Church News for Thursday, Dec. 5By Staff Reports Published 9:53am Friday, December 27, 2013
Cedar Grove Church
To God be the glory!
Friday night prayer service starts at 7 p.m.
Dec. 14: Christmas supper with Dirty Santa starting at 5 p.m. Dinner to follow.
Dec. 22: The Christmas drama will be performed during the evening service.
Prayer concerns: the Cedar Grove church family, Dollie Price and family, Peggy Pearson’s family (she passed away on Thanksgiving Day), Belinda Wallace’s family, those in nursing homes and hospitals, spoken and unspoken requests.
Pastor Jeff Carroll’s text came from Mathew 7:13 titled “The Few.” Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Are you planning on going to heaven? We need to realize, brothers and sisters, that it is not God’s fault that so many are going to hell. God is not willing that any should perish. We have been given a choice to choose to obey and follow God, in which case heaven will be our eternal home. We have another choice: to disobey God and follow Satan, which will make our eternal home the eternal damnation of hell. The narrow gate is marked by the old rugged cross, where Christ became flesh, then died to cover our sins with his blood. We can never run out of the blood. We can only choose not to accept the flowing fountain of everlasting life Christ offers us. Choose to live for Christ, or live for Satan and the world. Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many I say to you will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen up and shut the door, you will stand outside and knock at the door saying. “Lord, Lord, open for us” and he will answer, “Depart from me all you workers of iniquity.”
I pray no one chooses to be left outside the door and knocking, which means you have chosen the wide gate to hell. Repent today. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
God bless and have a great week!
Mountain Springs Church
Services started on Sunday with Bro. Kenneth Moates leading the church in the following hymns: “I Love My Savior, Too,” “I’ll Be Satisfied,” “Some Glad Day After While” and “Just A Little While.”
Bro. Roger Cleckler gave a devotion from 1 Chronicles 16:1-2: When God comes into our hearts, we need to be prepared for him. We need to give thanks unto God, sing unto him. Be happy in the Lord, seek his face and remember his works.
After Sunday school, Bro. Kenneth led the church in the hymn “I’ll Be Listening” and Wayne Barnett sang “What Heaven Means to Me.”
Bro. Heath Vines preached from Psalms 91:1-2: We don’t need to fear what may happen, but have faith that God will take care of us. He will not fail us and he will be with us each step of the way.
Sunday night’s service was our annual Hanging of the Greens ceremony. This is a service in which each family participates in the decoration of our church for Christmas. We remember those who have gone on to be with the Lord by decorating our Memory Christmas Tree. This is a very special service for many families within our church.
Don’t forget our services are Sundays at 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!