Providence Primitive Baptist Church – Visiting Preachers on 10-16-2022

Hi! Hope this finds you and your family doing well, and enjoying the peaceful and comforting grace of our Lord.

On Sunday morning 10-16-2022, Providence Primitive Baptist Church – Elder Mark Quarles Pastor, was blessed with visiting preachers and family from California and Texas.

Visitors included:
Elder Tracy Frederickson, pastor of Little Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Madera, California
Elder Travis Brown, pastor of Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Corsicana, Texas and his wife Sis. Sylvia
Bro. Robert Brown, deacon at Little Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Madera, California, and his wife Sis. Cheryl

290 CR 10 Stringer, MS 39481

The preaching service was preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation “a Capella” (without musical instruments).

L-R: Bro. Robert Brown, Bro. Sam Duckworth

Eld.Tracy Frederickson preached from Galatians 4 on “The Spirit of God”.

From this message:
– We need the Spirit of God in us
– Live through the Spirit and NOT the flesh (our natural, sinful ways)
– God reveals His Truths to His People
– Those who received Jesus did so through God

References included:
Romans 8
Matthew 16
John 1

Eld. Tracy Frederickson

Elder Travis Brown preached from 1 Peter 1 on “Redeemed by the Blood, Born of the Spirit”.

From this message:
– God has given us knowledge of the redemption, and from whom it came
– We are born of God, not of man

References included:
– 1 Peter 1
– John 1
– Acts 15

Eld. Travis Brown

Following morning services, a fellowship lunch was served in the dining room.

Personal Notes:
It was a wonderful time for all of us at Providence Church to meet and hear these dear people from Texas and California.
I had corresponded for some time with them, but had not met them in person until this special day at Providence Church. I was and am thankful for this blessed opportunity.

L-R: Eld. Travis Brown, Eld. Mark Quarles, Eld. Tracy Frederickson
All blessed with the gifts of preaching and love for God’s People
Bro. Robert Brown, Deacon at Little Hope Church, is on the left.
I was thankful to be a part of these dear Brothers.
Bro. Robert and Bro. Travis are natural as well as spiritual brothers

Church Information
For more information on Providence Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
http://providencepb.church/

God Bless!!!

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Bethany Primitive Baptist Church – 2022 Fall Meeting

Hi! Hope this finds you and your family doing well, and enjoying the peaceful and comforting grace of our Lord.

On Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday 10-14/10-16-2022, Bethany Primitive Baptist Church – Elder Silas Ford Pastor, hosted its 2022 Fall meeting.

Elder David Crawford (from Macclenny Church in Mcclenny, Florida) and Elder Martin Onyoni (from Kenya) were the invited ministers.

5101 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee, GA 30024

Each service was preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation “a Capella” (without musical instruments).

Friday Evening,05-14-2022

Eld. Martin Onyoni preached from Hebrews 4 on “The Living and Written Word”.

From this message:
– The Written Word is a testimony of the Living Word
– The heavens declare the Glory of God and His existence
– We can hide from the Written Word, but not the Living Word

References Included:
John 1
1 John 5

Eld. David Crawford preached from 1 Samuel 5 on “Worshipping God – The Right Way”

From this message:
– The Philistines were pagan worshippers
– The Ark of God was placed near the statue of their pagan god Dagon
– The symbol of their pagan god was destroyed by the true God
– We need to feel the presence of God in our life
– We experience God in different ways

Following evening services, an ice cream fellowship was held in the lunch room.

Saturday Morning, 10-15-2022

Following the song service, Eld. David Crawford preached from Acts on “The Important Fundamentals of the Church”

From this message:
– We “scatter” to “gather”, openly gather for worship
– Our ministry should be one of Word and Deed
– Things we share should include:
1. Live in God’s ways always
2. Be a believer
3. When sharing, listen to the other person’s problems and beliefs
4. Witness to others what God has done for us
5. Encourage others

References included:
Acts 8
– Acts 9

Eld. Martin Onyoni preached on “The Second Coming”.

