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2-3-13. Service began with the reading of Psalms 27. Danny Lee led in prayer. Our Sunday school lesson was I Corinthians the 8th chapter. We are to protect the weaker brother. Paul is speaking of eating of meat that has been offered to idols. He speaks of them all having knowledge, but knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. Paul acknowledges that there is only one God and eating this meat doesn’t commendeth them to God in the 8th verse. Whether they eat the meat or not, eating it makes them neither the better or the worse. But in verse 7 it speaks that if there be one that doesn’t have this knowledge, he may still have a conscience feeling that if he eats something offered to an idol then he is defiled. If we are not convicted over something we do, it is of no sin. But if we do something that is offensive to another, we make ourselves a stumbling block to others and this is sin. Paul summarizes it all in the 13th verse by stating, Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth lest I make my brother to offend.” He reminds us in the 12th verse that if we “do offend the brethren and would their weak conscience we sin against Christ.” We all need to take heed of these verses before we judge another lest we cause an offense that we lead someone away, rather than to Christ. Consider their early walk before crashing down on them with judgment or doing something before them that they may consider as sin whether we do or not. If an early Christian sees us older Christians doing something that they feel is wrong, they may feel that we are false and may feel if we are still doing the things that they consider we should have been delivered from, then why walk the Christian walk. Hence the stumblings block. God help us to always lead those to Christ and never make ourselves a stumbling block or cause another to falter and weaken along their journey.

Our service changed to worship. We are blessed with a lot of young people and that is always a blessing and more praise to God for this blessing. I am thankful for my youngest brother and his daughter, Kerry Dee and Jackie, my nephew, Michael and Laura Willis and their children, Isaac and Sydney, and my niece, Jennifer Kirklin and her children, Heath, Haden and Heidi. Danny and Michelle Lee brought more youth with them – Billy, Chris and Ian Wisner and of course, Sammy. Thank you Lord for the young.

Good congregational singing was don and the Holy Ghost surrounded us as we lifted our voices to glorify our Lord and Savior. Bro. Cub (Joe) took the sermon for us from Romans, chapter 3. This chapter speaks about all of us have sinned. There is no one that escapes this truth. Verse 23 states, “For all have sinned and come short of the glofy of God.” This does not give us excuse to stay in sin’s bondage. In verse 24 it says, “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” There is a way made for us to be freed from the punishment of sin. Jesus shed His precious blood to redeem us back to God the Father. Friend, there is no fire escape from hell. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him and accept Him in your heart and we will all meet on Heaven’s shore to praise Him forever more to never bu hindered again by sin.

God bless you all and have a blessed week. Remember to pray for the lost, the sick, those serving our country and those who have had to say goodbye to a loved one that God may comfort them.

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