God has a special plan for youBy Staff Reports Published 5:40pm Wednesday, July 18, 2012
By Emily Agee
“A Good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all. A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life. Thorns and snares are in the way of the forward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. He that soweth inquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail. He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea strife and reproach shall cease.” (Proverbs 22:1-10 verses.)
Thought for the week: “All His Roads Lead Home!”
“Whatever you are going through, of pain or circumstance, it is not there because of luck, is not there by chance! God has a special plan for you that’s known to Him alone, so trust that He is leading right, for all roads lead home! He’s promised He will never give a thing too much for us, but make escape in every trail, so in His mercy trust. Sometimes the way is smooth and fine, sometimes all rock and stone – but whatever way He gives all His roads lead home! He uses pain; he uses others to bring deep-seeded change. No circumstance He gives to us is in our life in vain. Oh, child of His, don’t be concerned the path ahead’s unknown, for with the Savior as your Guide all his roads lead home!”
Worship service at the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service by the senior choir, led by Jennifer Peoples and Julian Lowery. Songs sung: “I’ll Fly Away,” “Glory Hallelujah,” and “Let It Be Real.” Paul Barron read the scripture with prayer by Perry Nunn. Pastor Dukes gave the morning message. His theme was “Don’t Let Flesh Stop You From Hearing God’s Word.” It’s a man’s world; think spiritual not carnal. God gave a great responsibility to mankind but we blew it. Real men take responsibility, and they understand their role. When God made man from dust and blew life into him, man became a living soul. He told the man to dress the Garden of Eden; to take charge of it, take care of it and provide. Make home secure, take authority over the garden, and not to abuse his family. Some of the limitations were to not eat of the tree of knowledge. He told Adam to establish order, and have order in the home. A man teaches his child to work. Be able to maintain control; when God gives you something, don’t let the devil take it. Stick with God’s word, he will bless you. When you mess up, don’t run from God, run to him. You can’t stay in the garden and be in sin. It is a man’s world because God established it. Take control, and say “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”
We ask you to remember those on our sick list this week in your prayer: Jerry Wilson, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Latoya Allison, Lee Anna Worthey, Harold Frazier, Roberta Lee and Martha Binion. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.
–Emily Agee is a religion columnist for The Clanton Advertiser. Her column appears each Thursday.