Hello everyone. Well, here it is the first day of July. Our gardens vegetables are maturing and ready to be harvested. Just about everyone I have talked to lately is busy canning or preparing to can their green beans. Some may have ripe tomatoes by now. The old timers always looked to have ripened tomatoes and blackberries by the fourth of July. Gary checked our blackberry patch recently and thought they would be ready to pick soon. I think he is planning to have a big blackberry cobbler to feast on in the very near future. I’m not an accomplished pie baker, but I’ll probably give it my best shot. Maybe I’ll bring his mother, Maxine, to our house for a visit. We always loved her pies and cobblers. Yummm.
The church service at Red Bank began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. He also gave the morning welcome to members and guests, but our Sunday school Superintendent, Jerry Huff, was present and feeling able to give the worship hour greeting and call for birthday and anniversary offerings. It was a blessing to see him able to teach the adult Sunday school class again. We have been praying that God would heal him and give him a new strength.
Giving a mission offering in memory of his oldest brother and his father who shared birthdays on June 24th, was Jerry Huff. Jeane Huff gave an offering in celebration of her grandson, Rex Hampton’s, birthday.
It was announced that our evening service would be cancelled so that everyone could attend the Fifth Sunday Singing being held at the Goodhope General Baptist Church that evening at 6:00. Those volunteering to help serve food at Camp Calvary on Tuesday evening, July 1st, were Pat and Margi Gates and Gary and Alice Lirley.
Brother Lauren brought the morning message from John 6: 22-29 entitled, “How are We Supposed to Live in Times Like These?” Jesus realized that the people who were seeking after Him had an ulterior motive. In verse 26 He told them that He knew that they were mostly seeking for free food that was being handed out. He said in verse 27, “Do not labor for food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” Brother Lauren said that instead of having excessive attention on ourselves and things that we can buy to fill our lives with stuff, we should set our attention on living our lives for God and using our time, talents and tithes for His Glory instead of our own. God is not fooled in our real motives toward righteousness. He knows what we really have on our minds as we sit in church. He knows if we really came to hear His word and worship Him. “Hypocrisy is a sin that destroys our relationship with God,” said Brother Lauren. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said to not spend our lives worrying about what we will have to eat, drink or wear because our Heavenly Father already knows what we have need of. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” (Matthew 6: 31-33).
Visiting with Jeane and Jerry Huff were Danny, Kari, Emma and Kate Hampton.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley last week was Jeane and Jerry Huff and Gary and Alice Lirley. Maxine said that she also got a surprise hug from two of her great grandsons, Nathan and Jacob Lirley. They looked for her at the big Fourth of July celebration held at the Healthcare Center so they could let her know they were there and give her a big hug. She really enjoyed that.
Visiting in our home was our great nephew, Shawn Snyder and his fiancée, Lori. They had been to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. and decided to make a special effort to visit with us while they were in the vicinity. They live in Hutchison, Kansas. Shawn hadn’t been to our house since he came to his grandmother, Marie’s, funeral years ago. We enjoyed their visit with us.
That’s all the news for now. Take care. Give God first priority in your life. He will take care of your needs; all the way through eternity.