a weapon. They are murderers because what is in their heart and mind is coming out. It is horrible and heart-breaking and unutterably sad.

The nation we live in today is becoming one that can’t be trusted with simple freedoms. When fights break out at soccer matches or little league games or church business meetings and when political elections are interrupted by violence and mayhem then we are well on our way to anarchy and a police state.

The only way to have freedom is to have people who are controlled by God and by His laws – laws written on the hearts of people. Without this inner transformation we have no chance of maintaining the nation we have known.

Take away the biblical underpinning of morality that gives respect for life, the basis for marriage, and the meaning of law itself. What do you have left? You have a nation that sees nothing wrong with homosexuality, heterosexual immorality, abortion, or drugs. Meanwhile, the church is relegated to the back of the bus. It is viewed as an inferior and unnecessary institution that does more harm than good.

So where does this lead? It leads to a society where every man does what is right in his own eyes and ‘woe to anyone’ who defies political correctness! It leads to a society where people with profound psychological disorders are not being helped but being praised for their “courage.” It leads to a military that has moved from defending our nation to conducting a great social experiment. Sexual orientation trumps religious freedom. Morality and character are no longer required to be considered for political office. Good has become evil and evil has become good.

So what happens next? If we continue on our present path we will lose our individual freedoms and our beloved nation. You can’t give freedom to a people that won’t be restrained by the rule of law. There is no use passing more laws. If they won’t obey our present laws they certainly won’t obey more laws even if you pass enough legislation to choke an elephant… or a donkey.

So is there any hope at all? Yes – because of the power of the Gospel!

We can turn back to God. We can exalt Christ and His Word and the Gospel again. Don’t wait for Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton to do it. Don’t wait for the next Billy Graham. “Wait upon the Lord…”

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, AV)

For the Gospel,

Pastor Tim Hobbs

06
May

God Is Teaching Me Compassion

God Is Teaching Me Compassion

I can’t say that I have it down. I’m not very good at it. Oh, I have all the standard outward responses to a problem.

“That’s too bad.”

“I’ll pray for you.”

“Wow! That must have left a mark!”

But the problem is that what is needed is much more than just an outward response. What is needed is a heart response.

Compassion = a feeling of deep sympathy or sorrow for another who is going through troubles or trials. The word literally means “to suffer together.”

So we are called to have compassion, to be compassionate. This cannot be in word only. It has to come in word and in deed.

“And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” (Exodus 2:5–6, AV)

The Pharaoh’s daughter felt sorry for the child. But more than that, she did something about it. She acted on her feelings. She adopted this little baby. Moses was at the mercy of Pharaoh’s edict to kill all of the Hebrew baby boys. The daughter of Pharaoh took this opportunity to do what was right and what was needed.

Moses’ suffering was alleviated because of the selfless act of an Egyptian princess. Granted it was not a great sacrifice for her to do it. She hired Moses’ mother to nurse him. She had attendants and servants and all kinds of help. Still she did what she could for a helpless little one who could not do for himself.

And that is what we are called to do as well. It is not about what we cannot do. It is all about what we can do. I want to encourage you to suffer together with those who are in need.

God is teaching me compassion – not the feeling but what it means to act and alleviate suffering. It means that I have to deny myself. I have to give up something. I have to surrender something.

Job’s friends came to commiserate with him. They sat there for seven days in silence. But after Job spoke it became very clear they were not there to suffer together with him. They were there to analyze and criticize and critique his problem and tell him everything he had done wrong. That wasn’t what Job needed.

Our greatest example of compassion is Jesus. “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36, AV)

Jesus suffered together with those people. In fact, He went beyond that. He suffered for them. We are called to follow in His steps. Will you have compassion? Will you suffer with those who cannot help themselves?

It may be in ways that aren’t a great sacrifice; making a casserole for a foster family, going to the Walk for Life, sharing the Gospel with a lost friend, going on our mission trip this summer. It could be a great sacrifice that He calls you to. Whatever God puts before you and asks you to do, do it with all your heart. Do it as unto the least of these. Suffer together with that person and for that person. Jesus will be glorified and you will be blessed.

Your Pastor,

Bro. Tim Hobbs

 

02
Apr

Go and Tell

One guy came to the door with an irritated expression. We had just woke him up and he had a bad headache. One lady had just been diagnosed with pneumonia. Another lady thanked us for coming. Yet another lady’s dog tried to bite me.

