Learning about God in the midst of a storm

Published 4:48 pm Friday, October 17, 2008

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is ale to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? Go ye now, ye that say, Today or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is ever a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that. But now ye rejoice in your boasting: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:10-17).

Thought for the week: “Just a line to say I’m living, that I’m not among the dead. Though I’m getting more forgetful and mixed up in the head. I got used to my arthritis to my dentures I’m resigned. I can manage my bifocals, but God I miss my mind. For sometimes I can’t remember when I stand at the foot of the stairs, if I must go up for something or have I just come down from there; and before the fridge so often, my poor mind is filled with doubt. Have I just put food away or have I come to take some out? And there’s times when it is dark with my nightcap on my head I don’t know if I’m retiring or just getting out of bed. So, if it’s my turn to write you, there’s no need for getting sore. I think that I have written and don’t want to be a bore. So, remember that I love you and wish that you were near, but for now it’s nearly mail time so I must say goodbye, dear. There I stand beside the mailbox with face so very red; instead of mailing you my letter, I had opened it instead.”

Union Baptist Church in West Blockton will celebrate its annual Auxiliary Day on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. The Rev. Ernest Nix is pastor and the Rev. L. C. Young, pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Maplesville, will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited.

Worship service at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service of prayer, scripture, and songs by the praise team. Songs sung: “I’m Satisfied With Jesus,” “A Season To Be Blessed” and “I Am Blessed.” The scripture was read by Perry Nunn with the prayer by Pastor Dukes.

The morning message was brought by Pastor Dukes. His theme: “Things We Should Learn About God in a Storm.” First, learn that certain storms make you act against your character. Do you learn from your storm you create by the way you live daily by choices, relationships or etc. while remembering God is in control? Because God doesn’t deliver you out of the storm does not mean he won’t deliver you through. Faith can be made strong during a storm.

What is your storm? Spiritual, physical or financial? God has a guiding hand in a storm; trust him and not yourself. Keep in mind God chastens those he love. Don’t let a storm take total control of your life; focus on God. He will never forsake you and never leave you.

God has a peaceful presence in a storm. He ha a calming voice in a storm. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. These are comforting words from God, so believe in your heart on God.

Has he ever calmed a storm in your life? “Because he lives I can face tomorrow.” He will never leave you. God has a saving grace. You may have to go through something, but hold on; he will open doors for you. Remember, storms won’t let you get stranded. They might make you get up and leave what are you doing for God and his people.

Fellowship was led by Pastor Dukes, deacons and the congregation.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. Carlos Singleterry in their time of bereavement. Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church in Jemison. Agee Brother’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: Linda Clay, Dwight Wolford, Hazel Lee Ware, Luther Lee, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Joseph McCall and Lea Anna Worthey. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in his care is our prayer.

Note: Emily Agee is a religious columnist for The Clanton Advertiser. Her column appears each Saturday.