Bethany Baptist Church

Last Weeks News – Bobbye Priddy and her mother, Neva Barner, had Christmas Dinner with Dean and Christine Rawlings.

Luke Sorensen drove up from southern Arkansas to spend his short Christmas break with his parents, Bob and Darlene Sorensen, and sister, Sally.

Norma Stillings family get-to-gather was held Saturday. Debra and Cliff Bohnstedt of Springfield, Tom Stillings and Joyce Greenwood of Ozark, Stanley Stillings of Squires, and Dan and Alan Stillings of Ava were in attendance.

Almost every one at the church had been to one or more Christmas events and every one reported a great time.

The church had its last big fellowship dinner of the year, Sunday evening. There were special songs and testimonies in the 6:00 PM service. Those who did special songs were the Jubilee Singers, Dan and Norma Stillings Duet, the Youth Choir, Sally Sorensen piano solo, and Darlene Sorensen solo.

Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message, Sunday morning, “Just Forget.” Rather than live in defeat for past sins and errors, we should take to heart Paul’s testimony of Philippians 3:13-14, “…forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Just how are we to do that? Pastor Sorensen suggested that we could do this by faith. It is faith that brings salvation and opens up blessings that God offers us. It is by faith that we obtain daily cleansing, believing that the Lord is always faithful to forgive us when we confess those sins. God always keeps his promises. This forgiveness extends to all our past shortcomings. We have failed to love, to learn of, and to look for God as we should. We have failed in devotion, in dedication and in our desires toward the Lord. Failure brings sorrow, but God offers the way to restore our joy. Confess those sins with a contrite heart and desire to go on in the happiness of a close walk with the Lord.