This week I have the privilege of being with the great people at Maranatha Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma. I am privileged to be able to share the pulpit in each service with Dr. Bob Gray, Sr. In Sunday school I taught a lesson on marriage and in the morning service Dr. Gray preached a great sermon on “Longsuffering.” It’s amazing how the LORD took both sermons and put them together to feed His people. The altars were filled as many were making decisions for Christ.
I feel like I’m in the presence of greatness this week. Bro. Charley O’Daniel has pastored this church for 33 years. Then, Dr. Bob Gray Sr. pastored the Longview Baptist Temple, my home church, for 29 years. There is something to say about longevity. Both of these men are able to talk about the blessings of God and what He did through their ministries because they stayed. They didn’t just stay, but they have strongly stood for the old paths and not wavered or looked for growth or new paths. You will never see the greatest blessings of God without longevity and faithfulness to the old paths.
The services will continue through the rest of the week. Come hear Dr. Bob Gray Sr. and myself on Monday and Tuesday night at 7pm if you are in the area.