BEAUTY OF SPRING
"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;" (Song of Solomon 2:11-12)
"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
"Anything God has ever done, He can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, He can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, He can do for you." A. W. Tozer
About the Pastor
Dr. William R. Shively has been the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church since March 1978. Pastor Billy was saved in 1973, and he became actively involved in his home church, Story Creek Baptist. He felt the call from God to preach the gospel, and he began preaching in the local nursing homes and jail. Pastor Billy was licensed and ordained by Story Creek Baptist Church. Pastor Billy and his wife Sherry were married on December 25, 1971. They were both born in Franklin County and graduated from Franklin County High School. Pastor Billy and Sherry received their Associate Degree from Liberty University and other degrees including a Doctor of Ministry from Covington Theological Seminary. Pastor Billy has the desire to always please the Lord by honoring His Word. Pastor Billy and Sherry both thank the Lord for allowing them the privilege to serve the Lord with the wonderful people at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Church in the 21 st. century
The New Testament gives evidence of the importance God places on the Church. The Scriptures speaks of the Church as being a BUILDING, with Christ as its corner stone and foundation; as a BRIDE, with Christ as the groom; as a BODY, with Christ as its head. The Church is God's witness in the world today. The 21st. century will be a real test for the Church. It is good to know that Jesus said the gates of hell shall not prevail against His Church. Yet, this promise does not apply to individual Churches. This is clearly revealed in the Book of Revelation. God has removed the candle stick from churches that have forsaken the "faith which was once delivered unto the saints." This has happen to some of the old main line denominations.
How can we be sure to maintain a faithful witness for Christ in the 21st. century? We must be true to the message which God has given us to share.