Church News for Thursday, March 28By Staff Reports Published 9:46am Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Samaria Baptist Church
Bro. Charles’ message came from Revelation 20:1-15. His sermon title was “The Day of the Lord.” As believers, our hope is definitely in the Lord, and only he can save us by his grace. We should not be unaware (ignorant) concerning those who have died before us. Christ will take us to heaven by rapture or by natural death, but we will not hinder those who are asleep. The Bible emphatically tells us that the dead in Christ will rise first. This is a comfort to us.
Only God knows the hour that Christ will return. He will come unexpectedly, as a thief in the night. There will come a falling away, as we are already seeing today. We must not be deceived, for the Son of Perdition will be revealed and will exalt himself as God. Satan is working overtime to steal every soul he can because he knows his time is growing short.
We notice today that there are no boundaries when it comes to television shows and what is permitted on them. Our moral compass has shifted, and no longer quickens the conscience as it once did. Even ‘family shows’ have become careless with language and content. In past times, Americans would not have tolerated this kind of behavior, but now it seems to be the norm for some. We have become so saturated by bad language and actions, that we are numb to it, thinking it’s just a result of the times we are living in. It is the day in which we live, but if we stop watching they will be forced to put something moral on television again.
God can change our minds and thoughts. We can look forward to peace and tranquility, with no pain, sorrow or sin. Those who deny him will suffer eternal death in hell. Liberal-thinking folks with perversion as their chosen right will be convinced on the Day of the Lord that they were wrong. It is vital that they have someone witness the truth to them before it is too late.
God is merciful, but there is a limit to his patience. We must not test him. He will forgive, and he wants to save us and give us eternal joy with him. However, he gives us a choice, and we have the option to accept or reject salvation. This isn’t just a decision about what kind of car to buy; this kind of decision determines your destiny. It is the most important decision a person can make. Jesus is waiting to save and secure all who seek him.
Prayers today continue for little Tucker Jones and his family. Ray and Phyllis Hardee also need prayer. Happy Anniversary to Lynn and Elizabeth Jones, celebrating 13 years. Congratulations to newlyweds, Mandy and John Jamison on their marriage this weekend. Mandy is the daughter of Don and Diane Fisher. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Come to Jesus. We welcome you to Samaria.
Next Sunday, our children will present their special Easter program. God bless you.
Calvary Independent Baptist Church
We want to thank everyone who attended services this weekend. Sunday morning’s service include a message from John 4:40-54 about limiting God’s work in and through our lives. We can limit his work through unbelief, putting off opportunities to serve, or by looking for some supernatural event before being willing to believe God.
Sunday evening’s service included a song service and a short message, followed by a fellowship meal downstairs. Bro. Kevin Shaw brought a message about how the word of God has the answers for all of our life’s problems.
We want to invite you to a very special Easter play on Saturday, March 30, at 6 p.m., with refreshments afterward. We also want to invite you to attend any of our regular services. We are located south of Clanton, past Dollar General, off U.S. 31 on Fulmer Drive. Sunday School: 9 a.m., Children’s Church and adult worship service: 10 a.m., Sunday evening service: 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday service: 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Pastor Oscar Mims at 205-755-9399.