August 27 - Ralph Divine

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Who has God used in our church to draw you closer to Christ?

By Ralph Divine

Tom P Mason was an influence to me professionally as well as being one of the primary reasons I came to Frankfort and am a member of First Baptist Church. The journey from Madisonville to Frankfort began in 1982 when he recommended me for a position in Louisville. In 1990 he appointed me as one of his assistants in Frankfort. Soon after I moved to Frankfort he invited me to FBC and his Keystone Bible Class. I became a member of the church September 4, 1991. As FBC celebrates 200 years, I will mark twenty five years as a member.

Tom demonstrated his faith in God many ways, professionally and in his community as well as in the church. His commitment to God and church was highlighted when one of his sons was on the ballot for deacon election. A senior member of the church was overheard saying, “If he is Tom Mason’s son, he will be a great deacon.” It did not take long after my initial visit to FBC to learn of the friendliness of many other church members and their commitment to serving God.

In 1994 Tom and Jewell Hawkins nominated me to serve as church deacon. More recently Tom encouraged me to accept the challenge of teaching the Keystone Sunday School Class. These experiences, as many others at FBC have given me opportunities for worship and spiritual growth.

In Acts 2:42-47, Luke describes characteristics of the first church formed by the people soon after Pentecost. I find the membership of FBC is doing church much the same as that first church, i.e., we meet regularly for worship, prayer and fellowship, v. 42; we are a generous church, giving of ourselves to those in need, v.45; we are a people that enjoy the goodwill of their fellow members, v.47; and yes, we are a people that enjoy sharing a casserole and a good meal with other members.

Thank you, Tom Mason and members of FBC for your influence on my life.

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47