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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:
April 7, Fifth Sunday in Lent (Communion)
(Psalm 133:1-3 & John 12:1-11)
April 14, Palm & Passion Sunday
(Psalm 30:1-12 & Luke 22:39-62)
April 18, Maundy Thursday Communion at 7:00 PM
(Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 & John 13:1-17, 33-35)
April 21, Resurrection of the Lord
(Psalm 118:14-24 & Luke 23:32-24:2)
April 28, Resurrection Season
(Psalm 150:1-6 & John 20:19-31)
Note from Pastor Rick:
A RESURRECTED COMMUNITY
There is no question that the Resurrection of the Lord is the core belief of the Church. But, do we believe that the Lord can raise up within us his living presence in order to bring about a resurrected community? I have lived in Emporia for seven and a half years, and I have seen and heard the worries and concerns of Main Street Baptist Church, of a host of other churches, of the City of Emporia, of Greensville County, of Southside Virginia, and North Eastern North Carolina. I am talking about the decline, the poverty, the lack of jobs, the closed businesses, the closed doors of opportunity, the many houses for sale with no buyers, the vacant properties, and the many funerals. All this did not happen over the past seven and a half years. It has happened over the past seventy-five years.
God took the Prophet Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones. The Lord asked him, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And Ezekiel said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Then God commanded him to preach to the dry bones. As he preached, the dry bones began to rattle together. Tendons, organs, arteries, veins, muscles, and flesh appeared on the bones – yet the bodies did not move. God commanded Ezekiel to preach to the wind. As he preached, the wind began to blow and the Spirit of God began breathing life into the motionless bodies. Then suddenly, the bodies lived, and stood to their feet as a great army! The Lord said to Ezekiel, “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel.” God promised Ezekiel that he would open their graves and put his Spirit within them, and they would live in the land where the Lord had settled them. (Ezekiel 37:1-14).
Fifteen years ago, the Lord prompted me to ask a different congregation in another community the same question that the Lord asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” It would be impossible for me to tell you about it in the short space of this article, but I can tell you that something miraculous happened. It was truly a miracle, a resurrection. Mind you, it was not exactly what some folks would imagine. It seems that the resurrection of a community is always something more than we can imagine. Now again, I am planting the seed for a resurrected community. Help me to water it, to fertilize it, to nurture it, to pray over it, to sing to it, and to preach to it. When we work together, the breath of God’s Spirit will fill us and God will raise up a resurrected community.
Grace, Peace, & Love,