Is your spirit stagnant?Published 6:00pm Wednesday, October 6, 2010
By Emily Agee
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:35-38).
Thought for the week: ”Reach Out”
“Extend to one another a friendly hand of love, for we are emissaries of our Father up above. Reach out with a helping hand or by folding them in prayer; let those folks who are in need know that someone’s there.”
The Rev. and Mrs. Keith Moore will celebrate his Sixth Anniversary as pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Clanton on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m. All pastors and their congregation are invited.
Worship service at Holly Grove Baptist Church Jemison began with praise service by the senior choir in songs and prayer. Songs sung: “Pass Me Not,” “I Love To Call Jesus,” “God Will Supply” and “He Supply All My Needs.” The scripture was read by Perry Nunn with prayer by Pastor Dukes and Minister Kevin Nunn.
The morning message was given by Pastor Dukes. His theme was “Is Your Spirit Stagnant?” Sometimes we serve the Lord with no passion, or perhaps we have zeal but don’t show it. We are not talking about emotions. Is the Church really listening? We need to hear the message Christ has for his Church — open your ears and listen (Revelation 2:7). Don’t focus on everybody else’s struggle, focus on yourself. We struggle because we have left our first love.
Jesus encourages you when you think no one cares. But remember, if it’s not of Christ, it’s a division and causes confusion. Stand up for what’s right. The Church should maintain a presence during hardship; hang in there, stay with Jesus. The enemy wants you to struggle. Your weakness is you’ve left your love, and that is Jesus. He did not leave you, you left him. Don’t let your love grow cold on Jesus. Remember to repent; there is a reward. You will eat from the tree of paradise of God, where you can live forever. Those who have an ear, hear what the Lord has to say. The benediction was led by Pastor Dukes.
Our sympathy goes out to the family of Nathaniel Shortridge in their time of bereavement. Funeral services are incomplete at this time. Agee Brothers Funeral Home directing.
On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: Joshua Amos, Bertha Gates, Robert Spence, Margaret Cooper, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Joseph McCall and Stanley Frazier. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.