As always, Melvine is eager to go to Sunday school and church. Greg was home and took off from playing piano for the Presbyterians today to be at our revival. We made it to Sunday school. Jeanette Herndon Phillips is currently teaching our Sunday school class on Heaven. Today, we had 21 people present in our class. Jeanette is a born teacher and she teaches with a passion. She is teaching on heaven, and she asks a myriad of questions about it, what we will know or not know. Class time is not sufficient to talk about and discuss the subject, but we make the best use of the time allotted.
Sunday morning was the second service of our revival series. We had a fairly good attendance with a significant number of guests. Among the many guests present were Bane and Barbara James. They are close friends of Lavon and Arlette Revells and they sat next to them. Arlette plays the keyboard for our worship team led by our pastor, Terry Kesling.
Trés Ward, his wife, Rachael Tuttle Ward, and her mother, Jennifer Tuttle, are the Legacy Singers. They are some of the best of the best in Gospel trios. What a lovely sound they produce, and Trés can tickle those ivories on the piano. It is nice to hear a real piano. They sang songs like:
"I've come too far to look back"
"Jesus Never Fails"
And several other great songs with a message to reach the heart
Trés Ward lived up to and surpassed all I had heard about his great preaching. I am convinced he is one of the best young Pentecostal Holiness preachers in the 21st Century. God has placed him and Rachael at Emmanuel College for such a time as this to train and work with young singers in college. Not only can they sing, they know the lyrics, and feel the message, and minister life to the congregation. Trés and Rachael are great role models and they are leading and encouraging these young singers in one-on-one ministry, and they leave the platform and pray with people no matter what their needs may be.
Trés Ward's Scripture text for the message God gave him for us is recorded in the Book of Isaiah 6:1-8:
6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory."
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty."
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
I have a deadline to meet. Let me just give you Trés sermon outline:
God's Royal Position
Our Mortal Condition
Our moment of decision: "Here am I, Send me!"
A number of people rushed to the altar area to answer the call and the mission.
Melvine, Greg, and I were greatly blessed. I was ready to answer the call and help fulfill the mission.
It is a wonderful thing when people continue to stay after the benediction is pronounced. I like to talk with the people and get a feel for what God is doing in their lives. I believe God is at work, and revival begins in me.
May the revival fires continue to burn brightly.