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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Our ladies started out the week with prayer meeting. And our Wednesday night Bible study group started in the book of Genesis this week. We are going to read the whole book and study it out as we go.
Some of our members were blessed with the opportunity to go out to Breedon Church Saturday night to take part in the “tag team” preaching. And the next one will take place here at New Hope on June 4 at 7 p.m., the first Saturday of the month.
During Sunday morning service we had 21 in attendance. We lifted up our prayer requests, had opening prayer and dismissed to our Sunday school classes. The adults studied Mark 14, and the children learned about Esther. After Sunday school the children had their penny march. Bro. Mike shared a special reading with the congregation and we sang songs and praised the Lord in song and music. Bro. Scott delivered the morning message from the Old Testament book of Isaiah 1:2-5. He had a very good and mind challenging message behind the scripture he read, “How often do we provoke God to anger?” Do we do enough or could we do more? Where are our priorities in life? Do we put God last? And yes, we have a merciful kind patient loving God, but He is also a God who I believe to have a wrathful side that we all need to be aware of. Until I turned my life over to Him, I never realized how much evil and nastiness there was in the world, but now it seems as though it is around every corner, in every book, on every television. It seems that we are living in a time and generation that have truly forsaken our Creator and have fallen away from the church, but on the other hand, have we Christians any part to play in that? Have our churches gotten lazy? Where are the laborers? The witnesses? Do we attend a church where the pastor tickles our ears? Or do we attend a church where the pastor preaches the undivided true word of God?
We had a singing from 2-4 p.m. at New Hope and will continue to have one every second Sunday of the month so come one and all who love to praise the Lord in song.
At evening service we had 25 in attendance. We took up prayer requests and had song specials done by Bro. Greg and Sis. Karla, Bro. Scott, Bro. Lyndon, Bro. Larry and Bro. Mike and Sis. Dee Dee, Sis. Gin and Sis. DiAnne. Our evening messsage was from II Corinthians 6:14-18, “Be Ye Separate.” Sin and Christianity don’t mix – you can not serve two masters. If you want to serve the Lord, you surround yourself with like minded God fearing people, not sinful people and sinful nature. Sin is sin. No matter how big or small you think it is, sin equals sin. It is our duty to witness to the sinner and plant a seed to the sinner, but we don’t have to be involved or condone their sin or dwell in it. Eventually our joy can be robbed and we are then at danger of being back in that miry clay. We are a reflection of Christ and what we do, who we associate with is a witness to the work at hand in our lives – God or devil? We can have a good witness or tear it down according to what we surround ourselves with. We have to get away from those old sinful patterns. Being a witness is more than words. Our lives should be a living testimoney! Do we come to church and play the part of Christian pew warmers and then leave it in the church?
Well, Revival Season is among us! I was blessed to go to the first night of revival at Happy Home’s Revival this week. I urge all who can go. Don’t miss a blessing. And our own revival starts May 16 to ? at 7 p.m. nightly with Bro. Justin Lawson as the evangelist for the week. On May 22 we are having a baptism at Vera Cruz following our church service with a picnic lunch. So lets remember to renew our hearts daily and create within ourselves a new heart through the love of Christ!