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pastor portraitDr. 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:  

 

February 3, Season of Epiphany

 

“Launch Out”

 

(Isaiah 6:1-8 & Luke 5:1-11)

 

 

 

February 10, Missions Sunday

 

Guest Preacher: Dr. George Braswell

 

 

 

February 17, Season of Epiphany

 

“His Disciples”

 

(Psalm 1:1-6 & Luke 6:17-26)

 

 

 

February 24, Season of Epiphany

 

“I Say”

 

(Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 & Luke 6:27-38)

 

 

 Note from Pastor Rick:

 

 

 BEGINNING, BLESSING, & BENEDICTION

 

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer is the heart of our Sunday morning Worship service. We pray it together every Sunday, and hopefully we use it as guide for every prayer we pray. Jesus used this prayer to instruct us how to pray (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4). The outline of the prayer is easy to remember: Beginning, Blessing, and Benediction.

 

The prayer begins with our beginning with God. According to Jesus, God is our Father. We are the many children of God, and God is our origin, our beginning, our parent, our father, our mother. God is the heavenly One, the other worldly One, the holy One, and yet is very near to his children and creation (“God is love”). God is the One who bears a particular name for a particular family, who rules a particular kingdom for a particular people, and who reveals a particular will for a particular world.

 

The prayer includes blessing for all who ask. God is the giver of all blessings, of every piece of our daily bread. In this family and kingdom every need is supplied by the Heavenly Father, including forgiveness of our debts and the indebtedness of others. For God there is no boundary that cannot be crossed, no need that cannot be supplied, no trial that cannot be overcome, and no evil that cannot be conquered. God nourishes and restores us, and helps us to restore our broken relationships.

 The prayer ends with a benediction that opens the door of a new beginning and a new blessing.  Our Heavenly Father is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. We are included in God’s family. We are in God and God is in us. This prayer is a relationship with God, a relationship of the heart, mind, soul, and body. It is a relationship that cannot be broken. But it is a relationship that we must always strive to maintain together as God’s children.

Join us in this new relationship as we begin a new study at Midweek Service. We will be studying the Lord’s Prayer together starting February 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM. We will be the beneficiaries of a new beginning, a new blessing, and a new benediction for life. I hope to see you at Midweek Service.

 

 

Grace, Peace, & Love,

 Rick