Church News for Thursday, Aug. 1By Staff Reports Published 10:16am Thursday, August 8, 2013
Bethany Baptist Church
Sunday morning, we were blessed to have in our service missionaries Chuck and Terry Fernandez, on furlough from Kenya, where they preach to 50 villages, four different tribes in three regions. The have around 900 professions for Christ and baptize about 350 people each year as a result of their mainly house-to-house ministry. We enjoyed a video of their work.
Bro. Fernandez’s sermon, “All-Out Missions,” was from Acts 20:17-25. The Apostle Paul’s heart was for people to be saved, and also to encourage them in their path. God blesses missionaries who pattern their ministries after the word of God.
The priority of a church is to focus on preaching the Gospel; it is important that ministers have their heart on the word of God, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ministers and saved people should also make an all-out effort to live a Christ-like life and teach that to others. It is important to live the kind of life where people can see that we are stable in our faith. We are reminded in verse 19 of the humility and tears of joy demonstrated by the Apostle Paul.
Sunday night, Bro. Steve continued the study “Major Lessons from Minor Characters” about Demetrius, taken from 3 John 11-12. The Apostle John commended Demetrius for his good character. He was reported, probably by people outside the church as well as inside, as having goodness and integrity. He had a spiritual nature, and his standard of behavior was the truth in God’s word. Demetrius was a good example for all of us.
Prayer list: Betty Biggs, Doris and Verdie Glenn, Carl Gray, Jeanette Jessop, Bro. Danny Jones and his family, Frances McKinnon, Henry Moore, Billie Neeley, Grace and Elwyn Robinson and Shirley Wallace.
See you Sunday!
Mountain Springs Church
Services started with Bro. Kenneth Moates leading the church in the following hymns: “Jesus Is Coming Soon,” “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder,” “I’ve Got That Old Time Religion In My Heart” and “I’ll Be Listening.”
Bro. Roger Cleckler gave a devotion from Luke 7:19-23. When we get discouraged, we need to remember that God is still God, and he is always working for us.
After Sunday school, Bro. Kenneth led the church in the hymn “When We All Get to Heaven” and Sherrie Williams sang “God on the Mountain.”
Bro. Don preached from Psalm 111:10. It’s good that God gives us a natural instinct to fear some things in life. We don’t need to be afraid of God, but we do need to have a respectable fear for him.
Sunday night was our end-of-the-month singing. We are so thankful for the talent God has placed at our church. Everyone who sang did an outstanding job.
Here’s a verse for you this week: Show me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day: Psalms 25:4-5.