Archive for the ‘General Musings’ Category

Robert Jenkins passes

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

His obituary is below.  Bro. Jenkins was a great man of God and will be sorely missed.

Rev. Robert William Jenkins, 76, of Natchez, Miss., formerly of Cartersville, died in Natchez Monday following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Ohatchee, Ala., July 18, 1936, a son of the late Boyd Lee Jenkins and Ovie Lee Tidwell Jenkins, moving to Cartersville at the age of 14.

Prior to being called to the Gospel ministry at White Oak Springs Baptist Church, Mr. Jenkins was a well-known contractor in Cartersville and Dallas. He first served for eight years as a missionary to the Island of Dominica in the West Indies. While there, Mrs. Jenkins’ cousin and husband, Margaret and Parnick Jennings, Sr., served three weeks as lay missionaries. Brother Jenkins then joined the Maranatha Baptist Mission in Natchez serving 27 years, overseeing the building of Maranatha Haven. He was called as Executive Director of Baptist Pioneer Mission, overseeing the building of its three-story headquarters. Returning to Natchez, he and Brother Johnny Welborn formed Warrenton Baptist Mission Agency and Robert oversaw the erection of its Mission Building. Mr. Jenkins preached all over the South, Midwest and North and Northeast.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Boyd Ray Jenkins.

Surviving is his wife of 59 years, who served by his side in ministry, Nancy Pinson Jenkins, also formerly of Cartersville; two sons, Robert W. Jenkins, of Douglasville, and Ricky Lee Jenkins, of Natchez; two daughters, Luanne and her husband, Dan Hurst, of Hudson, Fla., and Jane and James Tipton, of Dalton; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren also survive, along with two brothers, Harris (Reba) Jenkins, of Cartersville, and Roger Dale Jenkins, of Ellijay; and one sister, Mary Carolyn (Hugh) Crosby, of Cartersville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in White Oak Springs Baptist Church near Dallas, Ga., with Brother Joe Clifford, Brother Terry Oswalt, Brother Donald Young and Brother Curtis Gibson officiating. Music will be provided by Joe Robinson of the Good Shepherd staff. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

The florist will deliver to the church at 3 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 7.

The family will receive friends at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. At other hours they will be at the home of Carl and Sarah Pinson, Highway 113, Cartersville.

Pallbearers are asked to meet at the church by 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The family requests that memorials be made to Warrenton Baptist Mission Building Fund, 829 Belva Drive, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Please visit to sign the online guest book and view a DVD of the life of Brother Jenkins.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Inc., 2750 Shorter Ave., Rome, 706-234-9622, is serving the family of Rev. Robert W. Jenkins.


7 saved — A great week of meetings!

Monday, September 5th, 2011

What a wonderful week last week was.

It started out with Tropical Storm Irene flooding us in at the Church, and we had to stay overnight at the Church with no electricity after the Sunday evening preaching.  All of the highways were closed, and four bridges were washed out.  But, we had oil lamps, plenty of clean water to drink, plenty of food, and a great spirit among everyone.  It was one of those nights we will probably never forget.

Monday evening, things started to warm up with some good preaching by Bro. Hafelin and Bro. Patterson.  Tuesday was what I called “Youth Day” — we had 39 youth show up!  We started at noon with a spaghetti feed for the youth, then had some outdoor activities, then Bro. Hafelin preached at them, then we had some more outdoor activities, and then supper.  For the preaching that evening, we had 51 people there (the most we’ve had in that little building in the 10 years I have been here) and had to set up chairs in front of the pews and behind the pews to get everyone in.  God is so good.  there were 3 saved that night, including the toughest teenager there, who had been brought by one of his friends.  This 17-year-old came right up to me afterward asking how soon he could be baptized, and he went home and told all of his friends that he was saved.

On Thursday afternoon, Bro. Carl Morrison (planted a church 18 months ago in Bridgton, Maine), Bro. Paul McLaughlin (Hope Haven Gospel Mission), and Bro. Chuck Barnes (Maine church planter) preached, and Hafelin & Patterson wrapped it up by preaching in the evening.  In all, 7 were saved during the week and we had the best attendance ever.  There was a wonderful spirit all week long.  I have never seen teenagers respond like this to the preaching of God’s Word.  What a sight to see the young men and women.

