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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:
December 2, Advent 1, Hope, 11:00 AM
December 2, Hanging of the Greens, 7:00 PM
December 9, Advent 2, Peace, 11:00 AM
December 9, Christmas Pageant & Cantata, 7:00 PM
December 16, Advent 3, Joy, 11:00 AM
December 23, Advent 4, Love, 11:00 AM
December 24, Candlelight Communion, 7:00 PM
December 30, First Sunday after Christmas, 11:00 AM
Guest Preacher: Rev. Fred Adkins
Note from Pastor Rick:
OUR SPIRITUAL CHRISTMAS
Drag out the Christmas tree, the decorations, the figurines, the garland, the bows, the wreathes, the candles, the wrapping paper, the gifts, the toys, and the lights. Work like mad for several days to put them all in place. Take a day or two to clean up and recover. Then set back, take a deep breath, and enjoy all that you have done. “Yes, this is Christmas!” But, is this really Christmas?
We really know that Christmas is more than all the stuff, don’t we? I hope that we may experience something more about Christmas. Perhaps we need to feed our desperate spiritual hunger. Each of us has a deep spiritual need, and it cannot be fulfilled with all of the trappings of a material and secular Christmas celebration. In fact, those things may even contribute to our gnawing spiritual hunger.
I am hoping that we may all experience the most spiritual Christmas ever. I am praying that
the living presence of Christ may be so real to us that we will be born anew by the Holy Spirit. I am looking for the greatest gift to us, the joy of knowing the Son of God and following him. I am searching for the peace that will guard us from evil and bring us fulfillment. I am longing for the love of God to fill us with the desire to truly love one another, as well as “the least of these.”
During worship services and other special services in the month of December, I will be preaching from the Gospel of Luke. We will discover that the Gospel is not a story, but a person – Jesus. We will also discover that Christmas is not a celebration, but a relationship with Jesus. I invite all of us to experience a Spiritual Christmas by encouraging us to focus on our relationship with Jesus. Our relationship with Jesus is our Spiritual Christmas.
Grace, Peace, & Love,