Rev. Deron Fourman preached in the Sunday morning service. He is the pastor of the Bible Methodist Church in Port Clinton, Ohio. His message was based on Hebrews 10:23-25, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering….let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works…and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” It is time to be serious about spiritual matters. (1). Face these demanding days with a certain delight. This world is a mess, but you can be a winner. Our confidence is in God. Our King is coming back! (2). Face these days with a certain diligence. Be holy. (3). Face these days with a certain discipline. Do I need to change my behavior as we see the day approaching? (4). Face these days with a certain duty. We are callled to carry out the Great Commission. “The day of the LORD is at hand.”
In the morning service, we enjoyed a special song by Courtney, Kaitlyn and Dana Fourman. In the evening service there was a solo by Sheena Mahan, as well as, a ladies’ trio by Kimberly, Kaitlyn and Courtney Fourman.
Our pastor is ministering in Ghana, Africa, so his wife preached in the evening service. Her subject was “Availing Prayer” (successful praying) from James 5:16. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of righteous man availeth much.” Sister Cinda told about her near-accident at Memphis, Tennessee, last week – an answer to prayer. The Holy Spirit makes prayer effective. Our belief in God’s ability to answer helps us to be energetic when we pray. “Elijah prayed earnestly that it might not rain and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heavens gave rain.” Mary, Queen of Scots, said she feared the prayers of John Knox more than the combined armies of Europe. Prayer must have righteous motives and seek righteous ends.
On Wednesday evening, Jesse Paxton led the congregation in singing three missionary hymns. After prayer, Sister Cinda Thompson introduced Dennis and Shirley (Womack) Gordon, who gave reports of their mission work in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Shirley is a native of Springfield, Missouri; she taught in the elementary department of Mt. Zion Bible School in the 1980’s. At the close of the service, Cheryl Paxton gave a reminder about filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Bob Thompson, Sr. gave the benediction.
Thursday evening there was a gospel music concert at the Mt. Zion Church of God (holiness). “Devotion,” a mixed quartet of college students from God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio, sang wonderful songs in beautiful harmony. The music was enjoyed by representatives of at least eight different churches. The opening prayer was by Rev. Chris King of Fordland, and the closing prayer was by Rev. Darrell Swearengin of Springfield.