Pleasant Ridge News
Dear Pleasant Ridge Church Family,
It is a great honor and a humbling responsibility to be asked to be your pastor. For me, and now my family, this is the latest step God has led us to take since my journey started in 1997, when I surrendered to the call to serve Him. As I look back, I can see His faithful guidance over these past 23 years, and it gives me the courage to keep trusting Him in these uncertain times.
There are two things that have helped to sustain me when faced with difficult times: the doctrine of the sovereignty of God, and my life verse. The sovereignty of God means that “God is always in perfect control.” He is never surprised. He is always ready to respond regardless of the challenge. And, He always has a plan. If you think about it, the death of Jesus on the cross and his burial seemed like the greatest defeat that could have been experienced, yet, it was through apparent defeat that God won an incredible victory! (The Resurrection!) I’ve learned that God does this all the time! He truly leads us from “victory unto victory” just as the old hymn “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” proclaims!
The second thing that has sustained me over the years is my life verse. A life verse is simply a passage of scripture that God uses over and over in your life. My verse is Hebrews 12:1-2 “1 Wherefore seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” My race is to be your pastor, to work with you to reach Oconee County, South Carolina, and the WORLD for the cause of Christ. Yes, I said “with you.” We cannot do this alone. Will you run this race with us?
If your answer to that question is “Yes,” then I tremble with sheer anticipation at all the wonderful things God will do through this church and through you! Onward and upward!
Your Servant in Christ,
Phone Number: (864) 985-2919
Reach out! Say Hello! I look forward to getting to know you!