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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and grandmothers. It is so nice that a day was set aside to recognize mothers and dads. They are the most important influence of all other folks they will ever come in contact with. Parents are blessed when they seek the Lord’s guidance as they raise their children and it is the hardest job you will ever do. I strongly recommend letting God lead you by His Holy word.

Our Sunday school began with opening prayer by Sister Sue Thomas. Today’s lesson is from Hebrews the 12th chapter. My Bible divides it into three sections: 1. God as our Father 2. Pleasing God 3. Come to the Mountain. The first section begins with instructing us to “lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He was as much man as He was God. He who was perfect and knew no sin bore our shame and sins to the cross that we could have a way back to an Almighty God. His flesh felt the pain the same as you and I. His blood was as red and His emotions were expressed just as we do. Still, out of His great love He completed the work He came to do. When we as Christians do wrong, we will feel the chastisement and correction by the Holy Spirit. No punishment is enjoyable to receive, but we know it is needed to train our children and we ourselves probably got a taste of it from our parents if they followed the instruction of the Bible. We are encouraged to not despise the chastisement of God through the Holy Spirit for if we don’t have this chastisement, we are not His child.

The second part speaks of pleasing God. We are to live peacefully and with holiness. Without the holiness that can come only from having Jesus Christ in our hearts, we will not see the Lord. The example of Esau and him selling his birthright for one morsel of meat is used to show us to abstain from bitterness or fornication. Esau sought with tears to repent but he found no place. We have a birthright to God. If we sell it for the pleasures of sin, we will stand alone without a defense by Jesus Christ because our chosen wordly pleasure left no room in the heart to ask Him to be Savior and Lord of our life.

The third part speaks of coming to the mountain. If you read in Exodus chapters twelve, God instructs Moses to tell the people to not come to the mountain or touch it lest they die because God is going to come and speak to the people through Moses and Aaron. This is just before God gives Moses the commandments the peope are to live by. In verse twenty, the word acknowledges that the people could not endure the law and you and I still can’t today. It was and is yet today necessary for a supreme and perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ our Lord and this we can come to.

We are so thankful for our visitors today. Ronnie and Sue Thomas’ children and grandchildren are here for their sweet momma and granma. They blessed us with a special song. Sue’s granddaughters sang loud with their grandma. Her daughter, Bobbie Miller sang that high tenor with such a sweet voice and of course, Ronnie took a bass lead. So beautiful and thankful to God for this blessed talent to this family.

The sermon today comes from Proverbs 31:8 through the end of the chapter. As we read it, tears were shed from mothers that had Christian mothers that have gone on to be with the Lord. How thankful I am for the Christian mothers that took the time to pray for her husband and children. My prayer is that mothers as well as dads seek the Lord and accept Him as their Savior and guide. More children would have an earlier introduction to Jesus. Our little ones sang. These little ones are being taught God’s Holy word through song. I can’t stress the importance of this enough. If more of us would do this I firmly believe our children would be better prepared to face the trials and challenges this world presents. This is our responsibility as parents. It is not only a responsibilty, but a privilege if we have Jesus as our guide.

Our service ended with presentation of some gifts of flowers and candy to the mothers. After Brother Danny Lee dismissed our service. Don’t forget the singing at Gentry Church, Friday night, May 16th. God bless you all real good this week.

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