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Archive for the ‘Pastor’ Category

Reflections on 7 years as Pastor

Posted by Rick on August 1, 2014

Today marks 7 years that I have been pastor of Immanuel. I wrote about it on my personal blog.

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Teen Mother Ministry to Begin June 21

Posted by Rick on May 10, 2010

ISBC will begin a new outreach/support group to unwed teen mothers and unwed teen mothers-to-be on June 21, 2010.  Lori Boyd will be team leader.

The purpose of the ministry will be to provide a loving non-judgmental venue for expectant teen mothers and those who already have children to meet for encouragement, information, and Bible study.

Topics of discussion will include parenting skills, pre-natal care, coping skills, and many other pertinent matters.

It will meet on Monday evenings at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Email Lori for more information.


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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on March 1, 2010

Here are some “sound bites” from Sunday morning’s message, “Do-Nothing Christians” based on James 1:22-25:

  • Jesus didn’t die on the cross for you to sit comfortably in a church for an hour each week.
  • Hearing is the function of perceiving sound.
  • Listening is being changed by what we hear.
  • Doing it is putting feet or hands to what we listened to.
  • Prove your faith.

You can listen to the sermon here or by clicking on the audio player below:

You can also listen to the evening sermon, “Prayers & Petitions” based on I Timothy 2:1-8 here or by clicking on the audio player below:

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Note from Bro Rick

Posted by Rick on September 5, 2009

I want to thank everyone who has been praying for me and my family for the past 6 weeks of my illness.  I received news today about my CT Scan.  It indicated that there were no spots in my lungs!  The only explanation for this is that God has answered our prayers!

I will need to see a pulmonologist next week, however, because it indicated an atypical pneumonia or a fungal process in the lower lobe of my right lung.  Please continue to pray us through this difficult time.

Thanks so much for your prayers and to those who have mowed our lawn and provided us with meals!  You are the best!


Bro Rick

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Ice Storm “Looks” Nice

Posted by Rick on January 29, 2009


I took this picture on the way to the office this morning.  The building really looked beautiful covered in ice.  Praise the Lord that we don’t have a “cold” church!

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Mission Quote of the Week

Posted by Rick on September 22, 2008

“We talk of the ‘Second Coming’; half of the world has never heard of the First.” Oswald J. Smith

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Pastor Honored on First Anniversary

Posted by Rick on August 6, 2008

Immanuel Southern Baptist Church had a special surprise celebration to commemorate Bro Rick’s first anniversary as pastor.  Bro Rick was completely surprised and deeply honored by the event.  The church provided a beautifully decorated cake and four different flavors of Blue Bell ice cream for the occasion.

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Online Sermons

Posted by Rick on June 10, 2008

Last week, I faced frustration with not being able to upload last week’s sermon onto our pod-cast server.  The problem seems to be resolved and I have uploaded last week’s evening sermon, “What’s So Amazing About Grace”?

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An Extra Sermon

Posted by Rick on May 20, 2008

I finally got the evening sermon from May 11uploaded yesterday. It is “Don’t Forget” based on Judges 8. It has to do with not forgetting that God is God and all that He has done for you. It calls upon the believer to return to God if he has gone astray. It talks about how we abandon God and His work to go to our own devices, our own abilities, and our own pursuits. How quickly we place the worship of things, (even the KJV Bible!) above God!You can listen to the sermon here or by clicking on the player below.

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Forrest Pollock Update

Posted by Rick on May 13, 2008

At 12:30 today, the Bell Shoals Baptist Church posted this announcement:

We regret to inform you, our church family, that at approximately 11 AM this morning we learned that search and rescue teams found the aircraft of Pastor Forrest Pollock in the mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Pastor Pollock, 44 and his son Preston, 13, did not survive the crash. Please continue to lift up Dawn and the children during this difficult time. We grieve with hope and assurance that our Lord Jesus will lead us and carry us through these difficult times.

We have lost a great brother, pastor and friend in Forrest Pollock as well as a precious little brother in Christ, Preston Pollock. We owe a great thanks to those who risked their lives, endured extreme hardship, and worked non-stop in the attempt to rescue our pastor and his son.

I am sure you will join with me and many others as we pray for Bro Pollock’s family, friends, and for his church family at the time of their loss.  Here is a link to the Baptist Press story.

May God somehow be glorified in this.

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