Austin Gardner, pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA, had a CT scan today and here’s an excerpt from his blog…
The doctor just called with the results from the CT scan. There are several little things that they do not understand. I am being referred to an Oncologist to find out what to do.
It is possible that it is nothing. It is also possible that I will need chemotherapy. I will be in contact with the Oncologists on Monday, Lord willing.
This is not really the time to be alarmed but it is something that they want to take care of.
It is always best to be super careful and make sure all has been taken care of.
That is really about all that we know. The cancer had had was a middle grade clear renal carcinoma.
The reports will be mailed to us this coming week. I may need more scans and a PET scan but they are very expensive and will only be done if the Oncologist agrees that is the next step.
Thanks for praying. God bless
Please join with me in prayer on his behalf.
Today marks another year of ministry in my life. 18 years ago today, I officially came on staff here at Victory Baptist Church. I can’t believe all the wonderful things God has allowed me to see and experience through the ministry here. One week after getting back from our honeymoon, I started working as the Junior High Youth Pastor. I remember coming in on my first day, with just a shoebox of stuff…my Bible, some pens, a notebook, and some small desk decorations someone had bought for me. I shared an office that was about 8×8 with the other assistant pastor and to be honest with you, I thought I had “hit it” big time! Let me say this…I did!! When God called me into the ministry, it was “big time!” and may I say, it still is! I’m humbled and thankful that He would see fit to use me. I was excited then to see what God would do through my life, I’m even more excited about it now. What an awesome privilege it is to serve as the Pastor here. VBC, thank you so much for “putting up” with me all these years. Congratulations MUST go to you men and women who have been so faithful. Thank you and I love you…now, more than ever! Let’s stay Committed to Him and each other!
Yep, that’s right…the grill will be hot by 7 PM tonight guys at the church. We’ll be pitching a few horseshoes, corn holing, munching on appetizers, and just generally enjoying one another’s company. It’s called “Men’s Leadership Night” and if you’re a male, you’re invited. All you have to do is bring the meat you want to eat, we’ll have the sides and dessert to go along with it. (If your wife can make a dessert, then bring it with you too). There will be a challenge from God’s Word to help us be better men for Christ, so bring a friend and we’ll see ya’ tonight. (Dress is casual.)
So you’re thinking about attending one of our services? We are excited about that and eagerly anticipate meeting you! We trust your first visit with us will be a very pleasant one. While our doors are open to anyone, the safety of our children is extremely important to us, so we ask that all our first time guests register when they arrive at our facilities. You can register at our Connection Center, located in the foyer of our main auditorium entrance. There you will be greeted by our friendly volunteers who will either register you personally with their iPads, or assist you to the Connection Center Desk. Another benefit, especially for those with children, registering at our Connection Center will eliminate the need for the usual “multiple” information exchange at their various classrooms and nurseries.
In addition, if you’re running behind or are one of those who like to plan ahead, we have set up a secure way for you to “pre-register” your visit with us to quicken the onsite process. You can find that form on our website or by clicking here and via any computer, smart phone or tablet, enter your info. If you do pre-register, just let our volunteers know when you arrive so they can retrieve your information. See ya’ Sunday!
We are excited and praying for a special day on Oct. 7th at VBC…our first “Be My Guest” Sunday! Two weeks ago we gave each attender 25 B.M.G cards with the hopes they will invite at least 25 people to attend VBC with them on this special Sunday. This post serves as a reminder to get those cards into the hands of someone that might visit with us. Regardless of how many cards you pass out, commit to making sure everyone in your family as at least one guest visiting with them! My family and I have committed to do the same, with the desire that somebody’s guest may be saved…it could be yours…start praying and inviting!
If you’d like to know more about Victory Baptist Church, then click here to register online for the “Road to Victory” Class. This is a class designed specifically for the prospective members of VBC. It meets the last Sunday of each month in the Pastor’s office during the SS/Bible Study Hour at 9:30 AM. Come prepared to meet with Pastor Lawrence and his wife as well as others who have been visiting, enjoy some light refreshments and learn a little about the past, present and potential future of Victory. There will also be a Question and Answer time. We want to help you take the next step in becoming part of Victory!
If you plan on being in the class this Sunday (Sept. 30th), please make sure you’re registered…(but if you’re not, don’t let that stop you from attending) There are also some RTV registration cards located at the Welcome Center Desk as well as in the back of the auditorium chairs that you can complete and turn in to the office or staff.
My wife just shared with me the topic and teaching of the first in the fall series of the “How To Ladies Bible Study” which begins tonight and I’m excited about what the ladies will be learning. Let me remind all our ladies that there will be a free spaghetti dinner beginning at 6:30 PM, followed by a spiritual “how-to” and then a practical “how-to.” Come early and get a good seat for some great teaching and fellowship. (Guys, do your wives a solid and keep the young ‘uns so she can come…what she’ll learn will benefit you and your family as well, I promise.)
The following is a copy of the obituary obtained from the family of Bill Pratt…
Billy James Ronald Pratt, 69, gave up fighting the good fight on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Viewing will be held on Friday, September 21 at Donehoo Lewis Funeral Home located at 736 South Central Avenue Atlanta, GA 30354 from 7 to 9. The funeral will be held on Saturday, September 22 at 11:00 Victory Baptist Church 88 Brand Road, Loganville, Georgia. He lived in Georgia all his life and his love of cars had him working for Hennessey Cadillac as bodyshop manager. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church. His hobbies included restoring cars and practicing with his green thumb. He was a loving father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his son Ron Pratt and wife Kristy Pratt and daughter Cindy Cumbie and husband John Cumbie. Survivors include his brother Hoke Pratt, Jr., Dan Pratt, and sisters Ann Pratt White, June Pratt McDaniel, Pat Pratt McJunkin. Billy loved spending time with his grandchildren Bo Pratt, Erra Pratt, John Cumbie and Samantha Cumbie. The family suggests that memorial contributions can be made to the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, Inc. 1000 Halsey Ave Bldg 447, 840 Finch Center, Marietta, GA 30060 and flowers can be sent to Victory Baptist Church.”
This morning, Bro. Billy Pratt’s faith became sight, as he passed away at the Peachtree Christian Hospice facility. Billy was known by so many as the “man who passed out all them tracts” in Loganville! It didn’t matter if it was Waffle House, Kelly’s Home Cooking or the Huddle House, if you passed Billy, it wasn’t without him inviting you to come to Victory or to meet Jesus. What a testimony and we will sorely miss him. Please pray for his children, Cindy and Ron, as well as their families and of course for his brother, Hoke and sister in law, Cheryl Pratt and their family.
At this point, it looks like there will be a viewing next Friday evening with a funeral service on Saturday at 11. The funeral service will be held at Victory.
Mark your calendars to be at Victory next weekend of September 21-23 to hear Otis Duhart. Otis “is a former football player for the Florida State Seminoles (1997-2001) under legndary coach Bobby Bowden. In February 2000, Otis asked the Lord to forgive him of his sin and by faith, trusted Jesus Christ as his Saviour. He later followed the the Lord in believers baptism.” Otis will be preaching at our Teen Youth Explosion (all night teen activity) on Friday night, then preaching in our services on Sunday, the 23rd. I am very excited to see how God uses him at Victory. You can learn more about him on his webpage..