Beatitudes and attitude matter

Published 5:48 pm Wednesday, January 11, 2012

By Emily Agee

“The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims, let the earth be moved. The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people. Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy. The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them. He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them. Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions. Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy” (Psalm 99:1-9).

Thought for the week: “I Didn’t Have Time”

“I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day; I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me and heavier came each task; ‘Why doesn’t God help me,’ I wondered and he answered, ‘You didn’t ask.’ I wanted to see joy and beauty but the day toiled on, gray and bleak I wondered why God didn’t show me. He said, ‘But you didn’t seek.’ I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, ‘My child, you didn’t knock.’ I woke up early this morning and paused before entering the day, I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.”

Announcements:

Worship service at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service of prayer, songs and scripture. The scripture was read by Perry Nunn with prayer by Pastor Dukes and Carl Singleterry. Songs sung: “Jesus The Wonderful Child,” “We Come This Far By Faith,” “God Can’t Use You Sitting Down” and “Sacrifice of Praise.”

The morning message was given by Pastor Dukes. His theme was “Beatitudes and Attitude Matter.” Jesus is watching to see how you handle things. Can you handle the good and the bad? Jesus taught his disciples how to handle success and failure. You can struggle and still say “I am blessed.” How do you handle things when things don’t go your way? Your attitude affects others. Have a humble spirit and be honest with yourself.

Be meek and mourn your sin. Meek means power under control. Now God can use you. Come grow in Christ; don’t be a spiritual dwarf. Come grow in Christ, not super freeze. Your attitude can prevent you from growing.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Mrs. Jeanetta Brooks in their time of bereavement. Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Union Baptist in Thorsby. Agee Brother’s Funeral Home directing.

On our sick list we ask you to remember in your prayers: Jerry Wilson, Lee Anna Worthey, Annie Bell Dixon, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Harold Frazier, Eliza Stewart, Mattie Nix, Linda Faye Davis and Ella Ree Childers. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.

As we enter into 2012, let each one of us take a moment to thank God for the many blessings He has given us. No matter how things may seem, we should be grateful for what we have and most importantly for family and loved ones. Take a few minutes today to tell someone thank you and that you love them.

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