Greetings from Red Bank. We were blessed with a good rain this morning. It was ample enough to keep my little garden watered for a few days. I checked on our blackberries one day last week. They are ripening and I picked a few, but I’m afraid that I took home more chigger bites than I did blackberries. Those things hurt for a long time. All I can do for relief is use plenty of Calamine lotion on them. Anyway, that’s where I think that I was attacked. I didn’t take precaution and tie down my pant legs, shirt sleeves or button my top collar. That always helps prevent getting chigger bit.
The Red Bank Church service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome and read a piece on the subject of love that he found written on the inside cover of our Sunday school literature.
The Worship service hymns were also led by Gary Lirley. Special music was provided by Jeane Huff. Giving a mission offering in honor of his son-in-law’s birthday was Brother Lauren Page.
Brother Lauren announced that our Bible school (VBS) has been set for the 21st through the 25th of July from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For more information call 683-5991. He also encouraged members to take part in the evening Bible study derived from the book of Jude. Brother Lauren is a wonderful teacher of God’s Word. One will be amazed at what he is able to draw from such a small, one chapter book of the Bible. We have a great time discussing God’s Word. We learn things we had never thought of before. You are invited.
The morning sermon was taken from Mark 1:20. Brother Lauren began the sermon by asking three very important questions. (1). How does the world perceive the Gospel? (2). How well does the world understand the Church and its message? (3). What is a common premise that people who profess to be Christians base on receiving Salvation and, eventually, getting through Heaven’s Gate? He went on to say, “Sadly, many think that going to Church regularly and doing good things will get them a ticket to Heaven. Some even believe that because of God’s great love for mankind, He will eventually save everybody and open Heaven’s door to everyone. We would not misunderstand God’s intention if we really understood who Jesus really is. He is the second person of the One God Head; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In John 8:57, the Jewish Pharisees, questioned Jesus about how could He be only 50 years old and have seen Abraham. Jesus answered them in verse 38 by saying, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” “The Book of John contains the answers to the question, “Who do you say that Jesus is?” Do not take man’s word for it. Check it out for yourself.
This coming Saturday, July 12, the Adams Reunion will be held in the fellowship room of the Red Bank Baptist Church. Many are expected to come from as far as California, Wichita, Kansas, Springfield, Mo. and many other places around and about. Bring a dish of food and join in the fun that family can stir up. It’s always a blast. They want to see and visit with relatives and friends while they are here. Don’t miss it.
Sunday evening Red Bank will hold its monthly, “Song and Praise Night.” Everyone is welcome to come and be blessed. Bring a song, a testimony, a poem or a special reading along that you might have on your heart. Just come to listen; that’s fine too.
That’s all the news for now. Take care. Come to know who Jesus really is. It will make all the difference.