Church News for Thursday, Dec. 13By Staff Reports Published 10:22am Thursday, December 13, 2012
Bethany Baptist Church
Chris Knight sang a special song titled “I Can’t Even Walk.” Bro. Steve brought a message from Matthew 1, which he titled “What’s In a Name and What Does the Bible say about Jesus’ Birthday?” He used the following as his topics: Who do men say Jesus is? Who does God say Jesus is? Who do you say Jesus is?
Jesus is the name of the person who came down from heaven to live among us and die for your sins, who resurrected from the dead and lives in heaven for you. Do you know him as your personal savior?
Sunday night, Bro. Steve brought a message about worship. Nowhere in the Bible is there a scripture that specifically says, “Worship is …” There are many references to people bowing down, or falling on their knees and worshipping, but just kneeling down is not all there is to worship. Bro. Steve says even though there is no clear definition of worship in the Bible, he believes Psalm 96 contains many things that comprise worshipping in spirit and in truth: praise: singing unto the Lord, testifying to his goodness and enumerating his characteristics; giving: giving thanks and acknowledging his glory and strength, giving service to him and the giving of tithes and offerings; and obedience, then rejoicing and giving praise to him.
This week, and during this Christmastime, let’s be faithful in sincerely worshipping our Lord.
Prayer list: Betty Biggs, James Bixler, Doris and Verdie Glenn, Paul Gray, Hubert Griffin, Mildred Griffin, Ernestine Hatch, Laverne and Dick Hayes, Journey Mission in Calera, Ethel Kelly, Billie Neeley, Lillianna Thompson and Skipper Wallace.
See you Sunday!
Mountain Springs Church
Services started Sunday, Dec. 9, with Bro. Ricky Cleckler leading the church in the following hymns: “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” “Are You Washed in the Blood,” “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” and “I Want to Know More About My Lord.”
After Sunday School, Bro. Ricky sang the hymns “Glory Land Way” and “Oh, I Want to See Him.” Kandice Cleckler sang “I Want to Know How it Feels.” She blessed the church with a wonderful song.
Bro. Tim Henry was with us this Sunday. He preached from John 11, and his message was titled “The Stones in Our Lives.”
One of the many stones people deal with is unforgiveness. Christ forgave us, so why do we not want to forgive others? When the stones in our lives are removed, we will be amazed by what takes place.
Sunday night’s service began with Bro. Kenneth Moates leading the church in the hymns “Away in a Manger,” “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” “I Would Not Be Denied” and “Keep On the Firing Line.”
Bro. Ashley Bice gave a devotion from Psalms 121:1-3. The Lord will always help us in our time of need.
Sam Ross and Kandice Cleckler sang “The Old Rugged Cross” while Kadie Coker played the song on the piano.
Bro. Tim Henry preached the second part of his previous message tonight. Once you get rid of the stones in your life, you need to let it go and leave it in the past. Christmas is a time for family and coming together, but until we remove the stones in our lives, we will never be fulfilled through God. Don’t ever give up on God.
This Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5:30 p.m., the young children will perform their Christmas musical play, and next Sunday, Dec. 23, the older youth will perform their Christmas play. Both will be a blessing, so we hope you will be able to attend.