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I Have A Place

In a recent meeting I heard a song entitled, “I Have A Place”.  This song provoked many tears and testimonies about a time and place when many came to know the Lord. As I stood there and listened to each testify, I couldn’t help but go back in my mind to that particular time and place where God saved my soul. It was July 14, 1968, in a meeting room at Coleman’s Nursery in Portsmouth, Virginia. Our church, Faith Baptist Church, was using this facility until a building could be built. On that Sunday morning, while Pastor Carlton Smith was preaching about the woman at the well, the Lord arrested my soul and gloriously saved me. 

Recently, on a trip to Portsmouth, I went back to that place. The nursery has now been sold and some of it has been demolished. I’m not sure of the plans for the part that remains, but I do know that no matter what should happen to the building nothing can ever destroy what happened in that place that day.  

I may never get to physically visit Calvary’s Hill where our Savior died, but I do know that spiritually I have been there. Luke 23:33 says, “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him,…” There is a literal place of crucifixion, but also there needs to be a particular place where we know beyond any doubt that we called on the name of the Lord to save us from our sins.  If this has happened it will be very evident. I am sure no one had to guess about Lazarus being raised from the dead. It was quite evident that once he was dead and then was quite alive. Ephesians 2:1, “And you hath he quickened (made alive) who were dead (a corpse) in trespasses and sins;” 

Yes, I Have A Place. Do you? Do you go there and rejoice and praise Him for the day He saved your soul and made you a new creation?

Until next month,

Evangelist Tom Gilliam

I Had The Pleasure
This past Sunday two of our granddaughters, Abby and Megan, traveled with us to the meeting at Rex Memorial Baptist Church. This is a first. Our schedule and our children’s active involvement in their own local church does not give much opportunity for them to visit us in Bro. Tom and the Girls!meetings. We were not only proud of them, but also of their Godly behavior. We thank the Lord for our children who are raising Godly children.  Proverbs 17:6 says, “Children’s children are the crown of old men…”
Vote on November 2, 2004!I Have A Privilege
Tuesday, November 2, will be a very important day in the life of our country. Since I will not be in this area on that day, Beth and I have already voted. It is our responsibility and certainly a privilege. If you are unsure, review the each candidate's stand on abortion and homosexuality. These are clear issues in the Word of God. If you don’t vote, don’t grumbleWhile we know that God is in control, it is still our responsibility to exercise the right we have to vote.
Online Calendar
Be sure to visit our online calendar for a complete and up-to-date listing of our our meetings through the rest of the year. And please be sure to stop by and visit us when we are at a meeting in your area. We would love to see you!

Oct. 17-21 :: Valdese, NC
Oct. 27-27 :: Greensboro, NC
Oct. 31-Nov. 3 :: Alexander, NC
Nov. 7-10 :: Merritt Island, FL
Nov. 14-17 :: Lenoir, NC

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