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Greetings. Opening the Red Bank Church service by leading the congregation in hymns was Gary Lirley. Jerry Huff welcomed members and guest and introduced the morning Sunday school lesson called, “Choose Wisely.” Celebrating her seventh birthday with a mission offering was Chandlyn Nelson. Brother Les gave an offering in honor of his brother’s birthday. Announcements were that our church would dismiss evening services so everyone could attend the Fifth Sunday Singing held at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, and that the monthly business meeting would be held Wednesday, Oct. 3rd. The CiA mission group also meets every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Jennifer Lakey is the CiA leader. Brother Les reminded everyone to attend and support the Options Pregnancy Clinic of Ava benefit that is to be held at the City Park, Sat. Oct. 6. It will begin at 2:00 p.m. I understand that some music groups will also be present to entertain. I’m sure that one can find more details in this week’s paper. One can also call 683-2315 for more information. Please support this worthy cause.
The morning sermon was taken from the 12th chapter of Acts where it gives us the account of Peter being put into prison at the ruthless hand of Herod, the king, who sought to vex certain of the church, according to verse 1. Verse 5 states, Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made with out ceasing of the church unto God for him. The Scripture goes on to describe how that the night that Herod planned to bring Peter before the people, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound to them by two chains with keepers standing at the prison door, when suddenly he was released by an angel that was sent of the Lord. Yes, the chains that bound him fell off. And, not only were the prison doors opened to him, but also the iron gate that led into the city also opened up for him. Peter, who, himself, was in a state of shock at his miraculous release finally came to the door of Mary the Mother of John whose sir name was Mark; where he knew that many were gathered together praying. Verse 16 says that Peter had to knock at the door several times, and when they finally opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. The Scripture in James 5:16 tells us that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Jesus said in Matthew 21:22, And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. God’s power is awesome and we should call upon that power in faith believing that God not only hears a faith filled prayer, but He will always answer. Let’s not forget this wonderful story. Let us not leave the power of prayer as a last resort.
Visiting with Gary and me Sunday evening was Gloria and Steven Swadley and their little cousin, whose name I’m not sure of so I’d better not say for now. Anyway, we enjoyed their visit with us.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley was Gary and Alice Lirley and Jeane Huff. Maxine seemed to be feeling some better. There are times when we get impatient with the extra time it takes for us to heal, but it is usually Time that is the main factor in our healing experience. For Maxine, it will take time and a lot of patience. I know that she relies on God to help her with both.
Jeane Huff stopped by our house recently to check on how Gary was doing. He had been down with the flu. She brought some movies for him to view while he was ill. She said that she had enjoyed them and wanted to share them with us. We really appreciated her thoughtfulness.
That’s all the news for now. Take care. Be a shining light for Jesus and lead others to Him.