Church News for Thursday, April 25

Published 10:04 am Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Jackson Chapel Church

Bro. Horace Wyatt got the morning service started off with “Heaven’s Jubilee” and “I Want To Be Ready To Meet Him.”

Bro. Dennis’ sermon text came from Numbers 12:1-11, with a message titled “The Power of Attitude.” Things happen to us that we can’t control, but we can control our attitude. Our attitudes can make us or break us, and it can cause us to have friends or make enemies. As Christians, we should be some of the happiest people, but often, we walk around like we are some of the most miserable people. No one wants to be around people who always act like they are mad at the world or don’t want to be around other people. When we come in contact with people like that, we don’t need to put them down; instead, we need to lift them up and pray for them.

The service ended with several coming to pray.

Bro. Horace Wyatt got the evening service started off with “Glory to His Name” and “Blessed Assurance.” Bro. Dennis blessed us with a beautiful song titled “There’s A Record Book.”

Bro. Dennis’ text came from 2 Timothy 3:15-17: Everybody wants to become a genius for worldly things, but never really give a thought to becoming a genius for Jesus Christ. If we want to become a genius for Jesus Christ, all we have to do is pick up our Bible and read it. By doing this, we can get all the instruction we need to find out what God has in store for us. We can’t cheat or get into heaven by going in the back door. There is only one way to get into heaven, and that is by entering though the pearly gates.

Happy Birthday to Hannah Burnett, Joey Burnett, Janet Castleberry and Rena Fleming.

Prayer requests: Gail Fant, the Reverend Pate Hughins, Jean Mayfield’s sister Eloise, Amy Solis’ dad and brother, Teddy Chadwick, Austin Dupree, Alton and Judy Cole, Jim Bailey, Wanda Chadwick’s mother, Stacy Mitchell, our service members and our lost loved ones.

We are located at 4020 Yellow Leaf Road in Clanton. Our service times are Sunday school: 10 a.m., Sunday morning worship service: 11 a.m., Sunday evening worship service: 6 p.m. and Wednesday Bible study: 7 p.m.

Christ Independent Methodist Church

Our Lord’s Day was perfect, neither too hot nor too cold. A light wrap was just right for warmth, and not to burdensome to carry.

Dr. Stinson’s message today was titled “Belonging to Christ’s Flock.” His scripture was taken from Psalm 23 and John 10:22-30.

David is believed to have written only a few of the psalms. Others were produced during the period of monarchy. It is probably true that the book as we know it was written in the second century B.C. Perhaps no other Old Testament book has exerted so much influence upon subsequent ages as Psalms. Today, if we were asked to name our favorite psalm, we would say Psalm 23, or perhaps the psalm of David.

According to Dr. Stinson, “For King David, who authored much of the Book of Psalms, the metaphor of the sheep and the shepherd was an obvious way to think of our relationship with God. David had vivid memories of his life as a young shepherd before he became a warrior and a king. Thus he begins his popular and beloved 23rd psalm with “The Lord is my shepherd.”

David was not the only Old Testament writer to use this imagery. The Prophet Isaiah used sheep to illustrate the waywardness of God’s people, writing, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way.” This descriptive language is carried over into the New Testament, as well, concerning Jesus. He is the ultimate shepherd of God’s people, as well as the unblemished sacrificial Lamb of God.

Unless you grew up on a sheep ranch, you are probably not that familiar with sheep, but when you get to know a little more about them, you begin to realize that a good sheep sticks close to the flock and tries to remain close to the shepherd. We are all God’s sheep, and he is our good shepherd.

Remember to ask traveling grace for our church members on the road these past few days.

Anna and Nate Adams traveled to North Alabama to participate in a state tennis playoff on Sunday afternoon.

Remember to pray for the troubled events in Boston this past week, and for the families affected.

This coming Sunday is our “One Dish” meal at church.

The ladies of our church met at the Cracker Barrel restaurant this past Tuesday night for supper. Both the meal and the fellowship were enjoyed.

Pray for our military and their families, our country, community, church and each other.

Have a blessed week.