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Monday, June 25, 2007

Pastor Gibbs' retirement

Yesterday we celebrated the retirement of one of the most tremendous men of God I have ever known.

After 18 years here in Burgaw, Pastor Carl Gibbs preached his last Sunday morning as pastor of Bible Baptist. He plans to remain in the area, working in the church when he's not speaking elsewhere. I have been blessed and privileged to work under him for the last year, and I can't think of anyone else I would rather have worked under for that time. I mean that.

The services went well. We had a large turnout, both of our people and friends and family of Pastor Gibbs from all over the Southeast. We heard testimonies, and the captain of the jail came out to give Pastor Gibbs a trophy of sorts for his years of work in the jail. At least two or three of the men in the service came because of the jail outreach. Though we had to improvise a bit from time to time, all went well. It was a fitting tribute to the faithfulness of a servant of the Lord, and a greater tribute to the faithfulness of his God, Who has sustained him.


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