As we near the end of summer it’s great to know God is at work at EBC!  God blessed us with a good crowd on Sunday to include first time guests and returning guests as well!

Sunday Morning

We learned 2 ways to put the ax to anxiety.  First, pray thankfully!  Let’s remember to mix in gratitude in our prayers as we seek God to help us during anxious times.  Secondly, think properly!  Let’s allow the Scriptures and God’s Spirit to help strengthen our minds, helping us to think properly and put the ax to anxiety!

Sunday Evening

On Sunday evening we were challenged to “Grow Inward” by welcoming new Christians and new members into the church family!  It’s the responsibility of each member to take time to show the love of Christ to new folks in the church and help them take their next steps as they follow Christ and continue to worship with us.  We put the message into practice immediately following the service as a new family decided to join the EBC family!  We cheered and applauded their decision and gave them a warm welcome.  God is an awesome God!  Let’s keep it up!

We are taking steps together as we Grow Together as a church family!

How did God work in your life this weekend at EBC or your home church?     Join the conversation by leaving your comment!

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Vision Night Flashback!


On Sunday, March 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. Emmanuel Baptist Church gathered for Vision Night!  It was awesome!  Vision night is one of the most important gatherings of the entire year.  And oh what an inspiring Vision Night gathering we had.

So what really happened on Vision Night?  What was said from God’s Word?  How were we the people of EBC challenged to help see our vision become a reality?  I am glad you asked!  Here is what happened!

What is our vision?

God blessed us with an inspiring vision night gathering on March 3rd!  The atmosphere was great, the crowd was attentive and response, and the vision was compelling and on point.  On this special night I shared our Vision for this year:  Growing together: Upward, Inward, and Outward! Our vision theme verse is found in 2 Peter 3:18, But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

During our gathering I explained how our vision came from God, what the vision is, and I also painted a picture of what our vision looks like in action.  I challenged us all by asking some key questions like, “What is it going to take for us to grow together? What will it take for you and me to step out of our comfort zones and really get engaged in the mission?” To help us get engaged I reminded us of what our God-given purpose, mission, and vision really are! The purpose of our church—the reason why we exist at all is to Glorify God—to seek to exalt Jesus our Savior and please Him in how we live and in what we do.  The mission of our church—what we are to be doing—is to make disciples of Jesus Christ! Our mission is to help people become growing healthy disciples of Christ in our church, community, and beyond.  As a church we are to know Jesus more and make Him known to others.

How can we become a church that glorifies and pleases God in who we are and in all we do?  How can we together become growing healthy disciples and become a disciple making factory? That’s where our vision comes in!  We will become the church God wants us to become by Growing Together!  On vision night I then shared this important truth:  growing upward, inward, and outward are all connected to each other!  We won’t grow upward in our relationship with God unless we open up to God and desire to know Him more.  And we won’t grow inward, building real relationships with other church members and attenders and guests unless we first grow upward.  And we won’t grow outward, reaching new families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, unless we first grow upward with God and then inward with others within the church body.  They are all connected!

At the end of our gathering I shared some action steps.    In order to change the outcome—our future—we must change our behavior.  That’s what we do. And in order to change what we do we have got to change who we are. And that means experience a change of heart! We have to get God’s help with that!

Let’s decide together to take some action steps toward our vision so we can see our vision become a reality!

What steps are we to take together?

I was excited as I shared our Growing Together Goals!  Our goals are laminated on a half sheet of card stock with a magnet so they can be easily put on our refrigerators for viewing and reminding each day!  Our goals are the mini bite-size action steps we all must take together so that our vision will become reality. These growing together goals are not just for me but for you too.  Not just for some members and attenders but for all!  To discover where you are in your spiritual growth with Christ and your commitment level ask yourself this question as you read over and pray over our goals, “What main area(s) do I need to grow in?”

God truly worked in a great way!  We all have steps to take so we can see our vision of Growing Together: Upward, Inward, and Outward become a reality at EBC!  If you were present at the vision night gathering or have received your copy of our growing together goals, or just love growing in Christ let me know how God has worked in your life and let’s get growing!

What area(s) has God showed you to grow in so we can all grow together?  Keep the conversation and vision alive by leaving your comment.

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EBC Fall News!

What’s been happening at EBC? 

  • We had a great baptism service!

On August 26 we had the privilege of baptizing 8 folks!   Praise the Lord for their testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ!

  • We had great Missions Sundays!

