Last week we enjoyed a week of sunshine and now we begin our spring season with a week of rain and cloudy skies. I will be happy if a few rainy days are all we have to endure. There are tornado watches out for many of our surrounding counties. The electrical storms are threatening enough. Gary and I returned home from a memorial service Saturday to discover that lightning had struck our phone system and ruined it. Needless to say, it had to be replaced at a considerable expense that was not in our budget. Pam Shell said that her phone system was also hit by lightning that day. She was afraid that it also got her T.V. set too. We did not realize that such a storm had been forecast, so we failed to disconnect before we left the house. Oh well, one lives and learns.
We missed several of our youth for Children’s Church Sunday morning. I imagine that the school’s spring break had something to do with it. Brother Gary Lirley opened the Red Bank Church service by leading in hymns. Brother Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome. Celebrating their wedding anniversary with a mission offering was Les and Eloise Hallmark. Miranda Hallmark gave a mission offering in honor of her aunt’s birthday and Gary Lirley gave an offering in honor of his son, Les, and his granddaughter, Allison’s, birthday.
Special music was presented by a quartet made up of Les and Eloise Hallmark and Jerry and Tattie Maggard. Jerry accompanied the group on his guitar. Special prayer was requested for Jo Laughlin who had severely injured her back from a fall. She was scheduled for surgery Sunday morning so Brother Les brought the congregation into special prayer for her recovery and for the doctors, nurses and family members that were attending to her needs. She is Ralph and Barbadeen Laughlin’s daughter-in-law. Please pray for her and her family.
Brother Les based the morning sermon on Matthew 14:22-33. Even as Peter, with his full faith in Jesus, was able to step out of the boat and walk on storm raging waters without sinking, we, as his children can walk on the rough waters of life without sinking by keeping our full faith in God’s promise to see us through and give us eternal life with Him through believing on the name of His Son, Jesus. The peace that a Christian has to know that they can trust Him, lean on Him and someday be with Him, when their life on this earth is over, is the kind of peace that passes all understanding. In Matthew 11: 28-30 we read these words spoken by Jesus, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
That’s all the news I have for now folks. Have a great week! Keep your eyes, heart and mind on Jesus and you will.