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Pastor Jessie Byrd

Pastor of
Trinity Baptist Church
Doyline,  LA

"No Fence is too High"

 Table of Contents
1. Teenager
2. Nothing Changed
3. You Cannot Lock God Out
4. A Seed was Planted
5. I Received God's Greatest Gift
6. No Fence is too High
7. The Story does not End here
8. Remember, Only Jesus can Save You


When I was 16 years old, I attended a Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA. I had listened to many sermons about Jesus and salvation. Desiring membership in that church, I walked the aisle when the invitation was given. I spoke to the pastor and said all the right things to gain membership. I even knelt at the altar and prayed a prayer with the pastor. The next Sunday evening the church administered Baptism to me. When all was said and done, I was just as lost as I had been before I made the "profession of faith." All of my actions during that time were only to gain entry into the membership of that church.


Nothing Changed

Eventually I stopped attending church services. I stopped reading my Bible and went right back to doing all the tings I used to do. Drinking became my favorite pastime. The things of God meant nothing to me. My life was headed for destruction and I could not care less. I became a full-fledged alcoholic! My precious wife pleaded with me to stop ruining my life, but I refused to listen.

In 1982, my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our first child. She was a beautiful little gift from God, whom we named Josephine. When she was three years old, she would sit at the kitchen table and imitate my sin of drinking and smoking. She would fill a pop bottle with water and hold a pencil in her hand and pretend to smoke it. Still, I refused to change my lifestyle.


You Can't Lock God Out

My wife worked in the cafeteria at Calvary Baptist Church in Shreveport. She began attending services there on Sunday mornings, and eventually gave her life to Christ. She was to be baptized following her profession of faith and wanted our daughter and myself to attend her baptism. I refused to darken the door of any church because of my sinful ways, and so I kept our daughter at home the night of my wife's baptism and I proceeded to get drunk.

My wife asked the church to pray for me. Members of Calvary attempted to visit with me in our home, but I refused to invite them in. As a matter of fact, I put up a chain-link fence around the yard with a 12' wide double gate as close to the street as I could get it. I knew that the visitation night for Calvary was Monday; so every Monday evening after work, I made sure those gates were securely locked. The church members told my wife about their efforts to visit me, and how the gates were always locked. My wife continued to pray and asked the church to keep praying, too.

To make a long story short, I forgot to lock the gates one Monday evening and a very dear friend of mine, who just happened to be a member of Calvary Baptist Church, came to visit. I knew he was there to talk about Jesus and I did not want to hear anything he had to say. After all, I knew all I needed to know about Jesus, or so I thought! My friend shared his testimony with me and invited me to accept Christ as my personal Saviour. I knelt down and prayed a prayer with him in the hopes that this "Jesus freak" would soon leave.


A Seed Was Planted

My friend left that night thinking I had given my life to Christ. But, once again, I had only made a "profession" and had never given my heart to Jesus. But, glory to God; my friend planted a seed in my heart! I began to read the Bible every morning before I went to work. I opened the Bible to the Book of Revelation and began to read in Chapter 9 about those locusts with stings in the tails like scorpions! What a frightful thing! The Word of God literally sacred the "HELL" right out of me!! I thought a lot about the life I had been living and realized that if I kept on the way I was going, I would be spending eternity in what the Bible calls "The Lake of Fire!"


I Received God's Greatest Gift

Finally, on August 12, 1988, I read my Bible that morning as usual, but something was different. It seemed more real to me than every before. On my way to work, God's Holy Spirit spoke to me and I was convicted of my sins. I asked Jesus to come into my heart and save me. This time I meant business with God! This time I earnestly sought God's forgiveness for my sins, and I was saved by His grace.


No Fence Is Too High

I had put up a fence to keep God out, but NO FENCE IS TOO HIGH for God! I am so thankful that He allowed my friend to come through that gate and speak to me about Jesus! I am thankful that He has saved my soul! If God can save a wretched sinner like me, He can save any one - EVEN YOU!!


The Story Does Not End Here

On January 15, 1989, God called me into the Gospel ministry! In 1991, God blessed us with another child, a boy we named William Jessie Byrd. I was called into a full time pastorate at Trinity Baptist Church in Doyline, Louisiana, on October 20, 1996, where I have had the privilege of pastoring the most wonderful congregation this side of Heaven. All of the praise and glory, and honor belong to my Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ! If you would like to receive Christ as your personal Saviour, simply admit to Him that you are a sinner. Then, by faith, ask Him to forgive you for your sins and commit your way to Him. Repent of your sins (in other words, admit that your way is wrong and turn to the way of Christ). Live your life in obedience to God and to His Word, the Bible.



"Jesus Saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" John 14.6

You cannot get to Heaven by performing good works.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" Ephesians 2:8-9

Ask Jesus to save you NOW, and He will!

Jessie Byrd, Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church
243 Watson St
Doyline, LA 71023


G. Steven Andres
Psalms 45:17
Missionary Evangelist
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