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Reflections From a New Pastor

May 3, 2008
By The Rev. H.D. Jones, Faith Baptist Church, Beverly
I have three items that I would like to share with the readers of The Inter-Mountain.

First: My wife, Paulette, and I have been warmly welcomed into our new church family, Faith Baptist Chapel in Beverly. I am so blessed to serve as its pastor. The Randolph County Ministerial Association has also welcomed and invited me to participate in its ministry to our area, an area rich in history and gracious hospitality.

It is nice that The Inter-Mountain does provide the ministers of the Randolph County Ministerial Association the opportunity to write these columns.

Second: Our church is so wonderfully blessed to be a host site for the Angel Food Ministries Outreach. We, at Faith Baptist Chapel, bring the food in by trailer truck one Friday a month to be distributed on Saturday morning. For $30, a unit of food, valued at $60 to $70, is supplied. These units contain various and sundry grocery items including frozen meats and are available to the public. Order forms are available at various sites in Beverly and Elkins and at the church.

Third: As the Memorial Day weekend ushers in the summer season, we begin to think about picnics, vacations, pools, school is out and sunny, fun-filled days. Sometimes, with the “busyness” of our summer schedules, we forget that this is a great opportunity to get away for some much needed spiritual renewal.

For your own personal spiritual renewal, take a book or books and the Bible to a lake, cabin or a favorite vacation spot and catch up on your reading and your personal alone time with God. Your spirit needs to be refreshed — renewed — revived.

Summer is also a good time to travel, see and appreciate all of God’s beauty in his creation. In other words “Take time to smell the roses.” You see, God has ordained that we enjoy this wonderful life that he has given us. Note what he says in Ecclesiastes 3:11-13: 2:24. These verses, and others, encourage us to live life to the fullest with his blessings. By the way, he is our father and we are his children. Amen.

Time is needed by all of us to renew our hearts in the wonderful activities of reading, prayer and meditation. Take some time this summer to get away from the noise of our world and be alone with God. You do have an appointment somewhere, sometime when it is just you, your chosen reading and your heavenly father in sweet communion.

I guarantee on the authority of his word that this will bring a refreshing — like cool water to a dry soul. He is waiting. Will you be there?

(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author’s church affiliation.)


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