Webster defines a miracle as, “An extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs,” or “An extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment.” Truly this is what took place at the Mt. Calvary Church in Huntsville, Alabama. It all began on September 2, 2017, when Ron C. Smith, D.Min., Ph.D., and his lovely wife, Yolanda; his amazing daughter, Dawn; and song bird Kimberly Palmer-Blackwell converged on the city of Huntsville. It was truly amazing to see how the hand of God moved in three weeks. A team of individuals from the local church was mobilized to knock on doors and seek souls for the Kingdom of God. According to the Word of God, we are admonished to “go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled,” Luke 14:23. And, that is exactly what took place. Men and women, boys and girls, came, responding to the Gospel invitation to follow Jesus Christ.
The church members were amazed and spellbound as they watched new faces show up night after night. I personally overheard members of the church asking, “Where are these people coming from?” When I heard this, I could only think about the text in the Bible, John 6:44, which states, “No man or woman can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him or her…” The truth of the matter is, we, the members, had an awesome privilege to witness the drawing power of God. I would like to state it this way: The God of the universe invites us to participate in soul winning, which is the greatest undertaking on planet Earth. It is so very exciting to have a front row VIP seat to watch and witness the miracle working power of an awesome Savior up close and personal.
There are some who think we need more seminars for church members to get along with each other. What I have experienced is, if you want the members to learn how to get along, you must do soul winning. It is called the law of ministry. Everything that God created ministers to some other form of life, and nothing lives to itself but the selfish heart of man. One of the reasons why some are so miserable is because they are living exclusively for themselves. This may explain the degree of infighting within the house of God. As we receive from God, we must be willing to share with others. This is what Mt. Calvary did in our public evangelistic endeavor. As a result, we experienced a miracle. We witnessed a mighty move of God. A true revival was experienced by the church. Every member was engaged. Ushers, deacons, security teams, and Bible workers came together in this effort.
In addition to having the president of our union, Dr. Smith, lead out in this amazing undertaking, we were blessed to have the Southern Union executive secretary, Elder Jim Davidson, and the treasurer, Elder Randy Robinson. Both conducted presentations that were outstanding. Elder Davidson shared CREATION Health seminars that taught us how to extend our lives and have a happier existence. Elder Robinson, in his Financial Freedom Seminar, provided helpful tips for being debt-free, living within our means, and being faithful stewards of God’s resources. Both seminars were liberating and powerful.
The Miracle at Mt. Calvary includes the addition of 100 precious souls to the Kingdom of God and to our congregation. Here at Mt. Calvary we must exclaim, “To God be the glory for the great things He has done!” I must say there are still many more souls who are coming for baptism because of the dynamic presentation of God’s Word. Each night, through powerful preaching, the Word of God was taught with clarity and precision. The sharing of God’s Word was relevant, rousing, and revealing. Each night when the appeal was made, souls came asking, “What must I do to be saved?” The three weeks of the System for Survival in the 21st Century evangelistic series was truly a blessing to the Mt. Calvary church family. We would like to say “Thank you” to the Southern Union administration.
Jesus is soon to come; however, before He comes, He said, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come,” Matthew 24:14. Come, Lord Jesus!
— Submitted with thanksgiving by Rupert Bushner Jr., D.Min., senior pastor at Mt. Calvary Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
Southern Union | November 2017