Church News for Thursday, Aug. 2By Staff Reports Published 8:37pm Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Bro. Dewayne Castleberry got the Sunday School hour started off with a good lesson entitled “The Author of Redemption.” Bro. Gary Fant got the morning worship service started off with “Won’t It Be Wonderful There” and “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder.” Bro. Dennis Smith, Wanda Chadwick and Angel Bavar blessed us with “House of Gold” and “Right On Time.”
Bro Dennis’ text came from Jeremiah 40:1-4 with a message entitled “Breaking The Chains That Bind.” We need to be faithful to our calling as Christians, but if we’re not careful Satan will bind us down with chains and have us back doing worldly things. Satan will also bind us up with making bad decisions that will cause us to have to pay for our bad decisions for years down the road. There is nothing that Satan will bind us up with that Jesus Christ can’t free us from, and all we’ve got to do is pray and turn those things that bind us over to Jesus Christ. We have got to make the decision if we want to be bound up with the things of Satan or do we want to be loosed from those things by allowing Jesus Christ to help us.
The service ended with several coming to pray, and the Holy Spirit was truly present.
Bro. Gary Fant got the evening service started off with “I’ll Fly Away,” “Jesus Is Coming Soon” and “When I Wake Up to Sleep No More.” Luke Wilson blessed us with “Victory In Jesus” and “Jesus Loves Me.” Bro. Dennis Smith, Wanda Chadwick and Angel Bavar blessed us with “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary,” “Mansion Over The Hilltop” and “Meeting In The Air.”
Bro. Dennis’ text came from John 3:1-6 — We as Christians must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. We must accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we must keep our Christian values and live the way the Bible instructs us to live. Satan is always waiting for us to mess up so he can get us back to doing worldly things. We must be rooted and grounded in the word of God so when Satan shows up, we will be able to withstand the wiles of the devil. The service ended with several coming to pray.
Happy birthday to Wanda Chadwick, Kandis Pate and Horace Wyatt.
Please remember these as you pray this week: Kathy Waites, Shirley Burnett, James and Marie Johnson, Gail Fant, Matt Mayfield, Carol Smith, Eloise Cleckler, Cole Gray, Ryan Scott, our lost loved ones and our servicemen and women.
Mars Hill Baptist Church
The Olympics are here! All the training, preparation and work are done, and the games have begun. If only we, as Christians, took our Christian training as seriously as the athletes who are competing, this world would be a much different place. We are not saved by the grace of Jesus to sit down and watch the world go by. We are saved to tell others about Jesus and His love for all. We are saved to work in the church teaching, cleaning, singing or preaching — not just in the church, but in our everyday lives as well. What will you do for Jesus this coming church year? There is surely a place for you in God’s house. Be doers of the word, and not just hearers!
Bro William Short’s message this week is from Matthew 7:1-7. This passage teaches us not to judge others, lest we be judged. Until we are perfect, we have no right to judge, and all have sinned! Don’t try to clean up someone else until your own life is in order. We are to ask for the things we need, to seek and find Jesus, and finally to knock and the door will be opened. Ask Jesus to come into your heart, seek Him and you will find Him, knock on His door and He will surely open it for you.
Praise God for another soul saved this week, another precious person to baptize! God is good all the time! Remember to bring your school supplies for the WMU ladies drive to help those children who need them. The Brotherhood will be cooking for the entire church on Aug. 4 and it surely will be a great time of fellowship, food and fun. Please come and be a part of it.
As always, pray for our church, the sick, the hurting, the lost, our troops, our country and our government. Amen.