Church news for the week of July 5, 2015

Published 6:01 pm Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mountain Springs Church

Sunday morning, the congregation sang the hymns “I Love My Savior Too,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “The Garden” and “Where the Soul Never Dies.”

Bro. Wayne Barnett brought his devotion from Psalm 40:1-5: Sometimes we like to get ahead, but we must wait patiently on the Lord. He has a plan for every one of us, so pray about everything.

Bro. Heath Vines preached from 2 Corinthians 11:24-28. Always stand on the principles of God no matter what. The devil likes to come after those who have the joy of salvation in their hearts. He tries to get us to give up and compromise, and he loves pull away from the doctrine of God.

Satan tries to deceive us, so be alert to his tricks and wear the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11). In your struggle, are you standing with God? The devil tries to paint you a pretty picture to tell you that his way is better, but the call of God will never fail you. Stand with God, no matter what. What man of God in the Bible didn’t suffer?

Sunday night, Bro. Kenneth led the congregation in the hymns “Sweet By and By,” “I Have Somebody with Me,” “Gettin’ Ready to Leave This World” and “Fill My Way Every day with Love.”

For the devotion, Trey Coker read Romans 10:13, and then shared his testimony. This verse is saying that if you call on the Lord, you will be saved, “If he came looking for me, he has a plan for me,” said Coker. The same is true for you.

Kandice Cleckler, Kadie Coker, Savannah Parrish and Kenneth Moates sang “Oh, What a Happy Day.”

Bro. Heath Vines preached his sermon from 2 Peter 2:9-10. Not everyone in church is really of God.

Bro. Heath compared a sports fan to the way a Christian should be. Everyone knows what side a sports fan supports; they wear their colors loud and proud. As Christians, it should be obvious who we live our lives for.

Sports fans are always dedicated and excited about their favorite team. Does God see us that way? Sports fans always want the best seat at their gaming event. As a Christian, are you always looking for a blessing or a touch in the house of God? Sports fans memorize all kinds of stats and plays, whereas we as Christians need to memorize scripture. Most sports fans will not give up on their team, and will support them to the very end. Are you pressing on and staying faithful to God?

Submitted by Savannah Parrish

Cedar Grove Church

Pastor Jeff Carroll’s sermon “Continuous Fight” was taken from John 7: 14-53.

Jesus did not have a college degree; yet he was able to teach using parables and simply speaking of God. Jesus said, “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is true and no unrighteousness is in him.”

When Jesus healed people, he asked them not tell anyone because he himself did not want to be glorified. Jesus told the Pharisees, “Moses gave you the law, but you could not keep the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” They then accused Jesus of having a demon, asking him who was seeking to kill him.

Jesus cried out as he taught in the temple saying, “You both know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. But I know him, for I am from him and he sent me.”

Jesus was the only person who was able to keep the law, and that is why he was hated so; they were offended at Jesus. There will always be a division in this world. God is the same today, tomorrow and forevermore.

Jesus told them he was going to a place they could not come, and that they would seek him but not be able to find him. On the day of Pentecost, when Jesus went to be at the right hand of the Father and the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples in the upper room, that was the sign that Jesus had been glorified. Never had a man spoken like this man; he could get you out of your past, out of bondage and out of your sin.

If believing in Christ is a curse, then bring it on. There is a war going on for every lost soul out there. You can’t listen to the lies of the devil and be right with God. How do you stand in the battle?


Each Friday night at 7 p.m., there will be a “March for Jesus” in front of the Chilton County Courthouse. The event will feature singing and sharing the gospel with others. Everyone is invited.

Beginning July 18, there will be a 10-hour preaching revival on WKLF. The revival is themed “A Call to Come Back to God.” During the revival, preachers from different churches will share the gospel of Jesus. At 7 p.m. each night thereafter, WKLF will feature one hour of preaching. Please tune in for a great blessing.

July 25: A Mission Outreach event will be held at 7 p.m. at Wood Park in Thorsby. The event will include singing and sharing of the gospel, along with free food and drinks.

Prayer concerns: Mission Outreach, March for Jesus, our pastors and church family, the youth going to camp this week, those in hospitals and nursing homes, radio revival and our nation as a whole.

Submitted by Naomi Gillespie