From the Pastor's Desk - October 2015

From the Pastor’s Desk – I want to thank the Lord for the wonderful service we had to celebrate our 100 years of ministry at LLBC. It was a blessing to fellowship with so many friends, to hear the testimonies of how God has worked in our church in the past and to be encouraged to continue our ministry as we go forward. A special thanks to Janice Bradshaw who was our overall coordinator, to Kathy Robison who coordinated the meal, and to all who helped to get ready for this special day.  
    As we look forward to our REVIVAL SERVICES (October 4-7) I want to encourage you to do three things to prepare yourself.  First, PLAN TO ATTEND EVERY SERVICE.  I want you to mark those days on your calendar and make every effort to be in the services.  Some of you may have to make sacrifices to be here each night, but I promise you the blessing that the Lord has in store for us will be worth it.
    Secondly, I want to encourage you to PREPARE YOUR HEART.  In the next few days before our revival, in your time with the Lord, begin asking the Lord what are those things in your life that keep you from surrendering your life totally to Jesus. Ask the Lord to help you to hear from Him through the songs that we sing and the messages that we preach.  And before each service spend time hearing God’s voice.
    Thirdly, PARTICIPATE IN EVERY SERVICE. What I mean is to meet with the Lord in every service, praising Him as we sing, listening to His voice through the message and responding to His leading during the invitation.
    I am praying that our revival services will result in changed lives, in people being saved and especially that the Lord be glorified in our response to Him.
    Our evangelist for our revival services is Ron Owens. Ron , along with his wife Patricia, have been in ministry together for almost 50 years.  Ron and Patricia have ministered through their Sermons In Song in many different churches and served as Music/Worship leaders for various Bible conferences in the USA and internationally. In 1971 Ron became the Director of International Christian Center in Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland. In 1977, along with evangelist Manley Beasley, Ron co-founded and co-directed the International Congresses on Revival and from 1987-1990 Ron served as sole director. In 1983-90 the Owens were affiliated in ministry with Dr. Stephen Olford. Later Ron served as Associate to Dr. Henry Blackaby in the Office of Prayer and Spiritual Awakening at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as Music and Worship consultants to the International Mission Board of the SBC.  They have minister in several countries in different parts of the world, but have had special focus in Russia. Since 2007 they have ministered in several capacities: Ron in preaching and teaching, and together through their music ministry.  Their overseas ministry focus continues to be on the lands of Russia where they help direct the training of worship leaders and musicians for the churches of Eastern Europe. Many of their songs, and their music dramas, Paid In Full and The Christmas Lamb are being used in churches and theaters of the former USSR. Ron is the author of 10 books.


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