By Sammy Massie
It was a great and wonderful day to praise the Lord.
It was very cold, but it was the Lord’s day. Sunday school began with a congregational song, “O How I Love Jesus.” Opening prayer was by John Henderson. The adult lesson was titled, “The Prayer of Moses,” taken from Psalm 90:1-17. The worship hour began with a report read. There were 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 Kim Reed, Holly Hanes, Ginger Freeman, Jannie Whemayer family, Kamden Massie, Sandra Dill, Delbert Cantrell, the Ronny Cardwell family, Becky Cottengim, Sharon Vestal, Rex Vestal, Ellen Honeycutt, Robin Yarger and Randy Green.
No birthdays and anniversaries for the week. The congregational songs were “Bringing in the Sheaves,” “The Last Mile of the Way,” “If We Never Meet Again,” “That’s Why I Love Him So.” Wayne Plunkett prayed and the specials were by Jeremy and Martha, “Old Camp Meeting Days,” Jerry, “By the Side of the Road,” James, Billy, Clint, Jerry and Brother Bill, “Heavenly Sunlight,” Hallie and Adalyn, “Lord’s Army.”
Herald Lee had a reading. Brother Bill followed with a good message titled, “Let the Master Find You Doing,” taken from Luke 12:19-48. The altar call song was “Drifting Too Far From The Shore.” Elwyn Osterkamp prayed to dismiss in prayer.
Announcements: Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., youth ladies auxiliary and men’s Bible study; Saturday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m., Breakfast at Grillo’s and a Valentine’s Day after church (contact Carol Singer on what to bring).
By Matt Hodge
Let’s consider the idea of inheriting original sin.
The world God created originally was very good (Genesis 1:31), but after the curses that were a consequence of Adam’s and Eve’s sin, hardship, suffering and even physical death were brought into the world. So we definitely suffer some physical consequences of sin entering the world, but do people today receive any sinfulness or a need to have forgiveness due to Adam’s sin?
Ezekiel 18 is clear that only the soul who sins and does not repent will die and that the soul who turns to God will live. Verse 19 specifically says, “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all my statutes and observed them, he shall surely live.” And Isaiah 59:2 says, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” So it is our personal sins that we choose to commit that separate us from God and require forgiveness. Romans 5:12 agrees with this: “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” The cause of sin spreading to all men is given as “because ALL sinned.” We do not need to be not forgiven of a sin transmitted to us by Adam, but of sins that each of us has committed ourselves. We praise God for his justness, that we are only liable for our own sins! For questions or studies, call (417)268-8712.
By Lacey Cantrell
Crossroads EMC wants you to come worship with us!
Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Those who fear God stand in awe of God. They have at least a glimmer of understanding that God is omniscient (all-wise), omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (present in every moment and throughout all eternity) and all-loving and that they are not…God, who is all, has all and controls all, cares, loves, reaches out and blesses the individual human being. To fear God is not to fear God’s judgement; it is to stand in awe that God has all authority to judge and to forgive, to show mercy and to grant his grace in overflowing abundance.
Upcoming events: Sunday, Feb. 14 — 4-6 p.m. Valentine’s party for the kids
By Sue Epperson
Feb. 7 marked the fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Psalm 147:1-6 says, “Praise the Lord who heals the brokenhearted,” (Mark 1:29-39). God is always looking to heal, not to harm, his beloved creatures created in love and for love. “Everyone is looking for you”, says Simon to Jesus who leaves for a deserted place to pray in solitude. Jesus had just healed Simon’s mother-in-law who he cured instantly of a fever. And then St. Mark tells us that the “whole town was gathered at the door.” Then, after sunset and late into the evening, Jesus continued to heal the sick who came looking to be cured of every disease.
The healing ministry of Jesus is not a thing of the past. Jesus’ healing power continues in our own time, especially in the sacramental life of the church. As we listen to God’s word and participate in the celebration of the mystery of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection, we receive God’s healing love.
Now more than ever, the world needs the healing touch of God. Now more than ever, those worn out by fear and despair look for divine healing flowing through our words and actions. Today, God’s word invites us to become living instruments of Jesus’ healing love to a wounded world as we pray, “speak to me Lord.” How will you share Jesus’ healing love with others today? From THE MIRROR, Jan. 22, 2021 page 8.
Let us pray for one another.
By Doris McFarland
All enjoyed being in the Lord’s house Sunday, despite the weather outside.
Services began by singing and then prayer. Phillip Ragsdale had the call to worship. Clint Young led the adult class in “Called to Testify,” taken from John 4. Jesus compared the analogy of farming to encourage the disciples to move slowly, be patient and wait for results (the harvest). Thank you cards were read from Angela Milligan and John and Louise Lawless.
