RELIGION COLUMN: Jesus gave us another chanceBy Staff Reports Published 11:14am Monday, June 16, 2014
By Emily Agee
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou 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 shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt 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 bringeth 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.” Psalm 37:1-11
Thought for the week: ‘Don’t Quit’
“When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”
Worship service at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with a praise service by the senior choir. Songs sung were “Come and Go to That Land” “Every Praise to Our God” and “I’m So Glad I’m Satisfied.”
The scripture was read by Buddy Nunn, with prayer by Pastor Dukes, Bro. S.T. Brown and Chadwick Nunn.
Pastor Dukes message was titled “Fall in Love With Yourself.” You can learn to love others. The Bible says to love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 24:1-8).
You can’t keep a good man down. Death steps aside for no one; no one is exempt from death. We all have an appointment with death. Death was defeated when it met Jesus. The Gospel is Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, and it is good news. It can save you. Sin separated you from Jesus. It all started in the garden. They (Adam and Eve) disobeyed God and listened to Satan, bringing death to all mankind, but Jesus gave us another chance.
Jesus came from the lineage of Abraham, through 42 generations. He was God’s Son who died for us and was resurrected and who now sits at God’s right hand. Behold the Lamb of God who died for the remission of our sins.
The benediction was given by Pastor Dukes.
We ask you to remember in your prayers these on our sick list: James Singleterry, Martha Binion, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Bertha Gates, Lee Ann Worthey, Larry Wilson, Lisa Wright and J.R. Booker. May God heal, strengthen and keep them is his care in our prayer.
—Emily Agee is a religion columnist for The Clanton Advertiser. Her column appears each week.