Pleasant Hill Baptist Church to pack the pews Sunday

Published 11:37 pm Friday, October 24, 2008

“Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart, and all thy soul, and with all all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, what think ye of unto them, the son of David. He said unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying. The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, till, I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord; how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions” (Matthew 22:37-46).

Thought for today: “Traveling On your Knees”

“Last night I took a journey to a land across the sea. I didn’t go by ship or plane; I traveled on my knees. I saw so many people there in bondage to their sin, and Jesus told me I should go, there were souls to win. But I said, “Jesus, I can’t go to lands across the seas.” He answered quickly, “Yes you can by traveling on your knees.” He said, “You pray, I’ll meet the need, you call, and I will hear. It’s up to you to be concerned for lost souls far and near.” And so I did; knelt in prayer, gave up some hours of ease, and with the Savior by my side, I traveled on my knees. As I prayed on, I saw souls saved and twisted persons healed, I saw God’s workers strength renewed while laboring in the field. I said, “Yes Lord, I’ll take the job, your heart I want to please, I’ll heed Your call and swiftly go by traveling on my knees.”

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Maplesville will have a Pack A Pew Day Program at 3 p.m. The Rev. L. C. Young is pastor. All churches are invited.

Worship service at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with scripture, songs, prayers and testimonies. Songs sung: “Glory To His Name,” “Glory Hallelujah” and “Waiting On You Lord.” The scripture was read by Earl Lucas with prayer by Pastor Dukes.

The morning message was given by Pastor Dukes. His theme: “Being a Good Influence.” What kind of influence do you have? Who can you tell about Jesus that will change them? Are you a good or bad influence? Search yourself; you are important, especially young people need to know that. Don’t look for people to make you happy; don’t compare yourself with the world. If salt is pure, what about you? Start with your actions. Have no ill actions, and don’t have bad desires for worldly things; you can’t get everything you see. Have pure desires, for only the pure in heart shall see God. Don’t become dilated with sin. Don’t lose your ability to influence the world. You need your input. Be in the world but not of the world. Have joy of courage. Let your Christianity be in all you do, all the salt of the earth. Let the world see how Christians handle things not destroy they restore things remember salt preserves, how do you handle trouble life is learning from your setbacks. Benedictions by Pastor Dukes, deacons and the congregation.

On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: Linda Clay, Mattie Nix, Joseph McCall, Luther Lee, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Walter McCall Jr., Queen Worthey and Lee 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.