Sounds like this might be a holiday song. No, it's not! It is much more than that!
Imagine having the opportunity of being with about 200 believers for a 4-day "camp meeting" of sorts.
There will be preaching, singing, Bible teaching, lectures, mission reports, hymns, classical and gospel singing, fellowship with Christians from 'near and far', topped off with a 4-star lunch each day.
Yes, it is time to begin focusing on the Annual Senior Adult Revival and Mini-Chautauqua at First Baptist Church.
In fact, this has been a gift to the community and surrounding area for nearly 30 years. It is a growing experience for all who attend. It is renewal time, drawing closer to God. It is a time of re-commitment, introspection of one's heart, and for some, a time of inviting Jesus into a wayward life, headed in the opposite direction. If for no other reason, it can be a time of seeing old friends or making new ones.
Folks come from distant points to enjoy this unusual experience each August.
Last year 24 churches were represented (from Monroe, DeRidder, Bernice, Ruston, Shreveport/Bossier and points between. All denominations enjoy the challenging messages and music.
This year will be more of the same, but packaged just a bit differently.
Dr. Tony Maalouf, Professor of Evangelism at SWBTS (Ft Worth), will be exploring the Islamic faith and teachings and how this is affecting the culture of Christians worldwide.
Being a native of Lebanon, Maalouf grew up as a Christian in a Muslim world. He is director of Islamic Studies at SWBTS.
Dr. Steve Lemke, Provost at New Orleans Baptist Seminary, will challenge us to confront the culture challenges facing our nation.
Dr. Dorman Laird, Professor of Old Testament-Greek & Hebrew(retired), will be our Bible teacher. He will open God's Word, showing principles to use in facing cultural issues today as senior adults.
Rev. Ronnie Parker, Laurel, MS, will be leading music throughout the week. He and his wife are former music missionaries to Brazil.
Margaret Williams-Jones has thrilled people across Europe, Africa and America in various operatic roles and Christian classical pieces. A Shreveport native, she sings with many area symphonies and choirs. Don't miss her Sunday night mini-concert.
Our missionaries this year will thrill and challenge everyone. Chris and Trish Tebboth serve in Morocco with the Berber people.
Although Trish is a medical physician, she is forbidden to practice medicine outwardly. She does ministry, Bible study and teaching to the Muslim women, while
Chris assist with community projects (agricultural helps, digging water wells). He leading visiting US teams into the mountain villages on "hikes". They stop along the way and share encouragement and a witness to the villagers.
Ron and Alana Greenwich serve in Southern Brazil.
They have their assigned role as church planters; however, they have helped begin dozens of churches through their ministry through orphanages, drug rehab centers, community center activities, Bible studies, food pantries, etc.
They will be sharing some of their experiences over the past 25 plus years. You will be blessed by both of these couples.
Back to Chautauqua!! If you are still uncertain what the 'true meaning' of this word is - locate a Webster's Dictionary.
Then hopefully you will understand how important this week can be to scores of folks if they would but attend. Call FBC for more information. God bless you!