From this message:
– Focus our lives on Jesus and trust in His Word
– Let our light so shine among men

References included:
– Matthew 25
– 2 Peter 3
– Psalm 23 and 100
– John 10
– Hebrews 8

Following morning services, a fellowship lunch was served in the dining room.

We left for home after lunch.

On Saturday afternoon, Eld. David Crawford preached.
On Sunday morning (10-16), Eld. Martin Onyoni preached.

L-R: Eld. Martin Onyoni, Eld. Silas Ford, Eld. David Crawford

Church Information
For more information on Bethany Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
https://www.bethanypbc.com/

For more information on Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
https://www.macclennypbc.com/

The Glory of God can be seen in the beauty of His Creation surrounding the building.
The Love of God and Edification of His People through the Gospel preached, can be heard inside…

God Bless!!!

Fall Colors – 2022 (Part 5)

Hi. Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

This will be the last in my series of articles concerning the beauty of the Lord’s Creation as seen in the colorful Fall Foliage.
Articles include:
1. Pictures I’ve taken of the beautiful Fall foliage
2. Some pictures from the Fall issues of Vermont Life magazine, which I subscribed to for many years

My Fall Pictures
The following pictures were taken on 10-15-2008 while hiking in Grayson Highlands State Park, located in southwest Virginia’s “Highlands”.
This scenic area contains the two of the highest mountains in the state: Mt. Rogers, highest, at 5,729 ft., and Whitetop Mountain, third highest, at 5,520 ft..
It was an up-and-back hike over the rocky heights of Wilburn Ridge (5,526 ft.). The ridgeline contains three rocky “peaks” and is open, offering panoramic views.

This is the second of two articles where I’ll share pictures taken on this “photo-perfect” day in the Lord’s beautiful Creation.
The pictures take off where the first article ended – about to ascend Wilburn Ridge.

A view of Wilburn Ridge from the Appalachian Trail (AT)
Views back east over the colorful Highlands
From the ridge looking west towards Whitetop Mountain in the distance
Overlooking a nice mix of evergreens and colorful hardwoods
Mercy – what a beautiful Creation!
High, open meadows between the Ridge peaks
Looking through Rhododendron Gap east
Looking east along Pine Mountain, former route of the AT
One of the locals pays me a visit

This area continues to be one of my favorites along the 1,085 miles of the AT I’ve been blessed to hike thus far.

Vermont Life Magazine – Fall Issues
Here are some pictures of the front pages from several issues.
(Reminder: The quality is not the greatest with some due to these being copied from the magazine, which is becoming somewhat faded due to age.)

How’s this for a place to walk?!
The steam off the water indicates cold weather that morning
Beauty at its peak
Looking into Stowe, VT with Mt. Mansfield (highest in the state) in the backround.
I’ve always thought of this one with two words- Praise God!
The annual “cleanup”, it appears Momma has a little helper!

Hoping you’ve enjoyed this annual series of articles on the beauty of God’s Creation in His Fall Foliage.

Revelation 4:11
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

God Bless!!!

Fall Colors – 2022 (Part 4)

Hi. Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

Continuing this week with my series of articles concerning the beauty of the Lord’s Creation as seen in the colorful Fall Foliage.
Articles include:
1. Pictures I’ve taken of the beautiful Fall foliage
2. Some pictures from the Fall issues of Vermont Life magazine, which I subscribed to for many years

My Fall Pictures
The following pictures were taken on 10-15-2008 while hiking in Grayson Highlands State Park, located in southwest Virginia’s “Highlands”. This scenic area contains the two of the highest mountains in the state: Mt. Rogers, highest, at 5,729 ft., and Whitetop Mountain, third highest, at 5,520 ft..
It was an up-and-back hike over the rocky heights of Wilburn Ridge (5,526 ft.). The ridgeline contains three rocky “peaks” and is open, offering panoramic views.
This is the first of two articles where I’ll share pictures taken on this “photo-perfect” day in the Lord’s beautiful Creation.

