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Marty Smith

The Lord Jesus Christ has dealt with me in lovingkindness, longsuffering, mercy and grace, for as long as I can remember. I was born on September 1, 1955, in Atlanta, Georgia. My parents were Eugene and Jeanette Smith, and I was the oldest of their three children: Martin Keith, Gregory Scott, and Andrea Leigh. Mother's family went to a Missionary Baptist church, but she never joined it. Daddy's family went to Euharlee Church in Rockmart, Georgia. Daddy's grandfather, Elder Lascar W. Spinks, was the pastor there. We all called him "Pa.” He spoke and preached quietly and clearly, and was much loved in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama.

As a little boy, I enjoyed it when Mother would read me stories from the Bible. The five of us would go to Saturday morning meetings at Euharlee, and then spend the night with Pa and Granny Spinks to attend worship on Sunday morning. My brother and I would roll out of one of their feather beds on Sunday morning, and run to the coal stove to stay warm. Pa would be sitting with his hand on the radio, listening to the "Baptist Bible Hour.” He rejoiced that someone was preaching the sovereign grace of Jesus Christ on the air.

He baptized Mother and Daddy into Euharlee Church when they were thirty, and I was nine years old. Pa died when I was twelve, and I inherited his Bible. When I reached my teens, it became obvious that my friends who read the Bible believed something very different about salvation than I did. I met Elder Gus Harter, and found him to be someone who was gifted to teach scripture in a way that I could understand and use myself to prove that salvation was indeed of the Lord. I began to visit Bethany Church in Atlanta, and was baptized as a member of Bethany in June of1976.

I took a commission as an officer in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1977, and I moved to New York and later to Hawaii, where I drove a research ship for two years. After my sea duty was over in 1980, I was assigned to join a geodetic survey group. While working with them in the California desert, I felt it right that I should go back to Atlanta, learn more from my pastor, and try to preach.

When my NOAA commission ended, I did just that. Many of the older preachers were so very kind and welcoming. It was a wonderful time for me, both at Bethany and at sister churches. I got a job at the Lockheed airplane factory on January 18, 1982. I was ordained on February 6, 1982. Cindy and I married on August 7, 1982.

Shoal Creek Church in Newborn, GA, and Ebenezer Church in Dunwoody, GA, called me to serve as their pastor. These churches were exceedingly loving to both Cindy and me, and I was with them for about six years. The Lord blessed me with five children; Melody was born in 1984, Maggie in 1986, Caleb in 1988, Ellie in 1990, and Elijah in 1992.

In 1987, Macedonia Church in Cartersville, GA called me to serve them as their pastor. It was hard to leave the churches where I was, but after a time I came to feel that I should go there. We moved to Cartersville, joined Macedonia, and have been there for nearly thirteen years at this time. Our five children have joined the church at Macedonia, and it has been a joy to watch them grow.

Many times I have been disobedient and selfish, and the Lord has been faithful to chastise me. Many times I have been cast down and discouraged, and the Lord has been there to comfort me. I owe Him everything - much more than a lifetime of gratitude and service. Through His tender care, I have known some of the severity, and even more of the goodness of the Lord Jesus.

larry heldman  

Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)