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Greetings to everyone.  I know that many of you are busy preparing and planting you garden by now.  Some may already have lettuce and other green, leafy vegetables peeking out from where they were planted.  I would like to say that my garden is planted and beginning to grow, but that’s not the case.  I’m just not an early bird gardener, I guess.

The Red Bank Church service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley.  He also greeted everyone and introduced the Sunday school lesson.   The music for Worship service was led by Jake Hampton.  Brother Lauren announced that the Family Fun, Food and Fellowship and the ladies group would meet that evening at 5:30.

Brother Lauren is about to finish the series of sermons from the Book of James.  This week he spoke from James 4:11-17 and 5: 1-5.  We often make big plans of what we will do tomorrow, but James reminds us in verse 14 that we really do not know what will be on the morrow.   He compares our life on Earth as a vapor that will quickly vanish away.  “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that” (Vs. 15).  Many take the life that God gave them for granted.  Each day is lived thinking of themselves and what they can gain if they keep their nose to the grindstone.  They have robbed God of the time He gave them to serve Him and put him first in their lives.  They have opted for great wealth instead of the great joy they would have experienced from serving the Lord.  Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.  But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven…:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6: 19-21).

It was great to have Miranda Hallmark with us for Sunday’s Church service.  She has been on her college, spring break all last week.  She said she had a great time visiting with her family and doing some fun stuff with them.   She looked great and sounded great.   College life seems to agree with her.  She is also grateful to have a wonderful new Church family to be an important part of her life.   Miranda says that God is first in her life.  The rest will come as He Wills.  She puts her trust in Him.

Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley at the Healthcare Center.  She was busy writing the Center’s news article for the Herald when we arrived.  I was privileged to go with her to see her doctor in Springfield last week.  She was happy to get a good report from her doctor.  She is almost finished with her Chemo medicine.   That was good news to hear.  She is looking forward to visiting with her brother, Galen, and her sister, Lynn, and other family members when they come here for the annual Adams Reunion in July.

That’s all for now.   Take care.  “Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing” (Psalms 100:2).

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