RELIGION COLUMN: Peace comes with good deedsBy Staff Reports Published 9:45am Thursday, October 4, 2012
By Emily Agee
“Now after the death of Moses the servants of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:1–7).
Thought for the week: Peace on earth, good will toward men
God placed the peace He promised into the hands of man, but man has never kept that peace since endless time began. For man has never understood, either now or then, that peace comes not through battles but doing good unto all men! And when we meet with strangers on life’s busy thoroughfares, be not forgetful that thereby oft angels pass us unawares. And when we are at peace with God then only will we find the peace on earth he promised and eternal peace of mind.
The Rev. and Mrs. Robert Murphy Sr. will celebrate his third anniversary as pastor of the Plantersville Grove Baptist Church in Plantersville on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Albert L. Jones, pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Wilton, will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited.
Worship service at the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service. Key verse: Hebrews 10:23. Songs sung: “Glory To His Name,” “Jesus Is A Rock In A Weary Land,” led by Carl Singleterry, and “Amazing Grace.” The scripture was read by Earl Lucas with prayer by Pastor Dukes and Perry Nunn. Pastor Dukes brought the message. His theme: ”A Church on the Move.” Press on and move forward. God has goals and ambitions for his church. You must move ahead with your relationship with Jesus and one another. Church can’t stagnate; it’s a living organ. It must move forward. It’s not about numbers; it’s about saving souls. Always seek the next level. The devil’s job is to make your physical man more important than the spiritual man. Focus spiritually when trouble comes. Are you able to move forward get closer to him? He is the one that blesses me. Come unto him if you are burdened and heavily laden. Hold on to the Lamb of God and apprehend what has apprehended you. That’s what Paul did. Benediction by Pastor Dukes.
On our sick list this week, we ask you to remember in your prayers: Sam and Vivian Hicks, Lee Anna Worthey, Roberta Lee, Evelyn Austin, Harold Frazier, Latora Allison, Rena Dickerson, Ralph Marable. 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.