Church News for Thursday, May 30By Staff Reports Published 11:00am Monday, June 3, 2013
Samaria Baptist Church
Our services were a bit sad as we mourned the loss of Bro. Horace Cleckler; however, we rejoice that he is with the Lord and no longer suffering. Please remember Mrs. Gale and the Cleckler family in their loss.
Bro. Aubrey Brown sang “One Day” as our special music. We recognized Paul Shearon as our graduating senior and presented him with a new Bible. We are very proud of Paul. We pray he enjoys much success in his future.
Bro. Charles’ message came from Hebrews 4: God has promised that he will never fail us. We need to exhibit our faith in him in order to receive his mercy and grace.
We can have confidence in knowing that our Lord, Jesus Christ, never has or never will let his children down. What he says is what he will do.
Christians should enjoy life to the fullest. We should not be taken in by false prophets or by artificial stimulants like drugs and alcohol. The heart is not just an organ in the body that keeps us alive; it is the center of our soul. It inhabits our personality, our feelings and emotions. We should love the Lord with all our heart. The heart of a man is the seed of faith. We believe that we are saved forever because our God is not a God who turns us away; once we belong to him, he will never forsake us.
We recognize our veterans today: Charles Hay, Harold Fraser and Gaines Silas. Our prayer concerns today are for Bruce Moore, Ronnie Lockhart, the Cleckler family, and Ms. Linda Silas’ family in the death of her brother, Joe Johnson of Arizona, formally of Maplesville.
Please remember to pray for our nation. May God bless you and your family with a safe and happy summer.
Remember Bible School in July.
Baptism was rescheduled for next Sunday. Haley Milford will be baptized.
God Bless You and God Bless America.
Mount Carmel No. 1
The presence of the Lord was with us this Sunday as we gathered in his house. We gathered in his name on this beautiful Sabbath day and gave honor to all the veterans.
He laid down his life for us; we should also lay down our loves for our brothers: 1 John 3:16. God’s Holy Spirit unites believers for the cause of Christ.
Songs and praise were given to the Lord but the congregation and our beautifully filled choir. We are so thankful for all who take part in our choir.
Bro. Derrell’s message was taken from 2 Timothy 2:3. “A Good Soldier” was the title of his sermon. Remember our fallen heroes. Soldier of the cross, thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Memorial Day is set aside to honor our war heroes, all the soldiers who gave their all; but what about the Christians who gave their all? In the book of Hebrews, Paul wrote that Christians must fix their eyes constantly on the example of Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. This makes a good soldier.
Soldiers of war go through long, hard days of training; a soldier of the cross must endure, be strong in the grace of Jesus Christ and be servants of the cross that we might rein with him.
The Christian must prepare every day to fight against the devil. How do we prepare for such an attack? We must put on the full armor of God, praying always and watching with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Sunday night, we were truly blessed by these special songs sung by our youth: “Our God is an Awesome God,” “You Are My All In All” and “Shout to the Lord.” We thank God for youth who are working for the Lord.
Our evening service message was titled “A Measure of Faith,” with text from Luke 17:5-10. The Lord said, “Increase your faith.” It is not the amount of faith we have, but how we use it. How about you? Do you need to have your faith strengthened? We are to use our faith for God’s glory.
Our service closed with prayer at the altar as we gathered and prayed for each other and special requests.
Prayer requests: Tammy Harmon, Minnie Childress, Jean Foshee, Kerrie Wilkins, all others on our prayer list and unspoken requests.
Remember us when you pray and come worship with us at Mount Carmel.
June 1: Cut grass at the church and cemetery. Please be there to help get the job done.
June 2: Lunch will be served following our services. This will be in honor of our graduates.
June 23-28: VBS. There will be a class for all ages.
June 30: Our church will join with Mulberry Baptist Church that evening for a singing. If you would like to sing, let the choir director know.