Hello Folks. Well, here it is April 1st, more commonly known as April Fool’s Day. The school children always look forward to this day so they can enjoy playing jokes on each other, and sometimes on their teacher. I’ve had a few harmless jokes played on me by the children in my classroom. Sometimes, I reciprocated with a joke of my own. They always got a big kick out of me taking part in their mischief.
It looks like we are already being inundated with the traditional April Showers. The May flowers will most likely be plentiful this year. Speaking of flowers, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day will be here before we know it.
The Red Bank Church service was opened with hymns led by Gary Lirley. The congregation and guest received a welcome greeting by Gary. Brother Lauren reminded the Church members that business meeting will be this Wednesday evening, April 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. Special music was provided by Jeanie Huff who sang, “Blessed Assurance.”
James 5:11-20 was the basic Scripture for the morning sermon. We are seeing more evidence of sin and immorality gradually creeping into our American lives and culture. As a result, we are also beginning to witness the persecution of Christians. Giving an example of this, Brother Lauren told about recent issues of a cake decorator being thrown in jail for refusing to bake a cake for a wedding that went against his beliefs, and a preacher also being jailed for preaching God’s Word about how to raise a child. James relates to us what God would have Christians do in the face of persecution. In verse 11 he calls our attention to the patience that Job demonstrated and the end result of his faithfulness. He also reminds us to let our yea be yea and our nay be nay. We are to pray for each other and remember to sing songs of praise to God. We serve a very loving and powerful Master. James gave the example of Elias, the prophet, who prayed earnestly for rain to be held up for three years, and it was so. Then he prayed that it would rain again and the earth received the nourishment it needed to bring forth fruit. We read in James 5: 16 … “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Folks, prayer should be a bigger part of our lives. Perhaps we have not because we ask not.
On Sunday evenings, our Church members have been enjoying a Bible study led by Brother Lauren on the Big Little Books of the Bible. We just finished John I, II, and III. Next week we will begin to further our study in another Little Book, but this time it will be a Book called Jonah, taken from the Old Testament. Brother Lauren is a very intricate teacher. When he gets through you will have learned something that you never knew, even though, you may have read that very Book several times in the past. Come and join us and find out what you didn’t know. Evening services begin at 7:00 p.m. You are also welcome to join us in our morning Sunday school beginning at 10:00 a.m., and Worship service which begins at 11:00 a.m.
Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley at the Healthcare Center. She was busy working a puzzle when we got there. Gary slipped up behind her and tried to help her by pointing to where she should put the next piece of the puzzle. She looked up and said something like, “Oh you silly thing.”
Not much else is going on around here. I’ve been working with some of my 1959 classmates to send letters to each classmate about plans to celebrate our 55th year since we graduated. Lula Denney, Gary and I addressed, stuffed and stamped around 75 envelopes yesterday. It was tiring work, but at the same time it was fun. It was our pleasure to do it. We hope everyone we contact will plan to come. We want other classmates to feel welcome to attend also. Call me at 683-5991 or Lula at 683- 2479 for more information on where we will be meeting. The Alumni Banquet will be May 3rd.
That’s all the news for now. Take care. Make prayer a bigger part of your life. Give God the Praise he deserves.