Church News for Thursday, May 30By Staff Reports Published 11:00am Monday, June 3, 2013
Bethany Baptist Church
We are thankful for the several visitors in our service, some who have been coming for a few weeks.
On this Memorial Day weekend, we want to especially remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedoms.
Bro. Steve’s message, from Exodus 3:1-15, was titled “God’s Memorial to All Generations.” A memorial is something that causes us to remember it. God called Moses out of a burning bush to be a leader to the Israelites and bring them out of bondage in Egypt. God still calls people to be saved, and if backslidden, to return to fellowship with God.
In verse 15, God said that his name would be a memorial to all generations. God’s name, “I Am,” means he always was and always will be. Jehovah God is the covenant-making God. His covenant with us concerns the promise of Jesus Christ. That promise for us is that Jesus Christ came to sacrifice his life on the cross so that we can be saved. Do you want to go to heaven when you die? Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. Acts 16:31
Sunday night, our pastor brought a study using several scriptures of the ministries of the Holy Spirit.
VBS is planned for June 10-12. Our theme is “The Mighty God: God Loves Moses and Me.” We plan to have pre-registration on June 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Our church is located at 9212 County Road 49 in Enterprise.
Prayer list: Betty Biggs, James Bixler, Doris and Verdie Glenn, Billie Neeley, Ron Peppers, Grace and Elwyn Robinson, Elzie Sanders, Travis Swift and Glenda Wallace.
We express sympathy to the families of Bob Taylor and Marie Godbout.
See you Sunday!
Cedar Grove Church
I would like to begin our news by saying Monday was Memorial Day, a time to honor the troops of our country. Let our troops know how much we love and appreciate everything they do in service to our country. We know that freedom is not free; it comes at a price. A lot of our soldiers have fallen in battle and did not get to come home. We as nation should pray daily for our servicemen and women.
I would like to take this opportunity to mention just a few of the servicemen I know by name: Mike McMinn, Earl Caton, Byron Cummings, Billy Caton, James Gillespie, Steve Price, Alton Russell and John McMinn. We thank all our servicemen and women for their service to our country. God Bless!
Pastor Jeff Carroll’s text today came from John 15:13. Greater love has no man than this: to lay down one’s life for his friends. “Let’s Remember” was the sermon title: Old things are passed away; all things are new.
Our nation wants to remember some things, but forget about God. They take him out of our schools, take his name off our currency and take him out of the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. There is no good outside of God. Without hope, a man is most miserable. Reflect on the things of God through your life. God is the creator; we are the creatures. He created us in his likeness. God’s way is always right.
There was a vote this week to lift the ban on allowing homosexuals to be in the Boy Scouts of America. Gay youth are now allowed in the scouts, but gay troop leaders are not allowed. The Bible teaches against homosexuality. If gay youth are allowed in the organization and they grow up to be troop leaders, what is the difference? The Boy Scouts of America at this point and time have the backing of a lot of churches. It will be interesting to see how this stands.
Jesus shed his blood on Calvary to save our wretched souls. Remember souls that are not blood-bought will go to a devil’s hell. There are not enough people who believe in hell. Love to all. Have a blessed week!
August 18: Homecoming (Mark the date for the third Sunday in August instead of the fourth.) Guest will be Bro. Randy Perry
Aug. 19-21: Revival. Let us be in prayer for this also.
June 22: Youth car wash at Advance Auto Parts. All proceeds to go to the purchase of a much-needed church van. All donations welcome.
Prayer concerns: Billy Wyatt; Janet Wyatt; Renee Cleckley; Joyce Scott; Bro. Billy Caton’s son-in-law, Paul; Paula Castleberry and her sister, Donna; spoken and unspoken requests.