Red Jeep Journal
August 11, 2017
41 YEARS AGO TODAY
This morning as I prepared for the day it occurred to me that it was 41 years ago today, at the age of 17, that I was licensed to preach the gospel by Pleasant Ridge Bible Church in Fort Recovery, Ohio. I started preaching when I was 14 so I have been preaching for 44 years, but I started pastoring at 17 over 40 years ago.
SUMMER CAMPS END TODAY
Today I will preach twice at Lincoln Lake and then head home to sleep in my own bed. I will preach in Deckerville this Lord’s Day and head to Canada next weekend, but my summer camp preaching has come to an end.
A couple nights ago I sat overlooking the lake as the sun set. I watched the colors of afterglow on the lake and in the sky and my heart was warmed at the faithfulness of God. He gave me favor with many camp directors and church leaders to fill may calendar every week and every weekend all spring and all summer long. It was a holy moment and I poured out my thanksgiving to God for his great faithfulness. It as fifty years ago this summer I first attended camp and it was in this very place. (If you have not read them, there are a number of Red Jeep Journal post that are not sent via e-mail. You can only read them on-line at kenpierpont.com
When I drive away from the Men’s Retreat Pleasant Valley Bible Camp on the 10th of September I will, by the grace of God, have preached 116 times this spring and fall. I have been to Michigan, Indiana, New York, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio–oh and Canada, eh? I will have preached in in five states and two countries this spring and summer.
GOD’S PROVSION – GOD’S PEOPLE
When I began in April there were to questions on my heart: 1. Will I have places to preach? and 2. Will I be able to pay the bills? Well the answer was yes and yes, thanks be unto God and those He has moved to help us. Not only have we peached almost every day, often twice a day, but we have been able to pay every bill. We have been very careful in our spending, and God’s people have been generous to help us. Thank you to those of you who help us. This has been our full-time work.
BIG NEWS THIS FALL
We have some very exciting plans this fall. Keep an eye on the kenpierpont.com web site. We will have a very special announcement to make very soon about our ministry this fall. You will not want to miss it.
We especially appreciate those of you who pray for our ministry and help us with financial support. If you are interested in our itinerary you can see it by clicking the ministry tab at the Ken Pierpont web site.
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Lincoln Lake Camp
UPDATE July 25, 2018:In the last year I moved my library and all my personal belongings… Today my eyes fell on the envelope that held my ordination certificate and my license to the ministry and some other important documents. I opened it up and discovered, to my surprise, that I had been licensed to the gospel ministry in April of 1977 not in August, as I had thought. Somehow August 11th stuck in my mind, but on the license itself it says plainly: April 3rd, 1977. I think I was called to the church at Pleasant Ridge on August 11, 1976 and I left for Moody in August of 1977. My license must have been issued by the church in April because I needed to conduct a funeral or apply for jail visitation or get my official card from the hospital chaplain or file my taxes… So it was in August of 1976 on the 11th I began which means I have been in the ministry for 42 years in a few days.