Associate Pastor Ronn Jones

Bro. Ronn Jones was saved at a very young age and called into the ministry about the age of 17. He was raised in a baptist pastor's home and has served the Lord faithfully in various churches over the past thirty plus years. His unique preaching style and musical ability allows him to fulfill the Associate Pastor's position and lead in praise and worship at IRBC. Bro. Ronn has a passion to see people with a heart for what God will do in their lives through faith in Him. He attended Florida Baptist College and North Florida Community College (now Florida State University). He and his wife (Marie) have been married 27 years. He loves photography, cooking at fish fry events with friends and his wife, although not in that order.

There's A Tree For That!

The day in which we live is absolutely amazing with all of the new technology which changes faster than most of us can keep up with. I grew up in the latter sixties when computers were as big as a warehouse and you needed a power plant to run it. People laughed at the cartoon character, Dick Tracy, speaking into his watch as a way of communication. Today it is a reality and it seems by the time a new cell phone comes out another one is taking its place. 

With the introduction of new hardware, the demand for software applications increase and we are now capable of doing more at a faster pace than ever before.There is no shortage of these jewels of convenience that answer the burning questions of how, why and when. Man boasts of intellect and ingenuity but God was the originator of this system before the creation of man and the problems were more complex. The answer was a tree. From Genesis to The Revelation multiple examples are given regarding a tree. God is not only the first gardener, He is also the first arborist.   

Genesis 1:4 records the original use for the tree was to provide food for the service of man. Verse 12 says that God planted a tree in the middle of the garden (the tree of life) which was a promise between mankind and God. The tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was also there. The tree of forbidden fruit that was used to show man his estate apart from God. The tree of testing. A little further in Exodus 3:1-4, Moses is spoken to by God via the use of a tree on fire. The tree of attraction. In the New Testament, Luke 19 declares a story of a tax collector who was short in stature but had a giant desire to get the answers he needed, he had to climb a tree to see Jesus. A tree of rest and revelation. Other trees are mentioned and each has their own purpose for existence. But the greatest tree ever mentioned is still in existence today. The tree of pardon. That is Calvary!! Jesus paid the sin debt of all mankind and because of THAT tree, man is no longer bound by chains of guilt and shame. Everyone that confesses to him that he is a sinner and believes in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead is given new life. if you have not received him, give him your heart today and your life won't be splintered. 

The Anchor

Just down the road from my house, in the front of a neighbor's yard, lies a huge ship's anchor complete with chain links attached, nestled in a group of large rocks. The rocks are about four feet in height and may weigh as much as five hundred to six hundred pounds each.  The anchor is approximately seven feet high with a span of about six feet. The links in the anchor alone must weigh thirty five to forty pounds a piece. You are not going to move or re-arrange this without some heavy equipment or a fierce tornado. Because it has been undisturbed for quite some time now, the job of moving it becomes all the more difficult. It goes unnoticed most of the time by passers by but speaks volumes to those who will pay attention.  To some, it is simply unique yard décor and a great conversation piece. To others, it conveys the message that the owner was in the shipping industry and is proud of the legacy he left but to those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, it is a reminder that we have an anchor that is steadfast no matter the size of the storm.

In the book of Hebrews, chapter 6 and starting at verse 13 we read: “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.  For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;....” (KJV)

You can take comfort in knowing that no matter what storm may come into your life, if you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ, it will not overtake you.