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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving at the Allen's 2014

Jeffery and Dori hosted our Family Thanksgiving Gathering today. We had help from a few friends with a Mule and  one inflatable. Thank you Timmy Wise and David Gasque for making our day a special time with family. Shooting skeet and targets with rifles and shot guns was much fun. Everyone brought food and drinks for all to enjoy. The fellowship was good and brought back memories from days gone by. Thank you Lord for a loving family. Here are some photos of our day.











Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I'm Thankful.

Dear Friends,

I have much to be thankful for during my 64 years of life. I'm thankful for my Lord Jesus for saving my soul. I'm thankful for a Godly mother and wife. I' thankful for a wife who loves Jesus, me, our boys and their wives. I'm thankful for 9 grandchildren. I'm thankful for the battles of life. I'm thankful for the times that I thought it was over, but God made the difference. I'm thankful for the church God has allowed me to pastor the last 23 years. I'm thankful for the first 3 churches God granted me to pastor. I'm thankful for the home God has given me. I'm thankful for a loving church family. I'm thankful for the deacons and wives that love me. I'm thankful for this "Thanksgiving" our family are having together. Thank you Jesus.

Just for Jesus,

Pastor Allen

Monday, September 22, 2014

Characteristics of Backsliding!

Jeremiah was sent by God to confront a people who refused to repent. He was one man against an entire nation. He was one man with an unwanted message! He was one man with the God-given courage to use a much-despised term (backslidden). How do we know when we backslide?
  1. Prayer ceases to be a vital part of our lives.
  2. When the quest for Biblical truth ceases.
  3. When Biblical knowledge is not applied inwardly.
  4. A gentle rebuke will be treated with scorn.
  5. When the services of the church lose their delights.
  6. When spiritual discussions are an embarrassment.
  7. When sports, recreation, and entertainment are a large and necessary part of your lifestyle.
  8. When we can sing religious songs without heart.
  9. When our tears are dried up!
These are just a few of the signs we have backslidden. Revival will come when we confess our sins and seek God's forgiveness. Let's all get ready for Revival. See you Sunday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pray, Pray, Pray!

Dear Saints,

This is our second day of our 21 day fast at SFBC. I believe through fasting and praying God will open doors of great value. I'm believing God for some wonderful, exciting, and shouting times during this revival. Please pray with me and believe God can and will save some souls. The Bible declares, "In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings" (Romans 8:26).

I encourage you to get ready to see some mighty acts of God take place in our church services. Pray!

Pastor Allen

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Revival 2014

Dear Friends,

We have been on our knees and praying for weeks for an Old Fashion Revival. Our 21 days of fasting started today. Let's pray and never give up calling upon God for great things to be done. Revival begins October 5 thru October 8, 2014. First revival service is at 10:00 a.m. Sunday and 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening. Dr. Ron Lynch is our guest Evangelist. He is an awesome man of God. He will be one of the best evangelist we have ever heard. We still have four homes with cottage prayer meetings waiting on us. Let's all get involved and go pray.

Invite all the lost people you know. Don't worry about inviting other church members, let's get the lost under the sound of God's Holy Word. Pray about who you will ask to come and then go invite them to attend with you. One saved soul will be worth it all.

Just for Jesus

Pastor Allen

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Southern Baptist Convention 2014 @ Baltimore, Maryland

Dear Friends,

We are so grateful for the opportunity to attend the SBC. This has always been one of the highlights of the year for us. I love the politics of the convention and the election of officers. The business and motions messengers make are always interesting. You really learn the way of life of Baptist. Electing a Conservative Pastor is important to stay the course of the Convention. It all began in 1977 with the election of Dr. Adrian Rogers as President. Once again we elected a Conservative President in Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas. There were 5129 messengers registered during this election.

Nancy, Hanna, and I are having a good time. We got to spend some time with our son Adrian, grandson Micah and daughter in law Tammy during this convention. Here are a few photos of our time together.






Saturday, May 24, 2014

Upward Sports Celebration

The closing ceremonies for Upward Sports at South Florence Baptist Church. Brother Boyce Francum was our leader and did a great work this Soccer season. Thanks to all the ones who helped and served on Saturdays. Here are a few photos of the last day.





