Who Has Ever Died For You?

May 25, 2011

Pastor's Study

Who Has Died For You? 

It has well been said that only two people in the world have ever died for me. 

One would be the American Soldier who gave his or her life to defend and protect my physical freedom and the rights that I have as a citizen of this great nation.  This coming weekend, we will celebrate Memorial Day.  This day is set aside to remember the cost of American Freedom.  Every right, every freedom that we enjoy came at the cost of American lives.  In fact, it was originally called “Decoration Day” because it was a day set aside to decorate the graves of our fallen heroes.  So why do we celebrate Memorial Day? It is a holiday designed to honor those who paid the ultimate price to protect and ensure the freedoms that Americans enjoy.  It saddens my heart to see so many take this day for granted.  It is more than just the “kick-off” to summer!  It is a very special and solemn day for our nation.  Our Church will set aside the evening service so that we can join with our friends and families as we honor of the celebration of Memorial Day.

The only other Person that ever gave His life for me was my Savior and my Lord, Jesus Christ.  His sacrifice gave me much more than physical freedom.  He gave me the freedom from the penalty of my sin!  He gave me His life and His righteousness!! EVERY Sunday, we set aside time to Celebrate His Sacrifice and His Resurrection.  It is sad that so many take the Lord’s Day for granted.  This is the day that we set the joys and cares of our lives aside and remember – really remember – what Jesus has done for us.  I encourage all of us not to take the Lord’s Day lightly!  It is HIS DAY  – so take the time to Worship the Lord in His House on His Day!!  See you Sunday.

About Pastor

My Family: My wife and I have been married for 30 years (wow! that's hard to believe.) We have four wonderful children and EIGHT perfect grandchildren!! Education: I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Theology from Tennessee Temple University. After serving Bethel Baptist Church in Ontario, Canada as Youth Pastor and South Buncombe Baptist in Asheville, NC as Associate Pastor, we moved to Wake Forest, NC where I attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1995, I received my Master of Divinity degree (with languages.) From 1999-2001, I attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing my Doctor of Ministry degree in Expository Preaching. Ministry: I have had the privilege of pastoring three wonderful congregations (Montwood Baptist 1993-1997; Union Baptist 1997-2002; and, South Fork Baptist 2010-present.) In 2010, God brought a very special group of people into my life. South Fork has become much more than a ministry to my family - it has become our home. If you are looking for a Church to call home, you will not find a better group of people than the family that makes up South Fork.

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