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Psalm 119:63 says, “I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.” Christian fellowship is based on faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures. True Christian association does not depend on one’s cultural background or skin color. Rather, the determination of the genuine believer is to be “a companion of all” that fear and obey the Lord. There is definitely a limitation or boundary which defines and confines such companionship—genuine faith in Jesus Christ and faithful obedience to the Word of God.
Perhaps one of the greatest blessings I have enjoyed in the ACCC is this companionship with those who fear and obey the Lord! It does not matter whether my brothers and sisters are of a different denomination than me, our fellowship is based on a shared trust in Christ and commitment to purity of doctrine, life, and ministry. Truly, some of the sweetest times of fellowship have been at ACCC meetings because of this shared faith and commitment. I thank the Lord for the mult-denominational character of the ACCC!
Since my last prayer letter we have had two precious brothers go to be with the Lord. Dr. Richard Harris died on January 14, serving on the ACCC executive committee and as president. Lt. Col. Floyd Chester “Chet” Chapman (RET) also served on the ACCC executive committee and as the Council’s chaplain endorser, and went to be with Christ on January 30. We praise the Lord for the fellowship we enjoyed with these brethren and their service for the Cause of Christ. Continue to pray for their families.
Annually the officers, resolutions committee members, and executive secretary gather for several days of prayer and planning. Because of COVID restrictions we were unable to physically gather, but profitable work was accomplished through video conferencing February 23 and 25. We are thankful that the Council is financially stable, and very excited about the prospects before us this next year.
Our Spring Rally and Executive Committee Meeting will be at the Davidson Baptist Church in Hazard, KY, pastored by ACCC executive committee member Dr. Peter Youmans. This will be the first formal ACCC meeting at a church of the Appalachian Independent Ministers’ Fellowship, our newest constituent member. The Rally will begin Monday afternoon, April 19, and the Executive Committee meeting will be Tuesday morning, April 20. Go to the ACCC Spring Rally and Executive Committee Meeting tab under the “Events” menu on the Council’s website for more information.
Thank you for your prayer and support for the work of the Council!