Hello everyone. Being in the workforce for many, years, I know for a fact that the Labor Day holiday is being anxiously awaited on. Well, by the time this article is published, that special long weekend will be only a couple of work days away. The workforce laborers will finally have some well deserved time for R&R and quality time to spend with their families. Hurrah for them!
The Red Bank Worship service was opened with the singing of hymns, led by Jake Hampton. A warm welcome was provided by Gary Lirley. It was announced that Red Bank will be presenting a program of gospel music for residents of the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center on Sunday, September 16, at 2:00 p.m. There are still several on our prayer list and we will continue to pray for their healing and for their well being. Presenting special music were Eloise Hallmark and also Jeane Huff and Jake Hampton who sang as a duet. The gifts of these beautiful gospel songs lifted our hearts because of the messages from God’s Word they proclaimed.
Bringing the morning message was Gary Lirley. Because many find the Old Testament difficult to understand, Gary chose to expound on the Sunday school text we have been studying in Nehemiah. He brought out the fact that since the Old Testament contains the history of the world since its creation, one should realize that in learning the laws that were made for the people to follow, including the Laws of Moses, one can readily understand what was going on at the time and how God dealt with mankind through special, certain, God-fearing men and, yes, some women. Since the people of our early history were subjected to edicts of kings who were usually ruthless and warlike, the God that created the world and everything in it, had to, effectively, change the course things in order to preserve mankind, set things straight and sometimes punish those who ruled selfishly and foolishly. But, the actions of the people themselves also brought on repercussions.
In Nehemiah 1: 7-9, we read in his desperate, fervent prayer to God the reason that the people of Israel, especially the Northern Kingdom, were overtaken and captured by the Assyrians; their homeland and huge, protective, walls destroyed: “We have acted very corruptly against you, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which you commanded your servant Moses. Remember, I pray, the work that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to me, and keep my commandments and do them, –Yet I will gather them from there and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for my name.’”
Gary reminded us that our God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. This was His Word to the people then and it stands as His Word today. We need to be mindful of our obedience to God and be repentant of our sins against Him. To repent means to admit to God what we are doing wrong, change our ways and turn abruptly to go in the direction that His Word leads us.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley last week were Jeane Huff, Gary and Alice Lirley and Ralph Laughlin. She was also happy to receive a letter from her daughter, Judy Smith and one from her sister-in-law, Rowena Hall. Jeane took her mother to the beauty shop the other day to have her hair washed and set. That and shopping for a new outfit always makes a lady feel better.
That’s all the news for now. Take care and enjoy your Labor Day holiday.