Blessed to be a Christian, Renee's husband, dad to Drew and daughter in law Ashley. Aiden and Eli's papaw. Dad to daughter Stacy and husband Kyle Herrmann, Koby and Jordy's Papaw. Blessed to pastor the First Southern Baptist Church of Camden, Ohio since 1993. Not a great pastor or preacher, but am honored to preach a great gospel about a great Savior. Jesus Saves! Do you know Him?
Romans 3:23;6:23;5:8;10:9-10;10:13. Check it out, He can change your life!
Do You Love to Tell the Story?
Dear FSBC, today Joe Kramer will attend the funeral of one of his
best friends, Junior Driver. In hearing Joe and others talk about Junior, it
was said that he was one of the greatest soul winners
have ever known. What a great testimony to leave family and friends! A
testimony that you cared enough about people to share Christ with
whomever you could.
Could it be that
one reason we may not see people come to Christ is because we have quit
sharing and inviting? Could it be that we are so Consumed with our lives
that we feel like there is little time
to show compassion and care for others?
Recently as a result of his death, I was given a KJV Schofield
Bible of Jim Castle. As a young husband at North Dayton Baptist Church,
Jim and I learned to share our faith and often went out on visitation
It was not always smooth and clear, but we saw some folks come to Christ and made us rely on the Holy Spirit like never before.
We had a friend, Ron Lee, who now pastors in the Enon area, invest time and patience with us to help us learn how to share the Gospel with anyone wherever we are.
I thank the Lord for his deposit in my life. God can save anyone and the Holy Spirit can convict and soften and heart of anyone.
Beginning each Sunday night, on January 14th at 5:30 P.M. I will be training anyone interested in how to share
Christ with a searching world. We will meet in the Sanctuary and go to 6:15 P.M. ending in time for the worship service.
you have been desiring to do that and have not felt equipped. We want
to help you and give you some tools to get the conversation started.
Pray about how God can use you. I love His church and my church family, Bro. Greg
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night,
you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then
you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Recognizing Everyone is A Candidate for HOPE
Psalm 94:1 The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. HCSB
This photo was recently sent to me and it preaches a message without words. A stray dog had gotten into the manger of the nativity and had fallen asleep at the feet of the Christ child.
I believe that this is what the Lord Jesus wants us to do.He wants us to come close to Him, and realize that He is our safety and our shield. He is a place of refuge. as the Psalmist repeatedly reminds us.
Psalm 27: 5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. NLT
Another interesting thing to note is that the dog is at the feet of Jesus. Isn't that where we need to be as a believer, learning to walk in obedience to Him?
How do we learn to walk in obedience? By studying His Word, being a person of prayer, and following the lead of the Holy spirit in our life.
Urgency has really hit home as we were saddened with a call from my dad , that Mom's brother Benn, in South Carolina was found dead in his home by his son Jack. Benn was seventy, and here is the irony. On March 9th, we had a surprise 80th birthday reunion for my mom in the cabins of the Smoky Mountains. Benn and Jack were the first to arrive. This picture is a compilation of the group that came. Benn is in this picture.
This passed Sunday we launched our "Who's Your One Campaign."
I preached a message from Luke 15 and the value that Jesus places on the one. I am grateful that as a fourteen year old boy, I met Christ and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. while I have always enjoyed sharing the Gospel, I will admit that it isn't the normal default position. It is a decision I must make daily and in the opportunities that God gives us.
Thirty days of praying for, spending time together, inviting, and sharing the Gospel with urgency.
I must admit, after twenty six years of pastoring and attending most of the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meetings, that over the past few years I have opted to stay at home, save the money, and watch online. With Renee working and not able to travel with me like before, it became less appealing. Maybe that is why it may be good to not attend every now and then and be reminded of why it is important to be there and be involved.
Pastors, we must admit, the friendships that are forged in ministry pick up right where you ended whenever you run into someone in the Convention Hall or Exhibit area. It is a real blessing to catch up with old buddies and couples who have meant so much to us.
It is always a blessing as well to see some of our pulpit heroes and to be able to observe and often speak with them. The convention is a reminder that the SBC is made up of churches of all sizes and demographics. Styles that vary from coast to coast, but preaching the Bible and the Gospel of Ch…