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Lamar Church celebrates baptism
Recently, Allen Tiller was baptized and became a member of the Lamar Church in Colorado. Read the exciting story of how the Lord brought this about, shared by his pastor, Dale Fuhrmeister.
I baptized Allen Tiller today in the Lamar Church. I met Allen as a result of being the treasurer of the local ministerial alliance. In that position, I have people come for help with certain basic needs they cannot afford. Allen came to my house requesting assistance one day, and I was on my way out the door to go work for the day in the area near the Arkansas Valley Church. Once I ascertained his need was not urgent, I gave him my card and asked him to call me the next day. Looking at the card, Allen noticed I am an Adventist minister, and he said he was an Adventist, too.
Naturally, I responded “Really? Haven’t seen you in church yet.”
Allen responded that he hadn’t been to church for a while and that he recently had moved down to Lamar from Denver. He told me he grew up in the Denver First Church and was baptized when he was young.
So I started visiting him, and he started attending church now and then. I tried to start Bible studies with him and his family, but it just never worked out for various reasons. One recent Sabbath at potluck, he asked me about being baptized. My initial response was to go through a series of studies, but after a while I thought, He probably already knows most of this from his younger years. So, I scheduled a time to review the 28 fundamental truths with him. Finding him to be in agreement with these, we scheduled his baptism.
Allen regrets falling away and all the heartache and sorrow that brought him. But he is convinced Jesus is returning soon, just as he was taught in childhood, so Allen knew he needed to get right with God again soon and be re-baptized. He now is ready to greet the return of Christ with joyful anticipation, not fear and dread.
I pray that more of our lost sheep with find their way home as Allen did today! —Pastor Dale Fuhrmeister