Submitted by Chris Gallagher
FORT MILL, S.C. (BNc) — Over 600 men attended the 14th annual Carolina Men’s Day fellowship at the Gold Hill Road congregation, Sat., Mar. 10.
The annual event is sponsored by the Charlotte Avenue congregation located in Rock Hill, S.C.
The attendance capacity required that seats be brought into the back aisle and the foyers. People also watched from the overflow rooms.
It was an experience to sing along with 600 other men lifting our voices to God between each lesson and to sit at the feet of teachers speaking where the Bible speaks and being silent where the Bible is silent.
The Carolina Men’s Fellowship draws men from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as other states.
John DeBerry, minister for the Coleman Avenue church, Memphis, Tenn., and member of the Tenn. House of Representatives, was the keynote speaker for the event.
DeBerry challenged the crowd to make a difference by proclaiming the absolute God of the universe in a culture which projects pluralism. In his final message, he spoke of the challenge before each man to be different because of their relationship with Jesus.
The topic of this year’s Carolina Men’s Fellowship was “Making a Difference.”
A special missions highlight was placed on mission efforts in Kenya and Venezuela.
Each speaker highlighted the everlasting truth of God’s word as the difference in the world today. As men, if we are living the Word of God in our lives, we will make a difference in the world.
Jeff Trotter began the event by encouraging each man to make a difference because when we are living for Jesus we will make a difference.
“God has provided the dynamite, we need to light the fuse,” Jeff said.
Kirk Sams spoke on the difference the youth are making and can make in the future, if the current generation will reach them.
Steven Guy and Eddie Sanders spoke on different subjects while bringing about adjoining applications; the word must be preached in love, but the word must be preached.
David Pharr spoke on the current issue of instrumental music in the Lord’s church, “Why A Cappella Makes a Difference.”
The Carolina Men’s Fellowship began in 1999 at the Charlotte Avenue church.
Due to the large attendance each year, the event has been held at the Gold Hill Road congregation. This event has brought congregations in closer fellowship while encouraging men to be the leaders in their families, their congregations, and their communities.
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Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us