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Thursday, May 06, 2021
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From the Pastor

  MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR

  For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. Ps. 62:5


              Have you ever received a gift that you never expected to receive and most of all you did not deserve? The kind of gift that you have to pinch yourself to see if you are dreaming. The kind of gift that will go with you for the rest of your life. I have, and it is very humbling. You may be thinking that I am referring to the gift of God, His Son, and John 3:16. In that you would be correct, but I am not thinking of that, but something a little more down to earth. Something like each one of you who read this. Let me explain.

            Siler City First Baptist Church and her people have gifted me by allowing me to serve you as your interim pastor. If I make it to this Christmas, Terri and I will have received two Christmas gifts that will be forever priceless. I remember my trial sermon was the last Sunday in November of last year. The first Sunday of December was my first official day as your new hire. You have blessed, honored, and respected me as your shepherd, and I thank you and love you for sharing Christ with me. I remember as I was departing from my first church after seminary, a lady gave me a small plaque with a rose on it and it said, “you touched me, and I grew.” I share this because this is what First Baptist Church has done for me in the brief time we have ministered together. Thank you!!

            This is the season of Advent. A time of many emotions and memories. We are a people waiting for the coming of our Lord and Savior. We do not wait alone, since God said it is not good for man to be alone, but we wait together, share together, and share our love for one another - together. Thank God for the Family of God!   Thank God for YOU!!

            Advent is four weeks with four themes. Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Last week we lit the candle of Hope. I mentioned that the Lord was leading me in a different direction in preaching the Advent messages, a direction more personal and current. We will usher the new year in preparation of the themes of Advent. We have turned the curve, it is all downhill from here, the year 2020 is almost finished. It is time to close the books, celebrate our labors, and prepare a banquet. Let us experience the season of advent in our lives as we experience the coming of our Lord during Advent. The Lord dropped in my spirit that we are four weeks from a new year, and the coming of a new Pastor. I failed to mention that I do not know the who, what, when and where of his appearing but I anticipate his coming. Our motto: A New Year, A New Pastor, A New Beginning. So, during Advent I will share what I pray will be something helpful to prepare our hearts and lives for a new beginning.

            In closing let me share that this time last year everything was the first time. My sermons, greetings, meeting each of you, working with Randy, Amanda, and the Deacons. Now, everything I say and do will be for the last time. This will be my last Christmas, each sermon my last, each time we hug, share, laugh will be the last. Over in the New Year, the promised land we await and prepare for a transition. A word, thought, and action that I am familiar with is called “the changing of the guard.” It is not a moment for me, but for us. Remember Advent is not about what we lose, but what we gain. Let us hear the words of the Psalmist.

            Advent: For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.      

 Shalom, Pastor Allen

 


About Dr. Admire:
 
At the conclusion of morning worship on 11-24 the church went into conference and voted to call Rev. Allen Admire as Interim Pastor of First Baptist. 
 
Reverend Admire received his Bachelor of Religion from Campbell University, his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary.  He has also received certifications from the American Association of Christian Counselors,  Interim Ministry Training and Intentional Interim Ministry Training through the Center for Congressional Health at Baptist Hospital.
 
Reverend Admire will be available two days each week and will preach on Sunday mornings.  The days that he is available will be dependent upon staff meetings, programs and meetings at the church, as well as needs of the congregation - such as hospital visits, etc.