Friends, Our congregation was blessed this past weekend by the ministry of Brother Jed Smock. He was finishing up three weeks of preaching on university campuses in Florida, and was able to include us in his itinerary. On Sunday morning, he spoke powerfully on the necessity of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and in the evening service he gave more of his personal testimony. I was greatly encouraged by the messages and the messenger, and I know many others were too.
Though we had originally scheduled him for Sunday morning, as he was preaching I thought to myself, "Boy I wish he could stay and preach at least tonight as well." He had intended on heading to Baton Rouge Sunday afternoon to preach at LSU the following day, and so I didn't know if he would even be willing to stay with us for the evening service. As we were praying in the altar service after his message, I felt his hands grasp my shoulders and he said he felt like he should stay and preach again that night, to which I wholeheartedly agreed.
We had another good service Sunday night, with Jed giving more of his testimony and relating some of the kinds of things that happen to him when preaching to the college heathen of our nation. Brother Jed has the unique ability to go from sounding like an old-time revival preacher to sounding like a college professor, all in the same sermon. His dry sense of humor is delightful as well, but the thing I must say I appreciate most about Bro. Jed's ministry is his commitment to the conveyance of God's truth to the minds of his hearers.
Our congregation was challenged to regain the all-consuming hunger for God that we once had. I highly recommend the ministry of Brother Jed Smock to any congregation or pastor interested in revival.
Sincerely, Pastor John Earp, 1/30/07 Pine Grove Church of God Live Oak, FL