2-10-13. Sunday school opened with the reading of Psalms 67. Opening prayer was given by Sister Wilma Hampton. Our Sunday school lesson came from I Corinthians the 9th chapter. In summary of this chapter Paul is commissioning the church to take care of their ministers, but the minsters are not to abuse the power or authority that was given to them. He tells them to keep their body under subjection to God in order to spare himself from more temptation to sin and make their ministry of no effect. Paul summarizes his speech to the church at Corinth by stating in verse 27, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast away.” God help us all to run this race with His leading and us following the path just the way He is leading us so we can be a light in a dark world pointing to lost souls to Christ. And when we have finished our race may we have our reward and live eternally with you in the blessed name of Jesus, Amen.
Our service went into worship with thanksgiving for the grace God gave us this week and had congregational and special singing. Ronnie Thomas sang with the blessed gift of a wonderful bass voice. I’ve said it once and I will say it again. He is as good or better than any professional bass singer I have ever heard. He truly has a God-given talent. Susie Sisco sang after Sister Clara Lafferty read Psalms, chapter 30. This chapter is such a hope for us as we walk through life. I am so thankful for God’s mercy and grace that “His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Praise God!
Bro. “Cub” (Joe) Lafferty brought the sermon from St. John the 21st chapter, verses 1-14. This is the third time Jesus has appeared to His disciples following His resurrection. They didn’t know it was the Lord and they had fished all night, but caught nothing. Jesus tells them in verse 6 to cast the net on the right side of the ship. They obeyed and caught 153 fishes yet the net didn’t break. In their obedience they were blessed with a multitude of meat to feed their bodies. Jesus told them in the 12th verse, “Come and Dine.” At first the disciples thought it was just another man asking them if they had caught any fish, but by obeying they were blessed greatly. When Jesus took the bread and fish and gave it to them they knew it was the Lord. Actually they knew it before this invitation from Christ because in the 12th verse it says, “And none of the disciples durst ask Him, who are thou? Knowing it was the Lord.”
Oh if we would only submit our heart and soul to Christ and obey His leading, how blessed this nation would be. Christians friend, let’s go fishing for men, women, boys and girls and pray that this one nation under God gets back to the reason we established in the first place – to have the freedom to worship our God the way He leads us. Isn’t this why we left England? We don’t have to settle for these freedoms we fought and died for to disappear. Our God is greater and mightier than all and He is able to keep us. God bless you all this week and remember Christians, we are always fishing so be careful of the bait you are using.