Monday, October 20 was the beginning of the 2nd quarter at Mt. Zion Bible School. Two new middle school students enrolled that day: Joseph and Andrew Fleetwood.
Chapel services are held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Debbie Cox plays the keyboard, and Norman Murray is the song leader. Recent chapel speakers have included Sister Cinda Thompson (Road Signs), Miss Collins (What it means to be saved), Ruth Ann Kirk (Be content with your wages), and Barbara Uhles (The price of a coconut). Rev. Darrell Swearengin, our school administrator, is recovering from surgery.
Sunday morning there were praise reports from Phyllis Arnold, Linda Murray, Brian Haynes, Earnest Murray and Cinda Thompson. In the adult Bible class, Bob Thompson, Sr. said, “Peter came into full bloom as a Christian on the day of Pentecost.”
The special song that morning was a solo by Norman Murray. Visitors were Anna Cox from Overland Park, Kansas, and Elijah Young from Ava. Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr.’s message was “Contrasting Creeds” from II Chronicles 13:14-15. “And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and behind: and they cried unto the Lord, and the priests sounded with the trumpets. Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.” King Jeroboam ruled the northern kingdom of Israel; he is an example of the world view that rebels against God. King Abijah ruled the southern kingdom of Judah; he seems to be trying to return to the heritage of his fathers. There are 9 contrasting creeds in this story: confidence in army vs. Almighty, centered in contrast of spoils vs. Covenant of Salt, calling on the kingdom of Jeroboam vs. the kingdom of Jehovah, commit to popular priest vs. proper priest, cling to personal taste vs. omnipotent Captain, count on trickery vs. truth, controlled by programs vs. prayer, create a strategy of fulfillment vs. shout of faith. Who is the Captain of your life?
The special song in the Sunday evening service was a trio by Dana Fourman, Cheryl and Jesse Paxton. Pastor Bob preached on “The Church’s Memorial” from II Peter 1:12-15. “Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in rememberance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle putting you in Rememberance; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me. Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in rememberance.” One generation leaves a memorial for the next generation – our present, our proclamation, and our perpetuation. The truth was received from Jesus Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration, and Peter wanted this truth to last longer than he would live.
In the Wednesday evening service, prayer requests were given, and then Dana Fourman led in prayer. There were testimonies by Mary Thompson, Pete Johnson, Donna Sue Haynes, Barbara Uhles, James Cox, Sheena Mahan, Dana Fourman, and Jesse Paxton. Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr. spoke on the “Beauty of Creation.” The beauty all around us is evidence that there is a Creator. The belief that we are created in the image of God gives life dignity. The closing prayer was by Debbie Cox.