Talking about a fig tree

Published 8:50 pm Wednesday, March 2, 2011

By Emily Agee

“I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.’ And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine. But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, ‘Master, which is the great commandment in the law?’ Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor 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 Christ? whose son is he?’ They say unto him, ‘The son of David.’ He saith 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 22:32-46).

Thought for the week: “Walk with Me”
“Lord grant me the courage to stand on my own, when all from my world, thy love has gone. Lord grant me the strength to hold my head high, put a smile on my face, when my eyes want to cry. When my mind’s in turmoil and despair my friend, show me the wisdom to know it will end. Walk with me Lord, show me the way, help me get through ‘til the next sunny day. I know I will survive, if you lead me along, and stand by my side till all’s where it belongs!”

A Love Program for Bishop Warren and Sis. Hattie Tyus and family of Fellowship Church of God in Clanton will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 5 p.m. This program is sponsored by The Christian Harmonizers of Jemison. All groups, choirs, soloists and ministers are invited. They lost their home due to a fire. For more information, contact: Tony or Yvonne Mitchell at 334-366-5832 or 205-217-1087 and Nicole Griffith Tyus at 205-389-6477.
Worship service at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service of songs, scriptures and prayer. The scripture was read by Perry Nunn with prayer by Pastor Dukes.
The morning message was given by the pastor with his theme, “Talking About a Fig Tree: Thank God For Another Chance.” His grace and mercy is for all; good people as well as bad have disasters. When repentance is made, God requires you to produce. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. God chose you, you did not choose God; he wants you to be part of his family.
The problem with the tree — if there is no fruit for three years, what do you do for God? Do you lead people to Christ? What is your testimony? You are obligated to go spiritual fishing for souls. You are saved for a purpose to tell about Jesus. We are the fig tree, the owner is God and the dresser is Jesus. Why are you not producing?
Jesus will prune the tree and work around the root. When Jesus dresses you, there is production. Don’t get caught up in the world; produce in the midst of craziness. We must do a great work for the Lord. Let Jesus be a priority in your life.
What kind of tree are you?
The service concluded with fellowship by the pastor, deacons and congregation.
Our sympathy goes out to the families of Mrs. Geneva Ford and Mr. Daniel Barbour in their time of bereavement. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: Jerry Wilson, Joe Frank Allison, Evelyn Stone, Robert Spence, Joseph McCall, Lee Anna Worthey, Sam and Vivian Hicks. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.

Emily Agee is a religion columnist for The Clanton Advertiser. Her column appears each Thursday.