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The forecast was wrong again. It rained! We asked, believing, and our prayers were answered. Praise the Lord for his faithfulness to answer the prayers of his children. The weather forecasters seemed puzzled at the fact that this area received a good, soaking rain.
The winter season is at hand. We are still working hard to prepare for colder weather. We recently finished replacing new water and drain lines. They are now connected and covered. No more is there a big ditch in front of our house. My husband is busy hauling off the rock that was dug up in the process. I picked the last of my tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers this week. We will miss all the tasty, fresh vegetables that we enjoyed eating this summer.
I visited briefly with Angie Adams at Wal- Mart one day this week. She and her friend were enjoying a girl’s day out and doing some shopping. She told me that her husband, Robert Adams, was at home visiting with his brother, Howard Adams, who had traveled from Springfield to spend the day with him and their mother, Willene Adams.
The Senior Olympics was held in Mountain Grove last week. I am sure that there are medals hanging in several rooms of participants that reside at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center. I know that Maxine Lirley brought home a fist full of those medals. I didn’t get to talk to her long enough to find out all the events that she won them in, but she did say that one of them was in answering trivia questions. I imagine the results of the Olympic events can be found in the Healthcare Center’s news article this week. Congratulations everyone!
The Red Bank Church was filled at capacity Sunday evening for the Fifth Sunday Singing. One could feel the Spirit of the Lord resonating throughout the program of special music presentations and powerful congregational singing. The food and fellowship that followed the singing was also enjoyed by all. Jeane and Jerry Huff made sure that Willene Adams and Maxine Lirley got to attend the singing. From the look on their faces, I would say that they both were being totally blessed with wonderful, spirit filled gospel music and getting to visit with many friends that they don’t usually get to see very often. I know that everyone present was feeling those blessings too.
The Old-Fashioned Camp Meeting and Revival began at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Nov. 1-2. There will also be meetings held at Goodhope Nazarene on Nov. 3-4; Breeden Church on Nov. 5-6; Red Bank Church on Nov. 8-9; Goodhope General Baptist on Nov 10-11; and Dogwood Church on Nov. 12-13. Prayer meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. Singing begins at 6:30 p.m. and preaching begins at 7:00 p.m. each night. Everyone is encouraged to attend these very special revival services.
Our pastor was back with us this Sunday. He said he was feeling much better. Brother Jerry Huff welcomed everyone, including our guest. Brother Les gave a birthday offering in honor of some members of his family who recently had birthdays. Brother Jake Hampton led the morning song service.
Brother Les based the morning sermon on Scripture from St. John 8:1-11. This Scripture gives the account of Jesus, as he was teaching the people in the temple, the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery. When they called to his attention that the Law of Moses commanded that anyone caught in the act of adultery should be stoned to death, they inquired what he thought about it all. Jesus did not answer their question. Instead, he stooped down and began writing something in the dirt with his finger. When they persisted, his only words to them was, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her,” and again he began to write on the ground. And, when they heard this, they were convicted by their own conscience and went out, one by one(Vs. 7-9) When there was none of her accusers left to condemn her, Jesus said to her, “ Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more. John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Folks, what Jesus said to his listeners that day, he is likewise saying to each of us, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8: 12) As Brother Les said, “We should move toward Jesus to be forgiven because He made the first move toward the Cross. He will not lead us where we ought not to go. So if we walk in sin, it is not He that leads us there.”
Everyone is invited to attend services at Red Bank. We want you there and God wants you there, or wherever you can receive His Word in truth, and feel the warmth of His love from other Christians. You need it and your whole family needs it for a life filled with God’s love, joy, peace and everlasting life. Oh, what blessings await us when we follow Jesus!
Take care. God gave you life— live it for him.