Overall, people were really nice (even the guy with the headache) and yes, we encountered lots of dogs. Only one of them tried to bite though. We handed out Easter flyers and invited folks to the program. Honestly we found houses that I didn’t know were there. And these were close to Branch.

We need to get out more.

“Then the master told the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and lanes and make them come in, so that my house may be filled.” (Luke 14:23, HCSB)

We need to get out into the hedges and highways and compel them to come in. Sure there will always be those who make you a promise and don’t show. There will be those who won’t commit to anything. But there are also some folks out there who are open to the things of God and they are hungry for something different.

We need to get out there and find them.

That is what a shepherd does. He goes and finds his sheep. Jesus often used that picture when he talked about His love for people. He looked out at the multitudes of people and he had compassion on them because they were like “sheep without a shepherd.” People are lost. They need Christ. We have an opportunity every day to share Christ in some way.

John R. Rice said it this way, “Winning souls means that we can take the Bible and show people that they are sinners, show people that according to the Scriptures God loves them, that Christ has died on the cross to pay for their sins, and that now all who honestly turn in their hearts to Christ for mercy and forgiveness may have everlasting life. And we can encourage them to make that heart decision that they run from sin and trust Christ to save them. So winning souls means getting the Gospel to people in such power of the Holy Spirit that they will be led to turn to Christ and be born again, be made children of God by the renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

Jesus gave us this command, “… Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:15–16, AV)

The question is not whether we should go or which of us should go. The question is will we go? We have been commanded to carry the Gospel to all people. It starts with the people living in your own house, your family, your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers and classmates and it extends to every man and every woman and every young person who is lost in your world today.

Will you allow yourself to feel that horrible fate that awaits those who are lost? Will you allow yourself to think about their hopelessness? Will you let yourself be touched by the feeling of their weaknesses?

Will you join me this week in praying that God will saturate your world with His presence? Will you join me in praying that God will give us opportunities to share Christ? Will you pray and ask God for His power to be a witness for Him? Let’s fill the house up!

Praying for a harvest!

Your Pastor,

Bro. Tim Hobbs

02
Apr

Glory Revisited

I have been so blessed over the past week. The Glory of Easter has come and gone and we are still basking a little in its effect on us and our church. We had one precious person who prayed to receive Jesus (that we know of). All that work and labor, heavy lifting and sewing, cooking and watching kids, practicing lines and harmonies – is all worth it if even one person comes to Christ.

That’s kind of how I see the cross. God knew what the outcome would be when He sent His Son to die for our sins. He knew who would come. Yet somehow I feel as though He would have done it if you were the only one.

So what did we learn this year? Well, we start with Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was amazing (and Diane was pretty incredible also) and I think I gained some fresh insight to how she might have felt at various points along the way through the story of her son. She displayed great grace and courage in the limited views we have of her in Scripture.

The thief on the cross reminded me of some precious truths. One is that I am just like him. Well, I would rather be like him than the other thief. Really, we are all going to identify with one or the other. Either we turn to Christ and receive Him as our Savior and Lord (Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom) or we reject Him and choose our own sin and suffering (If you are truly the Messiah then save yourself and us!).

What about Jesus? Did we find anything new or different in the Son of God? For me, I can only say that Daniel’s portrayal of Jesus this year helped me to better sense how Jesus might have felt as He offered Himself to Israel and was rejected by their leaders. It is somewhat horrifying to think that their true king, their Messiah, came and stood before them… and they killed Him. They rejected Him and what He stood for. They crushed Him.

Yet I also see that Jesus is the Cornerstone, the Rock, the builders rejected. Yet He was the Chief Cornerstone. All who stumbled on Him would be broken but all upon whom He falls will be crushed. Jesus confronted the evil in those men. He didn’t avoid the battle. He welcomed it.

The story of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is so powerful. Each year we try to tell it from a different perspective. But it is the same story. It is the same story that you heard when God spoke to your heart and called you to be saved. It is the same story for all who come. God has no favorites. We all come the same way. The ground is level at the foot of the cross.

One older gentleman who came shared with me after the service, “You just can’t imagine what an impression this program has made on me.” Well, if we are truly hearing it with the eyes of a sinful, condemned man then it made quite an impression on us as well. The only ones who weren’t impressed were the Pharisees who thought they didn’t’ need anything from Jesus.

