RELIGION COLUMN: No other friend as kind as HeBy Staff Reports Published 2:12pm Thursday, December 26, 2013
By Emily Agee
Thought for Today: “Let Love and faithfulness never leave you; fixed there around your neck, write them on the table of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be though envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shall thou dwell in the loud, and verily thou shall be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringest wicked devices to pass: Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Thought for the week: No one ever cared for me like Jesus
“I would like to tell you what I think of Jesus
Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
I would tell you how He changed my life completely-
He did something that no other one could do.
All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me;
All my heart was full of misery and woe;
Jesus placed His loving arms around me,
And He led me in the way I ought to go.
No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
There’s no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me-
Oh, how much he care for me.”
The Rev. and Mrs. Elbert Simon will celebrate his 13th anniversary as pastor of the St. James Community Church in Jemison on Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Michael Reese, pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Bessemer will be the guest speaker.
Everyone is invited.
The Victory Chapel Church family will sponsor a gospel singing for Dorothy Campbell “card ministry” on Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.
Features singers will include: The Spiritual Aires of Maplesville, Jerry Worthy of Montevallo, Little Women’s of W.K.L.F. of Clanton, Sis. Jeannine of Clanton and many more. For more information, contact Dorothy Campbell at (205) 280-6731. All choir, groups and soloists are invited.
Worship service at the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise by the senior choir led by Jennifer Peoples and Julian Lowery. Songs sung were, “Rock in a Weary Land,” “Bless the Lord with Me,” and “God is my Everything.”
The scripture was read by Charles Arrington with prayer by Pastor Dukes, the Rev. S.T. Brown and Robert Callen.
Pastor Dukes brought the message.
His theme: “Enough is Enough,” “The World is Struggling.”
Do the church let them down? Are lives getting better due to the church? What do you do when you have done all you know, do your church meet the spirit needs of people?
Don’t let God, down by how you serve, others.
Never give up and quit, could your church help others that are failing?
How long I have to hold your hand to get your to step up? Put God first when everything else fails, don’t fail in bringing your child to Jesus.
Never give Satan authority in your life or community. Have faith and believe. God honors faith.
Follow God’s word on the world but worked make you astray. Is there a lack of prayer, are you effective in your prayer life. Trust God he will make a way.
Benediction was by Pastor Dukes.
Our sympathy goes out to the family of (Pet) Elexton Agee in their time of bereavement.
His funeral will be Nov. 9 at noon at New Convert Baptist Church Maplesville. Agee Brother’s Funeral Home directing.
On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: James Singleterry, Harold Frazier, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Janice Floyd, Dorothy Sims, Ruby Dukes, Versa Davis, Von Harris, Lee Anna Worthy, Martha Binion and Robertha Lee.
May God heal strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.
—Emily Agee is a religion columnist for The Clanton Advertiser. Her column appears each Thursday.