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Sand Mountain Baptists hold their first two-day evangelism meetingcomment (0)

September 21, 2006

By Grace Thornton

I would to God that we’d see revival come off this hill and touch the land.”

Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, Fla., remembers when Sand Mountain Baptists saw the wind of God “one time in the ’70s.”

“I’m a product of that, and I pray frequently, ‘Oh, God — do it again, do it again, do it again.’”

Traylor, a Pisgah native, preached during the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning sessions of Manna on the Mountain, an evangelism conference put on by Sand Mountain Baptist Association Aug. 23–24.

“It was truly a blessing as we were privileged to hear some of the greatest singers and preachers in the country right here on Sand Mountain,” said David Patty, director of missions.

Christian artist Allison Durham Speer led worship for the conference, and Traylor and Bill Stafford, an evangelist from Chattanooga, Tenn., both preached twice. Danny Lovett, president of Temple Baptist Seminary in Chattanooga, also preached.

About 450 people packed out the Wednesday night service at New Home Baptist Church, Pisgah, and crowds nearly as large filled the sanctuary for the Thursday morning and evening sessions.

“It’s the first time our association has had a conference of this magnitude, and we were honored and privileged to have it here in our church,” said David Smith, pastor of New Home Baptist. “I don’t know that it could have been any better. I’m looking forward to what will come out of it, and I’m already excited about what next year’s will be like.”

Revival can come to Sand Mountain if Baptists use “the power of one” that each has with the strength of Christ, Traylor said. “When Jesus gets in you, He in you is enough and you become the person He wants you to be.”

Each person can be a powerful force for Christ, he said, when he or she has the four characteristics of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:

• A soft heart. “Hear me, friends — don’t be frightened to feel when God speaks. Unless there is something within your experience with Christ that you feel, you’ll never be moved,” Traylor said.

• Hands dirty from service.

• An open wallet.

• A servant’s attitude.

These things prepare Baptists to share the message of the cross, an unchangeable and unparalleled message, Stafford said.

“Let’s get full of preaching Jesus because people are still perishing,” he said.

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