5-20-13. Sunday school began with the reading of Psalms the 12th chapter. Opening prayer is given by Sister Clara Lafferty. Our lesson came from II Corinthians the 10th chapter. Paul is writing this letter to the Corinthians because of the disturbance among them. The human part of Paul was to be bold and not consider how we as Christians are to be humble in everything we do. Yet in the first verse, he says, “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold to you.” Paul was a powerful writer and he acknowledges he could be more bold as he writes than what he could if he was present with them. He desires in the 2nd verse that he would not be bold when he was present because some were accusing that he and other disciples and apostles were walking according to the flesh. This bothered Paul and he states in the third verse, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.” The weapons we as ‘Christians have are not carnal rather they are God. The way this chapter reads is some of the church of Corinth had become proud and boastful of their works. Some were saying they were of Paul and some were saying they were of Apollos. Paul is telling them there is no boasting of himself or any other leader of the gospel and them who were glorifying themselves were boldly told they were measuring without the proper measurement. Paul tells them in the 17th and 18th verse:, “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commandeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commandeth.” This is a time Paul is bold because it was not to their benefit to go on thinking themselves of something when they really aren’t. He tells them if you are going to glorify, don’t brag about yourselves, glory in the Lord.
Our service changed going into our time of worship. Congragational and special singing was given up to the praise of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The sermon God delivered through His chosen mouth piece came from St. Luke chapter 7 verses 11-50. Jesus caused a widow’s only son to come back to life. This caused stirring up of the onlookers that witnessed this miracle and all feared and they glorified God. This people acknowledged God had sent them a great prophet and had visited them. This rumor went through out the land and the forerunner of Christ, John the Baptist sent his messengers to ask, “Are you the one that was propheted to come or should we look for another?” Jesus performed more miracles healing many infirmitives and plagues. He removed evil spirits of some that were there. He caused the blind to see. Jesus told these messengers to go tell John of there things. The Pharisees and lawyers rejected this and one asked Jesus to come to his house to eat. A sinful woman heard of this and came to this house with an alabaster box of ointment. She weeped behind Jesus and began to wash his feet with tears, wiped them with her hair and kissed them. She also annointed them with ointment showing her humble recognition of her need of forgiveness. Simon the Pharisee thought within himself that if this were actually a Prophet, he would know this was a sinful woman. Jesus knew Simon’s thoughts and heart. He used the example of two creditors. One owed five hundred pence and the other fifty. Neither of these had the money to pay their debt. The creditors forgave them both. Jesus asked Simon, “which of these debtors will love the creditor the most?” Simon answers in the 43d verse, “I suppose that he to whom he forgave the most.” Jesus responded, “Thou hast rightly judged.” Jesus also showed Simon how this woman had done these deeds of kindness and hadn’t stopped kissing His feet. This woman who had been judged as a sinner did these things and yet Simon had done nothing. Therefore Jesus said, “Her sins are forgiven even though they were many she loved much but to him little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” Others that were eating with them questioned, “Who is this that forgiveth sins also?” Jesus said to the woman, “They faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” This chapter ends so beautifully with these words. This sermon ties well with our lesson in teaching us not to boast. We who think we are something are nothing. But if we have Christ we have all things.
We have much need for His forgiveness and if we reject Him and we part from this life only pain and misery will be our reward for eternity. I pray all who reads this will have Jesus in their heart and if you haven’t accepted Him as your Savior yet, the day will quickly arrrive where you will. God bless and help you I pray.
I am sorry I didn’t list those that were baptized last week. There has been much happening, but this is too important of an experience to not identify those who experienced this blessing. One was Sammy Lee, son of Danny and Michelle Lee. Michelle’s nephew, Sheila’s son was the other. His name is Ian Wisner. Michelle shared with me that there are others of the youth class that are talking about being baptized. Let’s pray for them and when they are ready, I’m ready for the blessing again.
Next Sunday, there will be a memorial service at Stillings Cemetery beginning at 2:00 p.m. You are welcome to come, but I know many loved ones are in many different cemeteries. God bless you in this week and bless all of us as we remember our loved ones that have already gone.