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May 17, 2022
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
The Lord Jesus through the apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to “keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called, which some professing have erred concerning the faith” (1 Tim 6:20–21). Christianity involves a definite, objective standard (“the faith”) given by Christ (“committed to thy trust”) requiring absolute adherence and perseverance (“keep”) and being separate from false teaching (“profane and vain babblings…”). Nothing has changed since Timothy’s time! The American Council of Christian Churches exists to serve Christ’s churches in this holy endeavor.
I am thankful for this opportunity to thank you for your prayer and financial support of the Council and bring you up to date on its efforts. Since my last update in November, Trish and I welcomed another grandchild into our family, bringing much joy to these grandparents! The Lord has been merciful to us with our health, for which we are thankful. Anticipated renovation on Orwell Bible Church’s building has been at a standstill since January. Though our county’s building department approved our renovation plans, no work can begin until the state EPA approves the septic plans. We have been waiting since January! From what we’ve heard approval is very near. We appreciate your prayers for wisdom, financial provision, and our witness.
In January I attended the annual meeting of the International Council of Evangelical Chaplain Endorsers of which the ACCC is a member. Pray for Christian servicemen and chaplains as they serve despite increasing government coercion to accept false teaching (such as critical race theory, same-sex marriage, and gender confusion).
I continue to help an ACCC supporting church in western PA that is without a pastor, preaching one or two times a month in their evening services.
The annual ACCC officers’ and resolutions committee meeting was February 22–24 here in northeast Ohio. These meetings are crucial for considering issues the Council must be aware of and address, planning efforts, and offering much prayer.
I’ve had the opportunity to attend three meetings this spring. On March 25 at the Bible Presbyterian Church in Collingswood, NJ I attended the presbytery meeting of ACCC constituent member Faith Bible Presbyterian Church. April 25–26 in Kittanning, PA I represented the Council at the spring meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of Regular Baptist Churches, whose current moderator is Dr. Al Harris, an ACCC executive committee member. On May 10 at Calvary Baptist Church in Clintwood, VA I joined the brethren of another ACCC constituent member, the Appalachian Independent Minister’s Fellowship, and was privileged to preach on “The Doctrine and Command of Separation.”
The ACCC Spring Rally and Executive Committee meeting was April 11–12 at First Evangelical Methodist Church in Gaston, NC. Rev. Brad Gsell gave an encouraging report of his recent lengthy ministry trip in Africa. I then gave a presentation on, “Should Women be Subject to a Military Draft?” Rev. Clifton Cauthorne preached a challenging and encouraging message from Revelation 3 during the evening service.
One important item of business from our executive committee meeting was planning for our annual convention. This year’s convention will be October 25–27 at the Faith Chapel in Carlisle, PA. The convention theme is “Veritas Christo et ecclesiae—‘Truth for Christ and the Church.’” The titles for the general and breakout sessions are available on the Council’s website.
One more exciting “looking ahead” item is the upcoming marriage of the ACCC’s financial and office secretary, Anna Ring on May 28 to Sam Brown. Though I will miss having her in our church, I am thankful she will continue serving in her capacities with the Council. Please pray for Christ’s richest blessings on them!
Your servant in the Cause of Christ,