Welcome, Dr. Jimmy G. Tharpe!
Today we welcome Dr. Jimmy G. Tharpe
Recently I was with Dr. Tharpe
was celebrating his
50 th anniversary with Baptist Tabernacle in Shreveport, Louisiana.
He is founder of Baptist Christian College and Louisiana Baptist University.
In 1969 I began my first year of college and Dr. Tharpe, our president made a lasting impression on me.
It was in the Fall Bible Conference that the Lord began to seriously deal with me about the ministry.
By March, 1970 I had surrendered to preach.
I announced my call at Baptist Tabernacle and my pastor, Dr. Tharpe, who along with my father (Missions Director and professor) proffered me the blessing of God.
Immediately God began to use me in revival meetings, youth revivals, Bible and Mission Conferences.
The last of my teen years and beginning of my 20s was an exciting time in my life.
The blessings, to God be the glory, were nothing short of phenomenal.
Although I went from there to serve the Lord in one of the largest churches in America, I shall never forget the formative years with Dr. Tharpe
God used Dr. Tharpe
to influence so many young lives.
Allow me to take a few minutes of your time to tell you how Dr. Jimmy Tharpe
was used of God to influence me.
taught me to:
1. Preach with enthusiasm.
entered the pulpit with knowledge, wisdom and dignity.
never lost his
knowledge and wisdom, but before the message was over he
had managed to lose his
And I say this to compliment him.
He usually wore a dark conservative suit, highly polished shoes, and every hair on his head in place.
Before the sermon was over, however, his
hair had often swayed onto his
had unbuttoned his
top shirt button, and he
had sweat through his
would remind one of the kind of preacher President Lincoln said he
- or as he
was most affectionately referred to by his
congregates, "Brother Jimmy" - has always been willing to go the extra mile with anybody.
This could be said of Dr. Tharpe
I don't know if I've ever met anybody that enjoyed a good laugh better than Dr. Tharpe
looked for humor in everything and seemed to have a knack for finding it.
had a fantastic sense of humor, he
took sinning against God very seriously.
When it came to wrongdoing, he
But pretty soon Dr. Tharpe
would get his
second wind and - look out! - here he
comes with a plan and another great dream!
No matter how dark the day, Brother Jimmy looked for the silver lining behind every cloud.
And when events of the moment would not seem to lift others, he
would often encourage others with his
preaching of the return of the Lord.
preaches about the rapture his
countenance brightens, his
voice becomes elated and the awareness of Christ presence is obvious.
taught all to know that things were gong to be "picking up" no matter what we go through.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout...Wherefore comfort one another with these words" (I Thessalonians 4:16, 18).
We welcome one of my mentors and great friends of a lifetime, Dr. Jimmy G. Tharpe!