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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

FAMILY, WORLD MISSIONS AND JOHN MACARTHUR

This past weekend Charity and I were in Lexington, Kentucky visiting our boys. All three boys live in Lexington. Eric and his wife Leslie, Chad and Kyle. They are all doing good, working and we had a great time. I mentioned to Chad, at lunch that because of his suggestion I write about our experience in ministry. I have now written over fifty articles.

Charity also was able to see her good friend Susan Lugar. Susan and her husband Dennis live in Southaven Mississippi, and they are working for NICSS (Network of International Christian/ Oasis International Schools. Dennis presented his ministry on Sunday at the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington Ky. The church had their 2006 World Impact Conference. The idea according to Pastor Dave Prince

"I hope that each of us is personally challenged and motivated to better impact the entire world with the gospel."

David then said "When we can be satisfied with Christian activity without seeing people come to Christ from every tribe, tongue and nation, our hearts have grown cold to the very faith we profess." He then quotes Horatius Bonar from his classic Words to Winners of Souls."
  • " If the heart is really set on such an end, it must gain that end or break in losing it. He that saved our souls has taught us to weep over the unsaved. Lord, let that mind be in us that was in Thee! Give us thy tears to weep; for, Lord, our hearts are hard toward our fellows. We can see thousands perish around us, and our sleep never be disturbed; no vision of their awful doom ever scaring us, no cry from their lost souls ever turning our peace into bitterness."

We were told in this service Sunday that there are 6,500 unreached people groups in the world that have less than 2 percent of the population that are evangelical Christians. That is a total of 3.4 billion people in these unreached groups.

What role our churches have in this world mission is one that should be addressed, I am sure.

John MacArthur on TV
What a joy I had last night to see and listen to my Christian Hero John MacArthur on DirecTV. This is the first time he has been on TV. He was his usual great self. He spoke on the Will of God.

Drafted by Charles E. Whisnant Monday October 03, 2006
Checked by Charity Whisnant