This morning I was up early and had my quiet time, ate a light breakfast, and went 6 miles on the treadmill! I am preaching for Pastor Brian Evans who pastors the Oakwood Baptist Church of Flowery Branch, GA., which is located just outside of Atlanta. We had a great Lord's Day with 7 professions and 4 baptisms.
Tonight I was joined by Dr. Russell Anderson and Dr. Monte Watts to begin a FOUNDATION CONFERENCE for two days. The building was packed tonight and the people were extremely responsive. Dr. Anderson did a fabulous job of preaching. His life is a living testimony for the grace of God. He preached on the how to receive from God what you want! He said you cannot receive from God what you want with the mind you were given at birth. He made it clear that we need the mind of Christ in order to possess Heavenly wisdom in place of earthly wisdom. WOW! It was great!
What a surprise when I took the pulpit to look out and see the Rogers family. Willie and Sarina Rogers are graduates of TEXAS BAPTIST COLLEGE. I had not seen them for over 12 years and I could not believe how the children had grown. Willie was unable to be here to tonight but I was thrilled to see this dear family. What a great testimony for our Lord. From left to right there is Leah, Serina, Nathan, Timothy, and Matthew. I was so pleased to see them! Also, tonight sitting on the front row was another graduate of TEXAS BAPTIST COLLEGE and that was Pastor Dexter Landers Jr. who is doing a great job of pastoring in the area. Pastor Landers Jr.'s dad was on my staff at LBT and is still on the staff serving with my son Dr. Bob Gray II.
I preached on HOW TO PAY YOUR BILLS. We have a 9.4 % unemployment rate in America with a 15.9 % that includes what is classified as discouraged workers. 6 million people out of work of those over 6 months of unemployment. 13.2 trillion dollar debt by Americans. 3.83 billion added each day to that debt by Americans. There is a forecast by some of a double dip recession. Businessmen are afraid to hire because of the Obama agenda. We are on the verge if not all ready there in a socialist government. No one can spend more than they take in and expect to make it. The government cannot keep on bailing every one out. GM should go bankrupt if they cannot pay their bills. No one is so big that they cannot suffer the consequences that the rest of us face and escape the pain of mismanagement. If the government will lower the taxes the capitalistic system will work. Our God is a capitalist!
Enter Matthew 17:27, "Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee."
Genesis 45:10-11, "And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast: And there will I nourish thee..." (Exodus 8:22, 9:26)
The answer for God's people is to live in the land of Goshen. This is the land of personal soul winning, giving tithes, giving offerings, living for God, faithful to church, daily Bible reading, daily prayer, etc! This is not the time to leave the land of Goshen in these times of famine for some in our land. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose your job. A recovery is when Obama loses his job! JUST A THOUGHT!