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There is an old saying, if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb.  I saw a neighbor had his garden spot plowed. That’s a sign of hope that spring is coming and with that, garden planting time. We look forward to the future and life eternal with hope the same way we look for the changes in the seasons. We live in a day when society wants to deny the truths of the Bible. They call it old-fashioned and just a book full of fables. It is actually a book filled with promises. It is a love story. It tells you how you are made in God’s image and how much he loves you. It is a history book. It tells how the world was formed. It tells you all you need to know about where you came from and where you are going. It tells you the story of Jesus. You can believe it, or not. God gives us that choice. The Holy Spirit will tell you it is true.  The devil will tell you it is a lie.

We were glad to  have Phyllis back with us this Sunday with four of her granddaughters. Such pretty girls. Larry and Fae were blessed to have four of their grandkids with them and Bob and Barbara had their grandsons with them. It is wonderful to see kids in church, whether they come with parents or grandparents. It is so important for them to be in church and to be exposed to the Gospel. They are never too young to learn and they will never forget. I always say, their minds are like sponges. They just soak it up. The word will lodge in their hearts and minds. The Holy Spirit makes sure of that. I remember walking to Breedon Church every Sunday for Sunday school and my teacher, Mrs Ethel Stillings. I still remember Bible verses  and stories she taught us. Today we were back at the old church to honor the memory of a sweet lady Dale Thomas, who passed away. She lived to be 91 and was a charter member there. Prayers for her family for I know they are sad right now. Her service was beautiful and as I listened to the songs, they fit her memory so well. She loved to listen to her church family sing and they did a wonderful job.

Our service this Sunday was opened with Psalm 100:1-5 and prayer. The adult class is studying the book of Job. Job’s friends could only see the outward sufferings of Job and assume he had sinned. God looked at Job’s heart and knew he had not. Maybe the lesson from this chapter today should be for us to never judge another person.

After Sunday school and congregational singing,  the kids sang 2 songs and Loren and Hazel also sang a special. It is a blessing to hear people sing for the Lord and use their talents in this way. Prayer requests was made for Sister Iona Maggard who had surgery last week, and for our military and the families who have lost loved ones recently. Also prayers for Janie, who was out sick this week. Hope she is feeling better by now.

After prayer, Jerry opened our worship service taking his text from John 4:1-14.  A familiar passage referred to often as “Jesus and the woman at the well”. Jesus told her, if you drink this water you will not thirst again. Jesus uses familiar things, such as water to  help us better understand the spiritual. Water is essential for us to live on this earth. We must believe in Christ, or the living water, to receive everlasting life. John 5:24 says , “He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life.” Isaiah 55:1, “Everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea come, buy without money and without price.” Salvation is free. A gift freely given. Isaiah 55:3, “Incline your ear, and come unto me: Hear and your soul shall live.” The message of the Bible is simple and easy to understand. Don’t let the busy days of this life cheat you out of the peace of mind that only comes with a personal relationship with God.

We invite you to come and worship with us this coming Sunday. God bless and remember, it is good to remember that the tea kettle, although up to its neck in hot water, continues to sing.  Rejoice evermore. In everything give thanks:  For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16, 18.

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