On the way to the park via US 58, found this nice scene
God Bless America!!
The beautiful entrance offers an idea of what is to come
This and the next two pictures are from an overlook on the road into the park
On the approach trail to the ridge
Back towards the parking area and Little Pinnacle Mountain (5,089 ft.)
The myriad of colors in God’s Creation!
A member of the year-round resident community, “mountain ponies” that roam this magnificent area.
Wilburn Ridge is in the background, and will be seen in the next Fall Colors article.

Vermont Life Magazine – Fall Issues
Here are some pictures from the Autumn, 1984 edition.
(Reminder: The quality is not the greatest due to these being copied from the magazine, which is becoming somewhat faded due to age.)

The Front Page of this edition
The hamlet of South Woodbury, VT.
Mercy! The trees testify to the Glory of God…
This article highlights how the Autumnal sun and foliage “light up” the landscape
RE: Bottom Photo – Is that Linus?
The back page – an appropriate end to a potpourri of wonderful scenery

Psalms 121:1
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

God Bless!!!

Fall Colors – 2022 (Part 3)

Hi. Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

Continuing this week with my series of articles concerning the beauty of the Lord’s Creation as seen in the colorful Fall Foliage.
Articles include:
1. Pictures I’ve taken of the beautiful Fall foliage
2. Some pictures from the Fall issues of Vermont Life magazine, which I subscribed to for many years

My Fall Pictures
The following pictures were taken on 10-17/18-2007 while hiking on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in central Virginia, west of Roanoke.
The scenery in this part of Virginia is beautiful, and these Fall colors are probably the nicest I’ve seen when hiking.

I remember crossing this road as I ascended a mountain, and thinking “How Beautiful!”
The white paint “blaze” on the tree is how the Appalachian Trail is marked (in both directions) along its nearly 2200-mile route.
A view from Wind Rock (4,088 ft.). One of my all-time favorite pictures taken on the AT!
Walking through this beauty was an uplifting experience.
A view southwest from Kelly Knob (3,744 ft.)
I’ve always enjoyed the diversity of woods and open areas on the AT.

Vermont Life Magazine – Fall Issues
Here are some pictures from the Autumn, 1982 edition.
(Reminder: The quality is not the greatest due to these being copied from the magazine, which is becoming somewhat faded due to age.)

This and the next two photos are from an article called “Autumn Experience”
What an incredible scene through which to walk…
Where’s Charlie Brown?!

Psalms 24:1
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein.

God Bless!!!

Providence Primitive Baptist Church – 2022 Good Hope Association Meeting

Hi! Hope this finds you and your family doing well, and enjoying the peaceful and comforting grace of our Lord.

On Friday and Saturday, 09-30/10-01-2022, Providence Primitive Baptist Church – Elder Mark Quarles Pastor, hosted the annual Good Hope Association meeting.

Due to Covid, this was the first Association meeting in 3 years.
We were very excited and thankful for the opportunity to meet again! 🙂 🙏

290 CR 10 Stringer, MS 39481

Each service was preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation “a Capella” (without musical instruments).

Song Leaders (L-R): Sam Duckworth, Jeremy Duckworth
Eld. Mark Quarles, Pastor of Providence Primitive Baptist Church

Friday Morning, 09-30-2022

Eld. Luke Laird preached on “Saved by Jesus, Not by our Works”.

From this message:
– All are disobedient
– When we close our eyes in death, we’ll awake in Glory (no sin nor problems)
– Can’t add to “Perfect” (Jesus’ Work)
– Take up our cross daily

References included:
Isaiah 53

Eld. Luke Laird is a member at Union Church in Ruth, MS

Eld. Tom Griffin preached from Colossians 3:1-4 on “Seeking Things Above”.

