RELIGION COLUMN: I cannot live without himBy Staff Reports Published 8:35pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012
By Emily Beckett
“Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, watch” (Mark 13:30–37).
Thought for the week: A little talk with Jesus
A little talk with Jesus, how it smoothes the rugged road; how it seems to help me onward, when I faint beneath my load. When my heart is crushed with sorrow, and mine eyes with tears are dim, there’s naught can yield me comfort like a little talk with Him. I cannot live without Him, nor would I if I could; he is my daily portion, my medicine and food. He’s altogether lovely, none can with Him compare – the chief among ten thousand, the fairest of the fair. So I’ll wait a little longer, till His appointed time, and glory in the knowledge that such a hope is mine. Then in my Father’s dwelling, where “many mansions” be, I’ll sweetly talk with Jesus, and He shall talk with me.
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Jemison will hold a Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. The theme is “I Pray for You, You Pray for Me.” Guest speaker will be Sis. Annie Walker of New Everdale Missionary Baptist Church in Montevallo. Everyone is invited.
Worship service at the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service by the senior choir, with Jennifer Peoples and Julian Lowery directing. Songs sung were “Come and Go to That Land,” “I Got Jesus on My Mind” and “I’ll Fly Away.” The scripture was read by Earl Lowery with prayer by Pastor Dukes and Carl Singleterry. The morning message was given by Pastor Dukes with his theme “The Attitude of A Christian.” Harmless, because we have love for one another. There should not be trouble in church or home. It will be trouble if you let the enemy in. Be wise to the devil’s tricks. He will destroy you; don’t let the devil use you. Don’t let your bad attitude affect your whole being. Be wise to know God’s will. Live like you belong to the body of Christ. Be harmless as a dove. No evil in you; only love. Harmless in your speech; you harm people without touching them, watch gossip, watch the talebearer. They are deadly, wrecking home; no regards for the truth. Gossip separates and divides. Ungodly folks can’t lead godly folk; don’t be rude. The church should be one of the most polite places on earth. Make people feel comfortable and welcome. What do you use your tongue for slander, gossip or to praise, or are your words seasoned with salt? Let your mind be in Christ Jesus. When I am wrong, make me change, but when I’m right, let me be graceful and kind. Benediction by Pastor Dukes.
Our sympathy goes out to the families to Mrs. Claudie Hudson and Mrs. Louise Osborne in their time of bereavement. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at press time. Agee Brother’s Funeral Home directing.
On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: Lee Anna Worthey, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Latora Allison, Harold Frazier, Rena Dickerson and Robertha Lee. 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 publishes in the newspaper each Thursday.