Uploaded: July 21, 2008
Blessing of Freedom!
Thankful for our Freedom! Melva and I join each of you in giving thanks to God for the freedoms we enjoy here in America. May He forgive the way our country often turns away from Him and His Word. May He send a great revival to our land once again! We pray for His blessing and protection for each of our troops and missionaries as they serve around the world.
June went by in a hurry. After a busy schedule of traveling out of state, we stayed pretty close to home for a few weeks. As we reported in our last newsletter, June started with teaching and doing outreach at the Colorado Wildfire Academy. Then we traveled to Livermore Community Church, and Grace Fellowship in Lake City.
Following the Lake City service I headed off to Louisville, KY for a Doctor of Ministry seminar. I ended up preaching in Louisville and also in Gallatin, TN outside of Nashville. This weekend, we’ll hold our annual Cowboy Church service at the rodeo grounds. Then, Lord willing, off to forest fires.
More about the Doctor of Ministry: During June I was also focusing on the pre-work for my DMin course at Southern Seminary. When all was said and done, I had read over 2500 pages and written 30 pages of research before beginning the class itself.
But what a class! Our friend and RBM Board member Dr. Tim Beougher began the class and dealt with revivals and spiritual awakening throughout history. What a thrill to hear of God’s hand moving in such a powerful way. I long to see that happen with us. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will pour out as I share the glorious gospel.
Half way during the week Tim had to leave to teach in England and another friend, Dr. Robert Coleman took over. Dr. Coleman is currently a Distinguished Professor at Gordon-Conwell Seminary as well as author and close associate of Billy Graham. (He wrote the forward for the book we wrote for the Graham organization.) I enjoyed good fellowship with this wonderful man of God. At the end of the class a professor pulled me aside and asked us to send 20 copies of our book to the seminary to be used as a text for a class next January. He also asked if I would come out and help teach the class!
Special Treats: When I arrived in Louisville on Saturday evening, I felt led to attend a church I had held meetings in several years ago. The problem was, I couldn’t remember its name or address. (Minor difficulties?!) On Sunday morning, armed with prayer and a general idea of where to go, I set out. As the time drew near for Sunday school, I prayed again, “Lord, if you want me there, please show me where it is.” Two turns later, Lakewood Baptist appeared in front of me! Several folks remembered us and had been praying for us. I even got to visit with Stephen, a young man who had received Christ the last time I was there. The pastor graciously invited me to preach that evening and even took a generous and unexpected love offering. How thankful we are for folks who pray for us regularly!
At the end of the week I had the privilege to share with Cragfont Baptist in Gallatin, TN. The Lord had already started moving during a youth retreat. When the youth and their sponsors shared I sensed the Lord’s presence in a wonderful way. At the invitation, the altar filled with youth and adults drawing close to Jesus!
Family: Our oldest daughter Joy and husband Stephen are expecting in January! Stephen is interviewing with several church families and should be settled by then in England or Scotland. Please continue to pray for Rebekah’s walk with the Lord. She is a wonderful young woman, just not walking with Jesus. Steve is touring Europe right now and Tim is working away in L.A. Thank you for your prayers!
Health: Melva’s blood pressure is responding well to medication and prayer. We’re praying that her cholesterol and blood clot tests will return to normal soon. What a blessed helpmate she is! My cancer checkups are still coming out clear! PTL.
Finances: Thank you for your prayers. We’re getting back on track. As some of our most faithful supporters have had to cut back, others of you have stepped up, just at the right time! A special thanks to the churches who are supporting us as well.
Two more things: (1) On Friday, October 31, 2008 we will gather in Oklahoma City to celebrate our 40th year of ministry. (We hope to visit a few other cities as well for those of you who can’t make OKC.) Please plan to join us for dinner and a night of praise, remembrance, and a peek at the future of RBM. Please RSVP with Jerry and Suzanne Bugg (405-751-5867) or with us at email@example.com. (2) Don’t forget to check our website at rickbartonministries.org. If you aren’t receiving our newsletters monthly and would like to, just let us know.
Thank you! We are so grateful for each of you and your love, prayers and support!
Rick with Dr. Robert Coleman