The ladies met Thursday morning and began a Bible study in Colossians. The lesson was aimed at pointing out the preeminence of Christ in all things. The ladies share prayer requests and pray for the needs of the church.
The weather was perfect for the Friday evening hayride out at the Corder farm. It had been quite windy and chilly through the afternoon, but when the group loaded up and made their way to the pasture/hayfield at the bottom of the hill, the wind stopped gusting. It was cool enough that the campfire felt good, but not cold.
There were hot dogs for roasting over the coals, chili to be served up on corn chips or crackers, potato chips and potato salad, shredded cheese, dips, cookies, bars, and homemade doughnuts. There was hot water to make hot chocolate, marshmallows for roasting or to put in the hot chocolate. No one had to go away hungry.
The Jubilee Singers started working on the Christmas music. It seems early to be doing that, but there will only be about seven practice sessions, before it will be presented.
Norma Stillings sang a special song, Sunday morning. The Bart Roughton Family sang a special song in the evening service. The Roughton’s were passing through Ava on their way to their home in Arkansas after visiting in the Kansas City area.
Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message Sunday morning on “Three Works of Grace” from Titus 2:11-15.
The three works of grace are justification, sanctification, and glorification. It is true that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that the penalty for sin is death, but Jesus paid the penalty of sin for everyone who will face up to the fact of their sin and put their trust in his death and resurrection. Grace continued brings sanctification, it teaches us that by the grace of God we can live soberly, righteously in this world and deny worldly lusts. How can this be done? By actually seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness, by getting into the Bible, and by yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit. The completion of grace brings glorification. We have a blessed hope, not in politics or wealth, but in the glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus.