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This is another beautiful, winter day that God has given us to enjoy.  The temperature is very agreeable with a little moisture in the forecast.  I can handle that.   How about you?

There have been several in our community that have been suffering from the stomach flu. It has been making its rounds.  Pam Shell said that she was attacked with that flu, and it was not a pleasant thing to go through.   I called her to check on how she was doing.  She said that she was a little weak, but that she was feeling much better.  One thing she found out that helped was to sip on Gatorade as often as possible during this type of flu.  It will restore needed nutrients in ones body and help prevent possible dehydration.  I know that the last time I had that type of flu, I found some Gatorade in the refrigerator that I had kept for Gary when he worked outside in the extreme heat.  I began to sip on some of it and felt better, much quicker, than I usually would have.  I just thought I’d pass this health tip along.  It does help.

Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley this week at the Healthcare Center.  She reported that she was feeling much better than she had for the past two weeks.  It is much safer to visit residents at the Center now because the flu bug has pretty well made its rounds and left there.  Let’s hope and pray that it does not return.  It’s pretty rough on older folks.

The party held for the Christmas play cast was a lot of fun for everyone.  Most all those that participated in the play were able to attend.  There were crafts, games, a movie and lots of food to enjoy.  Everyone even got to build their own ice cream Sundae.  They liked that for sure.

It was a gorgeous day for worshiping the Lord this Sunday.  I did not even have to wear my coat to church.  That was a nice feeling.  There was a good attendance for Sunday school and church services this week.  Brother Gary opened the service by leading in hymns.  Brother Jerry gave the morning greeting and dismissed everyone to their respective Sunday school classes.  Brother Gary again led in hymns for the worship service.  Birthday greetings go to Trenda Hampton.  She celebrated her birthday with a mission offering.  Jerry Huff gave a mission offering in memory of his grandmother.  This is a wonderful way to share what God has provided to use in spreading the gospel.

Brother Les announced that church would dismiss the evening services so that everyone could attend the fifth Sunday singing to be held at the Goodhope General Baptist Church.  Gary and I didn’t get to go because Gary didn’t feel well, but I know it was a blessing to those that did attend.

Brother Les brought the morning message from scriptures taken from Isaiah 45:20; II Corinthians 5; Rev. 21: 6, 7, and 8 along with Hebrews 3 and 4.  These scriptures let us know that God has always been with us. He will never leave us and His love for us is everlasting.  In Isaiah 45: 22 God tells His people through the Prophet, Isaiah, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:  for I am God, and there is none else.  In Rev. 21: 6-7 John writes, “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”   Those are God’s words to anyone who will listen and believe.  That should be plain enough and good enough to convince one of God’s love and intention for them.

Well that’s all for now.  Take care and enjoy the good weather while it’s here.

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