God has so blessed.  There is a new spirit in the Church.  God is so good.  I don’t know if my Dad was able to see what was going on this week at the Church he poured 25 years of his life into, but if he did see it, he’s probably still shouting “AMEN!”

Fall 2010 Conference: “Seeking the Old Paths”

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Audio from 2010 Fall Conference

Evangelist Clarence HafelinBe Not Weary (MP3 Audio)
Sunday, September 12, 2010 AM, Evangelist Clarence Hafelin.
Evangelist Mike PattersonAre Your Revive-able? (MP3 Audio)
Sunday, September 12, 2010 AM, Evangelist Mike Patterson.
Evangelist Clarence HafelinThe “I Will’s” of Jesus (MP3 Audio)
Sunday, September 12, 2010 PM, Evangelist Clarence Hafelin.
Evangelist Mike PattersonWhen God Shows Up (MP3 Audio)
Sunday, September 12, 2010 PM, Evangelist Mike Patterson.
Evangelist Mike PattersonThe White Stone (MP3 Audio)
Monday, September 13, 2010 PM, Evangelist Mike Patterson.
Evangelist Clarence HafelinThe “I Will’s” of Jesus, part 2 (MP3 Audio)
Monday, September 13, 2010 PM, Evangelist Clarence Hafelin.
Evangelist Clarence HafelinThe “I Will’s” of Jesus, part 3 (MP3 Audio)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 PM, Evangelist Clarence Hafelin.
Evangelist Mike Patterson“Better” ain’t Always “Right” (MP3 Audio)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 PM, Evangelist Mike Patterson.
Evangelist Mike PattersonDo You Despise the World and Its Ways? (MP3 Audio)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 PM, Evangelist Mike Patterson.
Evangelist Clarence HafelinGetting the Right Ingredients (MP3 Audio)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 PM, Evangelist Clarence Hafelin.
Pastor Ron MeldrumKeeping the Fire Burning (MP3 Audio)
Thursday, September 16, 2010 PM, Pastor Ron Meldrum.
Dr. Paul McLaughlinWhat Doth Hinder You from the Old Paths (MP3 Audio)
Thursday, September 16, 2010 PM, Dr. Paul McLaughlin, Hope Haven Gospel Mission.
Pastor Ron MeldrumYour Heart’s Desire (MP3 Audio)
Thursday, September 16, 2010 PM, Pastor Ron Meldrum.
Evangelist Clarence HafelinThe Soulwinning Imperative (MP3 Audio)
Thursday, September 16, 2010 PM, Evangelist Clarence Hafelin.
Evangelist Mike PattersonThe Four Men (MP3 Audio)
Thursday, September 16, 2010 PM, Evangelist Mike Patterson.

God is Wonderful.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

My wife was headed to her mother’s house (about 90 miles away) when, about halfway there, the engine lost oil pressure and began to rap.  She pulled off at a service station and looked under the car to see the engine leaking oil and oil sprayed all over the bottom of the card.

I have to admit that when she called me, I assumed the worst.  I questioned God as to why he would take away our only vehicle when we had no means for another.  I settled on Romans 8:28 and put it all in His hands.

Thankfully, she has a brother who lives 7 miles from where she broke down, and the roadside service allowed a tow of up to 15 miles, so we had it towed to his place.  One of his sons looked at it a couple days later to see what the problem was.  The problem was with an “oil sensor” gone bad, and parts and labor figured out to $100 even.  Wow.  $100 is a lot of money, but it’s a whole lot better than $1200-$1600.

All I can say is, “God is so good.”

God is Good

Friday, December 4th, 2009

God is good.  He is so gracious to allow us to minister on His behalf.  He gives us so much more than we deserve.

A week of challenges!

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Sometimes God sends more than the usual allotment of  challenges.  This has been one of those times.  It comes at a time when sponsorships on our web sites are at the lowest point in many years and support for our work has sharply declined due to the financial stress that the national economic downturn has inflicted upon businesses, ministries, and individuals.  Nobody has as much as they used to have, so folks are simply unable to support ministries as they used to.  In order to continue the work (the need to reach souls is greater than ever) we’ve had to make drastic moves, to the point that our family is now living on about $1,000/month.  But, by God’s grace, everything continues to work out — just not as conveniently as we would like, many times.  God is such a good God to allow us to continue to serve Him.

