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Many of you pray for my wife and I and the Churches we Pastor, Thank you! Felt like sharing a little history about both Churches we Pastor. First, the Camden Southern Methodist Church. In 1977 three Godly gentlemen and their wives were “fed up” with all the “liberal” theology in their previous Churches. They got together and started a prayer meeting in a local restaurant in Camden S.C. called DeBruls. They and their wives met each week for prayer and some Scripture readings. Determined to be used by God for his Purposes they sought the Wisdom of God. Well God led them to an old beer joint\convenience store located on Haile street. The store had already been bought by a previous congregation who renovated the building. Their numbers dwindled and they decided to sell. The door opened for the Lord to answer the faithful prayers of a few of His Children. Determined as never before, they pulled their resources together and bought the property. The First Southern Methodist Church in Camden opened their doors for Ministry. The Camden Church struggled for some time keeping Pastor’s. All previous Pastor’s stayed on average of 1 to 2 years. The longest Pastor Ministered for 5 years. Camden Church is so Thankful to God for each of them and their wives. But the Camden Church needed more stability, so again, they sought the Lord. Then the Spirit of the Lord called me to be their Pastor in August of 1996. Truly the Spirit of the Lord honored their prayers and faithfulness! What a remarkable body of believers! Truly there is a Spirit of Revival! Camden Church knows they may have few numbers but God is a Big God! Tell anyone at the Camden Church they are too small to be of any service to the community and the Camden Church will Preach the Powerful name of Jesus Christ! The Camden Church has been through many trials and discouragements since they started praying in a restaurant many years ago but they are Solid as a Rock knowing why they are here in this Community! Many in the community would testify of the spiritual influence of this Body of believers if prompted! The Holy Spirit is Alive and Working on many hearts! For that, we are thankful! God is truly Glorifying Himself through this Body of believers! A Scripture that influenced the Camden Church the most through the years and could serve as a Church Foundational Statement; Revelation 3:7 ¶ “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”

My wife and I love the folks deeply and will remain faithful to the Lord Jesus until He Comes or moves us! Thank each and every one of you for your prayers and support as we continue to seek the Lost, care for the needy, encourage the brokenhearted and see lives Transformed by the Power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

 

Now the second Church we Pastor, Enon Methodist Church. The history and testimony of the Enon Church goes back to the 1930’s. The believers that started the Enon Church saw many revivals take place in the late 30’s and 40’s when it was located on the current property of Fort Jackson. It came to my knowledge that Ft. Jackson was the largest Army training base in the United States. Because the Army base was growing and the need for more property arose they requested the Enon Church relocate! The congregation agreed and Ft. Jackson paid for the Church building to be moved to its current location. As a token of the many souls changed for the Glory of God the Army donated an old Army barracks that is still being used as the fellowship hall and Sunday school rooms! What is more interesting is the history behind the Enon Church cemetery. Many members went to the Enon Church for services and many were laid to rest in the “Old Enon Church cemetery” which currently is still located on federal land. The Church was moved but the original cemetery is now part of a National Cemetery! As you can imagine the Enon Church has a rich history of military families. So many have come and gone through the years but Enon remains dedicated to the Message of Salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ! Many have ask me since I became Pastor in 1999, where did the name Enon come from and what is the meaning. Well the name Enon was originally spelled Aenon as in the Biblical account found in John chapter 3. 22 ¶ “After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.” The name Aenon literally is interpreted “place of springs.” When the members came to form this body of believers they applied this passage to their Church and proclaimed; “Come to Enon and be filled with the springs of spiritual waters”, referring to the Holy Spirit that is Present among its membership! This has not changed and currently the Holy Spirit is alive and Moving amongst Enon’s congregation! My wife and I Love being Pastor of Enon. No matter how long it takes, no matter how hard things get, there will always be “plenty of water” at Enon.

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We live in Perilous times, dangerous times and Perverse times!

 Image2Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:

For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

 

What a revelation those statements represent. Modern day Christianity in the United States of America is little short of Blasphemous and way past Lukewarm! You may say, “here he goes again on some Jesus freak rant about something that most care very little!” Very true, I might add! That is the problem. Most Christians in America today have long since forgotten what or who the Church is suppose to be and Represent! If Jesus Christ were here in the flesh, walking amongst us, He would get a “whip” and drive most Preachers from His pulpit and most “Christians” from the pews! Why? Because of the Lack of Holiness in their lives! So many professing Christians speak of their love for Jesus and then go about living ungodly, unholy, self-centered lives! They have not a holy desire to never sin again! Read through the passage of Scripture that was presented and see if what was said applies! Jesus Christ the Holy, Sinless, Only Begotten Son of the Living God has Redeemed us from our sins by His Blood to Live Holy and Righteous lives in the mist of an ungodly generation! To this end we Must strive Hard after Jesus through the Holy Spirit Power within! Which brings me to the question: do you have a holy desire NOT to sin?

 

The following is a passage of Scripture that speaks of the “holy desire not to sin” as I have proposed.

 

1John 3:4-9 “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”

 

Are you lawless? Do you rebel against the law of God?

Do you know that Jesus appeared to “take away our sins” and in Jesus there is no sin?

Do you understand that Jesus took away our sins so we can Abide in Him? Do you understand Whoever Abides in Jesus does not sin, does not continue to sin nor remain in sin?

Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him (Jesus)!” Wow! What a statement! It deserves our attention! Do we know Jesus? Do we continue in sins? Do we trample His Blood under our feet by continuing to sin?

 

In other words, Romans 6:1-2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

 

Well? Shall we continue to sin so Grace may abound? Well, God will forgive us, let us have a good time and live it up! Let us do as the world does! Let us think as the world does! God will forgive us! His Grace covers me so I can do as I please! WRONG!

 

Let us go back to the Passage in 1John. “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He (Jesus) is righteous.” Right there we have an answer. We are to have a desire to do Righteously and Not wickedly! So, do you have a desire never to sin again? The question is not works on our part as it is about the Work of the Holy Spirit within us as Children of God! Do you practice righteousness? If so you are declared Righteous through following Jesus example of living Righteous! We have been Born Again through Faith in the Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross and are declared Righteous to God the Father because of the Work of Jesus. Do we continue in sins? No, to do Righteously as Jesus is Righteous! I Know we all fall short of the Glory of God. I Know we will from time to time fall into sin and we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous! Jesus is our Atonement! He is the Propitiation for our sins and the sins of the world! I also know it ought to break our hearts every time we do fall into sin! I also know we make many excuses and should never justify our sinfulness!

 

Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” God’s seed is Jesus! The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and has been Given by Jesus to His followers! Because Christ Spirit dwells within we cannot sin!!! That is what the Bible says! What does that mean? The Holy Spirit Convinces us about sin! He Convicts us and empowers us to put away sins forever! That is why Jesus gave us His Spirit! Galatians 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” It was said not to long ago that we should not use “we are human” as an excuse to remain in sin but we should walk in the Spirit to do Righteously”! If indeed you have the Spirit of Christ you will have a Holy desire to never sin again!

 

If you read to this point there is one other thing I would say. If you were convicted, the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart, then you need to repent! Change your way of thinking! Change your way of living! Seek His forgiveness and Mercy! Don’t let anyone tell you that no one can repent. Many say repentance is a one time deal, Hogwash! If God commands men everywhere to repent, then He has enabled them to do just that! Listen to the following; 2Timothy 2:19 ¶ “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

 

When are we as believers in the Holy, Righteous, sinless Son of God going to quit making excuses for sinfulness and wickedness? 1Peter 1:13-16 ¶ “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

 

For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8

 

Hebrews 12:14 “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:”

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