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Pastor Stanford Benson, left, presents Minister LaJarrell Hill with his license.
When Jesus was invited to speak in the synagogue in Nazareth, He read from Isaiah 61 starting at the first verse, and then He preached His first sermon announcing His ministry, which is revealed in Isaiah 61, bringing hope to the hopeless, sharing good news to those who had broken hearts, etc.
On Sunday, December 11, my great-nephew LaJarrell Hill preached his first sermon, titled “How Strong is Your Faith?” from Mark 5:21-43. He asked the question, “How do we get faith?”
First we must go to God, trusting Him, and fall at Jesus’ feet. Sometimes you’ve got to put some people out. People will discourage you with their negative attitudes. LaJarrell spoke so well you would think he’s been preaching for years, and he has in many ways and in many places – home, family gatherings, etc.
His message came from the book of Mark; however, he was defined in Isaiah 61:1, “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted.”
LaJarrell does have the heart for the brokenhearted. He has fixed many hearts through his kindness, obedience and singing for the Lord. His singing and faith run deep. It runs in the family. His faith and anointed singing are so strong that I believe young family members and other young men who heard his message will give their lives to God.
Acts 16:31 reads, “So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.’” and LaJarrell stands with Joshua in Joshua 24:!5, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
LaJarrell spoke on how his mother, Thelma Hill, and grandmother, Effie M. Lee, encouraged his faith by making sure he attended church services and singing in the choir. He didn’t always like it then, but now he thanks God for the push.
We all need a push sometimes, and it’s good to have a faithful family and a good wife like Mrs. Brigett Hill, LaJarrell says of his wife. The service was great, held at First Baptist in Rockford, where Pastor Stanford Benson is overseer, honoring Minister LaJarrell Hill with his presentation of license.
Songs of praise were wonderful, sung by First Baptist Choir. Devotional service was held by the deacons, and Minister Frankie Cousin opened the service with a warm welcome and powerful exhortation. Her husband, Bro. Lee Cousin, is one of the best ushers there is, along with Mrs. Cynthia Matthew. We thank you both from the bottom of our hearts. Your kindness will never be forgotten – Butch and Ruby.
Congratulations to Lt. Bradgel Moon on your promotion. We love you and are always praying for you.
We also pray for the entire law enforcement of Coosa County and other counties, as well. Also praying for Mr. Clarence Kelly.
Happy birthday to a sweet lady and friend, Cynthia Burton. Also, happy birthday to Lady Shay Todd and all other December babies, as well as my niece, Brenda Crawford.
Let us share our good news with others.
“We set the sail; God makes the wind.”
“Don’t give God instructions; just report for duty.”
Call Ruby at 256-935-1330 to spread your good news.