Amid this over-arching challenge, our hot water heater died.  It took four trips into the hardware store this week, but we finally got another (used) heater installed and it’s working wonderfully.  What a blessing to have hot water, and to be able to learn “on the job” like this to do that kind of plumbing and wiring without hiring a contractor.  I’m sure it’s God’s way of training us for some things that are coming in the future.  In the process, we also discovered a potentially dangerous wiring issue and were able to fix it with the help of an electrician-friend who explained to us how to do it over the telephone.  God’s so good.

But, there have been blessings amidst the trials.  On one of the trips to the hardware store, I finally found the right adapter to get our used gas dryer running.  We’ve had it for months, but did not have the right adapter until this week.  The timing could not be better, since we won’t be able to hang our clothes out to dry much longer with winter coming.  We’re already having to run the wood stove every day.  Nights are getting down into the low 20’s and days get up to the high 40s and sometimes low 50s.  It’s too early for this kind of weather!

Also, a man from the church let us come over and dig all of his Jerusalem Artichokes.  We got around two bushels, which means that we can now replant all of the artichokes we dig up from our own crop, so we’ll have a bigger crop next year.  He also gave us all of the horseradish we could dig, and several pounds of apples from his apple trees.  He is single, so he couldn’t use it all himself.  What a blessing!

We also received $135 this month toward the church-planting effort and $75 in missionary support.  Praise God!  The $135 is being applied to the start-up cost for Rural Church Planters of New England, an organization that the church will be voting this weekend about whether to start.  Amidst all of the challenges, the work is still moving forward!

Please remember us in prayer, especially to thank God for His mercies and grace toward us.  Thank you.

Coping With Defeat and Disappointment

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Difficulties and tough times are inevitable for the Christian, and with these tests, trials, and challenges come defeats and disappointment. Young and mature Christians alike can be disappointed, frustrated, and feel defeated at times. Some will go on to success in their Christian life, but others will allow a temporary defeat to side-line them forever.

Christians should never believe the myth that as they mature they will be less susceptible to defeat and failure. To an extent, this idea has validity because as a Christian matures they begin sowing more good seeds and fewer bad seeds, which results in a better harvest in light of God’s principle of sowing and reaping. A more mature Christian will also better handle God’s chastening and, presumably, do fewer things that warrant chastening.

However, as a Christian becomes stronger, so do the trials and tests that God sends their way. When a basic lesson in faith has been successfully completed, He moves the Christian on to an intermediate lesson. He tailors the challenge of each trial to the Christian’s strength and spiritual maturity.

As a Christian matures, becomes more effective for God, and becomes a more serious threat to the enemy, Satan also hurls more vicious attacks and directs more vigorous assaults against him or her. The intensity of Job’s difficulties were commensurate with his level of spiritual maturity, faith, and effectiveness for God.

Thus we find that mature Christians fail. Pastors fall. Christian marriages break up. King David pursues Bathsheeba, and King Solomon has his foreign, idolatrous women. The challenges a Christian faces grow as the Christian grows, and to disregard that fact opens the door to serious defeat.

Defeat, frustration, failure, and even despair will find their way into every Christian’s life sooner or later. When that time comes, the Christian’s future depends upon how they respond to the defeat.

For the answer as to how a Christian should respond to defeat and disappointment, we need look no further than the Bible. The Bible is all-sufficient for the Christian’s spiritual guidance and sustenance. It is a gracious and complete guide for Christians experiencing defeat and disappointment.

Let us consider the life of Joseph. Joseph’s early life is a story of one disappointment after another. The young Joseph was meeting his brothers in the field to give them a message from their father and to see how they were doing, and his jealous brethren rose up against him, tearing his coat from him and throwing him into a pit. They smeared the coat with the blood of a goat so that they could convince their father that some wild animal had killed him. If any man or woman were entitled to despair, Joseph could have been as he lay in the pit awaiting his brothers’ next move.

