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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:
March 4, Season of Lent
(Exodus 20:1-17 & John 2:13-22)
March 11, Season of Lent
(Numbers 21:4-9 & John 3:14-21)
March 18, Season of Lent
(Jeremiah 31:31-34 & John 12:20-33)
March 25, Palm & Passion Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9 & Mark 15:16-41
March 29, Maundy Thursday Communion Service, 7:00 PM
(1 Corinthians 13 & John 13:1-17, 31-35)
March 30, Good Friday at the Cross, 12:00 PM
(Isaiah 53 & John 18-19)
Note from Pastor Rick:
“Let the Little Children
[and the grownups] Come to Me”
I believe that we are all God’s children. Some of us seem to know that we are God’s children, yet others have doubts. What I mean is that having faith in God is not easy, especially after you grow up or think that you have all the answers. Children find it much easier to trust others and to trust God. I’m afraid that something happens to us when we “grow up.” We become suspicious of people who have disappointed us, and we begin to lose our faith in people, and even in God.
Jesus is the Child of God who came to earth to call all of God’s children back home. Jesus said that when a wayward child left home on a great adventure that he finally came to himself and returned back to his father. Jesus also said that the wayward child’s older brother was really disappointed when the wayward child came back home. And, the older brother refused to be reconciled to his wayward brother, and even to his father (Luke 15). The church is supposed to be a home for all of God’s children, wayward or stubborn.
I think that all of us, whatever category we are in, need to come back home to God. Jesus said, “Let the little children [and the grownups] come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15). It is apparent that some grownup children need to go back to their childhood faith of simply trusting God. It’s true that things are complicated for grownups, but sometimes grownups make their own lives complicated by not remembering how to trust.
I’m making a call. I’m calling out to all of God’s children, everywhere. It's time to come back home to God. It's time to come back to church. A lot of grownup children have become selfish, and their selfish and spiteful ways have hindered the little children from coming to Jesus. Wow, I really would not want that hanging over my head when the “roll is called up yonder!” I really would not want to look Jesus in the eye on that day, and admit that I prevented a little child or even a grownup child from coming home.
So, come back. Perhaps the person or child that is being prevented from coming back is being prevented by his or her own self. Well, it's time to get over it, and have the faith of a child who runs back into the arms of Jesus. That time of year is coming. You know, that time of year when the Gospel says that Jesus suffered and died and rose again for the little children and the grownups. I will be looking down the road for you, and we will have a big party when you get here – no matter what anybody else thinks about it!
Grace, Peace, & Love,