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Again from Emil Turner

Here are Dr. Turner's thoughts for this week.  I hope that you are challenged by his words.  Also, we can look forward to having him with us in January!  He will be preaching our Morning service January 11. 



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Recruits for World Conquest…
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008
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Recruits for World Conquest was the title given to a collection of sermons by L.R. Scarborough in 1914. God used these messages to call thousands to serve Him.



“Pastor, our church is growing, but we need to see more young people called to ministry”. Elmer Connor, a deacon at FBC, Lake Charles, LA said this to me several years ago. We agreed to pray that God would call people to the ministry from our church. I began to add the call to ministry to the invitations that I gave. That year, God called six from our church to ministry.



There are not enough young men answering the call to preach, nor enough young people becoming missionaries, nor enough young adults surrendering to ministry of any kind. I do not believe it has anything to do with the denomination. I think it has everything to do with what we want, and the things for which we pray.



Sunday School teachers, you should begin to talk to your children and youth classes about how wonderful it is to serve the Lord in His church. Tell them about the glory of the church as it reflects the glory of the Lord.



Deacons, are your children seriously considering if God is calling them to ministry? Let them know you’d be proud of them if God called one of them to preach. Elevate the ministry in the eyes of the children and youth whom you influence.



Youth minister, are you talking to the youth about the wonderful way God uses churches? Do they know that serving a church is the highest appointment to which anyone can attain?



Pastor, have you been to the youth Sunday School and talked with them about God’s call on your life? Is there a group of “preacher boys” that see you as their mentor? In the invitations have you called people to commit to a lifetime of ministry? Do you want to be the end of your line?



Parents, God may call one of your children to serve Him. It is better than being a physician, an attorney, an engineer, and infinitely better than being in politics. Give your children to God, and let Him call them.



Brothers and sisters, pray that God would send out workers into the harvest.



Our culture honors those who achieve. God honors those who serve. Ask God to call people to serve Him through His church.



From Doug:  Are you willing to let go and answer the call?

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