Greetings. It looks like we are in for another bout of cold, Artic weather again. I pray that it will pass fast and we can be relieved of the cold by some more warm, spring like weather. It looks like the month of March is going to come in like a lion. If what the old timers say is true, it should go out like a lamb.
The Red Bank Church service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. He also gave the morning welcome to members and guests. It was wonderful that Maxine Lirley could attend church with us this Sunday. For announcements, Brother Lauren reminded everyone that the, Bridging the Gap with Fun, Food and Fellowship and the Ladies meeting would be held that evening at 5:30. He encouraged us to come and bring a friend. Prayer request were for Jerry Huff, Jeanie Huff and Debbie Snider. Gary Lirley led the worship hour music service.
Brother Lauren brought the morning message, again, from the Book of James. We learn from James, chapter 3:1-13 that the tongue is a little member of our body that boasteth great things. And, the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. In verse 7-8 James said, ”For every kind of beast, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” As the bit in the horse’s mouth teaches it to obey, God’s word in our heart and mind will instruct us to obey Him by bridling our tongue before it causes great harm to our self and others. Brother Lauren said, “It takes a year for one to learn how to talk, and it takes at least fifty years before one learns how to keep one’s mouth shut.” James also likens a wise man with knowledge to one that will show, out of a good conversation, his works with meekness of wisdom.
The first of March, will be the beginning of a new Bible study called, “The Daniel Plan.” Jennifer Lakey will teach this study of how God instructs us to keep our body as a Holy Temple for Him to abide in and work through. We all need inspiration to take better care of the marvelous body that God gave us so we can live a happier life, and be more able to use it to glorify Him. If anyone is interested in sharing in this Bible study with us at Red Bank, please feel free to call me at 683-5991 for more information. This is one Bible study that can change your life, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley one day last week. She had just won some candy in a game of Bingo so she gave us each a chocolate mint to eat while we were there. She said she was doing well with her chemotherapy. It hadn’t been making her feel as ill as it did before. As usual, she and Gary shared reports on books they each were reading. They also trade books with each other to read. A couple of book worms, those two are. I just do a lot of listening and learning.
We are really missing Jerry Huff in church these past few Sundays. He is still suffering great pain from a herniated, spinal disk. His doctor prescribed special therapy and bed rest for now. We are praying that he will soon be able to be up and about without pain in his back and legs. I have had enough of that type of pain to feel empathy for him.
The winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia were very enjoyable to watch. Gary and I stayed up quite late to take them all in. The ending ceremony was really great, but I could hardly stay awake to watch it all. Gary played it smart and went to bed before it all ended.
That’s all for now. Take care and stay warm.