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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:
July 2, Season of Spirit & Love (Communion Sunday)
“Blessed is the Lamb!”
(Genesis 22:1-14 & John 1:29)
July 9, Season of Spirit & Love
“Blessed is the Beloved!”
(Song of Solomon 2:8-13 & Matthew 11:28-23)
July 16, Season of Spirit & Love
“Blessed is the Sower!”
(Isaiah 55:10-13 & Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23)
July 23, Season of Spirit & Love
Rev. Mark Snipes - Missions Coordinator CBFVA
July 30, Season of Spirit & Love
“Blessed are Those Who Embrace the Mission!”
(Psalm 67:1-7 & Matthew 13:31-35)
Special Mission Report from Jeremiah & Allison Hurst
Note from Pastor Rick:
God of Unspoken and Spoken Words
As summer progresses, we will all enjoy God’s beautiful creation. I hope that we will all listen to creation speaking to us, and realize that God has much to say, both inside and outside the church. The message that is proclaimed by creation is akin to the message of the Torah and the Gospel. In fact, they are both the same, echoing praise to the wonder of God’s works and salvation. All of creation speaks to us by the glorious display of beauty and design from its maker. This beauty and design shouts praise to God. As creatures of God, all of us have been endowed with the ability to also hear an inner voice. That inner voice speaks directly to us and only we are able to recognize that it is the voice of God. The Scriptures also speak to us when we read them and hear them spoken. Among the voice of God’s creation and the voice of the Scriptures we are also able to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. The voice of the Spirit requires us to listen to God through faith, and be willing to change. I encourage all of us this summer to hear God speaking and be ready to change, beginning on the inside.
“The universe proclaims the splendor of God, and the heavens shout the wonder of God’s craftsmanship. Day after day they teach lessons, and night after night they preach sermons! Yet, they do not whisper any secrets, nor speak any words. Their message is shrouded in silence. Nevertheless, their voice travels throughout the worlds, and their speech throughout the earth. God has built the heavens as a tabernacle for the sun to pass back and forth. It is like a groom that passes through his wedding chamber in radiance. It is like an athlete finishing a race in victory. So, the sun passes from one end of heaven to the other, and no one can escape its brilliance and warmth!
And so, it is that the message of the LORD is complete in every way, nourishing the soul. The instructions of the LORD are enduring truths, opening the mind. The teachings of the LORD bring justice, causing joy to overflow from the heart. The words of the LORD are hopeful, birthing a new vision in the eye. The call of the LORD is brilliant, shining forth always. The judgments of the LORD are just and merciful. Indeed, they are more valuable than bright treasures of gold, and more delicious than sweet honey dripping from a honeycomb!
And now, as your humble servant, I listen to your every utterance, and I find great fulfillment in responding obediently to your voice. Help me though, to become more aware of my failings, and at the same time please forgive me of any unperceived or willful sins. Give me grace to overcome any habitual or deliberate wrong doing. Then I will be able to hold up my head to see your approval and not be ashamed. Let my inner most thoughts and prayers, both unspoken and spoken, meet your approval, O my Foundation and my Advocate.” (Psalm 19, RRH Version)
Grace, Peace, & Love,