From this message:
– The Cross is a symbol of our eternal salvation
– Jesus IS the Son of God
– Through Christ we are dead to sin
– Our salvation is secure in the finished work of Jesus

References included:
Romans 1
Hebrews 10

Eld. Tom Griffin – pastor of Middleton Creek Church in Meadeville, MS

Following morning services, a fellowship lunch was served in the dining room.

Friday Afternoon

Following the song service, Eld. Joe Myers preached from Hebrews 10 on “One Offering”

From this message:
– Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was one offering to God for the sins of His people
– Our sins are no longer remembered, no further offering is needed
– God’s covenant with His people through Jesus is timeless

References included:
– James 2
– Matthew 25
John 13:31

Eld. Joe Myers is Pastor of Bethlehem Church in Kenner, LA

Eld. Shane Arnold preached on “”The Author of our Salvation”

From this message:
– Avoid false doctrine
– Man cannot save himself
– Nature declares God’s Glory
– Jesus “draws” his people to Him

References include:
Matthew 25

Eld. Shane Arnold is the pastor of Old Good Hope Church in Magee, MS

Following afternoon services, a short break was followed by supper in the dining room

Friday Night

After supper and song service, Eld. Mike Ivey preached from Philippians 1 on “Heavenly Citizenship”

From this message:
– God is the protector of our rights, not a government
– There are 900+ rules associated with the 10 Commandments
– Can’t love the Lord if we hate our brother or neighbor
– Act like citizens of Heaven and act in a righteous manner
– Be Godly towards the unGodly, Strangers, and Pilgrims

References included:
Hebrews 11:13
– 1 Peter 2:11

Eld. Mike Ivey is the pastor of Unity Church near Moss Point, MS

Eld. Lonnie Mozingo, Jr. continued the theme “Citizenship of Heaven”

From this message:
– Live as a citizen of Heaven and act accordingly
– Charity never fails because we do it for God
– We are a citizen of Heaven by the Grace of God

Eld. Lonnie Mozingo, Jr is the pastor of Salem Church in Natchez, MS

Saturday Morning, 10-01-2022

Saturday morning services began with a song service.

Song Leaders (L-R): Sam Duckworth, John Mark Quarles

Following the song service, Eld. Gary Rhodes preached on “Baptism”.

From this message:
– Baptism: An answer of a good conscience towards God
– Three qualifications for a Baptism:
1. Proper candidate
2. Proper administrator
3. Proper mode (immersion)
– Represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ
– If properly administered, a Child of God has 1 Baptism – same as there being 1 resurrection

Eld. Gary Rhodes is Pastor of Fuller Chapel Church in Little Rock, Ark.

Eld. Philip Conley preached from Luke 24 on “Walking to Emmaus”.

From this message:
– Jesus is alive!
– Jesus endured the cross gladly and in joy
– Jesus came to show He loved us
– Be obedient to God’s Word because He/Jesus gave us eternal life
– Jesus made us worthy to be in heaven
– Jesus ascended the first time to represent us, the second time He ascends He will bring us with Him
– Even though we don’t fully understand God, we can still walk with Him!

References included:
– John 13: 34 (footwashing)
– Matthew 25:45
Eld. Philip Conley is a member of Bethel Church in Lockhart, TX.

Following morning services, a fellowship lunch was served in the dining room.

Saturday Afternoon

Eld. Tony Lester preached from 1 Samuel 16 on “David, King of Israel”.

From this Message:
– Samuel annoints David as King of Israel
– David represented Israel as their King, Jesus represents His People as their Heavenly King
– See Jesus as OUR King!

References included:
1 Samuel 17
– Matthew 20:20
– 2 Samuel 2
– Isaiah 4
– 2 Samuel 5
– Matthew 25

Eld. Tony Lester is Pastor of Harmony Church in Tupelo, MS

Eld. Heath Williams preached from 2 Samuel 10 on “Ammonites vs. Israel”.

From this Message:
– We need to stand for God’s Ways against evil
– If God is with us, we will win
– We need to see the vastness of God’s Glory and faint not.
– We can influence others by walking in God’s Ways
– God communicates with us through His Word

Eld. Heath Williams is Pastor of Mt. Vernon Church in Cullman, AL.

