Red Bank Church service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. Jerry Huff welcomed everyone and introduced the Sunday school lesson called, “Haggai: A Message of Hope,” taken from Haggai, chapters 1 and 2. The youth sang two songs as their part of the worship service. Brother Les and Eloise also sang special music.
For the morning sermon, Brother Les read from Acts 22 where the Apostle Paul tells the story of how God stopped him suddenly with a great, blinding light as he started to enter the city of Damascus where he had planned to deliver to Jerusalem, more Christians to be persecuted. Paul said that he heard a voice that no one else heard telling him to go on into Damascus and wait to be told what to do next. Paul obeyed the instructions that he knew came from Jesus and waited until a man called, Ananias, who is described as a devout man of good report of all the Jews, came to him with word from God, And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. That thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. (Vs. 14-15) Jesus loves us all, no matter what we are, who we are or what we have done. This story of Paul’s conversion is testament of that fact. God has a plan for each of our lives. It is a plan that will give us the abundant life he promised. If we will let God in our lives by believing on the Name of His Son, Jesus, we will find the part that is missing from our lives. Paul did.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley Tuesday afternoon was Gary and Alice Lirley. Jeane Huff also visited with Maxine during the week. While we were there, two ladies came in to tell Maxine how much they appreciated her for writing the weekly newspaper article for the Heart of the Ozark Healthcare Center. They thought that she did a wonderful job of relating the Center’s news.
Darlene Davis called to tell Gary and me that the former, Sharon Lakey, had suddenly passed away. Darlene said that a Memorial service is being planned for Sharon in the near future. I’m sure the service will be announced in the Douglas County Herald soon. Sharon was born and raised in the Red Bank Community. She was our neighbor and friend. It wasn’t but about a month ago that we also lost her sister, Karen.
Valentine Day is rapidly approaching us. Our Church is beginning plans for a luncheon to celebrate the special holiday.
Well folks, that is all the news I have for this week. Take care. God Loves You and wants you to Love Him Back.