Church News for Thursday, Oct. 24By Staff Reports Published 1:51pm Thursday, December 26, 2013
Mountain Springs Church
Services started with Bro. Kenneth Moates leading the church in the following hymns: “Come Unto Me,” “I’ll Meet You by the River,” “I Want to Know More” and “Just a Little While.”
Bro. Roger Cleckler sang “Far Better Place” and “I’d Rather Have Jesus.” He also gave a devotion from Isaiah 29:3: We need to honor God for his glory and not our own.
After Sunday School, Bro. Kenneth led the church in the hymn “Victory in Jesus.” He told everyone that this month is Pastor Appreciation Month, and gave Bro. Don and Mrs. Florence a gift from the church. We are very thankful for Bro. Don and Mrs. Florence, and we are blessed to have them at our church.
Bro. Don preached from John 3:1-3: You may have all the education and wealth you need, but if you don’t have Christ with you, then you don’t have anything.
Sunday night’s service began with Bro. Kenneth leading the church in the hymns “I Love My Savior, Too,” “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “This World is Not My Home.”
Bro. Kenneth gave the devotion: When the devil tries to bring us down, we just have to keep fighting and moving forward.
Don’t forget our services are Sunday’s at 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Bethany Baptist Church
Morning services opened with the hymn “Each Step I Take” and devotion by Glenn Vines: “The Change Jesus Brings.”
Any time Jesus is involved in someone’s life, there will be a positive change. Before being saved, a person’s testimony is of the devil, but after being saved, the lifestyle changes. When a person professes to be saved, are they different than before or still living in sin as before? When witnessing to the lost, our lifestyle is our best testimony.
After a prayer and Sunday School, we began our worship service with singing “Heavenly Sunlight,” “Surely Goodness and Mercy,” and “All Is Well.”
Bro. Aubry’s message was titled “A Place Called Calvary,” taken from Luke 23:32-47. Jesus never traveled more than 100 miles from his birthplace in Bethlehem, yet he changed many lives before his death on the cross at Calvary. He told his disciples he was going to die, but would rise again on the third day. There are three facts about Calvary that makes this a special place: 1) It was a place of unbelievable torment. Jesus was arrested, tried accused, convicted and sentenced to die. He was nailed to the cross, not with nails like we have today, but seven-inch rough and dirty nails. We should always remember what Jesus did for us on the cross at Calvary. 2) It was a place of unexpected tragedy. In every account of the crucifixion, the pronoun “they” was very important. The “they” was us. Jesus was the Messiah the Jews had been praying for; then rejected him as people. Everywhere today, people are doing the same thing. Acts 4:12, states there is only one way to be saved, and is through Jesus Christ. To reject Jesus is worse than playing with a loaded gun. 3) It was a place of triumph. Jesus told the thief on the cross, who was saved, “Today, thou shalt be with me in paradise.” Everything we need for salvation was done on the cross. Do you know your eternal destination after this life on earth?
We closed with a prayer, the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross,” and a dismissal prayer.
Sunday night, following the hymn “Why,” Bro. Aubry read text from Genesis 50:22. (Genesis is the book of beginnings.) In this passage, Joseph was dying and gave his brothers specific instructions about his burial. He said, “Do not bury me in Egypt, but take me back to Canaan.”
Joseph’s coffin has something to say to us today: 1) We are going to die, and we must make preparations in this life for a life of eternity. There will be no second chances after death. Prepare today to meet God; there is no promise of tomorrow. 2) One day, Jesus will deliver the saved to heaven. Our bodies will be reunited with our souls.
After a prayer and the hymn “Have Thine Own Way, Lord,” we were dismissed in prayer.
Prayer list: our church, Bro. Aubry, Shirley, Elwyn and Grace Robinson, Billie Neeley, Mary Knight, Bro. Steve and Phyllis, missionaries, those with cancer and others with physical problems, and (most of all) the unsaved.
Schedule of weekly services: Service: 10 a.m., Sunday School: 11 a.m., song and worship: 6 p.m., Wednesday service: 6:30 p.m., and we have a Baptist Training Course.