Great beach baptism

Beach Baptism Montage

Sunday afternoon, September 3, was a special evening at Pensacola Beach for Olive Baptist Church and the Gospel. More than 500 of our church members gathered at the pavilion on a beautiful Lord’s Day afternoon. Kirk Sullivan, vocalist with 4Him, was awesome as he sang and led us in music and worship. Then we moved to the water’s edge. I had the privilege of baptizing 38 people there in the Gulf of Mexico! As the beach was bustling with Labor Day visitors, Olive was out making a very positive statement for the Good News of Christ. Thank you to those who assisted in one of our church’s largest baptism services.

We are to be on mission with a public faith. In September we will be working toward our October 1 Mission Day emphasis. Be praying about your involvement. Then all during the month of October we will be in the area around the church facility prayer walking and sharing the Gospel. These are important days.

Monday afternoon, Mr. Clyde Baker, Liz’s stepfather, went to be with the Lord. So many of you have been praying for Liz while she has been away to be with her mom during Mr. Baker’s decline. Now as our family moves into this time of loss and grief, please lift us up to the Lord as we seek His grace, comfort and peace. Your love for our family is one of never-ending support and consolation. Please pray for me as I prepare my message for the funeral.

Mr. Baker’s funeral is 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, at the church listed below:

First United Methodist Guntersville
539 Gunter Ave.< Guntersville, AL 35976 In lieu of flowers the family requests making donations to the mission program of First United Methodist Church Guntersville.

Labor Day

While Labor Day weekend unfolds, we are reminded to honor the working people of America. As we do that, I am extremely grateful for the job I have. Being the pastor of Olive Baptist Church is a great responsibility as well as a joyful task. As I do my work, I ask you again to pray Malachi 2:6 over me. Ask the Father that “true instruction be in my mouth, and unrighteousness not be found on my lips; that I will walk with God in peace and uprightness and turn many back from iniquity.”

Please pray for me regarding these four areas of my life:

1. Exposition ~ I Ask the Lord to make me a committed Bible preacher.

2. Ethics ~ My desire is to have my walk match my talk.

3. Encounter ~ I long to have a fresh walk with Jesus day by day

4. Evangelism ~ My yearning is to be a personal soul-winner. Pray for me to be bold.

If you have a job this Labor Day, be thankful for it. Seek the Lord for a Bible promise regarding your employment. You are here to be salt and light in a dark world. Your career affords you a place of influence. Ask God to make you usable. Then get ready because He is about to place you in an eternal job market.

Eyes on the weather

Today all eyes are on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast as we mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The rebuilding continues amid frustrations and victories. While many individuals are still struggling to get back on their feet, I am happy to report our New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is up and running close to full force. The churches we assisted after the storm are moving forward with their ministries. Still there is much to do. Be praying today for our friends to the west as they continue with their restoration efforts.

Book Signing

Thank you for your response last Sunday to the booklet, A Compass a Map and a Passport. These will be an encouragement to people facing major life transitions or just dealing with the everyday decisions in life. I suggest that you purchase extras and use them as gifts for friends. I also want to say thanks to the ladies who helped me at the book tables on Sunday. Like so many of you at Olive, they are bondservants of the Lord.

Liz is still with her mother helping with the care of Mr. Baker. We are grateful for your prayers and your concern. We are hoping she can return to Pensacola by the end of this week.

Pastor Ted Traylor