Sunday school covened at 9:45 a.m. with S.S. Superintendent Earnest Murray, song leader Sister Cinda Thompson, organist Linda Murray and pianist Debbie Cox. Bob Thompson, Sr. taught the adult Bible class; the lesson was “Love and Christian Life” from John 4:11. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” Barbara Uhles taught the Children’s Class; their lesson was about the miracle that Peter, Andrew, James and John witnessed in John 21:16. “He said unto them, cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude o fishes.” At the close of the Sunday school session, the “March Offering” was collected by Kierra, Shaina, Austin and Gracie Lamb.
Jesse Paxton led the congregational singing in the morning worship service, and Sister Cinda sang a solo. Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr. preached on Moses’ faith from Hebrews 11:24-26. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharoah’s daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” The key to Moses’ victory was faith. In faith’s presentation we see the ceasing of worldliness, choosing affliction, considering reproach and centering on eternal reward. In faith’s preservation the sinking becomes solid, the shifting becomes steady, and the swaying becomes steadfast. In the midst of the trying issues of our day, the examples of Moses’ faith inspires Christians all over the world.
Fourteen persons from Mt. Zion went to the Heart of the Ozark Healthcare Center for a service at 2:00 Sunday afternoon: Pastor Bob and Sister Cinda, James and Debbie Cox, Bill and Jeanette Cardin, Jesse and Cheryl Paxton, Linda Ferguson, Dennis and Barbara Uhles, Brian Haynes, Mary and Bob Thompson, Sr.
The Sunday evening service began with congregational songs, a solo by Norman Murray, and prayer by Dennis Uhles. Then Pastor Bob gave a report with pictures of his recent trip to Ghana, Africa (July 8-25). He accompanied Missionary Jere Gowen, the founder of five churches in the Moslem-controlled area of northern Ghana, near the city of Waa, where there are thousands of motorcycles. These five villages have no other Christian influence, and the people face starvation unless they get substantial rain soon. Pastor bob preached, ate rice 2-3 times a day, slept on the floor, helped with clinic, and advised native church leaders. Some huge termite mounds are over 20 feet tall. The slave trade is an important part of the history of this area. Pastor Bob told the story of Lizzie who had been sold to be the fourth wife of an old Moslem man; her boyfriend and her grandmother pooled all their resources to buy a bus ticket to take her to the city of two million where her cousin lived. He didn’t know she was coming, but miraculously was at the bus station and recognized her when she arrived.
Following the evening service, a V.B.S. staff meeting was held. Our Vacation Bible School will be August 4-8 (mon.-Fri.) 9-11:30 a.m. with classes for preschoolers through junior high ages. The theme is “The Fruit of the Spirit.” The program will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 8.
Delbert Murray repaired the air conditioner in the church, it quit working Sunday.
In the Wednesday evening service, prayer was offered by Linda Ferguson and Jeanette Cardin. Pastor Bob gave the last lesson in his Old Testament Survey – Malachi. This book follows a dialogue format. The problem was that the people did not think of God as the sovereign King. Malachi 1:6, “A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honor: and if I be a master, where is my fear? Saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, wherein have we despised thy name?” Malachi addressed marriage and divorce. Malachi 2:14, “The Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.” He also addressed tithing; anybody who uses God’s creation should pay tithe ( a tenth).
The first day of school at Mt. Zion Bible School is scheduled for Monday, August 18.