Red Bank’s Fall Festival was well attended. The weather wasn’t as cold as expected so there were games for the children both inside and outside the church building. The fire was built and everyone gathered around to roast their wieners and marshmallows. Inside one could find an ample supply of hotdog buns, chili, side dishes, desserts, hot chocolate and other drinks to fill their plates with.
The Sunday morning service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. A warm welcome to members and guest was given by Jerry Huff. Brother Les Hallmark gave a birthday, mission offering in honor of his friend, Moose Allen. Brother Les also mentioned that we should be planning for a bountiful Thanksgiving meal together. Our church does this annually. Thanksgiving is less than a month away you know.
Text for the morning sermon was taken from II Corinthians: 12 and 13. The Apostle Paul, being concerned that efforts to corrupt the Church in Corinth with false teachings, wrote to the Christians there to beware of false apostles, deceitful workers, who transform themselves into the apostles of Christ. In Chapter 11 Paul wrote, For if he that cometh preaching another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him (vs.4) And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (vs. 14) Paul, in verse 23-33 related to them that whoever these false witnesses were that they should be listened to, he should be listened to even more. If they were really ministers of Christ, were they like him, beaten by the Jews five times with 39 stripes each: three times beaten with rods: stoned once: shipwrecked and in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of countrymen, heathen, the city, the wilderness, the sea and other false brethren? Were they ever in much weariness, painfulness, in hunger and thirst, in fasting often, or in cold and nakedness as he had often been, because he proclaimed Jesus as God’s only begotten Son? Folks, even today, we have to watch out for false teachings. Teachings that sound good are not good if they do not proclaim that Jesus came into this world as the manifested, incarnate, image of God. Through Jesus, we have seen and heard directly from God himself. I John 5: 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one: “and these three are one,” says it all.
Anyone that teaches that Jesus was a special chosen angel or some man sent to represent God on this earth has blasphemed the Holy Ghost and is nothing but a false witness. This is a great sin, and according to the Scriptures, it is one that God said he would not forgive. Matthew 12: 31-32. We should always be ready to ask, “And who do you say that Jesus really is?”
Visiting with Maxine Lirley Friday and Saturday of last week was her daughter, Judy Smith, her grandson, Matthew Smith, his wife Bobby Jo, and children, Candace, Coey, and Coen. Gary and I enjoyed visiting with Maxine and her guest Saturday afternoon. Later on that evening, they visited in the home of James and Debbie Lirley and family.
Take care. Remember that many are in need of our prayers this week; especially those living in and around the East Coast. Hearing about their problems should help us to count our blessings and thank God for them.