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Hello everyone. We had a little bit of scary weather lately, but prayers were again answered and we were protected from it all. Anyway, it is a beautiful, warm, calm day today. We should be thankful and honor our God who provided it for us.
I am not only thankful for a beautiful day, but I am also thankful for ease of the pain that I have been suffering from an inflamed hip joint. Thanks to a shot of steroid, the use of a cane, the help of my husband with the household chores and lots of rest, I am feeling much better now. It feels so good to feel good again.
I have heard from others that are praising God for better health also. I talked to Maxine Lirley this week on the phone. She said that she was grateful to be able to teach a Sunday school class at the Healthcare Center after encountering a serious bout with a dangerous flu bug last week. She just barely escaped it turning into pneumonia. Her room mate, Barbara Short, also had this same flu. She seems to be doing much better too.
Church service at Red Bank began with the usual welcome by Brother Jerry Huff. The opening hymns were led by Brother Gary Lirley. Brother Jake Hampton opened the Worship hour by leading the congregation in a selection of hymns. Celebrating a birthday was Pam Shell. Prayer request were for Bill Holland, Maxine Lirley, Alice Lirley and others that are suffering throughout the world.
The morning sermon was taken from Exodus 15 and 16. Chapter 15 gives the account of God providing the Israelites with escape from the Egyptian army by allowing them to cross the Red Sea on dry ground and destroying their enemy by drowning them all. He also had sweetened the bitter waters of a place called, Marah, so they could quench their thirst. After all that the Lord had done for them, the Israelites still murmured and complained against Moses. Chapter 16 goes on to tell the story of how the Israelites, again, faithlessly began to murmur and complain because of the lack of food. God heard their murmuring and provided them, miraculously, with sweet Manna from Heaven and all the quail they could eat. As Brother Les brought out from these Scriptures; God knows what we need even before we do. Our discomforts should not distance us from God, but only draw us closer to him. In Matthew 6:26 Jesus spoke these words of comfort, “Behold the fowls of the air: forthey sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” This chapter in Matthew helps one understand just how much our Father in Heaven loves and cares for us.
That’s all the news I have for now. Take care.