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Last weeks news – Greetings from Red Bank. It sounds like we may be firing up the old wood stove soon. It’s getting cooler and cooler during the nights. The gas and electric heat feels good, but nothing can beat wood heat to warm by. The only draw back is that we have to cut the wood, stack the wood and chuck the stove. That seems a little harder than it used to be for us that are getting older.
Jake Hampton opened the Sunday services at Red Bank by leading in hymns. Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome. Eloise Hallmark provided special music.
Brother Les spoke from Matthew 13 for the morning message. In these scriptures, Jesus explained to His disciples the reason He spoke in parables. He said in verse 13, Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Jesus went on to explain in verse 15, For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. “Instead of saying, ‘Yes’ to God,” said Brother Les, “We are constantly saying, ‘No, I won’t’.” He went on to remind us that God gets very little of our time and attention. He said, “We give our car mechanics more time and trust to fix the problem than we would give our Father in Heaven to fix our lives.”
It was good to have Willene Adams back with us. She wasn’t able to come last Sunday. We also welcomed Bob Baumgardner who came to worship with us.
Gary and I spent time visiting with Maxine Lirley at the Healthcare Center. She is working hard on her therapy to strengthen her broken leg. Her shoulder is still giving her a lot of pain; especially if she happens to forget and reach for something in the wrong direction. Let’s pray that her pain will subside. I also stopped to visit with Angie Adams while we were at the center. I commented to her that she always looks so very neat and pretty that it makes one feel good just to look at her and be around her. No wonder Robert fell in love with her.
I visited with Shawn, Johnny and Robert Swadley for a few minutes Sunday night at church. They reported that they were enjoying school this year. They have been enjoying picking and eating wild grapes that are ripe. They said that their Uncle Alan could sure make some great, grape jelly out of them. Gary picked some for me a couple weeks ago. I made some jelly out of them. Gary wanted me to make him a grape jelly sandwich with some of it. Of course,— I did.
Well folks, that’s all the news I have for now. Take care and give God the time and the dedication of your life that he desires. Remember, He gave you HIS ALL.
This weeks news – It’s hard to fathom that September is five days from being over, fall has begun officially, and the Christmas holiday is just around the corner. Thinking of all of that at one time could cause one to feel some anxiety. Instead, one should start looking forward to enjoying each day that God has given and relax in the knowledge that He will be right by our side each step of the way; as Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Jake Hampton began the Sunday service at Red Bank by leading in hymns. Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome. Celebrating a birthday with a mission offering was Gary Lirley. Brother Les chose Romans 8:36 and scripture from Ephesians 6, for the morning sermon. Brother Les said, “Jesus didn’t give his life only for the Theologians of this world. Many have only heard the story of salvation. But, the difference is that they accept that Jesus is God’s only begotten son and that He gave his life as a ransom for all that will believe.” Folks, Romans 10: 9-10 says it all, That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteouness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. God has made it simple for us by sending his Son to pay the price of sin for those that put their trust in Him. As the song says, “He did it all for you.”
Visiting with Maxine Lirley Sunday afternoon was James and Debbie Lirley and Gary and Alice Lirley. Jeane Huff visits with Maxine off and on throughout the week to take care of special needs and make sure she is as comfortable as possible. Of course, she receives great care and love at the Healthcare Center, but it feels even better coming from family and close friends. Ralph and Barbadeen Laughlin also makes sure to visit Maxine at least once a week. Maxine is being very brave and works constantly at her therapy, even when it stirs up the pain for a while. Pray for her when you think of her. Prayer changes things.
Our pastor, Brother Hallmark, has been quite ill with a flu bug lately. It is difficult to keep going when one is not feeling well. We are praying for his recovery.
Gary and I enjoyed a nice meal and a day of shopping in Springfield for his birthday.
That’s all the news I have for now. Take care and have a great week. I read this in some e-mail someone sent me. They did not mention an author. “Where there is a human there is an opportunity for kindness.”