I am 20 years old, a Baptist Preacher, a college student majoring in Education, and am proud to be following the call that the Lord has placed on my heart.
I just got some exciting news! My home church has voted to license me as a preacher. For those who don’t know what that means exactly, it means that they have decided to stand behind my ministry and recognize me as a biblically sound and capable preacher. While it does not take a license to preach, this simply serves to show other churches that would call me to be their pastor that this church trusts my knowledge and experience as a called man of God. This is a great honor for me and I am truly thankful for all of the support that has been given to me. God has truly blessed my life and I can only pray that through my ministry, others will be led to the Lord so that they too may be blessed.
Had a great time preaching this morning in Osteen. The congregation was very responsive and truly a blessing to have the opportunity to fellowship with. I look forward to preaching for them again tonight and feeling the blessings that God has prepared for me as I have the privilege to come before these people.
Well folks, I’m up in Orlando for the long weekend. Preaching in Osteen tomorrow to fill in for the preacher while he’s gone. Please keep me in your prayers that I may present God’s word effectively and accurately. Thanks and God bless!
Many times in my life, I’ve encountered situations or circumstances that have terrified me. Times that have completely and utterly stolen away all of my courage, all of my willpower, and all of my faith. For instance, recently I have been dealing with some personal issues that have had me very upset. I won’t go into great detail, but essentially, it terrifies me to think that the changes taking place may not be good or irreversible. However, we are told “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh” (Proverbs 3:25 KJV). Why is it that we should not be afraid? Why is it that we should have no fear? Because God is our protector. He is our Comforter. He holds in His hand all of those that have accepted Him as their savior. The power, love, and protection of The Lord is infallible. We are assured that once we are taken under His wing that harm will never come to us. Does that mean we will never feel pain? Of course not. We still live in these sin ridden bodies, in a sin infested world. However, God has given us the most precious, most valuable armor we could ever need. Upon our salvation, we are given the Armor of God that envelopes us in His mighty grace and protects us from all of the wiles that Satan and this world will throw at us. Though we wear the armor, we can still feel the blows. The impact of our sins and trials of this world will still be felt, but we won’t be harmed, because God keeps us safe. Like a shepherd watching over his flock, God keeps all that would present its dangers from us. With a Savior like that, what have we to fear? With a God that loves us so much, that He would ensure that harm will never befall His children, why should we be afraid? He will carry us through all of our trials, hold us through all of our troubles, and so long as we trust in Him, He will help us overcome our hardships. Have faith my friends. In this day and age, there is much in this world that is indeed frightening. But our Lord and savior is mightier than all, and it is His strength that we must lean upon. Be not afraid. I hope you all had a great Christmas, and I hope you all have a very happy New Year. God Bless.
God truly works in mysterious ways. Being a preacher, people often assume that I automatically have all the answers to their problems and that I should immediately know why God has place something in their lives. I always tell them the honest truth, that I am simply human just like the rest of them, and the only way we can understand why something has been placed before us is to evaluate our lives and read into the bible to see what the Lord has to say about it. There are times where I feel as though God is not exactly using me in a way that I feel is effective, or that He isn’t using me for the moment. But I’ve come to realize that no matter what, He is always using me for purposes that I can’t even begin to understand, for His wisdom is far greater than mine. For instance, I had a friend of mine who is very close to me come for counsel just recently. She asked me (and I’m paraphrasing) “Bro. Kenny, I’ve been struggling with a certain issue with my faith and I just can’t seem to get past it. No matter how hard I try, I can’t find God’s hand working in my life. I feel like He’s just left me all alone. So many bad things keep happening to me one right after another, and I don’t understand why. Why do I feel like God’s abandoned me?” I thought about how to answer her for a moment, and then (once again paraphrasing) I told her this. “Well, first off, everyone experiences this from time to time. We feel so run down and broken that we think we’ve been abandoned. Look at the life of Job. When he was first taken into his trials, he thought that God had forsaken him, but he never stopped trusting in Him. Often times we push God away when things are going good, when He’s truly blessing us and we take it for granted, so He lets a few bad things happen to us to humble us again. However, we misunderstand this and think that He has forsaken us, when truly, He is striving to make us see His wonders. It’s times like this when we need to step back, humble ourselves before Him, and look all around, because sometimes we are so busy looking at what is right in front of us that we miss the wonders that God is working all around us.” She walked away with a different point of view and a new attitude. God never forsakes His own, not even for a moment. We often get so caught up in our problems that we forget to thank God for the blessings and the even greater problems that He handles for us. The Lord loves us all unconditionally and will always be there to provide, protect, and guide us, so long as we are willing to recognize Him. So, slow down, take a look away from what’s immediately in front of you, and see the wonders that God is working all around you. It’s then that you will truly see His hand working in your life.