August 18 – What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again. This son is on my heart today and it is a beauitful day.
Sunday school opened with reading Psalms 131 and Brother Lee Hampton led in prayer.
Today our Sunday school lesson is from Ephesians chapter 5. It is a good lesson again today on teaching us as disciples of Christ. W are light houses to those in darkness and should conduct ourselves in a manner to win the lost to Christ. It tells us in the third verse to “abstain from fornication, uncleanness or covetness. Also keep from filthiness, foolish talking, jesting, but rather giving of thanks. If God leads us to someone, He will give us the right words to say to direct that person to the only hope and help which is Jesus Christ. Be careful if you are not sent by God; actually you shouldn’t say anything because if God didn’t give the words to you, you could do more harm than good. Christians this mean you don’t judge them nor do you use it as a topic of gossip. You go with love and let God do the work and you remove yourself out of the way. Be a willing vessel prayed up and ready to be used of God to share the gospel of Christ.
This chapter goes on to give advice on how husbands and wives are to treat each other. He likens this union to the union of the church to Him. We are to love and respect one another as Christ has loved us. Praise Jesus for His endless love and patience to us as sinners.
Our service changed to worship with congregational singing. Once again our youth class blessed us with a song and Sister Michelle Lee quizzed them on their lesson. What a blessing to hear these little ones so eager to share what they learned today. We older folks could take this and apply it to ourselves. Brother “Cub” (Joe) Lafferty took the sermon from Philippians the first chapter. After Paul greets the church at Phillipi he writes in his letter of his love for them and encourages them to continue letting their love abound and continue spreading the ministry of Jesus Christ. He tells them to speak the word boldly and without fear. He also warns them that some preach Christ even of envy and strife and some of good will. He states they are insincere, but he affirms these are others, that are preaching of love knowing he is set for the defense of the gospel. Even to his death, he continues preaching and defending the gospel of Christ. Paul knows his time is coming to an end and like all humans we hate to leave our loved ones. Let’s keep running this race as Paul did. I pray all of us Christians will finish our course to meet in Heaven with our loved ones and fellow Christians. But what a great blessing to see the souls we helped to win to Jesus Christ. God bless you all and have a great week.