God really blessed our services on October 7 and 14!  Guest speakers Ed Gibson and Ralph Done challenged us to give grace for grace!  With all of the grace we have received from Jesus we ought to give grace to others, specifically our missionaries through our faith promise missions offerings.  Thank you for your faithful giving!

 What’s happening next at EBC? 

  • Veterans Day—November 11!

Be sure to thank our veterans for their service to our country!

  • Fall Festival—November 17!

Come out and have a blast at our fall festival on Saturday, November 17 at 5:00 pm.  It will be held at the Wilkerson home (14705 Jesse Yarbrough Rd, Glen).  Just bring your favorite soup or chili to share, and your favorite game to sponsor and play.  You can set up your game and have a booth just like a festival.  Just ask Miss BJ Wilkerson for ideas.  There will also be a hayride for the kids.  Sign up at the back table at the church for this fun time!

  •  Praise Service—November 18!

We will be having a Thanksgiving praise service on Sunday, November 18 at 6 p.m.  Following the service we will also have a pie fellowship.  Come out and be a part as we praise our great God and enjoy some great pie!  Please sign up at the back table at the church.  There will be no midweek service on Wednesday, November 21.

  •  Ladies Christmas Brunch—December 1! 

The ladies of EBC are invited to a special Christmas brunch on Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 .am.  There will be a Christmas devotional, games, good food, and fellowship!  Don’t miss it.  Please sign up at the back table at the church.

  • Resistance Teen Caroling—December 7! 

The Resistance teens will be having a Christmas caroling activity on Friday, December 7.  This is a great time to show the love of Christ to others and have fun singing Christmas carols.

  • Kids Christmas Program—December 16!

Our EBC kids will be providing a Christmas program on December 16 during the evening service!  Be sure to come out and invite your family to join you for this special service.

  • Resistance Teen Afterglow—December 16!

Following the evening service on December 16 the teens will be going to Heritage Park to enjoy the Christmas lights!

  • Christmas Service—December 23! 

Be sure to come out to our Christmas service on Sunday, December 23 at 11:00 a.m.!  There will be Christmas music and a special Christmas message.  This will be a great time to bring a friends or family member with you!  We will have Sunday school at 10:00 a.m. and an evening service at 6:00 p.m. There will be no midweek service on Wednesday, December 26.

  • Christmas Family Night—December 23! 

Join us for our Christmas family night on Sunday, December 23.  We will sing carols, have a short devotional, and a cocoa and cookie fellowship after the service. Be sure to come!

What activity are you excited about the most?  Start the conversation by leaving your comment!

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Mission’s Sunday Rewind!

God gave us a great first Missions Sunday!  Here’s a quick list of ways God blessed:

– God blessed us with a good spirit! There was excitement in the air!

– God blessed us with a good number!  We had over 100 in attendace—105 with the Baptist curve

– God blessed us with good music!  Thank you to all who blessed our hearts in song!

– God blessed us with good missionary updates!

It was great to have missionaries George Lewis (Brazil), the Greens (Taiwan), and the Huff’s (Togo Africa) with us and hear about their ministries!  We had a great time with them!

– God blessed us with good messages from Dr. Ed Gibson!

Our theme is grace for grace.  God truly used Bro Ed to paint the picture of the grace we received from Jesus Christ!  If we have received Jesus Christ as our Savior than we have received the grace of God.  Grace would be His unmerited favor and blessings like forgiveness of sins, eternal life in heaven, and His daily presence and power to live each day!  His grace is enough for salvation and for each and every day and trial we will ever face!

He also challenged us to respond to this grace we have received by making a public commitment to Christ, showing our gratitude for what He has done for us, surrendering our lives to Him to use for His glory, and giving faith promise Mission’s offerings.

God has given us the great opportunity to show our care and love for Jesus, His Gospel, and our missionaries by deciding to participate in faith promise missions!  I pray that you would join me in giving offerings to faith promise either each week, bi-weekly, or monthly so our missionaries can accomplish their work in their field!  Be sure to fill out your commitment card and turn it in during one of the services this Sunday.

God truly blessed our first Mission’s Sunday with Dr. Ed Gibson!  Praise the Lord!  God even blessed our Sunday giving!  Let’ spray for God to really bless and work next week too.  We will have our very own missionary Ralph Done with us from Manna worldwide!  He will be speaking in our joint Sunday school class at 10:00 am, and in the Sunday am and pm worship services!  Don’t miss out on what God wants to do in and through you, me, and our entire church family!

