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James R. Horne

Alabama State Overseer

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Bessemer, AL  35021

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From our State Overseer:

Commit Thy Way

The very early Assemblies of the Church were noted as being held near the beginning of the calendar year. As delegates gathered together in January for prayer and deliberations, their thoughts turned to deeper walks with God and how they could give themselves further to the Lord and the Church work in the coming year. In his Annual Address in 1941, A. J. Tomlinson stated, “The main reason January was selected... was because we were very zealous for evangelistic work so we could spend as much time as possible in spreading the message we had found and get as many souls saved as we could. We chose winter instead of summer because we could not do our revival work as well in the winter as summer… We could shut ourselves up for the study of the Bible while it was cold and snowy and not feel we were losing time... We were very anxious to use all the time we could in favorable weather in revival work. As it is now, we were in a hurry all the time to drag souls out of sin.”

An interesting account of the 2nd Assembly held at Union Grove, Tennessee, in 1907, gives an account of a “fellowship agreement” and time of confession which seemed to be a period of earnest reflection and consecration among the attendees. These members are recorded in the minutes of that Assembly with making the following commitments or resolutions of sorts to the Lord:

A. J. Tomlinson—“I expect to spend all my time this year in the ministry of the Word and prayer.”

R. G. Spurling—“I expect to give all my time to the Lord’s work this year.”

A. Hamby—“I expect to walk in the light. When I feel that He needs me in the field, I expect to go; when I feel I ought to be at home, I expect to be there, but I hold myself ready to go.”

M. S. Lemons—“I expect to give all my time to the ministry of the Word and prayer, but I expect to work some in the garden and at home, if the time is given, but if I am required to be in the work I’ll let that go.”

W. F. Bryant—“I expect to be in the work all the year on some line, I am at His service. I am in it with all my power; my very bones are on fire for God.”

H. L. Trim—“I’ve been going part of my time; I have felt I ought to give it all. If God opens up a field of labor before me, I expect to go into it. I mean to go on. I expect to go, God being my helper.”

L. W. Smith—“I except to do more than I have in the past. God has blessed me in many ways.”

Oscar Withrow—“…He was ready for service all the year if God led that way by His Spirit and Providence’s.”

Henry McNabb--“He and his wife were ready for the battle as the Lord led.”

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday” (Psa. 37:3-6).

The words of these delegates in 1907 were no doubt prayerful, deliberate and heartfelt. One hundred and eleven years later, we find ourselves as covenant members of that same body, beginning 2018 and standing before the unknowns of what the year may bring. What will 2018 hold? Much of that answer will be up to us as individuals and in the decisions we make, what our priorities will be, and in that which we give ourselves and attention to. Those things that our heart deems most important will be the direction one will take, as a person will somehow make a way for the things they really want to do in life, spiritual or otherwise. Hopefully we will all choose well. Let’s evaluate our desires and plans to make sure they are aligned with the Word of God and the personal motivation and yearnings of our heart will be found in greater dedication and fervency for Christ and the Church. We are not promised tomorrow but, “as the Lord wills,” let our commitment be to us in 2018 as it was to these men and women in our Church history.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33). “…For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that” (James 4:14-15).

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