by: Dr. Allen Domelle
God’s will is always a journey of faith. Just like Abraham followed God’s will by faith, so every believer will be challenged by God to accept the changes that His will often brings to their life. Just because we know what God’s will is for today doesn’t always mean that we know what God’s will is for tomorrow. God reveals His will to the believer as a need-to-know basis; this is why it takes faith to follow God’s will. 2 Samuel 22:33 says, “God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.” God is continually working on the life of the believer to make their “way perfect.”
The past few weeks, God revealed another part His will for my life. When my good friend, Pastor Charley O’Daniel fell sick to cancer, my wife and I went to visit him in the hospital. Early on a Saturday morning, we talked about his future. He made it clear to me that he knew that he was in the final days of his pilgrimage on this Earth. After talking about the future of the church he pastored for 38 years, He asked me if I would be willing to become the next pastor. My wife and I prayed about this change in our lives to see if this was God’s will, and when the church officially asked me to consider being their pastor, I believed by faith that it was God’s will.
Last night, the Maranatha Baptist Church of Western Oaks in Bethany, Oklahoma voted for me to become their pastor, and I have accepted their offer. After 28 years in evangelism, I believe the LORD would have me to pastor these good people and to reach the Oklahoma City metro with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My wife, daughter and I are very excited about this opportunity to love on these dear people, to help them grow in the LORD, and to reach this area for Christ.
What does this mean for several of my current positions? As for being the President of Texas Independent Baptist Seminary and Schools, I will keep the position until graduation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time training the next generation of Baptist leaders. The students are simply the best! I truly believe they have a great future ahead for them if they will continue to follow the LORD’s leading in their lives.
My family and I have enjoyed our time at the Longview Baptist Temple. We love Pastor Gray II and the people of this great church, and will certainly miss them. LBT has been very good to me, and I will be forever grateful for their part in the past few years of my ministry.
As for my travels as an evangelist, I will continue to travel, but on a limited basis. My first obligation will always be to the people of Maranatha Baptist Church, but I will also continue to preach meetings on Monday’s and Tuesday’s; however, I will be home for the people God has given me to pastor on church days.
I’m asking that you pray for us as we make the transition from Longview to Bethany, Oklahoma. Please pray that the LORD will use me to help love these people and grow them in the LORD. Pray that the LORD will give our church the power and wisdom to reach this great city for Christ.