Saturday, April 26, 2014

2014 Annual Pig Picking

Our yearly Pig Picking was a great adventure with all the families fellowshipping. The BBQ and Chicken were awesome. Thanks to a very good group of men and women for sharing your time and talents to make this possible. Brantley Stokes, Timmy Wise, Michael Anderson, Bob Bair, Nick Sportiello, June Bair, Stephanie Stokes and many more work hard and all day for this event. What a joy to see the Saints at SFBC laughing and talking. The playground set was covered with boys and girls. The men and boys were throwing and kicking the football. It was just a great evening with some great people. I got my Gamecock Stadium Canvas Painting hung today in my office.Stop by to see this beautiful painting you gave to me. Thank you for all you do to help build God's Kingdom.






Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cerro Gordo Baptist Church Revival

It's been a real experience at Cerro Gordo this week. Bro. George and Brandi have been such a gracious hosts this week. It's been good at all the services. God has moved among His people and given us insights to His Kingdom. One precious soul has been saved and the altar has been full each night. God is using this young preacher (George) to touch the hearts of the people in Cerro Gordo community. Keep Bro. George in your prayers as he continues to minister to the Saints at Cerro Gordo. This has been a awesome week to see God work in Cerro Gordo. One more night to see the Hand of God touch hearts in this community. Pray for us as we share the truth of God's Word tonight.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Revival at Cerro Gordo Baptist Church

Dear Saints,

Nancy and I are at Cerro Gordo, NC at Cerro Gordo Baptist Church this week. Revival began this  with a great group of Saints attending. The winds of revival were blowing and God touched many hearts. Altar filled up with folks praying and making things right with the Lord. They were encouraged to be back tonight and they came back. Both services were well attended and God touched many hearts. What a blessing to be in such a loving church this week. There was much freedom to preach the Word. Good Spirit among the Saints at Cerro Gordo. Pastor George Strickland did a great work getting his people ready for revival. Pastor George and Brandi Strickland are a loving couple God is using at this church. Pastor George has a great attitude toward leading his people. He has such a loving Spirit. Thank you Lord for the opportunity to preach this week. All I can say is GLORY.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Church Service Cancelled

Dear Saints,

I know you are enjoying this wintry storm. The roads are icy and dangerous, therefore our church meal and worship service for today have been cancelled. Stay safe and warm. I hope to see you all Sunday for Sunday School and Worship. Happy Valentine to all our sweet Saints.

Pastor Allen 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow in Florence

There will be no church service tonight. (January 29, 2014) Hope to see you all Sunday for Sunday School.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Homecoming Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ South Florence Baptist Church, Florence, SC. Worship with the Kempters at 10:00 a.m. Dinner following morning service. Come join us as we celebrate 43 years as a church in Florence, SC.

The Kempters will be singing at Northgate Baptist Church, Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.





Friday, January 10, 2014

Homecoming with The Kempters

 
 
 


Homecoming with the Kempters January 26, 2014 @ South Florence Baptist Church.
Sunday School @ 8:45 a.m.
Worship with the Kempters Family @ 10:00 a.m.
Dinner @ 12:00 noon in Fellowship hall.

Come join us as we celebrate 43 years of serving the Kingdom of God.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Jesus Is My Strength

I'm so happy Jesus saved my soul. He washed my sins away with His precious blood. The Cross is the place that His love spoke the loudest. I accept the death and the day He rose from the dead as facts. I believe I'm alive because He lives. Lord work in me your Grace, so I can show others how to live the Christ life. Living for Jesus is a way of life for all who believe on His name. I want to live and shine for Jesus in every situation that arises in my life.

The last two days I have had a touch of vertigo to go along with my post surgery. I feel so weak at times during the day.  You know what is such a blessing? Jesus my Lord will carry me through all this also. I'm leaning on Jesus for the recovery I need. Jesus is my refuge. Jesus is the answer to all my needs. Look forward to seeing you Sunday morning.

Just for Jesus,

Pastor Allen

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Update

Dear Friends.

I had my Dr.'s appointment today. Staples were taken out. Incision looked good. I can drive but must be careful getting in and out. No stooping, bending or twisting around. No picking up objects. I was told to walk as much I could tolerate. No preaching for a few more weeks. When  I do start back preaching, use a seat to preach from. I will start back preaching on January 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. I will continue to be on light duty until Dr. Edwards turns me loose. I'm so glad I'm doing so good. I still get weak from walking but will get stronger each day hopefully. This is a different weakness from before surgery. I'm doing well and grateful to a loving Lord for His gentle touch. Keep praying and lifting me up in prayer.

Just for Jesus

Pastor Allen

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Resurrection of God's People!

