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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

Men and Women Due Honor For Their Sevice for Lord


THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR OF VISITING GOOD FRIENDS OF 
MANY YEARS
CHARITY AND I ENJOYED SEEING ALL THESE FOLKS (ACCEPT ONE FAMILY WHO WE WISHED WE HAD SEEN, MAYBE NEXT YEAR/ 

I DIDN'T GET SOME PICTURES OF SOME OF THE WONDERFUL 
FOLKS WE SAW THIS SUMMER AND FALL
BUT WE LOVE THEM ALL OF COURSE

AND THESE FOLKS ARE SPECIAL IN THAT THEY 
HAVE FAITHFULLY SERVE THE LORD IN MINISTRY



The Noble Path to Notoriety

·       The Bible not only allows a godly category for notoriety, but commands Christians to honor the noteworthy.  

·       We see this in places like 2 Cor. 8:18—”With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.” 
  
  Or Philippians 2:22, 29-30 with its commendation of Timothy and Epaphroditis—”But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.” 

·        Or, in the context of the local church, the command in 1 Tim. 5:17—”Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”

One important feature about each of these commendations is the individual’s work and accomplishment



·  These persons are well-known and honored because of their work and accomplishment in the Lord.  In other words, they have earned (if you will) the respect of the church because they are “proven,” risked their life in service, or “rule well”—especially in the ministry of the word. 

As a pastor teacher, I have great respect for these men and women who have served the Lord with honor for a number of years.

·   We may safely conclude that the Bible is not describing shallow, superficial “celebrity.”  These accolades are honest and redound to the glory of God himself, who was at work in these men to will and do His good pleasure.