His brothers sold him as a slave to a caravan headed to Egypt. Once in Egypt, he was purchased by a wealthy man named Potiphar. Potiphar soon recognized Joseph’s strength of character and made him head of his household. “Finally,” maybe Joseph thought, “something good is happening to me.” But his position did not last long. Potiphar’s wife lusted after him, and when he would not yield to her desires out of respect to God and to his master, Potiphar, the woman accused him before Potiphar of attempting to rape her. Of course, Potiphar believed his wife, and cast Joseph into prison. What a disappointment! What a defeat! What an opportunity for despair!

The jailors soon appreciated Joseph’s qualities and made him essentially a steward of the jail, putting him in charge of all of the other prisoners. Things were looking up, but regardless of his position or rank, he was still in jail. There was hope one day when the Pharaoh’s butler and baker were thrown in jail. Joseph, with God’s inspiration, accurately interpreted their dreams, and the butler promised to remember him before Pharaoh when he was released. Finally, it looked like his big break was coming. But, soon his hopes were dashed again when the butler forgot all about him for years, and Joseph remained locked away in the Egyptian prison, far from his home, far from his father and mother, far from any worldly comforts.

Joseph seemed to experience one defeat and disappointment after another. Yet, through all of these great tragedies, he emerged a stronger person and, one day, was put in charge of all of Egypt. How did this happen? How does a person, like Joseph, manage to get past all of these defeats and disappointments that would send most “normal” people into a downward spiral of despair?

Joseph served faithfully.

It was as if Joseph had already read the words penned over a millennium later by the Apostle Paul: “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:57-58)

In every situation Joseph found himself, he faithfully served as he believed God would have him do. In the face of the direst of disappointment, he remained “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,” and God richly rewarded that faithfulness. When he was sold as a slave to Potiphar, he remained “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding . . .” and Potiphar quickly recognized that quality and promoted him. When he was faced with Potiphar’s wife enticing him to sin, he remained “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding . . . .” When he was imprisoned, he continued stedfastly, and again the quality of his character was recognized and the jailors promoted him.

Joseph responded to every disappointment and defeat with a stedfast commitment to simply serving and doing what was right. He could have felt sorry for himself. He could have given up hope of ever finding freedom and happiness. He could have shaken his fist at God, blaming Him for all of the bad things in his life. Instead, he made the conscious decision to move forward in God rather than looking backward away from God. He decided with each seemingly hopeless defeat to make the best of a bad situation and be “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”

Every Christian should respond as Joseph did to difficult times. But, let’s be frank; this is one of those things that is “easier said than done.” It is rather easy to look at Joseph’s life and see how he responded to trials, but it is a hard thing for us respond the same way when a difficulty comes our way. In fact, outside of Christ it would be impossible for us. Praise God, “for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27) We are assured, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13)

There are some practical things that we can do in order to be “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” when we are faced with difficulties. First and foremost, do not let your spiritual life diminish when difficulties begin. Often, challenges in our life will tend to push aside some of the things that are most vital to our successful navigation of the challenges.

When the doctor says, “cancer,” and those regular trips to the hospital begin, don’t let that stop your daily Bible reading. In fact, if at all possible, read more!

When you lose your job and you have no way to pay your bills, when you are afraid to answer the phone for fear of debt collectors, when you hate collecting the mail because you know what is in it, do not let these things stop you from regularly seeking God in secret prayer. Make more time for prayer!

When disease, or bad health, or schooling, or challenges at work eat away at your time, don’t quit teaching that Sunday School class or volunteering at the Gospel mission. Try with all your might to put your whole heart into your ministry for God.

When the crippling auto accident happens, or the deaths of loved ones, strive to see how you can use your experience or condition to help other people. Do all you can to keep your eyes off yourself and on other people’s needs. Remember that your life is not about you, but about Jesus and, as a minister on His behalf, about other people.

We can name and examine the lives of many saints, past and present, who have emerged victoriously from seemingly crushing difficulties: Ruth, David, the Apostle Paul, Hudson Taylor, Adonirum Judson, Elizabeth Elliot, and many others. In every case, these Christians strove, with God’s help, to be “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” when the trials came. When they saw failure or disappointment or fierce trials, they didn’t take their foot off the “gas pedal.” They strove to move on in the strength of the Lord.

