RELIGION COLUMN: Stand on God’s wordBy Staff Reports Published 10:35am Monday, June 3, 2013
By Emily Agee
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, come upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up about mine enemies round about me: therefore will and offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, ye, I will sing praises unto the Lord. I fear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou sadist, Seek ye my face: my heart said unto thee: thy face, Lord will I seek. Hide not they face far from me; put not they servant away in anger; though has been my help; leave me not neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me though the Lord will take me up. Teach my thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain not over with the will of mine enemies; for false witnesses are risen up against me and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage and he shall strengthen thing heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27: 1-14)
Thought for the week: Hanging On
It’s hanging on that does it, when others faint and tire;
To keep a going onward,
To climb a little higher.
Some folks are always weary,
They say it can’t be done,
While others keep on trying and find in work their fun.
It’s hanging on that does it;
It takes a lot of grit;
But the more of that you’re spending;
The more you have of it;
And soon it gets as easy as singing an old, old song;
Forget that you are plugging, and days just slide along.
It’s hanging on that does it;
Folks see you standing pat,
They say you are a wonder,
A genius, and all of that.
You laugh at their exclaiming,
Superior brain or brawn,
And know that all the difference is just in hanging on.
Worship service at the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service of scripture, prayer and songs.
The scripture was read by Perry Mann with prayer by Pastor Dukes and Willie Mann.
Songs sung: “Jesus is the Rock,” “God Made Me What I Am,” and “Lay Your Problems Down.”
Pastor Dukes gave the morning message with his theme: “Failure is not bad all of the time, it means trial, only failure is missing heaven and going to hell.”
Romans 1:16 and 28. Don’t get stuck on doing the wrong thing. It’s time to come in when are you going to stand on God’s word? When do you take a stand on right. The way to do it is have faith in Christ, he will never leave you or forsake you. Where does evil come from? Who can deliver Jesus Christ. Treat folks right regardless-never quit. Roman 1:26. Some practice and say it is OK.
Wrong may seem good and sound good by lead to death. We need the reverse of God’s wrath on our wrong. Start trusting in his word. Ask to create in you a clean heart and renew in me a right spirit. Read Romans 12:2. Benediction by Pastor Dukes.
On our sick list this week as ask you to remember in your prayers:
James Singleterry, Rena Dickenson, Martha Binion Sam and Vivian Hicks, Lee Anna Worthy, Dorothy Sims, Harold Frazier, Betty Johnson, Nathan Shortridge, Versa Davis and Louise Wright. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in his care is our prayer.
—Emily Agee is a religion columnist for The Clanton Advertiser. Her column appears each Thursday.