Bethany Baptist Church

Jim and Ruby returned home Saturday evening after a trip to Illinois to take Rose and Liz Corder to meet their parents at a halfway point between Ava and their home in Indiana. There were detours along the way that caused an hour’s delay in their trip, but by the end of the day, everybody was safe home.

We were pleased to have visitors, Sunday morning and evening. We are always happy to have guests and hope that people feel welcome to come back. Mickey and Kim Muse of “Strengthening Church Ministries” stopped by in the evening service and gave us a brief report on their activities since they were here in April 2012. Their ministry is to help churches whose pastors have left, or to counsel with pastors who are discouraged to the point of quitting the ministry. Sometimes he serves as interim pastor while the church works out its problem and finds a new pastor. Mickey and Kim have a home in Lebanon and return there when they have a vacation.

Church members are also enjoying tomatoes, zucchini, and other fresh garden vegetables that are brought in to share with others.

Dan Stillings and his mother, Norma Stillings sang a special before Bob Helms brought a message Sunday morning. Bob and his wife Peggy drive up from Tecumseh in order to attend church here. He is a retired pastor and always brings an interesting message when he is asked to speak.

Bro. Bob read from John 7 where Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” Then he read from Jude and 2 Peter where it says that in the last days mockers and scoffers would come who would reject those words of Jesus. They would not believe that the Bible is actually the literal word of God.

Some of those scoffers brought a woman who they said had been caught in the act of adultery.  They told how that Moses had commanded in the law that she should be stoned, “But what sayeth thou?” They did this to trap Jesus, but Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger, when they continued asking him he raised up and said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”  They were convicted in their hearts and one by one they left. Jesus in his sovereign grace had chosen to show mercy to the sinful woman and instead he judged the hard hearted men. They had basically rejected the living water that Jesus had offered and failed in their own self righteous “work.”

Each of us needs to prepare to meet God in judgment; to do so we have to accept the living water that Jesus offers. Believe on him in our hearts, confess him with our mouth, and call upon his name to receive that living water. There is nothing else to offer.