I am thankful to be in our little church today for worship. I had been out for about three weeks. Two weeks with my grandkids and another due to illness, but all is well now.
It has been a busy week. We were involved in a community Bible School, Eastern Gate, Mt. Olive (Highlonesome) and Breedon all combined and I think kids and adults alike enjoyed learning and the fellowship. We appreciate all that helped with classes, crafts and refreshments.
Sunday school began with the reading of Psalms 75. Brother Lee Hampton offered the opening prayer. We are thankful to have Sister Wilma Hampton back with us. She has been out with illness for quite a few weeks. Our lesson comes from II Peter the third chapter. Peter is stirring the people to rememberance of the Lord’s returning. He warns of “scoffers and those that walk after their own lusts in the last days.” These say, “Where is the promise of His coming for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” Peter says they are willingly ignorant because the earth that was, saw destruction by the flood, sparing only Noah and the animals God told him to board the ark. This earth today is being kept by Almighty God until the day of judgment when the earth will burn up and all its elements. Peter encourages us to remember that God is not slack concerning His promise and time is not a factor with Him. In verse 8 it says, “that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” The Lord will return as a thief in the night. Heaven will pass away with a great noise, an the elements are going to melt with fervent heat. The earth and the works therein shall burn up. We as Christians are warned to continue walking with the Lord and to keep our lives and conversations holy. When we accept Christ and know His love and mercy, we look for this day in faith and He is peace, without spot and blameless. We can’t make it without Christ. If we are His, let our works be a testimony of following His example lest we fall in error to wickedness. We are to grown in His grace and continue studying to gain more knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is a life to be lived not of judgment to another man, but one that shine by the light of His love within us. We should be one that no one should have to ask if we are a Christian, our works should testify on where we stand with Almighty God. In verse 9 it says, ” The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but it long suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Where do you stand? I know I can’t get through a single minute without my Lord and Savior leading. I’m just a sinner saved by grace. No better than any other, but one that claims His precious blood and I pray His will over power my wordly desires. May God help us all to endure all through to the end. And God help us to light your love in every thing we say and do, to be a witness to them still lost in sin.
Our worship began with congregational singing followed by specials given by Susie Sisco, Wilma Hampton and David Williams. Sister Sue Thomas accompanied at the piano while David and Sue sang a duet. Brother “Cub” (Joe) preached from St. Matthew 25th chapter, one through thirteen. This went right along with our Sunday school lesson. The parable of the ten virgins. Five of them prepared to meet their bride groom with oil in their lamps. The other five took empty lamps. All of the virgins slept and at midnight came the cry the bride groom was there. They were to go meet Him. The five that had no oil to light their lamps tried to get some from those that had it, but those that were prepared with their lamps trimmed and ready said, “No lest there is not enough for all of us, but go to the one who sells it. While they went to purchase the oil, the bride groom came and the ones that were prepared went into the marriage and the door was shut. The others cried out for the Lord to open the door for them. But He told them, “I know ye not.” How about you my friend? Have you got your lamp trimmed and ready or are you one that says in your heart, I have heard about the coming of Christ my whole life and He hasn’t come yet.” God is not slack concerning His promise. He will do just what He said He will do. Remember verse thirteen, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the son of man cometh.”
May God bless you all real good this week and be watching for the Nelson Reunion in September and the Breedon School Reunion in October.