I.The resurrection of God's people takes place in four periods which is the First Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:20-24 (ESV)
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.


Jesus was the first one raised from the dead.

Firstfruits - little handful of saints

Matthew 27:51-53 (ESV)
51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.
52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,
53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Bride of Christ, the Church

1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 (ESV)
15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

The end ones - martyrs - Tribulation saints

Revelation 7:13-14 (ESV)
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”
14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.


These four events are known as the First Resurrection.

II. The Second Resurrection

Revelation 20:11-15 (ESV)
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.
14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Those who are raised in the second resurrection are under the judgment of God
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They belong to a resurrection of damnation, of condemnation, a resurrection into Hell and torment.

If a man die, shall he live again?


Job 14:14 (KJV)
14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.








Friday, January 3, 2014

It's Another Day

I'm up and showered. I'm at the bottom of the mountain working my way to the top. It's going to be a long journey, but I'm going to make it. As God leads me through this trial I will trust in Him to take me all the way to the peak of this high mountain. Walking with God each day gives me much strength. I can do all things through Christ our Lord. Thank you Lord for this day and the Grace you give me to continue on.

The year is starting out with a blower and pump gone bad in our sanctuary. Timmy is working on this today and trying to finish this job. All the decorations are down and put up for next year. Thanks to our secretary Stephanie and Kristie Oliver. The youth are back from Extreme Winter Conference at Gatlinburg, Tenn. Thanks to our youth minister and committee members for your work with our youth.

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering we sent to the SCBC was $3,266.50. We are a strong mission minded church. We give 10% to the SBC and 1% to the local FBA. We are a light house in our community in the way we live the Christ life. We help people and feed people each week. The most important thing we do is share the Gospel at every service. It's an honor for God to allow souls saved at His worship services. Thank you Lord for the anointing  of the sweet Holy Spirit.

All Pocket Change this year will go toward the purchasing of a new bus. We need to receive about $65,000.00 for this project. Please help us as we continue to do God's work in our local community and world.

Just for Jesus,

Pastor Allen

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year in 2014

Dear Friends,

Just a note to let you know about my recovery from L-5 and S-1 Decompression surgery. It has been six days since surgery. Nancy has taken care of me with gentle hands and a compassionate heart. She watches over me with Hawk Eyes; seeing my every move from the recliner to the bath room and back. I don't know what I would do without her. Each day seems to be better than the day before. I'm walking a little each day trying to build up the back muscles. I feel a twitch at my incision from the staples from time to time. I can get up from sitting much better than before surgery. Sleeping is much better than before surgery. I hope this course of action continues for years to come. Thanks to a loving Lord for the touch of His healing hand. Jesus is the light in my darkness of soul.

Thanks for the phone calls and visits. Thanks for the email and text messages. What a wonderful church family God has blessed me with. I have the best group of Deacons any preacher could dream of having. I love you all.

Just for Jesus,

Pastor Allen

Ps.34:4

Monday, December 30, 2013

Walking Up The Mountain by Faith

Today is a day of praise for me. I'm up and showered and writing on my blog page. My back is so much better than it was before surgery. I'm making plans to walk a little each day to increase my strength and help me move better. My back brace is on and I'm feeling secure in it. I'm reading my devotion each day and taking notes. Nancy is keeping an eye on me and letting me know when I'm making a bad move. I'm just so blessed to be doing so good.

Dr. Edwards said I might have some swelling in a few days at the nerves he freed up. He said, don't be alarmed if I have some pain. It will go away in a few days. So far, I haven't had any pain that was not bearable. I have some soreness at the incision. I'm tired and need to rest often. It is going to e a slow process to get back to normal.

I heard Bro. Bob Bair did a good job preaching yesterday. He is a good and Godly man. He is the real deal. Thanks Bob for supplying for me.

Let me encourage you to be faithful while I'm out with this healing process. Be good to Jesus and attend church like you should. Go the second mile and serve Him with gladness.

Just for Jesus,

Pastor Allen

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Breakfast @ the Allen's

Christmas Eve at 10:00 a.m. our family celebrated Christmas with all our family. Daniel did the cooking and Jeffery helped. Everyone was excited and the boys were ready to open presents. It's such a joy to see the sparkle in the eyes of our grandchildren. We start with the youngest child and work our way to the oldest person. This means I'm last to open my presents. We all had a great time of family bonding and eating some cookies,pies, and cake during the day. Here are a few photos of our Christmas.