Greetings from Red Bank. I’m thankful for the good slow rain God sent us, but I’m just as thankful for the clear, warmer weather we had today. My prayers go up for the thousands on the east coast that are facing more bad weather coming their way. One man said today on TV that he was expecting to experience cold weather tonight without any way of staying warm. It is hard for one to realize what he, and many others like him, is going through. There have been many testify that they are trusting in the Lord to get them through and supply their every need. When we lean on Jesus, we learn more about him and the awesome power he possesses.
Church service at Red Bank began with Gary Lirley leading the congregation in hymns. Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome. After a time of studying God’s Word in Sunday school, everyone gathered in the Sanctuary and was led by Jake Hampton in singing more hymns. We missed several from our midst because the youth hunting season was in full swing. We hope they got their deer, and will be back next Sunday.
Giving a birthday, mission offering was Alice Lirley. I told everyone that if I were able to give a dollar for everyone of my birthdays, the can would be running over with mission money. Jerry Maggard gave a mission offering in honor of his father’s birthday, and Lauren Page gave an honorary offering for one of his family members also. Brother Les announced that Business meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. The youth’s CiA group also meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
The Worship service for this Sunday was a little unusual. Brother Les and Brother Lauren Page both took turns preaching as a tag team. Brother Les preached from Psalm 22 and Psalm 40 to say that God knows what is ahead and is fully able to help us when we fall. In the Psalm 40 1-2 David wrote, I WAITED patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Brother Page chose Jeremiah 38 as his text. God used one of the King’s servants to help keep Jeremiah from dying in a dungeon where he had no water to drink, no food to eat, but only a deep mire in the bottom of the pit to sink down in and die. This is a wonderful story of how God wants us to care about others. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
Next Sunday, Brother Loren Page will be bringing the Lord’s message to us at Red Bank Church. Brother Les said that it will give him a chance to sit in the pews with his family and enjoy listening to a message instead of being the one preaching the message for a change.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley Sunday afternoon was Jeane Huff and Gary and Alice Lirley. I stopped to visit with Angie Adams while in the Healthcare Center. She happily gave me the exciting news that she was to be baptized at the First Southern Baptist Church very soon. I could see the glow of happiness all over her face as she talked about the coming event. That same glow can be detected in every person’s face;
When ever they accept Jesus as their Savior and follow him in baptism as their first show of obedience to Him.
That’s all for now. Take care and stay warm. Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. Psalm 41:1