By Sammy Massie
I was cold when I went to church this morning and even colder when I got out of church, but it was the Lord’s day.
Sunday school began with a congregational song, “Bring Them In.” Opening prayer was by Kourtney Everett. The adult lesson was titled “Lest We Forget,” taken from Psalm 78:1-39. Theda Mackey was asked to pray for the lesson.
The worship hour began with a report read. There was no birthdays and anniversaries for the week. Everyone was welcomed by Brother Bill, who then read and revised the prayer list for all the many needs. They were for Delbert Cantrell, Sharon Carroll, John Henderson, Vula Dudley, the Ronnie Cardwell family, Wayne Plunkett, Jase Henderson, Audrue Barnwell, Marcy Davenport, Tina Massie, Carlene Farr and the many, many people in need and in prayer.
Becky Letterman prayed for understanding and need. Congregational singing was “What A Day That Will Be,” “When I’ve Traveled My Last Mile,” “How Long Has It Been,” and “That Glad Reunion Day.” Special singing was from Jeremy, “Where The Roses Never Fade,” Jerry, “Palms of Victory,” Martha, “Sky Full of Angels,” Bill, Jeremy, Billy, Jerry and Clint, “Come and Dine,” Adalyn, Haily and Aubree, “This Little Light of Mine.”
Herald Lee had a good message titled, “You Deserve Good Things.” Brother Bill followed with a good message titled, “Prophesy of Our Savior.” Bill prayed for understanding of the lesson from Romans 1:20-22 and Isaiah 53:6-9; 55:6-9. The altar call song was “Softly and Tenderly.” James Farr dismissed church in prayer.
Announcements: Wednesday, Bible study from Revelation 18:6; youth at 7 p.m.
By Matt Hodge
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul makes several comparisons to the sports of his day and the giveaway that he is talking about our spiritual journey is in the last phrase: “lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” To preach and then become disqualified would mean that he has helped other people go to heaven, but that he is going to miss heaven, even though he has preached to others.
This means that the race he talks about is the spiritual journey each Christian is on. Verse 24 says, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” We must participate in our journey to heaven as if we were the only ones that were going to make it to heaven, just like there is only one winner in a race. This is obviously not the case since all who are faithful will make it to heaven (Matthew 10:22), but it speaks to the attitude that we run the race with. We want to be so intense in our Christianity, that if there were only one person going to make it to heaven, it would be yourself.
Verse 25 says that everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. If you are an Olympic athlete, you don’t just eat junk food every day. You’re not an alcoholic, a drug addict, or a glutton. You make sure that you are taking care of your body, putting good stuff in it and practicing your skill that you compete in every day. You also make sure you’re maintaining a healthy mindset, etc. You don’t do anything to excess because that would make it harder for you to win the prize you are striving for and you want that prize more than anything else you might desire. The same is true in Christianity. If we at Brentwood can help you pursue God in any way, let us know! May God bless you as you draw near to Him.
By Lacey Cantrell
Crossroads EMC wants you to come worship with us!
Matthew 5:44 says, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.”
The only possibility of turning an enemy into a friend is by showing kindness to that person. Enemies don’t become friends by force or by acts of vengeance. Rather, our enemies become friends when we express the love of God to them, do good to them, speak well of them and pray for them. If you show kindness to an enemy, God will reward you. Even if your enemy continues to persecute you and do evil to you, God will find a way to bless you. Upcoming events: Sunday, Feb. 14th, 4-6 p.m., we are having a Valentine’s Party for the kids! God bless.
Elkland Independent Methodist Church
By Joyce Inman
Sunday morning as we gathered for worship the aroma of our wild game dinner filled the church.
It smelled so good! A special thank you to everyone who helped with the meal, especially Evelyn Hampton. She had some great helpers: Carolyn Moye, Blanche Firestone, Sunny Fuller and so many others.
In Butch Alcorn’s absence, I read the announcements and Michelle Slavens assisted the acolytes. Earney Smith opened the service in prayer. Pastor Nicholas Inman led the song service with Jean Grisham at the piano, Tom Robinson on the guitar and Earney Smith on the bass. Special music was provided by Tom Robinson.
