God’s not done with Dunn

Published 10:47 am Thursday, April 5, 2018

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

The people I serve with at the First Baptist Church of Dillwyn share a unique blessing: a Pastor Emeritus by the name of Jimmy Dunn. If you have ever lived in Buckingham County, you probably know of his impact among those who are hurting, downcast and suffering. His charitable manner has ministered to many people in times of their need. He has pastored in 2 Buckingham County churches for 20 years at the same time! I would not be surprised if he has not been in every Baptist church to preach or visit. He has been called “The Bishop of Buckingham” by fellow ministers. The only criticism I have heard suggested of him was that he has probably been “too good” to people (of whom may not have been as deserving, or those who would take advantage of his kind nature). To say he is deeply loved by all who know him is an understatement.

Recently our beloved Pastor Emeritus had a serious health issue. He is on the road to recovery and is doing well, but it no doubt has shaken so many who have been touched by his ministry throughout the years. In fact, I have heard it said several times since his health crisis that he is Buckingham’s own Billy Graham. I have found this reminder in 1 Corinthians to be helpful during uncertain times.

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Easter was this past Sunday. The resurrection has great effect on believers. It is our hope. Paul writes using just the word “brethren” 28 times in First Corinthians but here he calls them “beloved brethren.” It must have been difficult for Paul to call that fickle crowd at Corinth “beloved.” They were fickle because they complained about their situation and were critical of each other. Paul reminds us of the obligation to love those around us. We do not have to agree with them or back their actions, but we must love them. Paul asks the Corinthian church to do three things: 1. Be steadfast or stable. 2. Be immovable. “Immovable” is another term of stability. The word “immovable” carries more force than “steadfast,” giving the idea of being well situated in the will of God. 3. Give of yourself in the work of the Lord. The word “abounding” means overflowing. These are all actions and attitudes that Jesus embodied in his life, and as he was dying on the cross.

Are you discouraged? Are you about to give up? Let these words take hold of your heart. May you be encouraged by them to continue living as God would have you live. That’s why I can say that God is not done with Jimmy Dunn!

Rev. John Moxley can be reached at Jmoxley1@juno.com