Personal Notes:
We are thankful for the many Elders and visitors that attended this meeting.

A great blessing to fellowship and worship with so many from Sister Churches!
Here are some of the Elders that attended this Association Meeting
Wonderful Brothers ALL!!!

We appreciate all the work of Providence Church in hosting this wonderful meeting.

Note the beautiful Fall decorations made by some of the sisters of the church

Church Information
For more information on Providence Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
http://providencepb.church/

God Bless!!!

Fall Colors – 2022 (Part 2)

Hi. Hope you all are having a blessed day in the Lord.

Continuing this week with my series of articles concerning the beauty of the Lord’s Creation as seen in the colorful Fall Foliage.
Articles include:
1. Pictures I’ve taken of the beautiful Fall foliage
2. Some pictures from the Fall issues of Vermont Life magazine, which I subscribed to for many years

My Fall Pictures
The following pictures were taken on 10-27-2012 while hiking to the top of Blood Mountain in north Georgia.
On this hike, I parked at the north end of the mountain, took a side trail to the Appalachian Trail (AT), then up to the top of Blood Mountain (4,458 ft.). I returned via the same route.
Once on top, I noticed clouds coming in from the south and west. Eventually, they came over the top and covered the north side, my route up and back.
As you’ll see, the combination of colorful Fall Foliage + clouds made for some interesting scenery.

A hint of what is to come – road into parking lot
The trail, lined with trees decorated with the season’s color
The color increases with the altitude
From the top, looking south
Low clouds roll in
On the way down – the “Pyramid” rock
As the clouds roll over the top, the “mood” changes
A special combination
The forest floor, dressed by the glory of God

Vermont Life Magazine – Fall Issues
Here are some pictures from the Autumn, 1976 edition.
(Reminder: The quality is not the greatest due to these being copied from the magazine, which is becoming somewhat faded due to age.)

The first of four pictures from an article “Mirror of Autumn”
I once hiked through a similar scene on the Appalachian Trail
Will share those in a few weeks
How’s this for some unusual Halloween decorations!
From an article “Whiling away an Autumn day”

Jeremiah 32:17
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou has made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, there is nothing too hard for thee

God Bless!!!

Fall Colors – 2022 (Part 1)

Hi. Hope you all are having a blessed day in the Lord.

A few years ago, I did a series of articles concerning the beauty of the Lord’s Creation as seen in the colorful Fall Foliage. Thought I’d do so again as we start the Fall season.
Articles include:
1. Pictures I’ve taken of the beautiful Fall foliage
2. Some pictures from the Fall issues of Vermont Life magazine

My Fall Pictures
The following pictures were taken on 10-31-2015 while hiking at Amicalola Falls State Park in north Georgia.
In the 22 years we lived in north Georgia (Cumming), I hiked there often and in all seasons.
As info, here’s a link to the web site for the park:
https://www.amicalolafallslodge.com/ga-state-park/park-map/
As you’ll see, it was somewhat of an overcast day which did NOT dampen the scenes of beautiful color found on the hike.

Even the smallest bushes shout the beauty of the Lord’s Creation!
Amicalola Falls
This was taken from a viewing platform, which is a part of a 604-step staircase trail that crosses, then goes up the left side of the falls to the top.
From the top of the falls looking south
Overlooking the gorge the stream flows down and through, towards the southwest.
Upwards through the canopy to the First Heaven (sky)

Vermont Life Magazine – Fall Issues
I discovered this magazine in the Fall, 1974 after a long weekend of sightseeing and hiking in Vermont. My subscription ran from the late-70s until the end of 2001.
I kept the Fall issues due to the interesting articles and wonderful pictures.

Here are some pictures from my first Fall edition, Autumn 1974. It remains one of my favorites.
Each Fall season, I get out the Fall issues as a way of looking forward to the beauty and cooler temperatures of the Autumn season.
Here are some pictures from that edition.
(The quality is not the greatest due to these being copied from the magazine, which is becoming somewhat faded due to age.)

