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Pastor Byron L. Craig is the first born of Donald and Earlene Craig. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received his formal education in the Philadelphia School System.

He accepted Christ on July 14, 1975 (a day he will never forget) and was baptized by the late Reverend William A. Lee at the Beulah Baptist Church. At Beulah he served as: Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Director of Young Adult Department; member of Baptist Training Union; Supervisor of Youth Ushers; President of Youth Choir; member of College Outreach Ministry; member of Street Evangelism and Teaching Ministry; and a member of the Male Chorus.

In April 1986, Pastor Craig was licensed to preach the gospel and ordained in July 1988 by the Beulah Baptist Church under the pastorate of Reverend Timothy E. Ruffin. In October of 1987, Pastor Craig was called to the Victory Baptist Church to assist Pastor William Cross, Jr. While at Victory he was Director of Christian Education; Director of Finance; Coordinator of the Administrative Staff; and taught the Adult Sunday School Class, Wednesday Night Bible Class and the Sunday School Teachers.

On November 9, 1985 he married Miriam Dunstan. They have two daughters: Brittany Ann and Dominique Marie.

On May 5, 1992, Pastor Craig was called to Macedonia Baptist Church where he has been the senior shepherd.

 

No Tolerance for Mediocrity

Posted by Terrance Kadle on OA11er @ 11:29 AM

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might"

Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV 

 

We cannot tolerate mediocrity, especially in the body of Christ.  It is not biblical. If you are going to do something, do it with all of your heart, body, and soul.

 

Our work is our worship.  Whatever you do with your hands at work, at school, at church -- do it to the glory of God. You are not in school just to educate yourself, but as an advocate for Jesus Christ.  You are the light!  You are not at your job just to make money, but to glorify Jesus. You are the light in dark places! 

Remember not to put your focus on things that are temporal, things that are here and now; we should be investing our time in the Word of God which is eternal. We need to put our time in utilizing the gifts and talents God gave us to edify and expand the body of Christ. If you don't, you become inept, unsure, and not confident in what God has planned for your life.  However, as we submit to the process of being trained, mentored, and discipled; we become proactive,confident, and sure in the work God has assigned us to do. 

  

"As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me.  Night is coming, when no one can work."

John 9:4 NIV  

  

In His Service,

Pastor Byron L. Craig

pastorcraig@mbcministries.org

610-279-6240

www.mbcministries.org

Kathy said...

Posted on OP12er @ 12:18 PM -
A place for Biblical intimacy!
Proverbs 3:5-18
5Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.
7Do not consider yourself wise. Fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
8[Then] your body will be healed, and your bones will have nourishment.
9Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first and best part of all your income.
10Then your barns will be full, and your vats will overflow with fresh wine.
11Do not reject the discipline of the LORD, my son, and do not resent his warning,
12because the LORD warns the one He loves, even as a father warns a son with whom he is pleased.
13Blessed is the one who finds wisdom and the one who obtains understanding.
14The profit [gained] from [wisdom]is greater than the profit [gained] from silver. Its yield is better than fine gold.
15[Wisdom] is more precious than jewels, and all your desires cannot equal it.
16Long life is in [wisdom's] right hand. In [wisdom's] left hand are riches and honor.
17[Wisdom's] ways are pleasant ways, and all its paths lead to peace.
18[Wisdom] is a tree of life for those who take firm hold of it. Those who cling to it are blessed.

Milton Hunt said...

Posted on OP6er @ 6:42 PM -
So many times I have wondered what has happened in the life of friends and there families over the course of time and the answers either were not to be found or even have turned out to be sad. I am elated to find someone who not only was a childhood friend and schoolmate, but in addition was led at an early age by parents who loved and cared enough about them to make spiritual development a priority, has grown from that upbringing into a spiritual leader.

Champ I am proud of you. And since there is no shortage of work to be done here on earth I know that you will continue to be busy with the Lords business until He calls you home.

Blessings to you and all whom you touch on behalf of the King,

Milton Hunt ( H.C.Lea,Pack 116, Beulah Baptist )

Pastor Craig said...

Posted on OP3er @ 3:33 PM -
Statistics show 70% of Pastors function with depression while ministering to the people, is there anyway one could identify a spiritual leader who would be in that group, and what would you do...well, the Bible tells us pray for those that have rule over you and Pastors would definitely be in that group. How much more joy and appreciation Pastors would have if people in their congregations would pray for their pastors as opposed to talking about them...I Peter 5:10 encourages Pastors by letting them know, "After you have suffered a litte while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. I think we all could use some encouragement-from the pulpit to the door.

Regina said...

Posted on OP9er @ 9:25 PM -
When we moved to Pennsylivania in 2002 from Ohio, I knew my young family (husband, Maurice, and son, Maurice III) were in need of a church home. For years we searched, and had tried many different places. However, we never really found a place that we felt gave was genuine. When my husband and I began to go through some serious marital trouble, I felt lost and I was desperate for God to help me. While driving home one day from work, full of tears & sadness, I begged God to help me; I couldn't take what I was feeling anymore. Without any help from a map, only tears in my eyes and prayer, I began to drive in a different direction than home. I had no clue where I was going. My car ended up parking in front of a church, this church, Macedonia Baptist Church. Still unable to fully see through the tears, I walked through one of the side doors, and a woman directed me to the church where I could pray. She soon joined me, and said that the Holy Spirit was leading her to a scripture; and began to read Psalm 27; a Psalm my Grandmother had "pinned" for me when I was very young in Detroit, MI. I had another instance of crying where I came to the church for prayer, and the same Psalm was read to me by a different person who was led by the Spirit. No one knew my name, and no one had seen me other than those two ladies. I knew for sure this was where God wanted me to be. Macedonia became my church home in early 2004, and my life was impacted like never before. During my 1.5 years of membership, it was an incredible experience; the Bible studies, family activities, revivals, cell church (small groups), etc.

My husband and I have sensed patched up our relationship, but we, unfortunately, no longer live in PA, and have since moved to the Houston, TX area. After being away from Macedonia for 7 years, we have found a church home, but still nothing that compares to what we received at MBC. I hope that I will soon be able to bring what we had at MBC to our current church. I will never forget what Pastor Craig was able to do for my family, including, the personal talks around town with my husband. I thank God that he led Pastor Craig to this calling, and I pray that another family is "healed" and led to His Word by MBC. Thank you, MBC and Pastor Craig! We have NEVER forgotten you.

Pastor Craig said...

Posted on OA7er @ 7:06 AM -
No Tolerance for Mediocrity can be seen as an unlikely reality in view of American Christianity today due to the belief by many that as long as we are human, we will make mistakes and that's okay! The truth is, yes, we are human and yes will make mistakes but it's not okay to settle and accept a lifestyle of defeat and mediocrity. When we recognize our inadequacies and short comings, we must confess and turn from the same path in which we experienced the defeat. We must be specific in our prayers concerning those areas our flesh, and Satan are attacking and meditate on God's word day and night, and even night and day, in order to fortify our heart with God's word ministering and empowering us. Be conscious of Satan's ploy to keep us preoccupied with entertainment, amusement, busyness, approval of others, which will take our focus off of the area of mediocrity. In our daily pursuit of Christ, commit your ways to him by writing down in your journal your desire to love him with all your heart, with all mind, with all your soul and with all your strength and he will take your lifestyle of mediocrity to a lifestyle of victorious battling.

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