Church News for Thursday, March 6

Published 4:23 pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mountain Springs Church

Services started with Bro. Kenneth Moates leading the church in the following hymns: “I’m Going That Way,” “I’ve Got That Old time Religion,” “Revive Us Again,” “Some Glad Day” and “Just a Little While.”

Bro. Roger Cleckler gave a devotion from 1 Samuel 13:20. You can do something for Jesus to fight the devil. It can be just telling someone you missed him or her at church, but whatever it is, you never know who you will be blessing to.

After Sunday school, Bro. Kenneth led the church in the hymn “Are You Washed in the Blood” and Savannah Parrish and Kadie Coker sang “Thank You Lord for Your Blessings On Me.”

Bro. Heath Vines preached from Matthew 16:13-19. Just like we have to exercise to build our muscles, we need to exercise our faith to build our walk with Christ. Your faith can grow if you just trust God and do his will.

Sunday night’s service began with Bro. Kenneth leading the church in the hymns “Send the Light,” “Unclouded Day,” “Jesus Is Coming Soon” and “Keep on the Firing Line.”

Bro. Kenneth gave a devotion from Nehemiah 1:1-3. We need to pray that God will restore the church to how it should be.

Bro. Sam Ross gave the message tonight. Bro. Sam preached from John 5:1-16. When you come to church expecting God to do something, he will not let you down.

We will have a special singing on March 23 at 5:30 p.m. with special guests Ivan Parker and Canaanland. This will be a wonderful event and you do not want to miss it!

Bethany Baptist Church

Bethany Baptist opened with the hymn “Brethren We Have Met to Worship.” We had prayer and were dismissed to our classes. Following Sunday school, we sang “Did You Think to Pray,” At the Cross,” “How Great Thou Art” and “In The Sweet By And By.”

Bro. Aubry announced the Alabama Mission Development meeting on Saturday, March 8 in Mobile.

Prayer requests were made, and our list includes: Glenda Wallace, the lost, Elwyn and Grace, Billie, Jackie, Jeanette, J.C., Glenn, Michelle, and Laney, our church, missionaries at home and foreign, Bro. Aubry and Shirley, and most important: the lost and dying world.

Bro. Aubry read the text of his message from Matthew 5:6: “Blessed (happy) are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” His message was titled “The Happy Hungry.”

Our basic needs are food, water, clothing and shelter. We the saved must continually hunger after righteousness to be happy. To do this, we must feed and drink of the word of God. Only by following God’s Word, can we be right with God. By studying the Bible, we can learn from God and lean (depend) on him (Hebrews 11:6, Romans 3:10).

Jesus Christ died for us, so that through him, we can have the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:1, Galatians 2:20). Anytime we try to do something without reading the manual, we will fail; therefore, we need to read our instruction manual—God’s Word, the Bible (1 Peter 2:1-2). Christ wants us to love the lost enough for them to want to come to Christ for salvation. He also wants us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Bro. Aubry prayed, we sang a hymn, “Is Thy Heart Right With God” and were dismissed in prayer. Evening services began with the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” Bro. Aubry then brought his message, “It’s All About Time,” from Psalm 90:10-14. About the only thing we have in common is time. Everyone has 24 hours in a day. In this passage of scripture, Moses was speaking about the short time we have on this earth. Each day should be spent doing the work of the Lord and pleasing God (Ephesians 1:15-17). Moses advises us to rejoice in the Lord all of our days. Rejoice when a saved person dies and goes to heaven. We should concern ourselves with witnessing to the lost. They need to be saved before dying and spending eternity in hell without God.

We had prayer, sang, “Blest Be the Tie” and were dismissed until Wednesday.

We want to welcome you to our services on Sunday and on Wednesday night.Samaria Baptist Church

Some may pose the question: Does God ask too much of us? Those who think so use as their reasoning that church has too many services, meetings and so forth. Some churches do ask a lot of members.

Some larger churches have more going on, and of course require more of their members’ time. However, the answer to the question is still not revealed in these things.

Our Heavenly Father sent his only Son to die for us so that we might not perish, but have everlasting life. God doesn’t ask anything of us that he does not know the magnitude of. He never sends us anywhere that he is not already there and with us by his Holy Spirit.

Bro. Shane brought our morning message beginning with John 10:10-18: Satan continues to seek whom he can devour. Some of us make conscious decisions to serve Satan in our daily lives. What? You may say. The Bible is clear when it says we cannot serve two masters. So if we are not serving God, then what is the alternative? Shocking when we look at it this way isn’t it?

When we allow Satan to infiltrate our lives, even the smallest bit, he will bring harm to your Christian influence. Some will fall away and not stay the course. With all the evil that exists in our world today, God’s promise is that he will prevail. His church will prevail. Let us be dedicated to staying faithful to him. In the end, Satan will be defeated. We need to study to show ourselves approved. God’s Word is tailor-made for each individual reader. We have to want the Word revealed to us and study it in prayerful reverence.

We should give of our substance. God owns all we have; all he asks of us is a portion. Give because you are grateful and you will be blessed in abundance. Our Father loves a cheerful giver, and the knowledge that we cannot out-give God speaks volumes. Give of yourself, your time and your increase.

Join us at Samaria. We are having a great time, and you need to meet Jesus here.

Pray for Dallas Mims, the Foshee family, the Mike Robertson family, Mandy, John and Jacob Jamison, and our sick and shut ins. God bless.