Church News for Thursday, Aug. 1By Staff Reports Published 10:16am Thursday, August 8, 2013
Mars Hill Baptist Church
It was a good day to be in the house of our Lord! Morning services started with baptism. Don’t you wish every Sunday started that way? Praise God for new souls on the way to heaven!
As we look around us at life today, it seems like everyone is turning away from God, from the church. And that is a tragedy friend, one that we can most certainly help avoid if we only get out into the world and invite people to come inside the church, inside the heart of God. There is nothing to fear from God, but there is everything to fear from Satan and the world. Satan only has fear and evil in his plan for us, but God has only good things planned for his children, like a home in heaven, walking on streets of gold and no more sorrow, pain, or death. Does that sound like a good thing to you? Come to church to learn more. We love visitors at Mars Hill. We had quite a few today and would love to see them back again.
Bro. William Short took the morning message from Mark 10:17. In this passage, Jesus councils the rich young ruler. Jesus loved this man, and sought to reach the man by revealing the blind spots in his spiritual life. This young man asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Jesus told this man to sell whatever he had and give to the poor, and he would have treasure in heaven; then come, take up the cross and follow him. This rich young ruler was saddened by these words, and went away feeling sorrowful because he had great wealth. Nothing more is mentioned about this man, not even his name is recorded; we don’t know his fate or if he ever accepted Jesus as Lord. Learning the ABC’s of the most important commandment Jesus ever gave can change your fate: You must be born again, not of the flesh, but of the spirit.
Admit you are a sinner.
Believe that Jesus is Lord.
Confess your sins before God.
In John 14:6, Jesus tells us he is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him. Scripture does not say that maybe Jesus is the way; maybe you can go to heaven another way or that if you live a good enough life that you can get into heaven’s gates. No, Jesus said that he is the only way. In the Old Testament, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. These 10 have never been deleted and never been deemed unimportant to living a Christian life; they are still a part of the Bible and no one has yet tried to take them out of our churches. But God knew that we could never live by the law, so he sent his son, Jesus, to die for our sins on the Cross of Calvary. Keep the commandments of God, giving God all praise, honor and glory for all things in your life. Learn to praise him in the storms.
If there has ever been a time on earth when we need to stand up for Jesus, it’s now. He is the only true hope we have. You can start by coming to church Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. The devil hates it when Christians gather together to praise God. He would rather have you stay home and watch the TV, maybe go fishing, hunting, or just cruising around. God gets no honor from this, and you are fooling yourself if you think God doesn’t see everything that goes on in our lives. He keeps a tally, friend, and one day we will all stand before him to give an account of how we spent our time: for God, love of self or earthly pleasures.
It’s a proven fact that no one gets out of this world alive. You will spend eternity somewhere, will it be heaven or hell? You decide; your fate is in your hands, not someone else’s. You can blame no one but yourself if when you die, you lift up your eyes in hell, being tormented by the flames that will burn forever. Friend, don’t take that chance. I pray you stop and ask Jesus into your heart today, because tomorrow may be too late.
Please pray for our church, our pastor and Ms. Cindy, the sick, the lost, the hurting, our troops, our government and most importantly, our children. God is good, all the time! Amen.
Bethsalem Baptist Church
Bro. Bobby DuBois opened our day of worship with ministry opportunities and welcoming everyone. The congregation sang great songs and the Celebration Choir sang a “Thank You, Lord” medley before celebrating the Lord’s Supper.
The message, by Bro. Bobby DuBois, came from 1 Corinthians 11:23-27 titled “Remembering Christ.” It was a great spiritual service.
The evening message was taken from Hebrews 2:1-3 titled “The Danger of Drifting Away.”
Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m., prayer meeting for adults, Team Kids for children and Student’s Outlet.
Happy Birthday to Mildred Bowman, Savannah Powell, Kelsey Pierce, Brady Edwards, Michael Stange, Emily Edwards, Blake Edwards, Byron Dennis and Harris Shepard.
Please pray for our Pastor Search Committee, Hunter Moore, Charles Bryant, Harold Patterson, Nina Goode, Sid Griner, the Hunt family’s adoption, Tyler Barnes, George and Diane Williams, Elridge Townsend, J.R. Cullum, Becky Jackson, our country, Jimmy Headley, Paul Brooks, Jennifer and Brandon Teel, Randy Bryant, Patricia English, our shut-ins and those facing cancer.
Next Wednesday, we will have our quarterly business meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Congratulations to Doug and Krystal Willis on the birth of a new baby boy, Cooper.
Come and worship with us on Sundays.