Last night started the beginning of another year of camp meeting. They had their ordination service and ordained one deacon (Phil Sanders from my church) and one preacher. After we had our singing and prayer, Paul Hagen stood and kept quoting something that Cal Ray Evans said last year. Then Paul told that the debt for camp meeting was 8,700 and some dollars he then told of some people that remained nameless that donated money here and there and that donated money equaled $3,500. Then he told some men to go get money. We haven't heard yet but they took the offering and tonight we will find out how much the offering was.
Paul Hagen preached last night and he had Opal Plumber to come sit up on the stage. He said that he was going to call Opal Grace and that later during his message Opal was going to help him preach. He said that Grace looks and calls for people to be saved. He read from Ephesians 2:8...
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
He kept making these statements, when grace met faith and grace is watching. He said that grace is found 170 times through the Bible from the Old Testament through the New Testament. Grace means favor, goodwill, and kindness. He said others might define grace as...
G = God's
R = Riches
A = At
C = Christ's
E = Expense
Also he said faith is found 200 times in the Bible and he read Romans 12:1-3. Grace is extended to everyone. Maze Jackson said that there is five ways that God speaks to man. The first way is the preaching of the word of God. The second way is the power of a guilty conscience. The third way is through the precious holy spirit. The fourth way is through praying for lost loved ones and the fifth way is through divine providence. Paul made this powerful statement that God uses grace to keep you out of hell. Then he went and got Opal and they walked around and Opal told of God's grace and how she has been saved for 74 years! It was really great to hear someone that has been on the way for a long time and that has lived through some terrible times but Opal praised God for everything and said that He had been so good to her.
During alter call there was a young man saved and many more lined the altar for help. Tonight brother Delmar (pronounced Delmer) Rogers will be preaching. I'm still praying that people will be blessed, helped, and that people will be saved at camp meeting.