Opening Sunday School, Bro. Cub (Joe) opened with reading Psalms 57. Sister Wilma Hampton who finally was able to come back to church led us in prayer. She had been so ill for quite some time. Thank you Lord that she is able to return to church. Our lesson is Acts 22. Paul begins his speech to speak his defense in the Hebrew tongue which made them even more silent as he spoke. He explained that he was zealous toward God just as they were in that they followed or attempted to follow Moses law. He admitted to persecuting the Christians and was on his way to get more to imprison and persecute. But he testifies of the change in him that occurred on the way to Damascus. In the 6th verse he speaks of the great light round about him and in the 7th verse he hears a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why persecuted thou me?” He answers in the 8th verse by asking, “Who art thou Lord?” Jesus responds, “I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.” Those with Saul, who was renamed Paul saw the light and were afraid but didn’t hear the voice of Jesus. Paul responded to Jesus asking Jesus “What shall I do Lord?” In the 10th verse Jesus instructs him to go to Damascus and he would be told what he would do. He further tells the people he was blinded by the light and had to be led by those with him. Arriving in Damascus Ananias who was a “devout man according to the law having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there.” Paul tells the crowd that Ananias came and stood before him and said in the 13th verse “Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked upon him.” Ananias explains to Saul (Paul) that God had chosen him to know His will and do His will for he was going to be God’s witness to all men what he had seen and heard. Ananias instructs him to be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling upon the name of the Lord. Paul was praying in the synagogue in Jerusalem, he tells the crowd and fell into a trance in the 17th verse. He sees Jesus and is told in the 18th verse, “make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jersusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.” In verse 19 and 20 he sounds as if he understands why because he himself had beat the Christians and held their rainments of them that stoned Stephen. Jesus tells him to “Depart for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles” in verse 21. They hear him and then yelled to kill him for it is not fit that he live. Then the chief captain ordered him back to the castle to examine by scourging so they could know why the crowd was against him. Paul through, being a Roman, is protected and this changes his outcome. God extends the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles by Paul being His chosen vessel.
Our service changed to worship through congregational singing followed by Brother Cub (Joe) taking sermon from St. Matthew 25th chapter, verses 31-46. Jesus is explaining how the sheep and goats will be seperated. The sheep are those who did His will and followed His example by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty and a giving shelter to a stranger. They also clothed the naked and visited them who were in prison. The sheep or the righteous couldn’t understand because they asked Jesus, “When did we do these things for you?” Jesus responds by saying, “In as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” They are rewarded by sitting on His right hand then He looks to them on His left hand, the goats so as to speak, and say, “Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels for they didn’t do these kind acts. They too questioned why they received this reward or punishment. And He tells them they chose not to. There are all kinds of charities and good deeds being done today. As a nation we seem to help other countries more than our own. Why do we do good deeds? Friend if we do not have Jesus Christ in our hearts, our good deeds are of no value to inheriting the kingdom of Heaven. Not all that are sent to Hell were mean or bad people on earth. Some did very good deeds, but they rejected Jesus and eternal hell was given as their reward. There is no reason that any should perish just read St. John 3:16. I pray for the lost and ask all Christians to remember them that their eyes will be opened and their heart softened to accept Jesus as their Savior.
Wilma Hampton gave her appreciation to everyone for their prayers and asked me to write, “It sure is good to be back in church.” God bless you all.