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Are you in position to be blessed?

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus. To Timothy, my dearly beloved son; grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of three in my prayers night and day. Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy. When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice, and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (1 Timothy 1:1-9).

Thought for the week: “My Jesus”

“No matter what the future holds or what tomorrow brings… I know I’m safe within the arms of Jesus my King. Every day upon this earth, I feel His spirit move… I know He lives within my heart to comfort and to soothe. And when I stumble, as I will, I’ll pick myself up high… for in my weakness, He is strong, in darkness, He is light. Gentle Jesus, hear me now and dry these tears I weep. Take the burdens that I bear and heal me as I sleep. And as the morning sun appears, I’ll give my thanks so true. Another day has come again; My Jesus, I love You.”

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Maplesville will celebrate its 119th Church Anniversary and Homecoming on Sunday, July 4 at 11 a. m. The Rev. L. C. Young, pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Maplesville, will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Donald L. Nix is pastor. All churches are invited.

Worship service at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service of prayer, scripture and songs. Songs sung included, “Pass Me Not,” “Glory Hallelujah” and “I’ll Fly Away.” The scripture was read by Charles Arrington with prayer by Pastor Dukes, Kevin Nunn and Freddy Arrington.

The morning message was given by Associate Minister Kevin Nunn. He asked the question, “Are you in a position to receive God’s blessings?” Faith without works is dead. Get an understanding in all you’re getting; whatever you go through, count it all as joy. Live the word; don’t just hear it — give your life to Jesus. Don’t judge people; God is the judge. Just have faith and trust him. Faith is the foundation of the Christian — you are saved by faith, so walk and live by it. Does your walk measure up with your talk? Don’t just talk faith; live it.

There is such a thing as demonic faith. Demons have faith because they believe in the power of God. Demons are touched by emotions, but only one kind of faith can save you. True faith requires a change of heart and mind — trust and live for him.

The benediction was led by Pastor Dukes.

On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: Bertha Gates, Lee Anna Worthey, Nathaniel Shortridge, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Flora Franklin, Queen Worthey, Earl Davis and Jo Ann Gill. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.