Church News from Thursday, Oct. 18By Staff Reports Published 9:56am Monday, October 22, 2012
Samaria Baptist Church
Bro. Charles’ text came from Phillipians 4. We should think on the things that are honest, just, pure and of good report, and we will enjoy the peace that surpasses all understanding. If there be any praise, do these things, and God will bless and flourish your life. Paul said to the church at Phillipi that they often lacked opportunity and resources, but gave all they could. “I’m not speaking of want,” Paul said, “for I have learned to be content whatever my circumstances.” I am instructed to be abase, and to abound in all things. Life is full of ups and downs. We all face disappointments, but we have a God who is our father and savior. The Holy Spirit can meet all our needs.
Think on these things and rejoice in the Lord. We should rejoice in him, and try to absorb this wonderful virtue. We should be grateful in all things. We have a loving Father, and he has given us the victory. Heaven is our permanent home. These earthly bodies are just clay and will return to the dust from which they came. Death, however, is swallowed up in victory with Christ. Jesus covers us when we suffer grief, sadness, death and despair. He gives us victory over death. There will come a time when there will be no more death. Death is our last enemy, and Jesus has already conquered it. How wonderful to know that our new bodies are of God’s best creation. He will never fail or forsake us. He has it all worked out, so now it is up to us to follow him. We must trust him and dedicate ourselves to his work while there is still time.
Prayer requests today are for Paul Brooks, our local hospital and all of our shut-ins. We praise God for the good report Ronald Coker received from his last checkup.
Our special thanks to Carolyn Maddox for playing for us today. Our special music was sung by Billy Maddox, Floyd Collins and Bro. Charles Brooks.
Please come to Samaria and check out what God has for you here. He meets us here each and every time, and we know that he wants to bless you, too.
Jackson Chapel Church
Bro. Gary Fant got the morning worship service started off with “He Keeps Me Singing” and “’Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus.” Bro. Dennis blessed us with a beautiful song titled “He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away.” Bro. Dennis’ text came from Malachi 3:6-12. We, as Christians, need to know that if we sin, we can repent of those sins, but that doesn’t mean for us to continue repeating those sins for which we have asked forgiveness. We need to be careful about how we live our lives in front of others because misrepresentation of our Christian life can also cause us to rob God. We rob God when we don’t pay our tithes, but if we will do what God commands us to do, the word of God says he will pour out such a blessing that we won’t be able to contain it. We need to be thankful for what we have because God has truly blessed us, but it is sad to say that we take what we have for granted.
The service ended with people coming to pray and it was a service that you didn’t want to see come to an end because the presence of the Holy Spirit was truly present.
Please remember these as you pray this week: the family of Kathy Waites, Faye Baker, Margie Baker, James and Marie Johnson, the Rhodes family, Shayna McKinley, Janice Cobb, Carol Smith, Glenda Hill, Juanita Wilkins, Lillianna Thompson, Gordon Holsomback, Dearl Hilyer, our lost loved ones and our service men and women.
Our hearts are deeply saddened by the death of a precious church member, Mrs. Kathy Waites. You will never know how much you meant to each and every one here at the church. We love you Mrs. Kathy. You will be greatly missed, and you will always hold a very special place in our hearts here at Jackson Chapel.
Our prayers are with her husband, Mr. Billy Waites, better known as “Chopper,” and the entire family as they go through this difficult time in their lives.
Upcoming events: On Oct. 31, we will have a trunk-or-treat starting at 7 p.m.
We are located at 4020 Yellow Leaf Road, Clanton. Sunday service schedule: Sunday School at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m.