Church News for Thursday, July 4By Staff Reports Published 9:36am Thursday, August 8, 2013
Cedar Grove Church
What an awesome God we serve! We had a great service today, and we are blessed.
Bro. Jeff Carroll›s text was Genesis 7:1-2. His sermon was titled «God›s Greatest Invitations In The Bible.»
God had Noah to build an ark before the great flood that would destroy the earth. All were given a chance to turn to God and be forgiven for their sins. The Bible tells us the people mocked Noah, a man of God, therefore they mocked God saying it had never rained and there would not be a flood. Noah and his family, a total of eight people, made the choice to believe and serve God. In doing so, they were spared from the flood that destroyed the earth. People of that day were spiritually blinded, refusing to believe on God, thus choosing to suffer the wrath of God instead of receiving his mercy and grace. Are you spiritually blinded?
Come now let us reason together says the Lord though your sins were like scarlet, they shall be white as snow: Isaiah 1:18
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat of the good of the land. God can change any one of our sins into blessings if we only believe.
Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest: Matthew 11:28
Jesus will take on all your burdens; we just have to let go and give them up to God›s control. Let go and let God.
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let him who hears say, “Come.” And let him who thirsts come. And whosoever desires, let him take the water of life freely: Revelation 22:17
The Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are calling, giving all of us the chance, opportunity and choice to accept Christ as our Savior before it is too late. Christ wants everyone who does not know or is in doubt. We are living in the last days. Jesus is coming back to call his children home. Will you be taken up or will you be left behind?
God bless and have a great week.
July 15-19: VBS/Youth Revival
Aug. 18: Homecoming (Mark your calendar for the third Sunday in August instead of the fourth.) Guest will be Bro. Randy Perry.
Aug 19-21: Revival
Prayer meeting every Friday night at 7 p.m.
Everyone is invited to each of these events.
Prayer concerns: Joey and Felecia Patterson, Peggy Pearson, Mary McGuire, Janet Wyatt, Irene Gothard, those unable to attend church today, spoken and unspoken requests.
Bethany Baptist Church
Sunday morning, we sang some patriotic songs, including the national anthem. Chris and Lori Knight sang “God Bless the USA.”
Pastor Vickers’ message was taken from Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Our country was founded on the Lord. People left England and started a colony in America to glorify God, and God has promised blessings on the people and nation whose God is the Lord. Being blessed as a nation does not necessarily mean a blessing of money, food, education, freedoms and rights; it has more to do with a spiritual relationship. When God looks out and sees a nation of people who want to serve him, the true and living God, he is pleased.
The nation who is going to be blessed by God is one whose god is the true and living God; whose laws are just and good, based on the word of God; who sees God’s protection extended to it and whose religion tends to extend to the virtues of the Bible. The “people chosen for his own inheritance” originally meant Israel, but in any country in this world, the person who chooses God and Jesus Christ and serves him, becomes an heir of God and will receive the blessings of God.
Prayer list: Betty Biggs, the family of James Bixler, Doris and Verdie Glenn, Jeanette Jessop, Bro. Danny Jones and his family, Billie Neeley, Ron Peppers and Grace and Elwyn Robinson.
See you Sunday!