RELIGION COLUMN: Teach your family God’s word

Published 1:55 pm Thursday, December 26, 2013

By Emily Agee

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace shall be with you.

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

Not that I speak in respect of want; for I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content. I know both how to abound everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift; but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound; I am full, having received of Epaphrodite the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable well pleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever Amen.”

(Philippians 4:8-20)

Thought of the week:

I dedicate my thought of the week to a special friend that passed this week that was dear and loved by me and my entire family, Paul Brooks.

Thought for the day: ‘From a Friend’

My dear and much beloved friend, My best regards to you I send, And from a heart sincere and true, All happiness I’m wishing you.

May you be free from all distress, Any meet with real and true success, May no misfortune come to you, May all your friends prove kind and true.

But should your earthly friends depart, Remember still there is one heart, That beats for you with tender love; ‘Tis your eternal friend above.

May God from whom all blessings flow, His benefits on you bestow, And sane and keep you day by day, In his own good and pleasant way.

Let us in God put all our trust, And seek His blessed Kingdom first, To Him be true, and we shall meet, Some day upon the golden street.”


Pastor and Mrs. Elbert Simon will celebrate his 13th anniversary as pastor of the St. James Community Church in Jemison on Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m.

The Rev. Michael Reese, pastor of the New Zion Baptist Church in Bessemer will be the guest speaker. All ministers and their congregations are invited to attend.

Victory Chapel Independent Church located at 2665 County Road 81 in Clanton will sponsor a Gospel Singing for Sis. Dorothy Campbell “Card Ministry” on Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.

Featured singers include: The Spiritual Aires of Maplesville, Little Women WKLF of Clanton, Sis. Jeanine of Clanton and Jerry Worthy of Montevallo. For more information, contact Dorothy Campbell at (205) 280-6731. All soloist, choirs and groups are invited. Rev. Donnie Messer is pastor.

Worship services at the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service by the choir. The scripture was read by Perry Nunn with prayer by Pastor Dukes and Robert Callen.

Songs sung, “Glad to Be In This Service,” “Our Father Amen” and “God’s Word Like Fire.”

Pastor Duke brought the message with his theme, “When the lights go out can you live with yourself? Where are you?”

Not good for moan to be alone, he gave him a personal gift, a woman. Man’s foundation is the earth, women’s foundation is the man.

Bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. Man must teach his family God’s word. God called Adam and asked where are you? He had got a fellowship of Christ. You must have a fellowship with Christ you must accept responsibility for your own actions.

Don’t blame others, love God and keep his commandments. Jesus crushed the serpent head on Calvary. God’s goal is for you to be blessed. You must follow his rules the Ten Commandments. Fellowship by Pastor Dukes.

On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: James Singleterry, Tom Tinsley, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Ellen Faye Nunn, Harold Frazier, Mildred Archie, Dorothy Sims, Ethel Smith, Dora Archie, Martha Binion, Robertha Lee, Janice Floyd and Von Harris and Lesia Wright.

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.