Church News for Thursday, Aug. 16By Staff Reports Published 8:42pm Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Calvary Independent Baptist
Calvary Independent Baptist Church wants to say a special thanks to the ones that came last week for the Revival Services. We also want to thank our visitors that came for this Sunday’s services and hope to see you all soon. Sunday morning services included a message from I Samuel 7:3-12 on revival of Israel, out from under the Philistines. Sunday Night services included a message from Joshua 1:8 and 9 and other passages about being prepared. Most who name the name of Christ are little prepared for actually living for Christ. Christians need two meals each day from the spiritual things of God; instead, most are starving slap to death. Hard to stand for truth when you do not know the truth. Please consider getting involved with a Bible-believing and teaching fellowship if you are not currently with one, and consider the things God has prepared for those who love him. We invite you to come visit us for any of our services. We are located south of Clanton just past Dollar General, right off 31 on Fulmer Drive. Sunday school is at 9 a.m., children’s church and adult worship services are at 10 a.m., Sunday night services are at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday night services 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Pastor Oscar Mims at (205) 755-9399.
Mars Hill Baptist
It’s only a few more days until Chilton County schools are once again in session. Please pray for our children, their teachers, the administrators and others who will be on campus. Our children are our most precious possessions. Take an interest in what your children are learning, help wherever you can, but the most important thing you can do is to pray. Pray they will be safe, and pray for a hedge of protection around our schools, to keep out anything that would harm our loved ones.
Bro. William Short’s message came from Job 2:3-10. All of us know the story of Job, how God allowed Satan to take everything he had, except his life. Job’s wife told him to “curse God and die.” But Job was a “blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil.” Throughout all the torments that Satan put Job through, he held fast to God, he continued to trust God. Job was no wimp; he persevered throughout! Can we say that today? Or do we give up at the first onslaught of battle? Because that’s what Job was doing – fighting a battle against Satan! A battle that he won, and one that we have to win as well, if we want to make it to the end to hear God say, “Welcome home, thou good and faithful servant.” Job feared the Lord. He put God above everything else; his family, his wealth, his life. If we love the Lord the way that Job did, we too could stand against anything! God’s love is unconditional, without end. Job served the Lord, always, no matter what he was facing. Job had faith in God. He lived every day in every way for the Lord.
We can say that we feel like Job, but do we really? Could we have stood firm and continued to trust God when everything was lost? Because of Job’s faith in God, his perseverance, God restored to Job everything and more that he had lost, a hundred fold! So when the devil comes knocking at your door, tell him to take a hike, that you are standing on the Word of God, trusting God, with faith in God, with unconditional love for God. Amen.
Please remember the WMU ladies’ drive for school supplies to help children that need them. We will have a “back to school bash” on Aug. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. All are invited to attend. Sept. 9, the evangelism conference will be at Clanton First Baptist. Sept. 20, the association mega conference will be at Jemison First Baptist.
Please attend church somewhere. If you don’t have a church home, we invite you to come to Mars Hill Baptist Church. God loves you.