Thornfield Southern Baptist Church

Mrs. Alene Turner began services today by reading Genesis 45:3-8.

Please pray for Addie Lynn Bennett, Bailey Bennett, Audean Watson, Teneya Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Graham, Kim Watson, Christopher Adams, Mike Shoemaker and Grace Wilson.

Paul and Gaylene Gregory visited with Roy and Pauline Murrill over the weekend.

Brother Leon Turner brought the Sunday School Lesson about The Big Pictures.  Please read Genesis 35:5-8, 26-28, 50:15-21.  Have you ever looked back on events in your life and now understand why things happened like they did?  Joseph knew looking back over his life why he had gone through some pretty bad times.  And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?  Genesis 50:19.  Joseph had been terribly wronged by his brothers which began a journey of hardships for him.  He was thrown in a well, sold into slavery, thrown into prison for a crime that he did not commit.  Through all of this he kept his faith in God.  Even while he was in prison, God blessed him by bringing him to favor within the Egyptian government.  Then a famine came over the land.  The brothers that had sold him into slavery now were in need of food which Joseph was now in charge of distributing.  When his brothers figured out who Joseph was they were afraid the he would seek revenge against them.  Instead, he forgave them.

Real forgiveness is forgiving people when they don’t deserve it.  Did Jesus deserve to die a horrible death on the cross for you?  NO!  Did you deserve your salvation? NO!  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep!  John 10:15.

Brother Barry DeWeese’s sermon today was about Trusting and Listening to God.  Please read 2 Chronicles 18, 33, Galatians 6:7, and John 19.  There was a king in Israel named Ahab. This king was contemplating going into battle.  He had a group of about four hundred prophets.  These men were mainly interested in furthering themselves and not seeking God.  The king knew this about these men and wanted the advice of a true man of God.  He sought the advice of Micaiah.  The false prophets told of the victory in the planned battle but Micaiah told the true prophecy of God.  Micaiah told of defeat to the king.  Nevertheless, the king continued on into battle only to die.

We need to remember that God is in charge of all things.  We need to seek Him in all that we do.  He has our life plan for us if we only trust Him.  He has every detail planned right down to who our spouses should be and what career He has for us if we would only listen to the still, small voice in our hearts.

May God Bless You Abundantly This Week!  Please join us for Sunday School at 10 a.m. and Worship Services at 11 a.m. with Pastor Barry DeWeese.