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Dr. Ricky R. Hurst is a native of Carroll County, Georgia, and has been an ordained Baptist Minister for over 30 years. He has served as pastor in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia, as well as the Director of Donor Relation for the Virginia Baptist Foundation.
Ricky is a graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, the SouthernBaptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond.
He is dedicated to the Gospel Ministry, and to sharing the Presence of Christ through preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. He and his wife, Joy, have three sons: Nathan (wife, Vanessa), Samuel, and Jeremiah (wife, Allison). Ricky’s hobbies include creative writing, antique book and bottle collecting, nature, and gardening.
Upcoming Sermon Titles and Texts:
January 7, Season of Epiphany (Communion)
(Isaiah 60:1-6 & Matthew 2:1-12)
January 14, Season of Epiphany
(1 Samuel 3:1-10 & John 1:43-51)
January 21, Season of Epiphany
(Jonah 3:5-10 & Mark 1:14-20)
January 28, Season of Epiphany
(Deuteronomy 18:15-20 & Mark 1:21-28)
Note from Pastor Rick:
The Season of Advent has prepared us for the coming of Christ. The Season of Christmas has brought the Christ Child to us. And, now the Season of Epiphany will lead us to experience the living Christ. In the month of January, we will see the glory of God, we will hear the voice of God, we will be changed by the mercy God, and we will be empowered to become more like Jesus.
The glory of God is like the brilliant star that guided the Magi to the young Jesus. A mysterious people from a distant land were drawn by the glory of God, and when they arrived at their destination they saw so much more. They beheld the king of glory and fell down in worship before him. These strange foreigners were only the first of millions to set their sights on the glory of God and the light of the world. All of us must surrender ourselves to the Glorious One.
The voice of God is like someone calling out our name in the darkness of the night. A little boy named Samuel heard such a voice calling to him as he slept under the altar of God. Confused and alarmed, Samuel needed someone to calm him and encourage him to not only listen, but to invite God to speak the mystery of his will to him. It was then that Samuel became so much more than a little boy. He became a priest, a seer, and a prophet who spoke the words of God. If the Word made flesh is truly in us, it must be spoken by us!
The mercy of God is like a prodigal prophet who ran away from his calling to the far ends of the sea, only to be swallowed up by God’s grace. Jonah was such a rebellious servant of God that God used a stormy wind, a great monster of the deep, a hot blazing sun, a prolific vine, and a little worm to help Jonah change his mind.
Jonah found that God was and always will be more merciful than he could ever hope to be. When the Lord calls us, we must learn the new rhythms of God’s mercy, dance to the music of his kingdom, and even practice his mercy!
The power of God is like a sudden interruption in the middle of a quiet meeting. We are surprised by interruption and think that such interference is out of place. But, so it was when the great teacher, Jesus of Nazareth was interrupted by the sudden shrieks of a demon possessed man in the synagogue. Jesus’ teachings seem to often cause such interruptions in our lives and society. Yet, only the power of Jesus’ words can heal us and empower us. Healing grace transforms us and empowers us to become more like Jesus. Only Jesus can heal us and cause us to be more like him.
“Glory,” “Speak,” “Change,” and “Like” will be the titles to my sermons in January as we begin our journey through the Season of Epiphany. Come join us on Sunday morning!
Grace, Peace, & Love,