It’s another rainy morning, but so far it is the soft peaceful kind. I like this kind of rain and our grounds show appreciation. When you think of so many things our God has done, how can we keep from being amazed. He is an awesome God.
Our Sunday school opened with th reading of Psalms 28. The prayer was offered up by Danny Lee. Our Sunday school lesson is from St. James the fifth chapter. Last Sunday’s sermon came from this chapter. James begins with addressing the rich to prepare to become miserable because of the worldly possessions they are saving up. The things that made them happy is going to be the cause of great sorrow. In verse four, James reveals that they have cheated their hard laborers by keeping their wages that was to be given for their work. God wants us to be happy and it is He that gives us our possessions. If we live our life just for these, we forget that everything we have is God’s and we are to give Him glory and honor. Instead of giving of their great possessions to help the poor, some were cheating them even more by with holding their pay. When one is going hungry while another eats well, God does not approve if we don’t help feed and clothe the poor. The fraudulent acts of those who used the poor to gain more riches and caused more suffering, God is very displeased and James is telling them more or less to enjoy them now for a day of reckoning is coming. He goes on to tell them how they have condemned and killed the just and the ones they persecuted by mock trials did not resist them. Again, a day of reckoning and judgment from the god of mercy will show wrath and punishment to such a people.
We are encouraged to be patient in waiting for the Lord’s return. Refrain from holding grudges against one another and swearing by heaven, earth or an oath. If you make an oath or a promise, you are to keep this. In conversation our yeas should be yeas and our nays should be nays to avoid condemnation.
James instructs for the afflicted and sick to call for the elders and pray the prayer of faith and annoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. The oil is not what heals, but the prayer of faith to a healing great physician. Confess our faults to one another and pray for one another that healing will come from the only one who can heal. The example of Elijah (Elias) praying earnestly that no rain should come and it didn’t rain for three and a half years. Then when he prayed again the rains returned and the earth once again could produce fruit and crops.
James ends this chapter with telling them and it still holds today, if any err from the truth and one comes to testify to that individual and he converts or changes to follow Jesus, that soul is saved from death. This is our commission. We’re not to judge with reproach, but to use kindness and love to bring them to the truth.
We wished all your dads a Happy Father’s Day before our congregational singing and worship. I am so thankful that I have an upbringing by a Christian mom and dad. I sure miss Sue Thomas this morning and pray God’s healing hand touches her. We welcome Larry and Bobbie Miller and their family. I was blessed to get to sing with her doing that beautiful high tenor and her dad, Ronnie, singing bass with dad and I. My brother, David Lafferty, sang us a special. We also welcomed his wife, Stephanie and daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Wes, and their three beautiful children. We are glad to have Helius and Diane Shortt with us today. It is good that Lee, Wilma and Darrell Hampton got well and to to come back. Wilma, David Williams and I sang a special. The singing ended with our little ones singing specials. How can this not bless your heart.
Brother Cub (Joe) Lafferty took the sermon from II Peter the third chapter. There is a new heaven and earth coming and Peter is encouraging us to hold steadfast in spite of the scoffers. In verse nine it states, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness, but is long suffering not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Jesus is coming as a thief in the night. Let us all be ready and pray for the unbeliever that their eyes be opened, the ears unstopped and their heart convicted to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Let’s pray for one another to hold steadfast.
The service ended with passing out gifts to the dads. Again fellows, Happy Father’s Day.