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This past Monday underscored a truth I have believed for all my ministry, "If the Word of God won't do it, it won't get done!" This speaks to the primacy of preaching. God has ordained this as the essential way of communicating His message to the world. We can improve on the manner of our preaching, but we cannot improve on the method God has chosen. He knows all things, and this is what the Lord has designated as to how the church will be established and edified as, "the pillar and ground of truth," (1 Tim. 3:15).

It is God-glorifying, Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, Scripture-saturated preaching that grows the church. So, we want to do all we can to be used by God to call out those God is calling to preach. Further, we want to support, encourage, intercede for, and resource those already serving the Baptist churches of Haywood County.

That is why we had Dr. Jim Shaddix come for a couple of seminars this past Monday. It was so inspiring and informative! I am attaching a link to his PowerPoint presentation. If you want to have a further discussion, answer some questions, or any other way I can aid God's men in ministry, please let me know!

Your Fellow Preacher,

Dennis Thurman, AMS

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