Church News from Thursday, Oct. 18By Staff Reports Published 9:56am Monday, October 22, 2012
Bethany Baptist Church
On Sunday morning, Bro. Steve preached a sermon from Daniel 3, the story of the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were ordered to bow to Nebuchanezzar’s statue, but refused. If they had submitted, they would have disobeyed God’s commandment in Exodus 20 telling them not have any god other than the true God, and not to worship any graven image. Also, they would have lost their testimony as servants of God. Refusing to yield to self-preservation when it would have been easy to do so, they did not bend or compromise. Whether God would save them from the fiery furnace or not, they determined in verse 18 not to serve Nebuchadnezzar’s gods. Neither would they worship the golden image he had set up.
God delivered the three Hebrews from the fire. It is not always his will to spare us from sickness, persecution or pain. He does, however, promise that he will be with us through these situations. In 1 Peter 4:12-13, Peter said, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, but rejoice inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” Let us trust confidently in the Lord no matter what happens and not compromise when trials come along to test our faith.
On Sunday night, Bro. Steve brought a message taken from Mark 10:2-12. He emphasized the importance of the physical and spiritual unity between the husband and wife in God’s plan for a happy marriage.
Prayer list: Betty Biggs, James Bixler, Doris and Verdie Glenn, Hubert Griffin, Mildred Griffin, Ernestine Hatch, Ethel Kelly, Billie Neeley and Skipper Wallace.
See you Sunday!
Rocky Mount United Methodist Church
It was with great pride and emotion that we presented to Troy and Jo Benson our Prayer/String Quilt from the “It’s Sew Fun” group. It has been fun collecting our fabrics from various places, piecing them into a useable quilt that was then blessed and given with love.
Speaking of love, God’s greatest gift is love. God loves you just the way you are, but he wants you to be like Jesus, the one who saved you. What’s standing between you and your relationship with God? Can you let that go? It might not be a material thing; it could be an attitude, grudge or something of the sort. With God, all things are possible. We cannot save ourselves. Jesus loves us in ways we cannot imagine. Open your heart and let it be filled with God’s love and your path will be made clear.
Catch our Sunday morning sermons on WKLF-FM 95.5 at 7:30 a.m.