Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: October

Fresh Oil

Hello everyone in the Name of Jesus,

     I pray that this finds all of you doing well and looking forward to and enjoying the blessings of being a part of the Church of Jesus Christ. I love the month of October! It’s Fall Y’all but it still feels an awful lot like summer to me. But Pat and I will be celebrating our 39th Anniversary, and like the Bible says, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.”

     With the Fall of the year comes everyone’s favorite recipes for apple pies or apple cider drinks or anything that you can have that will handle pumpkin spice. But with those familiar recipes comes a little bit of freedom to experiment too. A dash of cinnamon here or some nutmeg or some brown sugar there and hopefully the experiment will be a success.

     We don’t experiment with favorite recipes because we are bored with them, but because we want to challenge the taste buds with something new. In Psalm 92:10, the psalmist writes, “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” We don’t know exactly who wrote this psalm, but several people believe that it was Moses and here is why. In Numbers 11:8 he wrote that the manna that God sent to the children had the taste of fresh oil. But the people complained and did what they could to change the taste of it with their recipes and methods of preparation. In Psalm 92, the writer understood the Sabbath, judgment upon the wicked and the mercy of God upon His people and Moses was well aware of these things.

     The personal touch of verse 8 is what I think of the most when I read this psalm: fresh oil. Refreshing or revival is what every believer needs from time to time. One of the reasons that I enjoy Fall so much are the colors that it brings and knowing that the next burst of fresh colors will come in the Spring with the revival and renewal of the earth. Maybe you need refreshing or revival in your life, spiritually and physically. If so, my prayer for you is that your cornucopia be lifted up and that God’s Holy Spirit anoints you with fresh oil. It will make the Bible fresh, prayer fresh, worship fresh and you can enjoy your faith again. David wrote, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”

     We have several things going on in October. First, Franklin Graham has a “Decision America” tour going on in NC during this month from the 1st through the 13th. Check out his stops on www.decisionamerica.com. Second, we will be having Homecoming on Sunday the 27th. Lunch will follow our Worship and it will be the old-fashioned covered dish dinner. So, we can sample how great the cooks are that we have at PPBC. Come hungry, excited and bring a friend. God Bless!

Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell