Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday Tidbits

Greetings, blogosphere!! It's been a little while since I have had opportunity to post. I had to prepare for the end of the church year, but I'm back now!! I have found that blogging has become one of my joys and I have missed it greatly.

So much to say, and I don't know where to begin, so let's start with Saturday. On Saturday, we celebrated the homegoing of Mother Earline Kilgore, our Mother's Board President. She was truly a saint. Her love, loyalty, and legacy will leave a lasting impression on BBC for years to come. I was afforded the privilege of delivering her eulogy. This was very special to me because one of her brothers and a nephew are both pastors who could have done a better job than I. I preached a message from Matthew 25:21, entitled, "The benefits of being a faithful servant". Here's the basic outline:

1. Affirmation (well done good and faithful servant)

2. Elevation (you've been faithful over a few things, now I will make you ruler over many things)

3. Celebration (enter into the joy of your lord)

God blessed the exposition and the family was appreciative of such a spirited homegoing.

When I arrived at BBC Sunday morning for prayer, I noticed that there was a heaviness in the congregation. The same was true during Sunday School and the beginning of morning worship. I did not understand it, until the Lord reminded me that the congregation was grieving over this great loss to our local assembly.

As I approached the preaching moment, I was depending on God to lift the hearts of the people through the preached word. He did not disappoint!! We continued in our series entitled "Real Worship". I preached a message from Job 1:20:22, entitled "Authentic Worship". Here's the basic outline:

1. Authentic worship is voluntary

2. Authentic worship is not vengeful

3. Authentic worship is victorious

God blessed the preaching moment and lifted the spirits of the people and encouraged them to continue to trust God no matter what happens!

As I said earlier, I was finishing my end of the year stuff, which includes my preaching schedule inside and out, vision packet, and next year's 1st and 2nd quarter bible study, among some other things. Today, we had our annual church meeting. I used to have a bad taste in my mouth about church meetings because of some things that I saw growing up, but the people of BBC have really changed my mind about church meetings! We always have wonderful meetings ! I thank God for BBC constantly. They were both receptive and responsive to the vision. I'm excited about the upcoming year of ministry at BBC!!

I want to take this time to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!! God Bless!!

8 comments:

Pastor Rev. Ray E. Owens said...

Wonderful job at the funeral and I certainly am impressed by your spirit of excellence that shows in everything you do.

Vietta P's two cents said...

Hello Son, I haven't read your blog yet, but I will come back later to do so.

Now to answer the question you asked about the chitterlings. I have a little news for you. Do you want the good news or bad news first? Well, here it is...

Good news: No sodium, carbohydrates or sugars.

Bad news: For a single cup serving there are 398 calories. 313 calories from fat. 474 mg. of cholesterol.

Not sure if you like chitterlings but I sure do. So, now you know.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Be blessed.

Mom

Clinton Smith said...

Glad you're back and I will be praying for you and your ministry goals for 2009. Man down! (I stole this good-bye saying from Frankie, Keisha Cole's mother).

HALLELUJAH said...

Pastor Whitherspoon,

It is a pleasure commenting on a man of GOD, there is a blessing in what we do.

My condolence with the absence of one of BBC Mothers, we are all just pilgrims passing through desiring to leave a legacy, sounds like she left her mark.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!


GOD Bless~~~

Anonymous said...

Pastor Witherspoon welcome back. Continue to faithfully lead God's people.

Praying for your ministry.

Be Encouraged.

Tony R.

Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

Spoon!!!! Boy eat them chitterlings...you know your brother will. I am ready to do it. Bless your life for a great post once again.

Lance

Rev.Aaron Holcombe said...

Good to hear from you. I also look forward to the blogging experience. It is so nice to read your post and be encouraged in the Lord. I also have not been able to post as often as I would like lately. God bless you Brother and have an excellent Thanksgiving!!

Ronald said...

Happy Thanksgiving Dr. Spoon. Great Sermon Synopsis and what you did to those loving people at the homegoing celebration was just WRONG! (Preach Pastor)

Your Blogging Brother,

Ron