I arrived in Fayetteville, Arkansas in August of 1992. I remember the moment in my dorm room when I decided to visit University Baptist Church. Then I joined UBC, and the Lord used the pastors and people powerfully in my life. It was Gene Calvert, the college pastor, who really challenged me to begin memorizing Scripture, and it was Kameron Slater, Gene’s associate, who met with me early in the morning once a week for prayer and Bible study. I am so grateful for the way Gene and Kameron poured into me.
The fact that UBC was such a pivotal time in my life makes me feel deeply honored to be returning there March 2–4, 2012 to speak at the Spiritual Life Conference.
SFC 2012 – God: The Merciful Judge (Short) from University Baptist Church on Vimeo.
Details here. If you’re in Northwest Arkansas, I would love to see you there.
Thanks be to God for the blessing to walk with Jim for a few years while he lived in Fayetteville. Staying in the battle with you. Fighting for joy!
I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul and the grace given him to be a minister of the Gospel. As Jim heralds the word of God, I pray the spark that ignited him burn hot, long and clear. “In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.’” Romans 15:17-21
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