Church News for Thursday, Sept. 19By Staff Reports Published 10:16am Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Samaria Baptist Church
Our church family continues in prayer for the James Smith family in his passing. Prayers today are also for the family of Mr. Chick Mims.
Don Fisher blessed us with his harmonica and Diane Fisher sang “Still Blessed.”
Our message today focused on dreams. Bro. Charles’ text was taken from 2 Samuel 15:1-6: Absalom dreamed of becoming king, even if he had to overthrow his own father, King David. Absalom never knew humility and never learned how to follow the lead of others. He wanted the kingdom. He was ruthless, never caring who he stepped on or killed to accomplish his self-centered goal. He had a desire for fame and praise, and he worked hard to take away David’s throne.
Absalom had a blind ambition that nothing apparently could defeat. This, coupled with greed, ultimately cost Absalom his life. He had to learn the hard way, as we all must, that selfish ambition couldn’t accomplish God’s will. Absalom did not follow God. Becoming king in a godly way was not necessarily an option for him.
David sinned, but he learned repentance. David had a heart for God and did not care who got the credit. If we serve God by yielding to him, we will be successful in our mission work here. David was run out by his own son. In David’s heart, he was a man of God. Absalom wouldn’t bow to the will of God, thus he was defeated in death.
We should seek God’s pleasure rather than selfish motivation. Give God complete control of your life. As long as we are resilient and in God’s favor, we should have no fear of anything or anyone this life brings.
May God be your shining light today. Don’t take any chances with your eternity; make sure you know where your future lies.
Our birthday celebrant today is Lindsey Popwell, who is turning 10 years old this week.
Join us at Samaria. Jesus is here.
Mountain Springs Church
Services started on Sunday with Bro. Ricky Cleckler leading the church in the following hymns: “Glory to His Name,” “Oh, I Want to See Him,” “Jesus Is Coming Soon” and “Where the Soul Never Dies.”
Bro. Roger Cleckler gave a devotion from Genesis 22: 6-8: We need to wait on God and let him move. Whatever we need, he will provide.
After Sunday school, Bro. Ricky led the church in the hymn “Somewhere Listening,” and Ricky and Sherrie Williams sang “He Went a Little Farther.”
Bro. Don preached from Psalms 85:6: We need a revival that will put joy back in our lives. To get our joy back, we must realize we lost it, realize it’s in our life and realize we have to work to get it back.
Sunday night started our annual Community Revival. Bro. Kenneth Moates led the service with “Revive Us Again,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” “I Never Shall Forget the Day” and “Heaven’s Jubilee.” Kellie Bice sang “Nail it to the Cross,” and Ricky and Sherrie Williams sang “Revive Us Again.”
Bro. Tim Scott gave the message from Zechariah 4:1-7: We, the children of God, need to be awakened from our sleep to have revival. Once we are awakened in the Lord, we can seek instruction, and then we can be fed.
Don’t forget our services are Sundays at 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!