Hello everyone. Tomorrow we celebrate our independence as a country. When we look at how other people have to live under dire tyranny, with no freedoms, no rights to move about and express their thoughts, or even use their own talents to make a decent living, we have no choice, but to realize how blessed we are.
Gary and I do not plan to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with a big family barbeque like we used to, but I am making plans to make a freezer full of homemade ice cream; that is if my electric ice-cream freezer still works o.k. I try to take good care of it by making sure it is clean and dry, along with keeping it well oiled.
The Red Bank Church worship service opened with the singing of hymns, led by Gary Lirley. A big welcome was given by Pastor Randy. Birthday, mission offerings were given by Jeane Huff and Jennifer Lakey in honor of one of their family member’s birthday. It was announced that four people need to volunteer to serve lunch at our Bible camp on July 11. Four people offered to make the trip to Hartville and take care of the requested need. Singing special music was Eloise Hallmark and a guest who offered her vocal talent to sing a beautiful song.
Matthew 3 was the text for the morning sermon. This scripture tells when John the Baptist recognized that many of the Pharisees and Sadducees were coming to watch him baptize. Realizing that they were there to cause trouble, he called them a brood of vipers that thought they were special and above reproach because they had Abraham as their father and others who were not pure Jew, did not. John’s reply to this was, “For I say to you that God is able to rise up children to Abraham from these stones.” He told them in verse 8, “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance. Brother Randy said that the one main deterrent to others becoming a Christian are Christians themselves because the unsaved are not able to see a difference between the Christian’s life style and their own. Some professing Christians never seem to bear good fruit as a true believer should. The things we have done on Earth for our Lord and Savior’s sake will someday be tried by fire. All the bad things will be burned to expose any good service we may have been responsible for while living here on Earth. In other words our true life style will be exposed before God and everyone.
Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley one day last week. We came at her dinner hour so we didn’t get to visit with her long. That was our fault. We intended to have lunch with her, but there was no room for us to sit together in the cafeteria, so we bid her good bye and promised to return at a more convenient time.
I had better close and say, good bye for now. Take care. Have a happy Fourth of July. Let us make serving the Lord in truth and in light and bearing good fruit for Him our personal lifestyle.