An idyllic village scene on the front cover of this edition.
Note the church building and red school house with the 70s-era autos parked nearby.

Each Fall issue had a section which mainly displayed pictures of the season.
It typically had little verbage, to emphasize the beauty of the scenery.

A view along a country lane, past farms towards Vermont’s highest peak – Mt. Mansfield (4.395 ft.)
A sugar maple ablaze with its yellow leaves.
Looks like wood piles for use in cooking maple syrup.
A nice combination of colors and reflections on the stream flowing under a small iron bridge
This was a part of an article on the days between the last leaf falling and the onset of the winter season.
I’ve always liked this one due to its helping the reader get a sense of the change in weather.
On the back cover of this edition, another visual example of Fall’s ending…

I’ll attempt to publish a “Fall Article” each week during the season.

Glory be to God for the beauty of His Creation – in ALL seasons!

God Bless!!!

Peaceful Views into the First Heaven

Hi. Hoping you all are being blessed with the Lord’s peace and comfort.

During the week of 10-03/07-2022, I was blessed to observe some wonderful scenes into the Lord’s First Heaven.

The first was just outside of our house. The sky was dark blue (typical of Fall) but also included whisps of cirrus clouds flowing overhead. Here are a few views into this beautiful scene, taken on Tuesday, 10-04-2022.

We’d not seen clouds nor rain since 09-09-2022.
Here’s a closer look. Almost appears to be a rver of white in the sky!

On Thursday, 10-06-2022, I was working on a hiking trail in the Desoto National Forest when I observed this scene. It was a nice combination of high, longleaf pines, a blue sky with a few puffs of white, and one hardwood tree whose leaves were turning color.

I’m guessing some of the early color change was due to the ongoing dry weather.

Thankful for the simple beauty of the Lord’s Creation, whether it be on land or in the sky (First Heaven). An example of the loving glory of our dear Lord.

Praying He will bless you in the days and weeks ahead…

God Bless!!!

September, 2022 Annual Meeting at Salem Church – Natchez, MS

Hi! Hope this finds you and your family doing well, and enjoying the peaceful and comforting Grace of our Lord.

On the weekend of September 23-25, 2022, Salem Primitive Baptist Church (Elder Lonnie Mozingo, Jr, Pastor) hosted their Annual Meeting.
We attended the Saturday morning and afternoon services on September 24.

It was a blessing to be in services again with Bro. Lonnie!
He has a wonderful gift to preach, and was our loving Pastor in Atlanta for many years.

The invited minister was Elder Ricky Harcrow, pastor of Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church in Cullman, Alabama.

Each service was preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation “a Capella” (without musical instruments).

Saturday Morning, 09-24-2022

Eld. Ricky Harcrow preached from 1 Corinthians 15 on “Hearing Jesus”.
References included:
Luke 24:44
– Romans 8:18

From this message:
– We need to hear Jesus preached regularly! (AMEN)
– Jesus is everything in the life of a Child of God
– The Gospel of Grace covers all of God’s People
– We are affected by Jesus’ work on the Cross
– God gives us victory through Jesus!

We have enjoyed many sermons preached by this dear Brother over the years.
It was good to hear his wonderful preaching gift again.

Morning services were followed by a fellowship lunch in the dining room.

Saturday Afternoon

Eld. Ricky Harcrow Preached from Isaiah 2 on “The New Order”
References included:
John 6:39
– Micah 4:1
– Hebrews 1:1, 9:26
– Matthew 19:25-28

From this message:
– Mountain of the LORD’S house shall be exalted
– Jesus shall raise up HIS People, HE has put away sin
– Regeneration = “New Order”

L-R: Eld. Ricky Harcrow, Eld. Lonnie Mozingo, Jr

The meeting concluded on Sunday morning.

For more information on Salem Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
https://www.salempbcnatchez.org/

God Bless!!!