So I can imagine this older man’s impression. I still can feel the weight of my sin, my hopelessness, my loneliness, my confusion – when Jesus saved me. I still feel it and I still kneel before Him to say, “Thank you.”

Your Pastor,

Bro. Tim Hobbs

14
Mar

So at what point does the old, old story of Jesus become too old and worn to matter?

I have sung that old Gospel song I Love to Tell the Story for most of my life. It has been a part of the fabric of my understanding for about as long as I have had any (no wisecracks at this point, please). But let’s examine this question. How long should we keep on telling this old story? Is it time for something new? Something better?

In order to really think this question through we will have to look at the story then and the story now. Let’s start with the story then. The Bible clearly defines it for us. God sent His Son into this world – the Creator became a part of His creation. That is an amazing thought in itself. Jesus created this universe with a word of His power (John 1:3) and then He became the living, tangible expression of God’s identity and image and being as the Logos (logos), the eternal Word become flesh (John 1:14). So there is in this old story this element – the eternal. What is the expiration date on eternal? Hmm. There isn’t one?

Then let’s think about the time in which Jesus was born. God’s Word says “when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman…” (Galatians 4:4). When the time was right God sent Jesus. The original word here has the idea of time becoming full just as when we are pouring a glass of water until suddenly the glass is full and brimming and threatening to spill over.

That is the moment Jesus stepped into time and into this world. The very moment when He was most needed. The timing was perfect.

The element that made Jesus birth and life and His death on a cross for our sins so essential is the vast need of an entire race of people. The Old Testament records the unwelcome news that every person who crossed its pages was a sinner. David, Moses, Abraham, Rahab, Sarah, and Ruth – all were sinners in need of forgiveness. God also made it clear from the Garden of Eden onward that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.

This is the entire reason for the sacrifices of lambs and goats and bulls – the life of the innocent to cover the sin of the guilty. Over and over again they came to make atonement for their sin with the blood of a substitute. Yet while this temporarily covered their problem it did not settle the issue. It could not. The blood of bulls and goats can never take away sins (Hebrews 10:4).

So that was then. What about now? What has changed?

The human race hasn’t changed. We are all sinners and we all need someone to save us.

This is the reason that Jesus became a man – so that He could be our substitute. Because He was without sin He could die and pay the price for my sin and for yours. That sacrifice is timeless and it is forever. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…” (Hebrews 10:28a). He paid the price for all people throughout history as well as all who live today and He did it ONCE. It never has to be repeated and it never can be.

So is the old, old story still relevant today? YES! A thousand times, YES! And for all of eternity we will sing some variation of I Love to Tell the Story! It will never grow old and it will never be out of date because it is the greatest expression of love that has ever been or ever will be.

“So sing with me. I dare you to! Cause there’s an empty cross! There’s an empty tomb!”*

Forever grateful to Jesus,

Bro. Tim Hobbs

P.S. Join us in telling the story of Jesus this Easter! Everyone needs to hear it. Some have never heard…

*from Empty, The Glory of Easter 2016

08
Jan

Top Stories of 2015

The Year In Review

It always bugs me a little at this time of year when the news media begins to review all the top stories of the year. I think it bugs me because it’s hard to take in that another year has gone by. It isn’t all bad for us to look back and so I have come up with some of the top stories from FBC Branch during the past year. I may have skipped some or included some that you might not think were all that big. Let me know what you think.

Prayers Answered – We saw God work in great ways in a number of our folks – Mona Mahl, Jimmy Don Sigler, Leeann Swain, Cheryl Martin, Sheila Carson, Linda Brewer, Gene Carson, Mike Cunningham, Ron Stubblefield.  Some of these we are still praying about but God definitely heard our prayers and answered. Thank you, Lord!

We also saw some prayers that God answered in ways that we wouldn’t have chosen – James T. King, Shirley Burton, Janie Roberds, Ethan Beason, S.J. Hopkins and Reba Hammond were all ones from our family and extended family that went home to heaven this year. One of the greatest answers to prayer that I saw this year was when Lowell Parker, 82 years old, received Christ as his Savior and then was baptized.

