Today’s Passage – Isaiah 5 – 8
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
Last night at the Northeast Vision Summit, held at Solid Rock Baptist Church in Berlin, NJ, a great giant of the faith was honored. Pastor Rick Wedemeyer is the under-shepherd of The Christian Bible Baptist Church in Berkley Township. Pastor Rick answered God’s call to preach many years ago. He and his wife Kim packed up their two kids and all of their possessions and headed off to Bible college in order to be trained to minister the glorious gospel of grace. After college God called him to serve as the youth pastor of Ocean County Baptist Temple in Toms River, NJ. It was there that I first met Pastor Rick. I had recently been saved, had long hair; no Christian friends or even acquaintances. Pastor Rick befriended me; he mentored me; he opened up his home to me. I would come to him often and at all hours with my questions and problems and he never turned me away. I don’t know how the world would measure the impact of Pastor Rick’s ministry, but to me and many others, he really made a difference. I know that I would not be a pastor today had it not been for the influence of Pastor Rick.
Consider some of the other people that his life has touched:
Pastor and Mrs. Ted Stahl – Assistant pastor at Jersey Shore Baptist Church in Galloway, NJ
Pastor and Mrs. Brian Phalon – Faith Baptist Church in Sparta, NJ
Pastor and Mrs. Dan Bell – Cornerstone Baptist in Browns Mills, NJ
Mrs. Susan Barnes – Pastor’s wife in Illinois
Pastor Mike Sanzone – Ardmore, Oklahoma
Bob and Amy Crease – faithful servants in various ministries at Solid Rock Baptist in Berlin
Sal Valencia – usher at Solid Rock
There are others also. These are just the ones that popped into my head. Pastor Rick answered God’s call. He has been faithful to the Lord and to the Lord’s people for all of these years. Here on earth, he won’t receive much compensation, at least not what he deserves; but he has a pile of rewards waiting for him in Heaven.
How about you? Are you interested in a job? The Lord has a help wanted sign out; and He wants you to answer His call. What will you do in service for Him? You can choose to live your life for the riches of this world; or you can choose instead to sacrifice what this world may offer and serve the Creator of the Universe. He truly has the greatest benefit package available.
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