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Dr. Ricky R. Hurst is a native of Carroll County, Georgia, and has been an ordained Baptist Minister for over 30 years. He has served as pastor in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia, as well as the Director of Donor Relation for the Virginia Baptist Foundation.
Ricky is a graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, the SouthernBaptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond.
He is dedicated to the Gospel Ministry, and to sharing the Presence of Christ through preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. He and his wife, Joy, have three sons: Nathan (wife, Vanessa), Samuel, and Jeremiah (wife, Allison). Ricky’s hobbies include creative writing, antique book and bottle collecting, nature, and gardening.
Upcoming Sermon Titles and Texts:
November 5, Season of Spirit & Love
“Blessed are Those Who Practice!”
(Micah 3:5-12 & Matthew 23:1-12)
November 12, Season of Spirit & Love
“Blessed are Those Who Prepare!”
(Amos 5:18-24 & Matthew 25:1-13)
November 19, Season of Spirit & Love
“Blessed are Those Who Do Well!”
(Zephaniah 1:7-18 & Matthew 25:14-30)
November 26, Thanksgiving Sunday
“Blessed are The Least of These!”
(Psalm 100 & Matthew 25:31-46)
Note from Pastor Rick:
The Great Big Thanksgiving Table
On the evening before his crucifixion, Jesus gathered at the table with his disciples, took some bread, spoke a blessing over it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Jesus then took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “All of you now, drink from this cup. It is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for everyone for the forgiveness of sins. But know this, I will not drink from the fruit of the vine until the Day arrives when we will drink it together in my Father’s Kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29). The Greek New Testament term for the phrase “give thanks” is eucharisto or Eucharist as used in church tradition to designate Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper. In this context, thanksgiving is entirely more sacred than many imagine. It is the thanksgiving of Christ for his own suffering and death, and it is the thanksgiving of Christ for his redeeming sacrifice accomplished for all believers.
From Jesus’ place at the table he pointed to his place at the table in the world to come with so many others: “After this I looked, and before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb … Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear’ … Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9; 19:6-9). What a Thanksgiving Day! And, what a Great Big Thanksgiving Table!
That table will be big enough for everyone. There will be room enough at the table for more people than we could ever imagine. There will be people there from every nation, every tribe, every ethnic group, and every language under heaven. It will be such a universal gathering and homecoming that we will be overwhelmed by God’s grace, and not be able to contain our praise and thanksgiving to God! But, I think Jesus wants us to be aware that we have the power here and now to dismantle bias and hate in our world. It begins with our relationship with him and others. And, it is a relationship built on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jews, and then to the Gentiles … For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.” Romans 1:16; Titus 2:11). One day I hope to see all of you gathered around the Great Big Thanksgiving Table!
Grace, Peace, & Love,