Ava General Baptist Church

It was good to see everyone Sunday.  We praise God for the rain, but it’s nice to get a day or two off without it.  Pastor Oren gave us scriptures from Judges 6:11-18 to read along with his message of “Mission Impossible”.  Gideon was a man from a poor background with a pagan father.  Israel in those days of judges was under the oppression of Median.  I’m sure Gideon thought they were doomed for failure and how could they ever overcome their predicament?  Well, how many times do we say that today??  “Oh Lord, why is this happening and how will we overcome it?”   When we get ourselves in those situations, don’t lose hope.  We have to constantly remind ourselves that we can do anything with God beside us and in us.  He gives us the strength, the words and the ability to get through anything.  All we have to do is to listen and obey.  Oh, how easy that sounds, but we can’t ever forget how faithful He is to us if we are faithful to Him.

Coming up on Sunday June 9, Dustin Thompson will be our guest speaker at the 6 p.m. evening services.  We hope you will all join us for that.  Of course, June 16th is Father’s Day so we can honor all those fathers out there.  We will have a Father’s Day fish fry the next Sunday, June 23rd at 6 p.m., so bring your dad and come join the fun.  If you could bring a cobbler, salad or homemade ice cream (yum-yum), it would really be appreciated.  You can contact Betty Moore for more information.

There will also be a 4th Sunday Singing on June 23rd at Oak Grove from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. if you’re interested in being there for that.

Our nation continues to need our prayers as it always does. Remember our military men and women who are away from home now serving and fighting for our freedom.  We will have a special Freedom Celebration during both morning services on Sunday June 30th to celebrate our 4th of July appreciation.

Keep the missionaries around the world in prayer.  I know many are in situations that are dangerous and they have been away from home for a long time.  I know they can get discouraged too, so it takes all of our prayers to keep them going.  They do it for the Glory of our Lord but they need our prayers too.  Remember our pastors and the leaders of our church.  We appreciate all the Sunday school teachers, children’s church workers and volunteers in the nursery.  Without you all, we wouldn’t function as well as we do.  To God goes the glory for all you do.

Tornado victims need special prayers and as Pastor Oren reminds us, we all have roofs over our head, food on our tables and clothes on our backs this morning.  We slept in our soft cozy beds overnight and we have transportation to get us where we need to go.  We pray for the continued recovery efforts in those states that have been hit in the last couple of weeks.

Local prayers go out to all our folks who have been in the hospital and recovering from surgery.  Glad to see B.J. Evans and Ruby Alcorn up and about now.  Continue to pray for those in the nursing home and those that are homebound too.

As we go through our week I hope that we follow the steps that Jesus would take.  It’s important to be aware of when we fail, ask for forgiveness and then continue to walk in faith.  We invite you to be a part of the wonderful worship services we offer at either 8:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. each Sunday morning. Evening services are at 6 p.m. with Bible study offered on Wednesday’s at 7 p.m.  God loves you.  See you Sunday. God Bless.