• Dr. Hal Kitchings

I DO NOT REMEMBER ALL OF MY DAD’S SERMONS, BUT I REMEMBER SOME


My dad, Harold Tribble Kitchings, was my Pastor growing up. I wish I could tell you I always paid attention. I did not. But I do recall his passion while preaching on certain subjects.

(He was normally rather steady and calculated in his preaching / teaching.) I also recall that he had several sermons in preached all over my native state of Mississippi, once he served in a denominational position the final decade of his life, hence, allowing him to preach in a variety of churches. One of those was entitled, The Trail of Your Influence.

It was based on Revelation 14:12-13.

His three points were:


One - when we have passed on, we leave behind us on this earth a life which does not die with our burial.


Two - The word of God also says another thing: These trails which we leave behind us may be for good or for bad.


Three - Since our works do follow us, our final reward or punishment cannot come until the end of time. There’s more to the message, but I think you see the primary point…


What we invest in during our lifetime makes all the difference in our world - here and in eternity.

THIS PAST WEEK OUR CHURCH FAMILY HAD A VISUAL REMINDER OF THIS IMPORTANT BIBLICAL TRUTH…


Mrs. Marilyn Placzek died suddenly last week. She was a longtime member of Fifth Avenue that impacted many people for good during her lifetime. She’s now enjoying heaven. Since there was no funeral service, honoring her request, we honored her by placing a ribbon where she sat during worship. It was extremely special for all of us—whether you knew her or not. (I actually weaved a type of funeral message into my message.)




What she invested in during her lifetime lives on.




No life honoring Jesus is a wasted life! There’s a ripple effect that outlasts the shell of a body we live in temporary while on earth. Only God can do this, friend!


What kind of trail of influence are you leaving?


Until Next Time…

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