Written by Irvin L. Rozier

Jeremiah 6.16 "Thus saithrepparttar LORD, Stand ye inrepparttar 149548 ways, and see, and ask forrepparttar 149549 old paths, where isrepparttar 149550 good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein."

Today, Wednesday, July 12, 2005, I rode by my old home church, Youmans Chapel. Seeingrepparttar 149551 church brought back many fond memories.

The year was 1959, and I was inrepparttar 149552 second grade. The members of Youmans Chapel Baptist church called my Daddy,repparttar 149553 late Rev. A.J. Rozier, to be their pastor. This small country church was located in a farming community andrepparttar 149554 congregation was made up of some down to earth folks. We sang hymns out ofrepparttar 149555 old hymnal...I can still hearrepparttar 149556 song leader say, "Get your song book and turn to page 57 and let's all sing Amazing Grace like we mean it." Some ofrepparttar 149557 other songs that still ring in my ears are "Onrepparttar 149558 Jericho Road", "Camping in Canaanland", "Just a Little Talk with Jesus", and "I'll Fly Away". Several ofrepparttar 149559 congregation could really sing andrepparttar 149560 piano player sure could rattle them keys. Back in those days, we didn't have nurseries and such, so babies and allrepparttar 149561 little children sat with their parents. Daddy was a bi-vocational preacher...he also sold furniture. He knew that God had called him to preach and pastor at Youmans Chapel. I can see him now, standing behind that wooden pulpit, delivering a message torepparttar 149562 hungry congregation...a message straight fromrepparttar 149563 throne of God.

We had a few small Sunday School rooms, but we had no social hall. The sanctuary was not air-conditioned, so we used those hand-held cardboard fans to ward offrepparttar 149564 heat ofrepparttar 149565 hot Georgia summertime. We did have two gas space heaters forrepparttar 149566 cold ofrepparttar 149567 wintertime. After all week revivals, we would have Sunday dinner spead on tables set up underrepparttar 149568 towering pine trees. Man, there sure was some good home cooked food and deserts at those Sunday eatings! After dinner, we would go back intorepparttar 149569 church and have special singing. I immensely enjoyed hearing those good old gospel songs even though I was a small child. Daddy preached at Youmans Chapel until mid 1965, and then was called to another church. The Lord called Daddy home in 1966..he was 40.

Some ofrepparttar 149570 families who attended Youmans Chapel were kin to each other, and to Mr. Youmans, who donatedrepparttar 149571 land forrepparttar 149572 church. I fondly recallrepparttar 149573 Carters, Youmans, Eatons, Godwins, Howells, Pittmans, Bowens, Moores, Battens, Dowlings, Harpers and Bryants. All these folks hold a special place in my heart. Sister Margaret Bacon playedrepparttar 149574 piano, and her husband, Gene, was a close friend of my Daddy's. Those two could really sing, and they had beautiful children. Brother Gene and my Daddy are now singing aroundrepparttar 149575 throne.


Written by Irvin L. Rozier

There is nothing too hard for God to do What he has done inrepparttar past he will do for you He gave Abraham and Sarah a child in their old age "Impossible" acts are recorded inrepparttar 149494 Bible, page after page

Lions' mouths were closed and prison doors flew open Large armies were defeated with just a few men When men called out to God in their distress He did more than they asked for and not less

My situation is impossible I can hear you say There is no hope why should I pray My answer to you is to have faith and don't doubt Trust inrepparttar 149495 Lord and he will surely bring you out

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