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Not too much going on here in the holler. The grass is brown and the branches don’t have much water in them. Like everyone else in this area we need a good rain.

Norma Cross and I (Pauline) made a couple trips to Springfield last week to see the doctor and do some business. Norma is moving from the old Goodhpe Store to Ozark. She will be closer to her children. She will be back down often for visits.

The new coach at Plainview School and the staff at school invited all the basketball players and their families to a spaghetti dinner Thursday evening. After dinner, Coach Terri introduced all the boys and girls. They then interacted on the court with lay-ups and shooting and handling the ball up and down the court. She has been practicing with them a couple weeks. They will be playing Bradleyville Thursday evening at 6 p.m.

Norma and I visited with our Aunt Viola Tibble, in Ozark. She will be 95 years old in October and she still lives alone.

II Corinthians 8:7, “Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that abound in the grace also.”

We had another good Sunday school class and discussion in the Senior Adult Class led by Bro. Jerry Hawkins at Goodhope General Baptist. We are still in II Corinthians 6:1-10 “Open Hands,” II Corinthians 7:2-4 “Open Opportunities.” Paul is speaking to the Corinthians, he insists there is no legitimate reason, given the evidence of his hard work, sacrifice, honesty and sincerity, for the people in the church not to open their arms and hearts to his ministry to them.

As we were dismissed to go to the sanctuary we greeted those coming in for worship service.

Instead of opening song first Glen on banjo, Larry on bass, and David Lafferty on piano played insturmental then Pastor David asked those that would come to the front and make a circle and join hands to pray for service. We made a nice circle with joined hands and prayers went up.

Prayer requests were made known and prayed over. The congregation all joined in with singing and made a joyful noise unto the Lord. God’s tithes and offerings were received with prayer. The children did their penny mrach. Susie Adams had the special then the children went to Children’s Church.

Order of service was changed a bit, but that’s okay. Change sometimes is good.

Pastor Dave chose Hebrews 4:2 for his sermon, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as, unto them, but the word preached did not profit them, not being mired with faith in them that heard it.” Without faith it’s impossible to please God. We strengthen our faith from reading God’s word. It takes faith to call on the name of the Lord. Several were at the altar seeking God at the close of service.

Sunday night we enjoyed singing and hearing good testimonies.

Ervin, Lodean and Sue drove in to Ava to Ron and Judy’s for lunch after church Sunday. Jerry from Forsyth was also there. We sure enjoyed a good meal.

Sue drove Ervin and Lodean to Springfield Monday to confirm an upcoming appointment. On their way home they stopped in Ozark at Wendy’s for lunch.

Bro. Nathan Humbyrd will be at Goodhope General Baptist Church beginning this Sunday night August 30 through Sept. 3, with revival. Sunday night starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Be much in prayer for these services. Everyone welcome.

Our attendance was 79 Sunday. We don’t have to be big in numbers for God and the Holy Spirit to move hearts.

Faith looks beyond the shadow of dread and doubt and fear and finds the Savior waiting and always standing near.

Waiting tries our faith and so we wait in hope.

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