Our morning ushers were Don Brown, Dave Blanks, Larry Hampton and Leo O. Smauel Johnston prayed over the offering.
Sarah and Michelle announced that they had raised over $1,000 for silver bells for the new roof for Zuzu's House. We were all so pleased about this.
Pastor Inman preached from Luke 14 on the definition of being a disciple. Jean played the altar hymn as several gathered at the altar.
Tom Robinson dismissed the service in prayer and we all departed to serve.
By Sue Epperson
Jan. 31 marked the fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Psalm 95 says, “Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord, let us acclaim the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him. Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord who made us.For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides. Oh, that today you would hear his voice: “Harden not your hearts as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the desert, where your fathers tempted me; they tested me though they had seen my works.”
We are not an accident. We are God’s plan. God does not make mistakes, we do. The Lord will work out his plans for our lives. We need to trust and hope in the Lord’s grace.
Let us pray for one another.
By Brenda Brinkley
Sunday morning service at Mission Home began with Sunday School led by Denny Jones. We are studying the book of Genesis.
Morning worship began after the bell was rung. Following announcements and prayer requests, Gary led in prayer. Several quarters were added to the ‘Blessings’ jar.
I led the song service accompanied by John Anderson on the guitar and Denny Jones on the mandolin. Ushers for the offering were Bob Fryman and Denny.
Pastor Doug Brown delivered the morning message using Matthew 14:13-21 as the text. It is where Jesus fed the five thousand with just five loves and two fish. Our pastor focused on the passage where the disciples want Jesus to send the people away to get something to eat. Instead, Jesus tells them to feed them. “You do it” was the focus of the message. What is God calling you to do?
Birthday wishes go out this week to Joetta Perryman on Feb. 3. I also want to wish my mom, Bertha Lue Vestal, a very happy birthday on Feb. 5.
Heirlooms. Things that are passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes, these heirlooms are not very pretty. Things like hate, jealousy, greed, laziness, pride. Then there are valuable, beautiful heirlooms like hope, trust, honesty and love. The most precious of all is faith in God. Our prayer is that you have faith in God and are passing it on.
Have a good week and focus on doing God’s will. He has a purpose for each of us and it isn’t to wait for someone else to do the job he has for us.
By Doris McFarland
Another blustery and cold day on Sunday, but it was still good to be in the Lord’s house.
Services began by singing followed with Sunday school classes. The pastor led the adults in “Called to Prophesy” taken from Luke 2. Among those listed on the prayer list included Angela Milligan, Karen Milligan, Phillip Ragsdale, Karen Blazer’s son-in-law, Dale Prock, John Lawless, Hollis Day and the families of Fred Ballew and Judy George.
For morning worship, Gary McFarland spoke about what communion means to him. The pastor brought his message on “Building Our House on a Solid Foundation.” He stressed how only those who actually do the will of the Father will enter the kingdom of heaven.
The evening service consisted of lots of singing and testimonies. The pastor brought his message on “the start of life-changing sins” using many examples in the Bible.
Congratulations goes out to Chanler and Reagan (Young) Terry, who are the proud parents of a new son born Sunday.
Coming events: Weather permitting, there will be Bible study Wednesday, 6:30. The church will be participating this coming Sunday in the Souper Bowl of Caring (tackle hunger) event, which is a worldwide event to collect canned goods and non-perishable items for the needy. All the items will be delivered locally.
Thought for the week: Patience isn’t just meant to make you wait, it’s meant to prepare you. Make the most out of what God has in front of you.
Pleasant Hill United Methodist
By Jeanie Replogle
It was a cold windy damp Sunday morning, but so good to be in church. We opened the service with the praise song, “Days of Elijah.” Kevin Stacey led the worship service. Pastor Wally’s message was titled “Listen! He speaks with Authority,” from Deuteronomy 18:15-20 and Mark 1:21-28. Happy Birthday to Russ Shoop. It was a blessing to have Russ and Sharon visit Pleasant Hill on Sunday.
Bible study will be this Wednesday at 7 p.m., We will discuss Luke 20.
