I looked out my kitchen window a few minutes ago, and guess what I saw? RAIN! It was just a nice slow shower, but it looked so good and felt so good. Of course, I finally dared to burn my trash during this wonderful, quiet rain shower, and I sure didn’t mind standing out in it for a while. My hair and clothing is wet, but who cares; it finally RAINED. I’m praying for more of that wonderful stuff. Pray with me. We need it, and God will answer our prayers and provide it. He is The Great Provider. I John: 14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
The Red Bank Church service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. The morning welcome was provided by Jerry Huff. Jake Hampton led the hymns for the Worship service. Tattie Maggard gave a birthday, mission offering. Eloise Hallmark sang special music. It was announced that the monthly, Singspiration, Praise service would take place that evening at 7:00. Everyone was encouraged to attend and bring with them a song, a poem, or a testimony to share. A fellowship meal was to follow the service.
Gary Lirley, again, was called upon to fill the pulpit in absence of our interim pastor, Brother, Lauren Page. Brother Lauren was fulfilling his promise to fill the pulpit of his previous church until their new pastor could get moved and be able to fill his appointment there.
Gary based the morning sermon on Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11. The written words of this chapter are described in chapter 1:1 as: The words of the preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. In verses 4-10 he described all the vain things he indulged himself in such as building houses, and creating great gardens and orchards. He said that he had possessions of great and small and more cattle than were in all of Jerusalem. He gathered silver, gold and peculiar treasures of all sorts. And, he acquired servants and maid servants to care for him and all the things he possessed. One might think that spending one’s life trying to gain all these possessions would make one happy and give much peace in one’s heart, but owned all these things and yet he was still unhappy, and he hated it all. As Gary explained, “We may be using all the time that God gives us to serve ourselves instead of using it to serve Him. In the end we will find out, as this writer did, that to follow after vain things will only bring sorrow with no peace so that we can even rest at night. We constantly hear of movie stars who struck it rich over night and ended up dying of drug overdose because they found that they had given up far more than they had ever gained. It’s like the little girl on a recent TV commercial said that went something like this, ‘When we don’t have more, we want more. And when we finally get more, we just want more, more, more.’ In
The Singspiration, Praise service and fellowship time was enjoyed by all that attended. Brother Lauren was on hand to speak. He had told us that he was going to speak from his soap box on Sunday night. Well, he did and it was that too often we do not train our children to take part in our Worship services and other functions of Church work such as missions until they are in their older teen age. They should begin taking part at a much earlier age. I totally agree. We had two guitars and a piano to accompany all the congregational singing. We had a wonderful time singing and praising His name. We were happy to welcome several guests who came to share in this service.
Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley yesterday afternoon. We visited until her supper tray was delivered and when we saw what was on it we wish we had planned to eat with her. It was fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, along with salad and dessert. It looked delicious.
I got a call from my niece that lives in Valley Center, Ks. She said that it had been over 100 degrees about every day there and the worst part about it was that their air conditioner had broken down. If they could get the temperature down to 80 degrees in their house they thought they were quite fortunate. They pulled every trick in the book to keep air circulating through their home so they could survive the heat. They found it difficult to sleep at night in so much heat. We have been praying that God would help them find a way to get their air conditioner fixed or afford a new one. She called later and was joyous that her husband tinkered with it and got it to come on, but now they need enough Freon added so it will cool the house down better.
Well folks I had better quit and turn my computer off because, Praise the Lord, it has begun to rain again, and a little storm has come up with it. Take care and pray for more RAIN.