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I’m back to watering my garden again. The weather man said that the temperature would soar up around 100 degrees this week with not much chance of rain so I knew the moisture that my garden had accumulated would quickly evaporate. Now if I can keep those pesky tomato worms from sucking the vines dry, I may start getting fruit for my labors. I planted the, “Giant Tomato Trees,” that the garden magazines like to advertise and sell. A couple of my tomato vines are over six feet tall and still growing. We had to take long wooden stakes and tri-pod them over the plants to prop up the stakes and wire supports that I already had in place to hold them up and tie the outside vines to. It’s all a lot of work, but Gary and I do enjoy fresh vegetables.
The Sunday morning church service at Red Bank opened with Gary Lirley leading in hymns. Brother Jerry Huff welcomed the members and guest and also introduced the Sunday school lesson entitled, “Personal Responsibility,” The focal Scripture for this lesson was Romans 6: 8-18.
Following the hymn service led by Brother Jerry Maggard and special music offered by Jeane Huff, Brother Les brought the morning sermon with his text coming from Luke 5: 12 and background Scripture taken from Leviticus which deals with God’s explicit instructions to Moses concerning worship, healing and other issues that he needed in order to guide the Israelites to the land that God had promised them and draw them to a closer relationship with Him. In Luke 5, Jesus healed a man from the dreaded disease of Leprosy, and gave him explicit instructions to show himself to the priest and offer for a cleansing as Moses had commanded which would be a testimony unto them. Of course, he told others too. The word, quickly, got around about his miraculous healing, and crowds of people began following Jesus for healing to the point that He withdrew himself into the wilderness and spent some time in prayer. Jesus is still in the miracle business, but most of all He wants to cleanse us from the sin in our lives. As Brother Les said, “We have a choice of having a miserable life or a sweet life. Miserable, sweet; miserable, sweet; what will we choose?”
Brother Les reminded us that the community, fifth Sunday singing is coming up for July 31. The singing will be held at Breeden Church. Church services at our church will be cancelled that evening so that members can attend this Spirit filled singing. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Neighbors and friends visiting with Bill Holland and Pam Shell last week were Ralph and Barbadeen Laughlin, Veronica and Grace Piccinino, Darlene Davis, Les, Eloise and Miranda Hallmark and Gary and Alice Lirley. Bill’s son, Jonathan, has been visiting with them all last week. He returned to his home and family Tuesday morning of this week Bill and Pam certainly enjoys visiting with everyone. It makes their day when family and friends take time to visit with them.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley was Jeane Huff and James and Debbie Lirley. Maxine was thrilled that James and Debbie took her out to lunch Sunday.
Well, I’d better sign off and get this article to press. Take care, stay cool and have a great week.