Folks Saved – We saw God work in a lot of people’s lives this year – and all of these are a direct result of prayer. We saw people saved through our Easter Program, Summer Youth Camp (8 saved), VBS (6 saved), Day Camp (2 saved), Mission Trip (492 saved), Fall Revival, Fall Festival (5 saved) plus several who were saved in our Wednesday night youth services. I don’t have exact numbers for some of our events but the Lord knows. We had an awesome year in sharing our faith. Praise God! He alone receives the glory!

We also got to see a number of folks follow the Lord Jesus in baptism this year. We had 8 in one service, 3 in another, plus several more. Pray for God to keep moving!

Youth Pastor Transition – At the end of August, we saw a huge shift in our youth ministry. Dusty Wright and his family left our church to find a church home nearer to their home in Danville. They are still praying about where God would have them to serve. We love them and miss them very much but we are thankful for some 14 years that Dusty gave to our youth ministry. They did a great job.

It was amazing to see that when Dusty felt led to move on, God had already prepared James and Rebecca Cunningham to step up and take their place. The transition was about as seamless and painless as it could have been. I praise God for the positive way that we were able to love on Dusty and Amanda and their family as they left but also to welcome James and Rebecca. God is still blessing and we praise Him for our youth ministry.

Well, 2015 has been a pretty good year. It’s had its ups and downs. But I’m thankful for all God has done and has brought us through. What more could He have done? Now there is a tough question to answer. Only He knows. But surely if we had been more attentive to His Spirit, more obedient, more filled with faith – He could have worked in even greater ways. But God is so gracious. He is about to set us up with a brand new year filled with brand new possibilities. 2016 is going to be an adventure. Are you ready? I hope so. I am thankful for each of you and I love you all. You are such a blessing to me and to my family. I love my church family! Pray for God to do even greater things in this coming year.

With a grateful heart,

Pastor Tim Hobbs

18
Dec

The Day Star Dawns

The Day Star Dawns

“So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed. You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:19 (HCSB)

The prophecies pointed to the Messiah coming to Israel. But hundreds of years had gone by with not even a word from the Lord. That makes the moment even more dramatic. In a dark and dismal place a pinpoint of light appeared. An angel spoke to a young Israeli woman.

Her name was Mary and even though she was descended from the royal line of the kings of Israel, she was insignificant in the world’s eyes. God doesn’t look on the outward appearance but on the heart.

When the angel spoke, Mary wondered what sort of greeting this was.

“Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.”

She was deeply troubled by this and the angel immediately reassured her.

“Do not be afraid, Mary…”

God knew Mary. He knew her heart. He knew her faith. He knew her name. He knew everything about her. And so there is just this marvelous mystery as to why it was this girl? Why in this little town?

And the answer comes back to us. Why not here? Why not now? The time is fulfilled and all is right for God to send His Son to be born of a woman. The world is dark and the night is growing but this announcement is the beginning of the end of darkness.

And so it began. In a little backwoods town called Nazareth where a young woman lived in hope and anticipation of the day she would marry her betrothed, Joseph.

It was an unlikely place. It was an unlikely choice. It was an unlikely scenario for the Son of God to make His entrance. And it only got more unlikely from there.

But that is the way that our God loves to work. He chooses the weak things of the world to confound the mighty. He loves to work in unlikely places and with unlikely people. Does that mean that God could even use you and me?

When the angel spoke to Joseph it was to reassure him.

“Joseph, Son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

And so the light has come – deep within the womb of a young virgin girl from backwoods Nazareth. She has a carpenter who is pledged to her in marriage. Joseph was a righteous man. Humble. Strong. Poor. They were perfect.

Their job was to bring the Messiah, the Son of God, safely into the world and to raise Him as their own. In return He would die on a rugged cross for their sins and for ours. Mary was the opposite of Eve. Eve brought sin to all men but Mary brought salvation to all men.

The lamp is shining. The world continues in its darkness but for all those who are willing to turn from their darkness to the Light of Christ can be rescued from their plight. Christ is able to bring His light into our darkness. Our darkness? It is the darkness that causes us to turn to a bottle of pills or a bottle of whiskey or a one night stand or a desperate moment of anger and hatred that results in pain and suffering to those on the receiving end. It is a darkness that suffocates and strangles and consumes all who live in it. Hell is the home of ultimate darkness.

But in heaven we won’t need the sun or the moon or the stars. There, Christ will be the light of that place. There will be no darkness on the inside or on the outside.

