We need to have a childlike faith

Published 8:44 pm Wednesday, August 12, 2009

“Brethren, my hearth’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law. That The Man which Doeth those Things Shall Live By Them. But the righteousness, which is of faith, speaketh on this wise, Say Not In Thine Heart, Who Shall Ascend Into Heaven? (that is , to bring Christ down from above:) Or Who Shall Descend Into The Deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what said it? The Word is Nigh Thee, Even In Thy Mouth, And In Thy Heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth undo righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever Believeth On Him shall Not Be Ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. for Whosoever shall Call Upon The Name Of The Lord Shall Be Saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Them That Preach The Gospel Of Peace, And Bring Glad Tidings Of Good Things!” (Romans 10:1-15).

Thought for the week: “A Child’s Faith”

“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so — little children ask no more, for love is all they’re looking for, and in a small child’s shining eyes the faith of all the ages lies — and tiny hands and tousled heads that kneel in prayer by little beds are closer to the dear Lord’s heart and of His Kingdom more a part than we who search, and never find, the answers to our questioning mind — for faith in things we cannot see requires a child’s simplicity for, lost in life’s complexities, we drift upon uncharted seas and slowly faith disintegrates while wealth and power accumulates — and the more man learns, the less he knows, and the more involved his thinking grows and, in his arrogance and pride, no longer is man satisfied to place his confidence and love with childlike faith in God above — oh, Father, grant once more to men a simple childlike faith again and, with a small child’s trusting eyes, may all men come to realize that faith alone can save man’s soul and lead him to a higher goal.”

Union Baptist Church in Clanton will hold revival services Aug. 19-21 beginning nightly at 7. The Rev. Shawn and Odell McDaniel and the Rev. Dr. Melvin Hunter will bring the message each night. On Monday and Tuesday night, Aug. 17 and 18, there will be a prayer and praise at 7.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Mrs. Lottie Bishop in their time of bereavement. Graveside services were held yesterday. Agee Brother’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: Queen Worthey, Pinkie Nix, Sam and Vivian Hicks, J. D. Scott, Joseph McCall, Lee Anna Worthey, Bubba Rogers, Sadie Agee and Rebecca Roberts. May God, heal, strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.

–Emily Agee’s column appears each Thursday.