Church News for Thursday, June 6By Staff Reports Published 9:28am Thursday, June 13, 2013
Calvary Independent Baptist Church
We want to thank everyone who participated in getting the church ready for VBS this week. We also want to thank everyone who attended services.
Sunday morning’s service included a message from John 6:15-21 titled “Lord Help Me to Keep the Faith.”
We as Christians need a faith to do God’s will for our lives. We need a faith for the journey we are to travel. We need a faith for the fourth watch when we are facing trials and tribulations, and it seems as though everything is contrary to us. When we look for Jesus and invite him in to guide us through life, we will always make it to the other side. God’s grace is sufficient.
The Sunday night service included registration and kick-off for VBS. It will run Monday through Friday of this week from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is so great to see an awesome God at work in people’s lives.
We want to invite you to come visit with us for any of our services. We are located in South Clanton, just 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.
Christ Independent Methodist Church
It was another perfect Sabbath, and we began our service with the congregation singing “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” followed by “Christ For the World We Sing” and “Lord, Lay Some Soul.”
We were blessed to have our pastor back filling the pulpit following a surgery on his face.
Dr. Mac Stinson’s sermon title was the provocative message of “Keys That Unlock Miracles.” His scripture was taken from Luke 7:1-10. This scripture deals with Jesus healing a centurion’s servant. It also provides the power of faith:
Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel: Luke 7:1-2, 3-5
Then, Dr. Stinson moved from the meaning of faith to that of mediocrity. This is a word we don’t hear spoken very often, but one we see demonstrated quite often. Professor Dr. Max Stokes refers to mediocrity as “the measure if nothing.”
Dr. Stinson continued, “We live in a time of moral and spiritual mediocrity. All around us are mediocre leaders and institutions… and often, we lead mediocre lives ourselves.” (For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God: Romans 3:23)
Think of the definition for mediocrity. Will your life been seen as one worthwhile when you are gone, or will your life be remembered as a “measure of nothing?”
When you pray, remember Dr. Mac Stinson and his son, Opal Miller, Nate Adams, Mary Ann Carden, Tania Dawson, Cindy McCavitt, Judy Atkinson, Beulah Camp and all who will be traveling there and to other destinations. Pray for our military and their families, our country, our leaders, our community, our church and each other.
Remember Christians around the world. May their faith be strong and guide their lives.
Remember our Shrimp Boil this Saturday, June 8, at 3 p.m. In lieu of bringing a dish, we ask each person to give $3 to the church. Jemison Police Department will be our honored guests.
We will not have our Sunday evening worship service and our study of Daniel on June 30.
Have a blessed week.