Red Bank Church

Greetings to everyone.  I hope you are enjoying this great fall weather we are being blessed with.  It’s not too hot and not too cold.  Gary and I have been trying to get some outside chores done that have been on our list for some time now.  Washing the green, moldy stuff off our house is at the top of our list.  I began by using some special washing soap made special for this tough job.  That took care of the dark green stuff, but I could still see some stain left on the siding where it had been.  I washed it again with another type cleaner that caused the stain to completely disappear.  Enthused by this result, I continued to wash the rest of the siding as far as I could reach on that side of the house.  Gary then engineered some planks for scaffolding so that the highest areas could be washed.  I talked him into letting me see if I could walk the plank and use my extended brush to finish the job.  At first, he said, “No,” but I reminded him how I enjoyed walking on swinging bridges while trying to get them to bounce up and down, so he finally agreed to let me try.  I had no problem and the siding looks brand new again.  We have to work on another part of the house that is even higher.  He says that I’m not going to do that part.  I think I can.  Of course, this type of work comes with having very sore muscles for the next few days.

The Red Bank Church service was began with hymns led by Gary Lirley.  Jerry Huff greeted everyone and introduced the Sunday school lesson for the day.  It was announced that our fall festival will be held on Oct. 27.  This special event will begin at 5:30 p.m.with planned games for the children.  After that everyone will enjoy a wiener roast with all the trimmings, including some good ole hot chili and cheese to top them with, if desired.  There are plans to have the fixings available to make smores also.  Of course, there will be plenty of hot chocolate and hot apple cider to wash it all down with.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there were several other dishes of food brought to share.  Ya all are invited.  Come and bring a friend.

Brother Jeff Smith was our speaker again this Sunday.  He began by reading text from Isaiah 61, which is a Messianic prophecy of the coming of Jesus as the Savior of the world. He then moved to text in Luke 4:18 where Jesus read to the people that very Scripture in Isaiah 61 which said that the Spirit of the Lord is upon him because he had been anointed by God to preach the gospel to the poor; heal the broken hearted; preach deliverance to the captives; recover sight to the blind; to set at liberty those that are blind; and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  Jesus then closed the Book and said to the people, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  The Israelites were looking for their Savior to be a king that would lead them out from their oppression.  They were shocked to hear that this common looking person, this son of a carpenter named, Joseph, claimed to be the Messiah they had been looking for.  Another prophesy found in Isaiah 53:3 said that He would be despised, rejected, and esteemed not of men. This chapter goes on to perfectly describe all the punishment he endured in order to fulfill the purpose of his coming.  Brother Smith ended the sermon by saying, “Without Jesus in our lives, we are destitute and without hope.  Our lives will not change until we come to know the Lord.”

Visiting with Maxine Lirley last week was Gary and Alice Lirley and Jeane Huff.  Maxine has been very busy lately painting a picture to be entered in this year’s, senior Olympics that will be held in Cabool, Mo, the first of November.  The theme is all about the Ozark Hill people who are often referred to as, “Hillbillies.”  They have a title, but I couldn’t remember it exactly.  Her picture depicts the famous stills that were built in remote areas of the Ozarks at a time when it was illegal to make and sell the liquor called, White Lightning.  Now, I’m not sure how she came to know what a Still really looked like, but her picture sure showed her idea of one, in detail.  Hummm.

That’s all the news for now.  Don’t forget to read God’s Word. It is the Bread of Life.