Don’t hide from God

Published 6:12 pm Wednesday, October 14, 2009

“O Sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all Gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. Honour and majestry are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice. Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with the truth” (Psalm 96:1-13).

Thought for the week: “When I Say”

“When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I’m not shouting ‘I am saved.’ I’m whispering ‘I got lost!’ And that is why I chose this way. When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and I need someone to be my guide. When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing that I’m weak and pray for strength to carry on. When I say ‘I’m a Christian,’ I’m not bragging of success. I’m admitting I have failed and cannot ever pay the debt. When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I’m not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are all too visible, but God believes I’m worth it. When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, which is why I seek His name. When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I do not wish to judge. I have no authority. I only know that I am loved.

Oak Grove Baptist Church in Stanton will celebrate its annual All Auxiliary Day Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Arthur Agee, pastor of New Covenant Church in Birmingham, will be the guest speaker. All churches are invited.

Worship service at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service by the male chorus with prayer, scripture and songs. Songs sung included, “I’ll Fly Away,” “Jesus Is a Rock” and “Nobody But You Lord.” The scripture was read by Willie Nunn with prayer by Pastor Dukes and Ministers Nunn, Brown and Steven Nunn.

The theme of the morning message was “Your Relationship With God.” Focal scriptures are found in Genesis 3: 22-24.

The last time we were together God made man and breathed into him the breath of life and he became a living soul. He had a relationship with him before Eve ever made Adam teach her about God. Then the serpent came on the scene with deception and lies. He told the first lie ever. Eve looked and looked again, and the fruit was pleasing to the eye. It was the disobedience to God, not the fruit, which was wrong. Their eyes were opened to things they did not need to know, knowing good and evil. God saw what they had done and they hid from his presence.

When you mess up, don’t hide from God. Don’t confess your sins to him. You can’t pretend with God. Adam and Eve’s punishment for sin was death. Don’t blame others for your sins; Adam blamed Eve and God. The serpent had to crawl and eat dust. When the devil uses you, you go down but Jesus will lift you if you trust him. Jesus has crushed Satan’s head. Jesus did that on Calvary; the devil has already lost.

To the woman, child birth is painful. To Adam, God said he cursed the ground with floods, droughts and insects, and he had to earn from the sweat of his brow.

Dedicate your life to Jesus and be faithful.

On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: Pinkie Nix, Lee Anna Worthey, Minnie Floyd, Stanley Garrison, Joseph McCall, Queen Worthey and Jo Ann Gill. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.