This is the church we faithfully attend every Sunday and where we have our membership. Melvine is the leader of the Tuesday mornings Ladies Bible study and prayer meeting. She sings in the choir and sings solos when asked. Our son, Greg, is one of three pianists, and he has been serving as the director of World Missions.
We are scheduled to have an interim pastor starting on Sunday, September 4, for a period of six months. He is the Rev. Mr. Matt Adams. As of this date I do not have a copy of his Curriculum Vitae. I do know that he is an educator and has advanced degrees. He has served as a youth pastor and an associate pastor, taught school, coached, been a principal, and currently is the Assistant Superintendent of the Franklin County Board of Education. He comes from a strong Christian family who are members of the Mountain Gap Pentecostal Holiness Church, Rock, Georgia. I do remember him as a youth, and I know and love his parents, Ronald and Sue Adams.
We look forward with eager anticipation to Matt Adams coming. He is married and has a son and two daughters.
I have been asked to preach at Christian Life Worship Center, formerly Tarkenton Memorial Church, today, Sunday, August 28. I plan to preach about "The Prevenient Grace of God, the grace that precedes Saving Faith." That is a term that was coined by John Wesley. It is Scriptural, and it is my desire to explain something of how the Holy Spirit works in the mind and heart of unsaved persons to bring them to repentance and saving faith. The Spirit of God and the Word of God work together to bring about salvation in the heart and life of each individual who will respond to the call of God in true repentance and faith.
I sense in my spirit that God is going to do some powerful things in our church this Sunday as we worship and hear the Word of God. I am interested in the salvation of souls. The Holy Spirit is the One who draws people to God and enables them to repent, confess their sins, and put that faith or trust in Jesus for salvation.
It was my privilege to be the pastor of Tarkenton Memorial Church for nine years, 1986 to 1995. My successor persuaded the congregation to rename the church Christian Life Worship Center. At one time it was called the First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Athens. My predecessor was the Rev. Dr. Paul Hopkins. He was a prince of pastors, and a powerful anointed preacher. He is the one who was able to get the name changed to Tarkenton Memorial Church. The church was in her heyday when he and I were pastors. For that fact, we give God all the praise, honor and glory. The Scriptures declare that God's work is "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts" (Zechariah 4:6, KJV).
May I take this opportunity to invite you to visit our church this Sunday to worship God with us, and to hear the message God has given me for this congregation and those who will visit.
Christian Life Worship Center is located at 125 Kathwood Drive, Athens, Georgia 30607. Here are the directions to our church: US 129 . . . One mile north of the Athens bypass, at the Prince Avenue/Jefferson Exit. Turn right on Kathwood Drive, and our church is on your immediate left.
The worship service begins at 11 a. m. There is plenty of room for you, your family, and friends. We look forward to seeing you at our church. You will be blessed, and we will be blessed by your presence.