Hello everyone. Well, we are back to some more summer time weather, but it won’t be long until it cools off and the beauty of autumn will begin to appear. Gary and I did get a few things accomplished during the cooler temperatures, but now we have to get the outside chores done either early in the morning or late in the evening.
The Red Bank Church service opened with a hymn led by Gary Lirley. Jerry Huff welcomed members and guests who came for Sunday school. He also handed out the new lesson quarterlies after class time. Jerry Maggard, Jr. led the worship hour hymns. Jerry Huff gave a mission offering in honor of his brother, Randy’s, birthday. He said that he called Randy about 7:00 a.m. that morning to wish him a Happy Birthday. He had a feeling that he awakened him earlier than he had planned to arise that morning so, as the old saying goes, his name might be, “Mud,” for a while instead of, “Jerry.” Brother Lauren announced that for the evening Bible study he would continue to teach on the in-depth subject of, “Sin.”
The morning sermon was based on scripture from Isaiah 6. In this chapter, verses 1-3, Isaiah said, “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of host: the whole earth is full of his glory.” As Isaiah saw God on his throne, high and lifted up, so should those who claim to be His. Brother Lauren said, “The church needs filled, not with just good Christians, but great Christians. Each needs to ask God to open their eyes and hearts to see Him as they should, and invite Him to take his rightful place in their heart and life.” He pointed out six important things we need to recognize about God. 1: We need to open our eyes to the great power and authority of God. He is gracious to us in times of trouble. When we realize that we are completely helpless, He is great and mighty, if we truly believe. 2: If there is something going on in our life that causes us to question His power, we need to trust Him completely because, unlike earthly leaders of highest position, His reign of power will never come to an end. He will never leave his office. He will always keep his promises. When we call upon God in the name of Jesus, we are calling on the highest authority possible. He is the final authority for everything. He knows all the answers. He makes perfect decisions. Our lives mean everything to Him. He wants to hear from us about all our problems. He desires, greatly, to hear our praise. 3: We need to see His person. He holds the highest position. He is the greatest person in this universe. Why then do we forget this fact and deny Him a place in our lives? Why do we continually flirt with other gods such as sports, pleasure, sex, power, leisure’s, alcohol, drugs, money, jobs, science, technology, and cults, to mention a few? Why do we allow political correctness to silence the gospel? 4: We need to open our eyes and hearts to His holiness! Those who set their face against Him will someday fall on their face, along with the entire universe, and will acknowledge Him by calling out, “Holy, Holy, Holy is His name! 5: He demands holiness of His people. Yes, it does matter that we put Him first in our lives. In all our daily task and decisions, we can use no substitute – only Him. God is not mocked. He demands holiness in our lives. 6: We need to see His purity in everything. He is not selfish. He is not sinful. He is the light that makes our life shine. Do we keep shutting Him out of our lives because we do not want His light to show up all the dirty places in our personal lives, such as cobwebs of selfishness and pride? God already sees our dirt. He is waiting to be invited to help us with the cleaning. He will be with us every day to help keep our lives clean and acceptable to Him. We all need His help! “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23).
At the end of the morning worship service, a prayer circle was formed by everyone in attendance to call upon God to send His great healing power upon James Lirley, who suffered a brain aneurism last Tuesday. His wife, Debbie, reported that as of today, Tuesday, Sept. 1, James has marveled his doctors at his rapid recovery. He has a long way to go yet in regaining total health, but it is quite evident that God has heard the prayers of His people. People far and wide are praying for his complete recovery. We, his family, covet your continuous prayers for James and his family.
I understand that we will soon be missing one more from our midst. Miranda Hallmark will be returning back to Knox University in Illinois, sometime next week. I know she has enjoyed being with her immediate family and her church family this summer. We have enjoyed her being with us. During her time here, she served in Bible camp and in V.B.S as counselor, music director, game leader and art helper. Through all of these places of service, she taught the children God’s Word and God’s Ways. We appreciate you, Miranda.
That’s all the news for now. Take care. Romans 5: 8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”