That’s what Christmas is about. The real Light of Bethlehem was not the star in the sky. It was a baby in a manger. The darkness… is ending. It has to end because the Day Star has dawned. His light is shining and growing. He will vanquish every kind of darkness from us.

I pray that you have experienced His marvelous light. I pray that you know Him and that your entire soul is filled with His light. Merry CHRISTmas!

Your Pastor,

Bro. Tim Hobbs

26
Oct

Raised to Walk in Newness of Life!

Baptizing New Believers!

It has been a great summer and fall. This past Sunday evening we were blessed to be able to celebrate some of the victories God has given us. Three precious young people followed the Lord Jesus in baptism and joined the church. We are so thankful for Austin Franklin, Renee Loyd, and Allison Porter. They each one have come to Christ over the past few months and are just beginning their walk with Christ. Pray for them that they will be a great blessing to the Body of Christ here at FBC Branch and pray that we will be a great blessing to them!

Another blessing! Marilyn McCollum joined the church during our Sunday morning service. We thank God for bringing Marilyn to our family.

Below:  Allison being baptized by Pastor Tim Hobbs


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10
Sep

Praying for Revival

Preparing for Revival: A Church Conversation

Ima Sure :  Ben, is there a sure-fire way to have revival in our church?

Ben Believer:  Well, Ima, we can invite an evangelist to come and preach to us.

Ima Sure:  We’ve done that – Bro. Sam Moore. What else?

Ben Believer:  We can schedule certain dates where we will have special meetings focused on revival.

Ima Sure :  We’ve done that too – Oct. 4-7. Is that enough?

Ben Believer:  Well, we can advertise it and promote it. Maybe have special outreach and visitation programs.

Ima Sure :  Okay. Sounds good. Anything else?

Ben Believer:  We can do special promotions like Friend Day or Pack a Pew night or Youth night.

Ima Sure :  Great. Those should be a help. Is that it?

Ben Believer:  Well, there is one little thing that we haven’t talked about yet.

Ima Sure :  What is that?

Ben Believer:  Well, you see, it’s just one of those things that the Bible talks about if we really want to have revival.

Ima Sure :  Okay, what is it?

Ben Believer:  Well, you see it’s-

Ima Sure :  For crying out loud! Enough already! Spit it out!

Ben Believer:  Okay (takes a deep breath), it’s prayer.

Ima Sure :  Prayer? Did you say prayer?

Ben Believer:  Well, yes, I mean that is what the Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Ima Sure :  Oh, sure, I mean I know what the Bible says. Don’t think I don’t know what the Bible says. I’m sure of that. It’s just that prayer seems, well, it just seems a little dated. Out of fashion. Irrelevant. Borrrrring.

Ben Believer:  Ima, Maybe it isn’t so much irrelevant as untried.

Ima Sure :  Hmm. Okay, Ben, I’ll have to think about this. Maybe if we hired clowns…

 

There are a lot of ideas about how we can have revival. But God has given us all we need to know:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, AV)

Sure we can be all clever and come up with a lot of ideas to help God out but ultimately all we need is God’s power and it only comes through prayer. Will you join me in praying for revival? Now, don’t get me wrong. We will promote the meetings and invite people. We’ll have some special services and focus on kids or youth or grandmas. That’s all good and well. But none of it means a thing without prayer. So how can we pray? Here are some ideas.

  • Cottage prayer Meetings – We will have one each week and more as we grow closer. If you would like to host one in your home, please let me know.
  • Prayer Partners – I am going to ask you to find a prayer partner and begin to meet together to pray regularly for revival.
  • Prayer List – if you don’t already have a prayer list of those you are concerned about, start now!
  • Wednesday Prayer Meetings – Please join us every Wednesday for prayer and Scripture.
  • Day of Prayer and Fasting – We will announce a suggested date and we encourage you to join with others in desperation praying for our nation, our families, and our church.
  • Prayer Chain – On Saturday, Oct. 3rd, beginning at 11 am we will ask people to sign up for 30 minutes of prayer. We will pray around the clock until Sunday morning at 11 am.
  • Prayer before each revival service – join us each evening 30 minutes before the service time for prayer.

All we can do is give our all for Christ and His work! Will you join me?

Your Pastor,

Bro. Tim Hobbs

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

(Jeremiah 33:3, AV)