By Terry Harpole
MABEN — You would have been tempted to stay if you had walked into the fellowship hall of Double-Springs Baptist Church the morning of July 21 and smelled the aroma.
This was the regular day for the meeting of the Men’s Fellowship Group. Before 7 a.m., Mitch Turner, one of the members and an employee of Mississippi State University, was there cooking a meal of sausage, pancakes, biscuits, gravy and coffee that would easily have satisfied anyone.
After the meal, Billy Carpenter, president of the group, introduced the morning’s guest speaker, Dr. Everett McKibben from Starkville.
McKibben was born in Starkville, and a is a graduate of MSU and University Medical School in Jackson. He completed his resident training at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, moved back to Starkville in 1992 and has been practicing there ever since.
McKibben shared a most interesting devotion with the group, which had a few visitors. He began with a reading of the 90th Psalm and made special note of verse 1: “Lord, you have been our refuge through all generations.”
McKibben mentioned God used and still uses men, no matter their past, and talked of the mentioning in the Bible of man’s lifespan being three score and 10 years, and if by chance a few more.
McKibben says that could never be changed by any medical techniques, and if anyone did live any longer, “God has special plans for them.”
It was a pleasure and a treat for the group to hear these words from a person who is a part of the medical profession.
The group had a short business meeting afterwards and dismissed until the next meeting on the third Sunday in August. The church is located on Maben-Sturgis Road and the Rev. Larry Odom is pastor.