Hello Everyone. Things are beginning to get back to normal now that the Thanksgiving holiday festivities are over. Our son, Les, his wife, Jeanine, his son, Ryker, and two daughters, Ryan and Hannah, visited with us over the holiday. We only get to see them once or twice a year so it was a great treat for Gary and me. We all had such a wonderful time together; talking, laughing, playing and eating. I’m afraid we did too much of the latter. They even got me to do a little target shooting with them. That was a little scary, but all in all, I have to confess that I did enjoy it.
The Church service at Red Bank began with a hymn led by Gary Lirley. Everyone received a warm welcome from Jerry Huff. Leading the music for the worship service was Gary Lirley and Jerry Maggard Jr. Brother Randy reminded everyone that the Sunday evening services will begin at 6:00 from now on. All other evening services will begin at 7:00. The ladies mission group was to meet at 5:00 that evening. Giving a birthday, mission offering was Jerry Huff. He also gave an offering in honor of several of his family members that had a November birthday. Brother Randy asked for prayer request and then called us together to lift those request to the Lord in prayer. Singing special music was Eloise Hallmark.
Hebrews 10:19-26 is the scripture text that Brother Randy chose for the morning sermon. This scripture is full of helpful words to strengthen Christians as they walk through a world filled with fear and strife. As Brother Randy put it, “In this world today, we sometimes get hammered from all sides.” The Apostle Paul, who was the apparent writer of Hebrews, understood what it took to live through a life filled with pain and suffering. He knew first-hand what it felt like to be attacked and hammered from all sides. In verse 23 he said to the Hebrew Christians, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: (for he is faithful that promised) And, let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:” More importantly, Paul added the fact that we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together; but to exhort one another. When we gather together often we are actually strengthening each other. Brother Randy added, “When we stand alone in our belief in Christ, we should not fear, but live for the Lord and follow Him closely. We need to look for a way to be a blessing to someone. We will actually receive a blessing by being a blessing to others.”
Visiting from Iowa, in the home of Eloise Hallmark, was her cousins, Kathleen and Bill Hart and their two daughters. They have a neat family custom of getting together the week of Thanksgiving to make homemade candies of all kinds and of all flavors imaginable. I have personally tasted their candies and can testify to how yummy they are. The candies are packaged, wrapped and given as Christmas gifts.
Gary and I were blessed to have family members visiting in our home Thursday evening. They were: Mr. and Mrs. Danny Hampton and their two daughters, Emma and Kate; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Huff; James Lirley; and Mr. and Mrs. Les Lirley, and children, Ryker, Ryan and Hannah. Visiting Friday evening was James Lirley. We all shared a lot of conversation and a lot of pie. The children had a great time playing a scrabble game together.
Maxine Lirley had several visitors last week. Jerry and Jeane Huff, Gary and Alice Lirley and James Lirley shared a Thanksgiving meal with Maxine on Tuesday. It was hosted by the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center. She had a visit from her grandson, Danny Hampton, his wife, Cari and daughters, Emma and Kate. Ralph Laughlin visited with Maxine on Saturday. Maxine was truly happy that she was able to visit with everyone because she had previously been very ill. We thank God that she is feeling much better lately.
November 6, 2016 news: Hello again. Since my article did not find its way into the Herald last week, I will add this week’s church news and send it in again. The Red Bank Church service began with a hymn, led by Gary Lirley. Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome. After the Sunday school hour, Jerry Huff greeted everyone that came for the worship service. Giving a mission offering in celebration of their thirty-second wedding anniversary was our pastor, Randy Hilton and wife, Jenny. Brother Randy announced that the Christmas program will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Sunday of December 25, during the usual Sunday school hour. The worship hour will be as usual. There will be no Church service that evening. The Red Bank Recess will be in session this coming Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 1:00 through 3:00 p.m. For more information feel free to call, Tattie Maggard at 683-2978 or Alice Lirley at 683-5991. Brother Randy asked for prayer request and then called us into prayer for these request. Leading the music for the morning worship service was Gary Lirley. Eloise Hallmark sang special music. After the offering time, a C.D. and praise music was played to prepare our hearts for a message from God.
Text for the morning message was taken from II Peter I: 1-21. Speaking through His servant, Peter, God reminded the people that through His divine power they were provided all things that pertain to life, godliness, with exceeding, great and precious promises that they might be partakers of the divine nature and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. As Christians we should be diligent in adding to our faith: Virtue; knowledge; temperance; patience; godliness; brotherly kindness, and charity. This scripture went to say, “He that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins” (vs.9).
During our Sunday evening services, we are enjoying a Bible study in the Book of James. You are invited to come and join us in this study. In fact we encourage you to come and worship the Lord with us every Sunday, Sunday evening and Wednesday evening.
I really enjoyed a good visit with my cousin, Ellen Everett, this week when we just happened to be shopping in the same aisle, at Wal-Mart. We both praise God for her healing. He hears our prayers and answers them. I also met up with a great friend, Judy Shields, while in the Post Office the other day. I love visiting with her when I see her. The bad part of meeting someone in town is that our visits have to be very short because we are usually in a great hurry to get back to work or get back home where we can always find work that needs to be done. But, every little bit counts. Right?
That’s all the news for now. Take care. Remember, our lives may be the closest thing to a Bible that one might ever read. Let’s make sure they get the right message.