Those mentioned needing prayer included Karen Milligan, Dale Prock, John Lawless, Angie Jones, Bill Crawford, Brenda Crawford, Kay Moore, Sue Smith, Jennifer Burks and her daughter, Bridgett, Janessa Newell, Andrew Barnwell, Marie Hale and Patsy Lummis. “Happy Anniversary” goes out to Robert and Jennifer Hobbs.
For morning worship, special music was by the Davenport family, with Christy singing “He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away” and the others with guitars singing “If It Wasn’t for the Lighthouse.” The pastor brought his message on “You are a Light,” emphasizing how Jesus said that he was the light of the world and we are to follow him. Evening services were dismissed because of the slick roads.
Coming events: Weather permitting, there will be Bible study Wednesday, 6:30, starting at Colossians 1.
Thought for the week: Anne Frank quotes, “Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.” Have a blessed week.
By Brenda Brinkley
Sunday morning worship at Mission Home began after Airee Perryman and Reed Smith rang the bell. Happy Birthday was sung to Joetta Perryman.
Several prayer requests were mentioned. We also had several praises for answered prayers. Quarters were added to the ‘blessings’ jar. Following announcements and prayer requests, Gary Brinkley led in prayer.
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 Jones. Bob led in prayer.
Pastor Doug Brown delivered the morning message using Exodus 23: 20-33 as the text. He titled his message, “There Are Giants in the Land.” Following morning worship, we had our regular business meeting. Mark your calendar for March 13 at 6 p.m. We will be having a singing, supper and great fellowship. Everyone is invited. If you sing or play, we would love to hear you. If you want to sit back and listen, we would love to have you. These nights are always special.
At some time in our lives, we all face a giant. Giants come in all forms. It could be disease, death of a loved one, financial hardship, problems at work, problems at home. The list of giants goes on and on. Take a few minutes this week and think about the giant you are facing. Do you really believe it is bigger than God? Have a good week. Stay warm. Be secure in the knowledge that God can slay any giant.
Pleasant Hill United Methodist
By Jeanie Replogle
Pleasant Hill Church was canceled on Saturday evening for Sunday morning with the fear of slick roads, which it ended up that it would have been okay, the roads had dried by morning; but it was very cold. Be prepared for some more cold weather this week.
Psalm 136:1-9, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His love endures forever, to him who alone does great wonders, his love endures forever, who by his understanding made the heavens, his love endures forever. 6 who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. 7 who made the great lights, his love endures forever, the sun to govern the day, his love endures forever, the moon and stars to govern the night; his love endures forever.
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, Lisa Behneke, Jason Hazaga, 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
In Luke 9:37-42, we read about a boy that was healed.
A father waited for Jesus to come down from the mountain, crying out, “I implore you to look upon my son, for he is my only child. The son has a spirit that seizes and makes him foam at the mouth departing his body with great difficulty bruising him.”
The father asked the disciples to cast it out, however; they could not. Jesus answered saying, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with and bear with you? Bring your son here.” As the lad approached Jesus, the demon threw the boy down, then Jesus rebuked the uncleaned spirit, healed the child and gave him back to the father. Satan will do anything to stop us from approaching Jesus. After all, he had just tried to tempt Jesus. He will try to sliver himself to detour our love of God. There is no other power to overthrow God. His name is great and mighty (Jeremiah 10:6). Everyone shall bow at the sound of Jesus’ name or burn in hell with Satan and his deceitful lies. Isaiah 26:4 says, “Trust in the Lord forever, for in him the Lord is everlasting strength.” As Jesus commanded to bring the colt to ride into town, the disciples, without understanding because they knew Jesus always walked, fulfilled his will (Mark 11:24). We are to do the will of God, sharing about salvation so Satan has no control. The decision is heaven or hell. Rise up in amazing grace with Jesus. God bless.
The Upper Room
By Brother Bob Holden
Prior to the pandemic, many small churches struggled to survive.
As church attendance decreased and financial support diminished, several churches were forced to close their doors. Now, even those that were able to keep their doors open have faced mandated restrictions of wearing masks and social distancing, and justifiably so! Most certainly every aspect of human existence has been affected by the coronavirus.
For several years, believers have established home churches to teach, preach, pray, praise and worship our heavenly father. One has been established in our neighborhood. This hymn came to mind: “God will make a way where there seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see; He will make a way for me. He will be my guide, hold me closely to his side. With love and strength for each new day; He will make a way” (text and music by Don Moen).
Jesus provided that way when He spoke these words: “Again, I say to you that if two of you agree concerning anything that you ask, it will be done for them by my father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them,” (Matthew 18:19-20).
In closing, God bless those churches, large and small, that are continuing to survive. And God bless those who have gathered together in home churches.
“My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine! Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away, O let me from this day be wholly Thine!” (text by Ray Palmer, music by Lowell Mason). That says it all. May God bless you this week.