August 13, 2016
When I was kid, we usually called him “preacher.” “Preacher Waterhouse” led me to Christ and baptized me. “Preacher Folsom” let me preach my first sermon as a teenager– and God used it to call me to preach. “Preacher McCullough” let me serve on his staff while I was in college…. sometimes I called him “Bro. Lavay.” Then in seminary I called my mentor “Bro. Paul.”
Then, a small group of believers near Washington, D.C. contacted us. We soon went to Northern Virginia to help them start a church –they called me “Pastor.” When we were moving, I never thought what they would call me. But, they are the ones who changed my name. And, now, for all of these years, my name is Pastor Al…. or Pastor Gilbert.
Tomorrow I am preaching at a friend’s church in Memphis and the title of the message is Pastor and People (1 People 5). While preparing the sermon, I have been reminded how God has taught me through the people He has allowed me to serve. Every time I hear someone call me “pastor” I am reminded of the relationship and the responsibility.
KK and I have been blessed to serve God’s People during these brief years on earth. We stand on our tiptoes longing for the soon return of the Great Shepherd (Pastor) of our souls.
March 19, 2016
Next month I will have the opportunity to train leaders overseas. These Christian leaders have very little access to resources or training.
I am asking our Prayer Team to join us by interceding – praying for anointing and clarity.
We have received some support related to this need. We still need an additional $3,000 to provide travel & lodging scholarships for these leaders.
If you would like more information leave a reply below. It will not be posted publicly. A private email will be sent to us and we can follow up off line.
As you can imagine, this kind of trip has built-in spiritual warfare. Thanks for joining me in prayer.
March 19, 2016
We continue to see God’s faithfulness as we walk down new roads. It’s time again to thank you for your prayer support.
KK continues to improve. Her last (reconstruction) surgery is scheduled for April 11th. As usual, she has a great attitude. She has a good group of ladies in her weekly Bible study and she is helping me serve the people in our new weekend assignment–interim pastor.
Last month we began as interim pastor for a struggling church. This church (about 20 minutes from our house) has experienced dramatic decline and must make some drastic decisions–soon. Pray for us to have wisdom.
Opportunity to Train Leaders Overseas
Next month I will be traveling overseas to train Christian Leaders. I will share more about that in a future update.
Thanks for your friendship and prayer support. Knowing you are joining us gives us great strength for the journey.
January 19, 2016
We are extremely grateful for your prayer support last week. Hundreds of you responded to the call to prayer and we thank God for your friendship and support.
Ecclesiastes 3 says:
For everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
However, the death of our 35 yr old nephew certainly seemed “out of season” to all of us.
My sister’s family (The Nails) experienced great grace to walk through the death and funeral service.
January 12, 2016
Many of you responded to yesterday’s prayer request for my nephew Rick (See below). Rick is the youngest son of my sister Jane (who passed away two years ago). Since Jane & I were the only 2 kids- our families are very close.
After many heroic efforts (multiple surgeries, procedures, life-sustaining machines, etc) the medical staff concluded he will not survive.
The family members are saying their goodbyes. Thanks for your prayers.
Now pray for what lies ahead.
January 11, 2016
We are at the hospital with my 36yr old nephew, Rick Nail.
He had emergency abdominal surgery yesterday and went into septic shock–his organs are shutting down and he is very, very critical.
The amazing staff at Emory Hospital are trying every drastic measure possible to give him a chance to live.
Everything modern medicine has to offer – Rick needs a miracle.
Thanks for being our prayer partner.
January 11, 2016
Yesterday I preached from Col. 1:9-14. This prayer of Paul is a great model to use when praying for others– and it expresses what we desire for our own walk with God. Notice what Paul prays:
- Filled with the knowledge of His will.
- not simply a Choice to make- but a Direction to take
- God’s Will is known in the realm of Spiritual Wisdom and Understanding (not prideful intellect)
- Walking Worthy and Pleasing
- Walk: ordering our lives-
- God’s will not just for our heads but for our feet
- Worthy: appropriately; not because we deserve it-but because He has made us worthy in Christ and our new life responds and corresponds to Him
- Pleasing: Pleasing God vs. Pleasing Man (Gal. 1:10)
Resulting in these 4 things:
- Bearing Fruit in Every Good Work
- Growing in the Knowledge of God
- Strengthened with All Power
- Joyfully Giving Thanks