There are several upcoming happenings at CrossHope Chapel that I want to mention.
First, let me say that I am looking forward to meeting tomorrow and getting into Matthew 13:24-30 and “The Parable of the Enemy’s Weeds.” This is a very insightful parable that is very timely and helpful in understanding our Laodicean days (Revelation 3:14-22).
Also, I am feeling like opening the hymnals tomorrow so be thinking about a favorite hymn you may wish to sing.
Now, back to some upcoming happenings about the latest on hosting the Thursday evening Bible Study Group and a heads-up on my May chaplaincy schedule…
Bible Study Group
Over the past few weeks we’ve talked a bit about another Bible study group using our Chapel on Thursday evening and I want you to know that I have met with the founder of that group, Pastor Mel Johnson, and we came to a mutual agreement.
The Bible study group, which has been called the Blessed Hope Bible Study, had its beginnings with Luke 4:18 Baptist Church and some of you know that J.P. has been involved with the leadership team of that group.
For the past several years I have had my eye on a Thursday evening outreach then COVID hit and that compounded my own inertia which prevented me from getting beyond the “I ought to” stage, until several weeks ago when the Blessed Hope Bible Study needed a new location to meet.
Pastor Mel Johnson has moved on from Luke 4:18 Baptist Church and is now serving as pastor of Grace Chapel in Pass Christian, Mississippi, though he is still commuting to the Blessed Hope Bible Study in Mobile.
Starting on April 29th the Blessed Hope Bible Study will begin meeting at our Chapel. They will be taking a love offering at their meetings to help cover our expenses.
Their group makes use of a large TV for various Prophecy Video’s and we will have use of that TV on Sunday mornings, too. In fact, tomorrow when you enter the Chapel you will see that I made some changes to accommodate it.
Pastor Mel Johnson and I also agreed upon a 3-month evaluation period to be sure that there is no unbearable hardship to CrossHope Chapel and our fellowship or that the Chapel is continuing to work for their purposes, too.
The Blessed Hope Bible Study has had close to 20 in attendance in their weekly gathering and while I am not familiar with their people, their current program, nor their future, I have had a sense of peace about this partnership.
I believe the Spirit of God is working something out here that will be a win-win for his group, our group, and the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
It probably shouldn’t go unmentioned, but I see this agreement differently than just “renting” space to another church or ministry group, because our own J.P. is involved and will be present. It’s likely that I will begin attending at some point as my schedule permits.
Of course, I am praying for the Lord’s leading in this and I invite us all to join in prayer for the Spirit of God to bless this partnership with wisdom for the leadership and discipleship growth for God’s glory.
I had already mentioned that I will be absent on Sunday, May 2 for Parker’s College Graduation and move-out for him and Payton. I had mentioned that I will be absent on Sunday, May 23 because of Parker’s wedding the evening before in Orange Beach, Alabama.
May just got a little crazier for my schedule because Ascension (the hospital organization that employs me as a chaplain) has asked me to go to the Panama City, Florida hospital for two weeks in May to help with spiritual care while they recruit a chaplain there.
These two weeks will not change anything for me being at the Chapel on Sunday, but it will mean I will be gone during those weekdays. I am waiting on my exact hourly schedule, but right now I will be in Panama City, Florida visiting with patients May 3—May 7 and May 31—June 5.
I do have two odd days in May that I will be covering at Providence, but I wanted you to know about these two weeks in Panama City, Florida.
Tomorrow I will be able to answer any questions you may have and fill in any details that I may have left out regarding the Blessed Hope Bible Study or my Panama City, Florida missionary excursions.