Preaching Through Adversity

Most believers have probably never heard of Pastor Ed Sears. He was the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC for 37 years until shortly before he went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 6. I did not know he was sick until Sunday, March 4, when he passed the mantle on to the current pastor, Dr. Jeremy Wallace. Pastor Sears was one of my favorite preachers when I was a student at what is now Piedmont International University. He preached often in our chapel services and was very down to earth.

What impressed me most was what I observed while watching some of his final services. His physical condition took his energy, required the use of oxygen tanks, but he preached with the same authority and power that he preached with when he was well. The day he transitioned the pastorate over to Pastor Wallace, he was in a wheelchair and in need of more oxygen yet the power was still there.

This dear pastor was faithful unto death. He did not die a martyr’s death, but he honored God in his death as much as he did in his life. Please join me in praying for the Sears family and the folks at Grace Baptist as they will pay their respects this Saturday, April 14.

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