Greetings to everyone. It’s supposed to be a lot warmer outside, but I haven’t had time yet to step outside and check it out yet. The wind is blowing so I doubt if it is as warm as I want it to be.
The Church service at Red Bank began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. Brother Lauren gave the morning welcome to members and guests in the absence of our Sunday school superintendent, Jerry Huff. We are praying that Jerry will soon feel well enough to be back with us. Celebrating a wedding anniversary with a mission offering was Jean Huff. Brother Lauren gave a birthday offering in honor of one of his grandchildren. For announcements, the congregation was reminded that our, “Bridge the Gap with Food, Fun and Fellowship”, will be held on the fourth Sunday evening of this month. The Ladies will be meeting that same evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jake Hampton led the music for the Worship service.
Brother Lauren brought the morning message from James, 2: 14-26. In these Scriptures, James clarifies the fact of whether we are saved by faith or by works. James says in verse 14, “What does it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?” This question is answered in verse 18, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: Shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” In other words, the works that we perform for the Lord should be the result of our faith in Him. Brother Lauren explained this in the simplest form he could by saying that a dog doesn’t bark so it can become a dog. It barks because it is a dog.
Brother Lauren continued leading the Bible study called, “The Little Big Books of the Bible”, during the evening service. Next week we will be studying the Scripture in III John.
Gary and I visited Maxine Lirley on her birthday which happens to be on Feb. 14th, Valentine’s Day. She had received several gifts from those who love her and we added one more. While there we attended the Valentine Party that the Healthcare Center held for all the residents. The entertainment was great and so were the refreshments. Maxine’s birthday was recognized by having her stand up while everyone sang, “Happy Birthday”, to her.
Eloise Hallmark reported that her daughter, Miranda, was enjoying her college life and taking part in her church activities. It is very comforting to have a church family to rely on when you are a long way from home. When Gary and I lived in Liberty, MO., we were members of a wonderful church that looked after several students that attended William Jewel College. We made sure they had a way to attend church and other activities.
Well folks, that’s all for now. Take care.