PS:  Thank you Bread Breakers for putting on a delicious dinner for our missionaries and church   family. It was a great time to connect with our missionaries and enjoy some great food!

Did God bless your heart this Sunday at EBC?  Start the conversation by leaving your comment!

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EBC Summer News!

We are coming to the end of a hot summer!  By God’s grace Emmanuel Baptist Church has been growing in spirit and in number.  That’s awesome!

What’s happening next at EBC? 

  • Men’s Connection—Aug. 18th

Men, if you enjoy good food and fellowship, plan to come to the next men’s prayer breakfast on Saturday, August 18th, at 8:00 a.m. right here at the church. This is a special time designed to help men grow closer to one another and to Christ. Hope to see you there.

  • VBS Sunday—August 19!

We are ending our kid’s summer event, VBS SpaceQuest, with a celebration!  This Sunday, August 19 at 11:00 a.m. we will worship Jesus our Savior and honor the kids who participated in the program during VBS.  Following the service we will have dinner on the grounds.  Everyone is welcome to join us for some great food and fellowship.  You can also volunteer to help with VBS clean-up. We will be putting our classrooms back to “normal” after the dinner.  We will have Sunday school at 10:00 a.m. and morning worship at 11:00 a.m.  There will be no evening service. Please join our kids and bring your family and friends to help celebrate!

  • Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser—August 25  

Be sure to support the Resistance during our Spaghetti fund raiser on Saturday, August 25!  The meal will be irresistible, including spaghetti, bread and dessert.  Tickets for a dinner are just $5 and will be available for pick-up from the church on Saturday, Aug 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m.  Please remember to bring your ticket(s) when you come.  The money raised will be used to fund our youth activity Disney’s Night of Joy.

  • Baptisms—August 26

Being baptized is a wonderful thing in a Christian’s life.  It’s an outward expression of an inward action!  We are having a baptism service on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. on August 26.  Come out and bring your friends and family to this great event! And, if you would like to be baptized there’s still time to prepare.  Just let me or a church worker know.

  • Promotion Sunday—August 26!  

It’s going to be exciting in the Kids Zone on Promotion Sunday!  On Sunday, August 26 our children in our Sunday school ministry will graduate to an older class according to their grade level.  We also have Bible classes for Adults and youth too!  Join the Resistance if you’re in 7-12th grade. We have a young adult Bible class if you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s and an auditorium Bible class for those 50 or older!  Being a part of a Sunday school class is a great way for you to grow in your relationship with God and with others in the church.  All classes begin at 10:00 a.m.

  • New Wednesday Recharge Series!

God continues to recharge our EBC family during our Wednesday night worship service at 7:00 p.m.! God blessed the recent “Can I get a Witness?” lesson series.  Our focus was learning how we can get more involved in evangelism.  I’m looking forward to seeing more guests come and placing their trust in Jesus as a result of each of us doing our part to invite them and share the Gospel!

Next Wednesday, August 22, Dr. Charles Shoemaker will begin a new three-week study!  We are always grateful to be able to have Dr. Shoemaker with us to teach us the Word!  Be sure to come and bring your family and friends!

EBC’s Wednesday Recharge has relevant ministries for all ages including adults, the Resistance for students in grades 7-12, the Kids Zone for kids in K4-6th grade, and a nursery for children 0-3 years of age. 

Things are getting pretty exciting at EBC!  What are you excited about at EBC or your home church?  Start the conversation by leaving your comments!

EBC News!

What’s been happening at EBC? 

We had a great Kid’s Team meeting! We have a great group of ministry volunteers. We all are excited about our summer kid’s event, VBS SpaceQuest! Looking for Jesus to work through us and help us reach new kids and families with the Gospel.

I started a new Sunday morning sermon series from the Gospel of John: “Jesus is the One!” God has given Liberty and worked through the Gospel messages—Thank God for that!

Ethan Wilkerson, one of our teens, went on a mission’s trip to Honduras! He had a great and safe trip.  Thank you for all who prayed and gave to help with his expenses. This Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. we will hear how his trip went.  Plan to join us!

Some of the Resistance teens went to the Teen Extreme Youth Camp in Pensacola!  Please pray with us that God will use this time away at camp to draw our teens closer to Jesus and to one another.

What’s happening next at EBC? 

  • VBS—Begins July 15th!

