COMFORT FROM THE WORD
We are hearing more often of Christians suffering for their faith. We should be expecting this in the last days. Jesus said we are to be watching and to be ready for His coming. The last days will be filled with stress and worry, but we have hope. We have His Word to comfort us as we wait for His coming.
Our faith is in God's infallible, inerrant Word. The Bible gives us power to fight the devil and his demons. It is the sword of the Spirit, (Ephesians 6:17) and His truth is our shield (Psalms 91:4) We can feed and grow spiritually on God's Word. His Word gives us peace and encouragement for today and assurance for the future.
About the Pastor
Dr. William R. Shively has been the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church since March 1978. Pastor Billy was saved in 1973, and he became actively involved in his home church, Story Creek Baptist. He felt the call from God to preach the gospel, and he began preaching in the local nursing homes and jail. Pastor Billy was licensed and ordained by Story Creek Baptist Church. Pastor Billy and his wife Sherry were married on December 25, 1971. They were both born in Franklin County and graduated from Franklin County High School. Pastor Billy and Sherry received their Associate Degree from Liberty University and other degrees including a Doctor of Ministry from Covington Theological Seminary. Pastor Billy has the desire to always please the Lord by honoring His Word. Pastor Billy and Sherry both thank the Lord for allowing them the privilege to serve the Lord with the wonderful people at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
WE HAVE HOPE
The world has no hope without God. The sinner has no hope unless he turns to God. There is nothing for the lost person to look forward to beyond this world. "When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth." (Proverbs 11:7)
The Christian has hope. "I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope." (Psalm 130:5)
"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD." (Psalm 31:24)
"The hope of the righteous shall be gladness." (Proverbs 10:28)
We discover the reason we have hope when we read the Bible. "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." (Romans 15:4)
We place our faith and hope in Him who died, was buried, and on the third day arose. Peter wrote: "Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God." (1 Peter 1:21) We must place our faith and hope in God.