Opening Sunday school Danny Lee read I Samuel, chapter 2 led in prayer. Lee Hampton taught the 21st chapter of Acts. Paul’s journey takes him on to Jerusalem. The prophet Agabus prophesied taking Paul’s girdle and bound his own hands and feet in the 11th verse and said, “Thus saith the Holy Ghost, so shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.” Those with him begged him to not go, but Paul knew his calling and responded in the 13th verse” for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Oh that all of us believers should carry this faith and God help us to do just that. As you read on through this chapter Paul does get captured and beaten supposedly for leading them away from the teachings and law of Moses. He is also accused of polluting the temple or their holy place by bringing Greeks in. These Jews of Asia would have killed him, but news got back to the chief captain. He takes soldiers and centurions with him and the beatings stopped. The chief captain ordered the soldiers to bind him with two chains and asked, “who is this and what has he done?” One accuser said this and another said that and the chief captain couldn’t discern the cause of the uproar so he brings Paul into the castle as the mob cries out to, “Do away with him” in the 36th verse. Paul asks the chief captain if he could speak to him. The captain’s response was, “Can’t thou speak Greek?” Aren’t you the one that leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers” in the 38th verse. Paul responds in the 39th verse and then asks if he could speak to the people. When the chief gave his permission, Paul stood on the stairs and beckoned with his hand. When he crowd became silent, Paul began to speak to them in the Hebrew tongue to give his defense which begins the 22nd chapter of Acts. Paul was highly educated. Already he had spoken two different languages. Then you have Peter who is a fisherman not ignorant by any means yet not highly educated. God chose both to do the ministry of Jesus Christ’s saving grace. Doesn’t it do your heart good to know that scholar or not, rich or poor, deaf of mute – Jesus Christ’s saving grace reaches you in and through the Holy Ghost. Praise His Holy name.
Bro. Cub (Joe) took the pulpit and took his sermon God delivered from I John, chapter 3. Read this chapter and encourage ourselves to refrain from sinning so as to not make ourselves a stumbling block. We are the children of God and we are commanded to love one another. Look at verse 14, “We know we have passed from death uno life becase we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” Love the sinner – but not the sin. Show compassion and point him to Jesus. God forgive me of the times that I have failed and I pray I have not been any kind of stumbling block, rather a cheerleader to those that are yet blind.
This evening we will not be having fireworks, but will play some water games with the kids and really pray we get a good soaking of rain while we try to roast hot dogs.
Don’t forget our singing is this Friday night at Breedon Church. This is Friday the 13th, so get out and enjoy the evening with us in gospel singing and fellowship afterwards.
God bless you all this week and continue to pray for a much needed rain.