“The Story About John’s Testimony”
September 1, 2009
Read today’s verses from your favorite translation. Answer what you discover:
Something About Jesus
Something About Me
How I Respond
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Meet “Bro. Ray”
I am seldom referred to as Dr. England, but I am better known as “Bro. Ray.” I was born and raised in the small Kentucky town of Campbellsville. I graduated from both Campbellsville University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville where I earned both the master’s degree and a Ph.D. in New Testament Greek. I have been married to Leslie (Lalosh) for over 30 years. We have three daughters: Mary Beth (Mrs. Dale Potts), Jennifer (Mrs. Todd Elkins), and Stoya (soon to be Mrs. Dustin Hastings). Recently Mary Beth and Dale presented us with our first grandchild – Wesley.
In over 30 years of ministry, I have been a staff minister, taught in college and seminary settings, served on the foreign mission field, but mostly have served as pastor of churches in Kentucky.
It is my blessing to be the senior pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Greenville, Kentucky since December 1999. Second Baptist has been a joy to pastor with wonderful men and women of God working together in ministry to accomplish God’s purposes. I love the church I pastor and the people both in our church and in the community.
I enjoy competitive sports, having played basketball and run cross-country in high school. For many years (when I was younger and slimmer) I enjoyed weight lifting. I am now back in the gym and loving lifting weights on a smaller scale.
It has been a joy sharing my wife Leslie’s passion for the theater. I have served with her on the Board of Directors of our community theater group MCTI. In 2007 I had my first stage role, the supporting role of “Teddy” in the local production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Leslie has directed several MCTI production, recently Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. She works with our Minister of Worship on the annual Easter Pageant.
Other than the Lord, the greatest joys in my life are my wife Leslie and our three daughters and their husbands, and now Wesley. They are a blessing to me.
God has graced me many times more than I deserve. God is good — all the time!
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Goals for Growing As a ChristianTo grow in the Christian life, we should:
1. Read the Bible daily and memorize Scripture
2. Pray for “extended” times daily
3. Sacrificially turn from sin
4. Be consistent in Worship and Sunday School
5. Be a faithful Steward of what you have
6. Learn about and try new ministries7. Tell others about Jesus and your church
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