Joy Seekers Conference 2020 draws crowd to First Baptist Church of Center
A crowd estimated at approximately 175 was on hand as First Baptist Church Center hosted its annual Joy Seekers Conference on Saturday, Feb. 29.
Keynote speaker for the event was Debbie Stuart who serves on the ministry team at Tyler's Green Acres Baptist Church. Linda Snell, co-chair of the event, said Stuart did an outstanding job of relating her message to the audience.
“Debbie was wonderful,” Snell said. “She has a gift and was able to share how God used her in her walk with Christ. She was very insipring and encouraging.”
Program title was "Sonshine In My Soul!" Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
Stuart encouraged those attending the event to change their lives this year by setting aside just 20 minutes a day. By taking that alloted time each day for their rest of their lives to study the Bible, pray and focus on their faith without daily distraction, Stuart said can be life changing.
“Set a time and a place,” Stuart said. “Set your schedule, your priorities and your heart to run hard after God.”
She related personal trials and tribulations in her own life. Those included a son who has been incarcerated for the past 10 years and a husband who had a heart transplant just weeks ago.
“My strength comes from the Lord,” she said.
“You set the table in anticipation for what's to come,” Stuart said. She asked attendees to “set your mind on things above” and pursue a goal of setting aside at least 20 minutes a day to focus their minds on Godly pursuits instead of those centered on earthly things.
“Encourage one another, build each other up,” she said. She provided attendees with Biblical verses to set action steps to their lives up for success, to make room for the Lord in their lives.
She closed with a prayer asking God to help attendees to set in motion time to spend time and invest in setting new practices and new habits in their lives.
“Give us the power, the desire, the strength that is needed to walk with these assignments you have given us this year,” Stuart said.
Sneed said the church's committee is already starting plans for the 2021 Joy Seekers Conference and encouraged the public to watch for details. She said it takes a lot of volunteers and planning to pull the event off.
She offered thanks to the committee, volunteers who helped at the conference and to the First Bapist men's group, which prepared food and refreshments for attendees.
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