and so do we here on earth!
I am so pleased to have witnessed another lost lamb enter into the safety of the Good Shepherd today. This is the fourth baptism since June and we at PCC are so thankful and praise God for His faithfulness!
Today, on Father’s Day of all days, BOTH my children went forward to make their confessions of faith, ask Jesus to take away their sins, and be baptized. Words cannot express how I feel.
You may recall my daughter is special needs. She does not fully understand what it’s all about, but SHE made this decision all on her own. No one prompted her or persuaded her and she did it independent of her brother. God knows her better than I do and we were not about to dissuade her, as she will likely never fully understand.
My son is 6 but he approached me and told me he wanted to “trust and obey Jesus and be baptized “. I asked him a few questions and he understood as well as anybody. My dad, the man in the video who baptized them, spoke with them both beforehand.
To say I’m proud would be an understatement.
This site, more specifically the page about baptism, was featured in July’s issue of Word and Work Online.
If you are not familiar with this ministry, I’ve included their About Page below as well as the link. They offer a variety of articles written by a variety of people: Bob Russell, Matt Walsh and Chuck Swindoll to name a few. I have no idea how I got squeezed in among them!! Still, as my About page will tell you, I am irrelevant. I’m not even named at the featured site, as I am the only “unknown” listed. I want only to serve the Lord in whatever way He can use me. To Him be glory alone and forever.
Word and Work Online:
It began over 100 years ago. In a Church of Christ in New Orleans several members became deeply burdened by the Lord. They were on fire to train believers to live holy lives, evangelize the lost, and establish strong congregations which would worship the Lord and carry on those same ministries in many other places.
To help them reach those goals, in 1908 they started to publish a magazine, first called The Christian Word and Work. Two so-called laymen led the way. D. L. Watson, a pediatrition, was main editor for the first five years. He wrote in the opening editorial, “Our new enterprise has sprung from a desire to build up the Cause of our dear Redeemer…. We shall urge the churches to support the preach-ing of the Gospel in the regions around them, that the people may know the will of the Lord, be saved, and added to the body of Christ’s workers….”
Stanford Chambers was a co-editor in those years, as well as being teacher and principal in a Christian school which that church began. Then he became the leading editor from 1913-15, shortening the name to Word and Work. He added some new regular columns — regarding first principles, work and worship, soul-winning, Bible school, prophecy, etc.
By 1916 Chambers asked R. H. Boll. to become editor and move the magazine to Louisville, Ky. Boll was an outstanding Bible teacher and preacher, and wrote many books. Some critics said he taught too much about prophecy, but he taught a great deal about numerous topics in the Bible! One of the main goals of the magazine has been “to declare the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). Boll also strongly emphasized God’s grace — in contrast to the legalism which was very widespread in those days. That is, he stressed that our faith must be in Christ and what He has done for us, rather than in what we do for Him. He edited W&W for forty years (1916-1956)!
Other editors have followed: E. L. Jorgenson, J. R. Clark, Gordon Linscott, W. Robert Heid, and Alex Wilson. But by and large the goals and emphases have remained the same.
Check out the rest of the site, as well as some wonderful articles by clicking HERE.