Emmanuel Baptist Church came into existence through the vision of Bro. Ruel Conner. Bro. Conner, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, desired to reach the people of Eastern Kentucky with the truth of the Gospel. He desired to establish a New Testament Baptist church in this area.
Upon receiving authority from Southland Baptist Church, in Livermore, KY., Bro. Conner began looking for a place to establish a New Testament Mission. After three years of holding services a Bloomington and seeing several souls saved, the first being Sister Esther Patrick, Bro. Conner decided it was time to organized the Mission into a New Testament Baptist Church. A meeting was called together on Monday evening, March 17, 1958 at the Trace Branch schoolhouse, for the purpose of organizing a church.
The organizational meeting was opened with the following ordained ministers acting as the Presbytery: Bro. Harry Hille, Bro. Carl Noel, Bro. Wilford McGary, Bro. George Galloway, Bro. Warren Redding, Bro. Elton Wilson, Bro. Warren A. Wilkerson, Bro. Ray Marquesse, Bro James DeBorde, Bro. Ruel Conner, and Bro. M.L. Ray.
Today I was listening to "The Briefing" podcast. On it Mohler discussed the connection between morale and dedication. He was explaining that a soldier with high morale is more likely to fight for his cause.
I thought how important it is for us as Christians to understand we are on the winning side. We know that Paul tells the Christians that "death is swallowed up in victory."
My point is, as a Christian, you are on the winning side. You are going to be victorious in the end. Be encouraged. Keep fighting the good fight of faith. Your dedication to the cause of Christ will be rewarded.