Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr. and his wife sang the special song in the Sunday morniung worship service. Then he preached from Hebrews 12:12-15, which the congregation read in unison. The Hebrew writer gives us five important exhortations, which are for the old and young, especially as we walk beyond Christian baptism. 1. Be helpful; encourage those who are discouraged by conflict and disheartened by chastisement. 2. Be a hero. People are following you; be a healer, not a hindrance. 3. Live in harmony; pursue peace in every place, in every position, and with every person. 4. Follow holiness. Purity of living and loving results in seeing God. 5. Be heedful. Vigilance in grace and guard prevents bitterness. Let us be a part of the solution not the problem.
The morning service was adjourned (not dismissed) at noon, and then it reconvened at 12:30 p.m. on Bryant Creek at U Highway for a baptismal service. Twenty-five person joined in prayer and song before Pastor Bob baptized three candidates: Pete Johnson, Jo Ellen Bauer, and Earnest Murray. James Cox helped the candidates get in and out of the water.
Brother Bob Thompson, Sr. had the special song in the Sunday evening service. Then Pastor Bob’s message was “A Portrait of the Last Days” from II Timothy chapter 3. “This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphmers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontient, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denyng the power thereof: from such turn away….but they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest to all men.” Signs of the last days include those who are ungodly, unscruplous, unnatural, uncontrolled, unconcerned and unholy.
In the prayer meeting on Wednesday evening, Pastor Bob presented a survey of the Old Testament book of Haggai with a historical background. There are three lessons to be learned from Haggia: 1. No matter the circumstances, the believer must give top priority to what pleases and glorifies God. 2. Comparisons may lead to discouragement, but God’s promises give power to overcome. 3. God is less concerned about external rituals than internal holiness.