9-15-13. Good Lord’s Day to you all. I sure am enjoying this cool morning. We attended the Nelson Reunion yesterday at Highlonesome Cemetery, Olive Baptist Church and I got to see relation I hadn’t seen in years. It was so fun to see Johnny and LaVern’s kids (or older folks I should say.) I didn’t get the girl’s last names, but John Arthur Nelson and his sisters, Sue, Neva and Rosetta got to attend. The Shine girls (from John and Dorothy Nelson-Shine) also got to attend. Some came from as far as Iowa, Texas and Arizona. (Huba, Ruth, Donna and Juanita all were there. And again ladies I apologize, but I didn’t get your last names either. Anyway, it was fun and good to see you all and I am looking forward to it next year when we may meet again.
Our Sunday school lesson began by reading Psalms 123. Beginning prayer was offered and we proceeded on to our lesson in Phil. The 3rd chapter. The church at Phillipi was a faithful and flourishing church, but they had Judaizing teachers that was trying to combine the keeping of the law of Moses and mix the observance of it with the doctrine of Christ. Paul is warning them to beware of “dogs and evil workers: and beware of concision. He tells them to rejoice for they are of Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh as the law would have them do. Paul tells them he was circumsized the 8th day of the stock of Israel of the tribe of Bejamin, a Hebrew but touching the law as a Pharisee. He persecuted the church while in the flesh since he was a Pharisee. Paul thought he was doing God’s work getting rid of what he thought were blasphemers. But we know he found the truth of the gospel of Christ while traveling on Damascas road. He speaks in the 8th verse that all these works were dung that he may win Christ. It is not our righteousness, but Jesus who resides within us and we can withstand Satan’s snares and persecution if we serve Him with rejoicing and gladness. Our confidence is in the Lord and although we suffer temptations and trials we can move on forward. He again warns them in verse 18 that many that walk amongst them are actually enemies of Christ. Our conversation should be of heaven looking for our Savior Christ Jesus who will change this vile body to a glorious one like His. Praise His Holy Name!
I am thankful for my nephew and his family joining us for worship. Michael and Laura Willis and their two beautiful children, Isaac and Sydney Marie. Laura blessed us with a special. She has such a beautiful soprano voice and this song just blesses me beyond measure. If you don’t know the history of this song and its song writer, look it up. It is so interesting and I believe you’ll be blessed even more when you learn its details. Sydney blessed us with singing. Michelle Lee gathered the youth to answer questions about their lesson and how they cried out to Jesus and He healed them. Out of the ten, only one returned. They sang a song that was joined with their lesson that reinforced their learning. I love this group of little ones and they are learning a lot. I pray they grow in this knowledge and as they age they will spread the gospel of Jesus to all they come in contact with.
Brother “Cub” (Joe) took the sermon from St. John the fourth chapter reading verses one through twenty-six. This is a well known story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus asks her to give Him a drink from Jacob’s well. This woman couldn’t understand why Jesus, a Jew was asking her, a Samaritan for anything. The Jews looked down on Samaritans like they were dogs. Jesus tells the woman if she knew who was asking her for a drink she would be asking Him for water where she would never thirst again. She acknowledges that Jesus hast nothing to draw with and the well is deep. She farther asks Him if He were better than Jacob their father. Jesus tells her the water she speaks of she will thirst again, but the water He can give she will never thirst again and she will have everlasting life. This woman asks Jesus for this water. Jesus tells her to call her husband and she could have lied, but she told him she didn’t have one. Jesus tells her in the 7th verse that she spoke the truth and matter of fact, she had five past husbands and the one she was with currently was not her husband. She acknowledges that “Jesus is a prophet and their fathers worshipped in this mountain, but “ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus tells her the time is coming where worshipping will not be in Jerusalem or the mountains for they know not what they are worshipping for salvation is of the Jews. But in the 23rd verse Jesus distinguishes the true worshippers. It states, “But the hour cometh and now is when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.” The woman tells Jeus she knew that Messiah which is called Christ will tell them all things when He comes. Jesus responds to her in the 26th verse. Jesus grafted in all others that believe, Jew or Gentile, to drink of this living water and have everlasting life with Him. I pray that if you are reading this and you have not asked Jesus to save you, that you will accept Him and drink of ths living water.
God bless you all and I want to apologize for telling that Ronnie Thomas had his surgery. He has not had it yet, but rather had an angiogram and stress test. Still, let’s keep him in our prayers that God guides the surgeon’s hand and he will have a speedy recovery. We missed his wife, Sue this morning. She had been sick all night so let’s also remember her. Bob Husky is still in Tennessee with a sick sister so they too need our prayers.
We should always pray for the lost, the sick, the bereaved and our country to get back in God’s will. Lets pray God’s protection over our military too.
The Fourth Sunday Singing will be at Breedon Sept. 22nd. All are welcome and the Fifth Sunday Singing is at Goodhope General Baptist Church the evening of Sept. 29th. Again God bless.