Please be in prayer for Tom Byrd, Morgan Green, Hollis Day, Pat Smikle, Jan Smikle, the family of Jack Loan, Rick Collins, David Moore, Bella Maillet, Andrue Barnwell, Mark Mason, Steve Eggers, Ben Cook, Dustin Redman, Debbie Olson, Lynn Smith, Stephanie Stasiak, Doug Speer, Faith Gossett, David Compton, Becki Matney, Shannon Collins, Sam Westpfahl, Madge Kennemer, the leaders of our nation and the men and women of the military, all the folks that are suffering from this pandemic and the families that have lost loved ones.
Rogersville First Baptist
By Betty Lou Tutor
Pastor Winston’s message brought a better understanding of walking through troubled times.
The title was Strength in Time of Need. These past few weeks we’ve listened to messages to keep our spirits lifted up. Looking at the background of Psalms 46: 4-7, the children of Israel felt safe after crossing through the Red Sea. Cheerfulness came by singing a song. Winston began by looking at different phrases to see what spiritual messages they had for us: 1.) The river represents the flow of God’s peace and strength into our lives during difficult situations; 2.) Streams are made of glad. In the midst of turmoil, there is an underground river that flows into the heart of every believer. A special source of divine happiness that comes from God to us; 3.) The phrase city of God, is like a church. There is security, fellowship, nourishment and a place where you feel confident. The city of God is those who have been saved by Jesus; 4.) Holy dwelling places where God dwells in the lives of his children. Winston shared his last statement from F.B. Meyer, a Baptist pastor, and evangelist saying, “Unbelief puts circumstances between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances.” Closing thoughts for the day: put everything in the hands of God because we are in good hands. Dress with your full armor of God daily for protection against evil. Thank Jesus constantly for saving your soul by singing songs of phrase and worship. God bless.
St. Paul Lutheran
By Joanne Roberts
As we sang “Beautiful Savior,” I thought, “What a wonderful way to begin today’s worship service!”
The second hymn was “This Is the Feast.” Our Old Testament reading was Deuteronomy 18:15-20, where we are told by Moses that God would raise up a prophet like him and would put words in that prophet’s mouth for him to say.
Anyone who prophesies what has not been commanded or speaks names of other gods, shall die. The epistle, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, tells us that there is only one God, the father, from whom all things come and for whom we exist. Also, there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom we exist. We are to do nothing to make our brother stumble.
The gospel, Mark 1:21-28, tells about Jesus taking four of his disciples to Capernaum and teaching in the synagogue. A man possessed by an unclean spirit cried out, wanting to know if Jesus had come to destroy them for he knew Jesus was the holy one of God. Jesus called the spirit out.
The sermon title was “The Greatest Prophet.” To whom do we listen? With whom do we walk? There are so many false prophets today. The Holy Spirit led all the prophets to preach the Word, but, to whom were they pointing?
Jesus, with eternal life, is the one, the greatest prophet. Jesus tells us that he is the way, the truth and the life to whom we must listen. He is the word made flesh!
Can we be prophets and proclaim Jesus? Yes! We are to joyfully go out as evangelists to joyfully tell that Jesus is the greatest prophet and died and was resurrected so that we can have our sins forgiven and have eternal life!
In the hymn, “Let Us Ever Walk with God,” there are these words, “Full of faith and hope and love. Let us do the father’s bidding. Faithful Lord, with me abide; I shall follow where you guide.”
What a privilege; what a joy we are being given! Let us go forth in love this week to do this task, spreading, not only the gospel, but love and hope in this world that greatly needs it!
The Upper Room
By Brother Bob Holden
“I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how he could love me, a sinner condemned, unclean. O how marvelous, O how wonderful! And my song shall ever be: O how marvelous, O how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me” (text and music by Charles H. Gabriel).
As a worship leader for many years, old hymns like this one, now roll gently through my mind. How I miss those days of praise and worship in God’s house. For many, that day has already come because the pandemic has claimed the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ. They are now singing “I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene! O how marvelous, O how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me.”
Charles H. Gabriel’s inspiration for this song came from these words in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (NIV).
In closing, hundreds of thousands of lives will be claimed by the coronavirus in days to come. Those who refuse to protect themselves and others have also refused to follow the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments,” (from Matthew 22:37-40). May songs of praise and worship flow gently through your mind this week. Be encouraged. Blessings.