Our kids are getting ready to go on a SpaceQuest! Our summer kid’s event, VBS SpaceQuest will be held on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon July 15-August 12!  VBS is a great way for kids to make friends and have fun while learning the Bible.  They will earn points and win prizes by attending, bringing their Bible, reciting memory verses, and bringing visitors!  It’s also a great opportunity for adults to connect in an Adult Bible class at 10:00 a.m.  Learn more at!

SpaceQuest Blast Off Mission 1:  July 15 from 10:00 a.m-12:00 noon

Mission 2:  July 22                                        Mission 3: July 29

Mission 4: August 5                                      Mission 5: August 12

A Grand prize will be given on VBS Sunday, August 19, at 11:00 a.m.  Join us on this special Sunday and help us celebrate!

There are also great opportunities to volunteer and help with the VBS activities!  If you have questions and would like to volunteer give us a call at 904-259-1676.  As you serve you are helping more kids and prayerfully their parents become growing disciples of Jesus Christ!  Thanks for volunteering!

  • Empowering new Wednesday Recharge series starts July 18! 

God continues to recharge our EBC family during our Wednesday night worship service at 7:00 p.m.! Next Wednesday, July 18, I will begin a new study called, “Can I get a witness?”  Come and rediscover one of the main reasons why God saved us and find out what our church is to be doing—evangelism!  That simply means as a church we are to be inviting people to worship with us and telling them about what God has done for us so we could know Him personally, have our sins forgiven, receive His grace and mercy daily, and know for sure that we are going to heaven! We are to share with others what God has done for us through the Gospel!  It will be a practical series equipping us to be the witness God desires us to be in our community and beyond! Please pray with me that God will develop an evangelistic culture in our church.  EBC’s Wednesday Recharge has relevant ministries for all ages including adults, the Resistance for students in grades 7-12, the Kids Zone for kids in K4-6th grade, and a nursery for children 0-3 years of age. 

  • Church Volleyball has begun! 

It’s that time again to have some fun on the volleyball courts!  Both the youth and adult EBC volleyball teams are in action at the community courts.  Their games are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m!  Come out and cheer them on!  Schedules are available at

Our summer will be exciting!  Are you getting in on the fun at EBC?  How have the ministries of EBC blessed you recently?  Start the conversation by leaving your blessing!

EBC Vision Flashback!

Vision…what are you still seeing?

Earlier this year in February we had an important church meeting. It was a typical business meeting. It was fine. There were no issues or problems. No one made a protest or charged the pulpit. One thing that did happen is that our vision for the future was clearly shared. I reminded us that our vision is to see EBC become a church of ministry teams—one team per ministry.

It’s the same vision I have been casting, sharing, teaching, and preaching since February 2010.  I define a ministry team as a group of believers in Jesus who are like-minded, unified in purpose, mission, and vision and are advancing! As I reminded us of the vision I challenged each one of us to examine our own lives and walks with God and be willing to take the next step to help our vision be realized. Have you taken your next step? 

What is vision anyway?

Vision is an essential element of a person’s life, family, and it’s especially vital in a local church! Vision is a seeing word. Author Aubrey Malphur’s defines vision as: the clear and challenging picture of the future of our church as it can and must be. Vision is possible and vision is also urgent—it must be! In order for our church to not just survive but thrive in Christ we must have a vision. Proverbs says that without vision the people perish. I believe the opposite is also true: a church—group of believers in Christ WITH a vision can flourish! A church with a great commission Christ centered vision will flourish and become all that God wants them to be and do all that God wants them to do in their community and beyond! When we as an individual member-we who make up the church-get on board our vision becomes real!

Where does a vision come from?

Vision is the picture of the future of what our church will become! The pastor and people who are serious about knowing and fulfilling God’s will for them in their community and beyond is ready to receive a God sized vision! After much prayer and worship and even some fasting God revealed to me the vision. Now a vision is not just something exciting and needful for the church to accomplish. Vision is specific! God will show us specific things, whether they are goals or objectives that must be done so our church can accomplish its mission best. Now let me say that our mission is the same as what all Bible believing Christ following churches should be pursuing: help people become growing healthy disciples of Christ and fully engaged members of the church body. My responsibility as the pastor is to lead our church in fulfilling our mission! As cool and needful as a vision is there is no way that I can fulfill the vision and mission of our church alone.  That’s where each person at EBC comes in. Catch it! Communicate it! And help us fulfill it!

What is our vision?

