Evangelist Junior Hill opens the 118th encampment of Hartselle Camp Meeting with a sermon entitled “”Some Good News from an Old Man.” | Clif Knight

Spiritual icon Junior Hill shares God’s plan with camp followers

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

Hartselle evangelist Junior Hill took a verse from David’s writings and turned it into a 50-minute sermon, “Some Good News from an Old Man,” for the estimated 500 worshippers attending the opening service of the 118th encampment of Hartselle Camp Meeting last Sunday night.

Hill based his message on the interpretation of the word “ordered,” which appears in Psalm 37:23.

He pointed out, “God fashions each one of us before we’re born; a person’s poor self-image probably accounts for why young people kill themselves.”

“Each one of us is fitted to be in the place where we belong,” he added. “The body has many parts and God designs us to fit perfectly in the body of Christ (church).”

“He also furnishes us with what we need to serve Him,” Hill pointed out. “No matter what position God puts you in, he will make provisions for you. He has a way of taking a little and making it stretch a long way.”

“God will also finish us,” he said. “The Lord loves His saints and they will be finished to live with Him in heaven when their time on earth is up.”

“Has the devil beaten you down? he questioned. “Don’t be discouraged. “Be kind and generous. One day you may head God say ‘well done.’”

“This is a strong start for our camp meeting,” said Rob Cain, president of the Hartselle Camp Meeting Association.

A combined 40-member choir at from Hartselle First United Methodist and New Center Baptist churches was featured on the tabernacle stage, performing songs from “Amazing Love-How Can It Be” and leading the audience in the singing of old-time gospel favorites such as “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” and “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”  The camp’s music ministry is being led by Ron Bean, minister of music at Hartselle First United Methodist.

Camp meeting services will continue twice daily, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., through Friday. Camp evangelists are John Ed Mathison, senior pastor, retired, at Frazier Memorial United Methodist in Montgomery and George Mathison, senior pastor, retired at Auburn United Methodist Church.

Meals are served in the camp dining hall as follows: breakfast, 8 a.m.; lunch, noon; and dinner, 5:30 p.m.

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