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I hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July holiday. Gary and I were content with a very quiet weekend. We did, however, enjoy visiting with two of our neighbors, Pam Shell and Le Ann George. We stopped in to visit with Pam and get a report on how Bill is doing, and found her and Le Ann sitting outside on the deck. Pam said that Bill is receiving lots of physical therapy treatments and doing well. She is very grateful for all friends and neighbors that have paid special visits to Bill while he is in the hospital. It does him a lot of good to feel all that love surrounding him. It was also good to hear that Janette George is recovering nicely too. We have them both in our prayers.
A special Sunday afternoon guest in the home of James and Debbie Lirely, was Maxine Lirley.
Gary and I spent a few minutes visiting with Bob and Angie Adams while we were at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center Sunday afternoon. As we were leaving, I happen to see Willene Adams visiting with her daughter, Irene Swearingen, in the recreation room. I decided to stop and give them a quick, “Hello.” I hadn’t seen Irene in quite a while.
Last Wednesday, Alice Lirley and Jennifer Lakey drove to Hartville to help prepare and serve the noon meal to campers at Camp Calvary. While there we enjoyed visiting with some of the little campers and staff members who do a wonderful job of teaching children of all ages about God’s love for them and how they can make Him a permanent part of their lives by accepting His gift to them, JESUS.
Eloise Hallmark and her daughters, Miranda and Elise traveled this weekend to attend a family reunion in Illinois.
Being a holiday weekend, there were a few missing from our midst, Sunday at Red Bank Church, but we still had a good attendance for Worship service. Brother Jerry opened the service with a hearty welcome to everyone. Brother Jake led everyone in singing hymns. Jeanie Huff presented special music.
The text for the morning sermon was taken from the fourth chapter of Luke. After Jesus had returned from the wilderness where he had been tempted for forty days by the devil, the Bible says that He went straight to Galilee and taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. While teaching in the synagogue at Nazareth, where he was brought up as a child, he amazed the crowd by proclaiming that it was He that the Prophet Isaiah had written about who God had anointed to preach the gospel; heal the broken hearted; proclaim liberty to the captives; recover sight to the blind; set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. But what did his listeners do? They cast Him out of the city and tried to throw Him down over the cliff. Some are still trying to cast Him down and lock Him out of their lives. That is such a sad thing for one to do; because as Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Bible School at Red Bank will begin on Monday, 7/11/11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Plan to attend and bring a friend. See ya there.
Take care and let God bless your lives. May God Bless America!