Our vision is to improve the quality of ministry by building a church of ministry teams! That was it—team ministry! There is no I in team! The pastor cannot do it alone! Together we can do it! Philippians 1:27 says, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”

On February 13th 2010 I casted the vision to our church! Our business meeting turned into a vision night service! God really worked, blessed, and I believed moved in our hearts. Since that day I have continued to cast that vision, reminding specifically our men, and then every member and attendee, leading them to pray and help fulfill and spread our vision. Have you prayed about your part in fulfilling the mission and vision of our church?

How is our vision becoming a reality?

Now it’s great to have received a vision from God and His Word! It is very exciting to cast that vision to the people. But there is nothing like it when God’s people start catching the vision and you actually see the vision becoming a reality in the church! Right now God is allowing our church to build some ministry teams. So far we are developing a:

  • Leadership team
  • Music and media team
  • Outreach team
  • Hospitality team
  • Youth team
  • Maintenance team (Men of Acts)
  • Kids Team
  • More to come!

Now these teams are still forming and developing. Each one still needs work and more team members! But God is putting them together! The good news is that God has just started building these ministry teams and you can join one!

How can I get involved?

I am glad for the members of Emmanuel Baptist church who have agreed to serve Jesus on a ministry team! The good news is that there is an opening for you to be on a ministry team too. Are you on a ministry team? What areas of interest and experience do you have? What are you passionate about?  How has God gifted you to help us fulfill our mission of making disciples of Christ at EBC? Just let me know you are interested in serving on a team and I’ll help you get plugged in. The future of EBC can be bright and filled with God’s hand of blessing. But for that to happen we need to ask God to open our hearts and take a step toward Him! Our vision will become a reality only if our church members and attendees catch the vision and get active and involved and become a part of the “team!”

Since your arrival at EBC how has God used you to help us fulfill our mission and vision? Do you understand what our mission and vision is?  Will you take your next step towards being an active disciple of Christ and member of EBC?  If you’re a member of another church how has God used you or your church to form ministry teams to fulfill the mission and vision of the church?

Start the conversation by leaving your comments!


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EBC Weekly Recap!

Well God has been blessing and working in and through the believers in Christ at EBC! Here’s a quick recap about what went on recently:

  • Started a New Sunday morning sermon series from the Gospel of John! God gave Liberty and worked through the message from John 8, “Jesus is the One who forgives.” Thank God for that!
  • Had a great Kids Team meeting Sunday night!  Great group of ministry volunteers. We all are excited about having our summer VBS! Looking for Jesus to work through us and help us reach new kids and families with the Gospel.
  • Had special prayer for one our teens, Ethan Wilkerson as he is preparing to go on a mission’s trip to Honduras! (Thank you for your prayers and for giving in the love offering on Sunday. All of his expenses will be paid for! Thanks for showing the love of Christ.)

That’s just a week in the life of EBC.

How is God working in your life here at EBC or at your home church? Join the conversation by leaving your comment!

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2 Shots in the Arm we all need!

Today we were pretty beat and tired.  So my lovely wife decided to get us a Starbucks frap with an extra shot–of espresso.  Oh yea, and a cake pop too!  They were great.  They gave us a needed boost.  But as I worshipped today God led me to a couple of passages of Scripture that really gave me what I actually needed–a spiritual boost.  Here they are. I hope they recharge your spiritual batteries too.

Romans 12:1-2, “ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

James 1:2-5, “2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

The more we live the more God wants us to realize that we will find true contentment and completeness in Jesus—who He is to us, what He has done and does for us, and who we are in Him!  Now those are some shots we really need for life and living!

Did you need those shots?  Start the conversation by leaving your comment!

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Go Team!

Our vision for EBC is to see our church become a church of ministry teams:  one team per ministry!  We can always function better, healthier, and accomplish more for Jesus when we all have the same mind and work together.  EBC saw this happen in a great way this past Sunday!  A quality Christ honoring worship service does not happen by mistake or by the efforts of one person. Our worship leader, fell sick suddenly on Saturday night.  Our lead sound and media people, and their backups were unavailable.  So I did what a good pastor does–I prayed!  With the regular worship team out and their backups unavailable God helped me put together a team.  I asked my wife Emily to run the media, Tim McKinnon to run the sound, and miss Hannah Wilkerson to play the piano and I led our worship.  God really blessed.  As we sought to worship Jesus in spirit and in truth everything came together well, Christ was glorified, and the church was edified!  I thank the Lord for willing members of EBC who are willing to step out and up to serve with me.  Thank you guys!  Go Team!

Together we can do it!

How has God used you at EBC or your home church to serve on a ministry team?  How do you feel about being a part of something great?  Start the conversation by leaving your comment!

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