August 18, 2019
A big “THANK YOU” to those who attended and assisted with the funeral of Johanna Russo. The service was a wonderful time of remembering Johanna and honoring the Lord Jesus Christ. Please remember to pray for those who were in attendance in need of salvation. If you would like to have a DVD recording of the service, please see Bro. Bob.
Memory Verse –
This morning – Romans 5:21
August emphasis: ETERNAL LIFE
Next week (August 25th) – 1 John 5:20
Linda E. (August 22nd)
We pray the Lord’s blessings as you celebrate your birthday this week!
Baptist History – Part 7
John Waller (1741-1802) was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, the very same place last week’s subject of Baptist history (Lewis Craig) was arrested for preaching the gospel without a license. In fact, Waller was a member of the jury when Craig made his defense in the courtroom! At the time, Waller was known as a wicked man whose coarse language earned him the name “swearing Jack Waller,” but Craig’s address before the court deeply convicted him. Several months of anguish and guilt followed before Waller yielded to the convicting power of the Holy Ghost and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. Waller’s zeal for the things of the Lord caused the brethren to say the same of him that was said of the Apostle Paul: “he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.” (Galatians 1:23)
Waller’s preaching ministry spanned 35 years and eventually led him to be imprisoned for preaching the gospel, enduring the same persecution as men like Lewis Craig and many others. It was said of Waller, “Wherever he went, he was attended by a divine power; turning many to righteousness.” Waller pastored the Lower Spotsylvania Baptist Church for 24 years while also helping start over 20 other churches. The testimony of John Waller is evidence of the power of the Holy Ghost to take a man once known as “the devil’s adjutant” and transform him into “the Lord’s servant.”
Bible Memory Assistance
A voice recorder can be a helpful tool in committing scripture to memory. If you have a “smart phone,” it likely has a voice recorder. Try recording yourself as you recite the passage(s) and then play it back several times while listening. Then, play it back again and recite the passage along with the recording.
Keep in mind that Bible memory should lead you to think about, or meditate on, the words you are memorizing as you say them. Consider their meaning, in context, in addition to other passages that have a similar subject matter or meaning. Remember that once God’s words are hidden in your heart, no one can take them away!
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11)