Christians who have been through the fierce trials understand more than most of their brothers and sisters the fact that everything we do for Christ must be done in His strength alone. If we labor out of our own strength, we will never see the successes and rewards that we could if we were to rely upon Him. If we are working in our own strength, every challenge that comes our way could end our work. We may “get by” trying to do His work in our strength during the good times, but when the difficulties come it is impossible to do anything relying upon ourselves. Many times, God brings us into a position of weakness in order to teach us this fact. Paul tells us God’s response to him when he prayed that an infirmity be removed from him, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (II Corinthians 12:9) God makes himself strong in our lives by making us weak. There is no weaker moment than when we have just experienced a defeat, or failure, or grand disappointment, and we are emotionally weak, physically weak, and maybe even spiritually weak.

When the difficulties come, let us resolve to be “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,” relying on His strength. We can do this by remembering these things when difficulties come:

1. The only way to get past them and to see other victories in our life is to be “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”

2. This means that we need to strive to maintain our spiritual walk and ministry on Christ’s behalf even when faced with despair and failure. Pray more, read the Bible more, don’t neglect Church, and don’t neglect or abandon positions and opportunities that allow us to serve God.

3. Without God, this is impossible, but, with God, all things are possible.

4. All of our work , if it will survive the difficulties, must be done in God’s strength and not our own. Attempting to do things in our own strength dooms us to failure.

Audio from Fall Conference

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

We had a wonderful week of meetings at the Church! Fruit from this year’s Fall Bible Conference included: a couple surrendering to God’s will to start a nursing home ministry; a visiting couple resolving to move to Maine to be a part of the ministry here and to help with the new nursing home ministry as well as music; and a man surrendering to do God’s will, whatever it is and whatever the cost. With these decisions, I believe we are going to see significant leaps ahead in the ministry here in Maine during the coming year.

Evangelist Mike PattersonThe Watchman (MP3 Audio)
Tuesday, September 17, 2009 PM, Evangelist Mike Patterson (with song by Judi Freeman).
Evangelist Clarence HafelinThe Nine Dollar Sermon (MP3 Audio)
Tuesday, September 17, 2009 PM, Evangelist Clarence Hafelin (with song by Judi Freeman).
Pastor David VoughtThe Character of Paul (MP3 Audio)
Tuesday, September 17, 2009 PM, Pastor David Vought, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Madison, ME.
Dr. Paul McLaughlinWhere There Is No Vision (MP3 Audio)
Tuesday, September 17, 2009 PM, Dr. Paul McLaughlin, Executive Director of Hope Haven Gospel Mission, Lewiston, ME.
Pastor Ron MeldrumWhy We Use the King James Bible (MP3 Audio)
Sunday, September 13, 2009 PM, Pastor Meldrum.
Evangelist Mike PattersonPergamos (MP3 Audio)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 PM, Evangelist Mike Patterson.
Evangelist Clarence HafelinClarence Hafelin Testimony (MP3 Audio) - Unshackled episode
How Evangelist Clarence Hafelin found peace with God after years in a bike gang.
Evangelist Mike PattersonMike Patterson Testimony (MP3 Audio)
How a man found God despite hard-heartedness and prison.
Evangelist Mike PattersonProtect Your Family (MP3 Audio)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 PM, Evangelist Mike Patterson.
Pastor Emeritus Ronald J. MeldrumElijah (MP3 Audio)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 PM, Pastor Emeritus Ronald J. Meldrum.
Evangelist Clarence HafelinHow Shall We Escape if We Neglect so Great Salvation? (MP3 Audio)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 PM, Evangelist Clarence Hafelin.
Evangelist Mike PattersonAaron and Hur (MP3 Audio)
Monday, September 14, 2009 PM, Evangelist Mike Patterson.
Pastor Ron MeldrumVoices from the Past (MP3 Audio)
Sunday, September 13, 2009 PM, Pastor Meldrum.
Evangelist Mike PattersonThe Truth About Sin (MP3 Audio)
Sunday, September 13, 2009 AM, Evangelist Mike Patterson.