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A message from Pastor Gene Whitehouse of Peachtree Baptist Church:

“So much has happened in our world in just one week. We are further restricted from social contact and our community fellowship of the church has been severely interrupted; all of which I condone and feel is absolutely necessary to contain this insidious virus. We indeed live in very different and strange times.

“As I studied this week, my thoughts were drawn over and over to verse 14 from 2 Chronicles 7: ‘If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land’ (2 Chronicles 7:14). I think the key phrase in this verse — ‘humble themselves, pray and seek my face’ — is so important not only for us individually, but for the whole world.

“God needs to see and have us recognize that He is in control of everything. As you adjust to the new regulations, being sure to follow the hygiene guidelines, don’t forget to pray. As I said last week, ‘Each one of us should pray continuously and persistently for the entire world and the horrible negative effects this virus has brought upon us.’ My prayer each day also includes a petition to God for His wisdom and guidance in the decisions and skills of our worldwide, national, state and local governmental leadership and health care professionals.

“Please stay well and remain strong in your belief and faith.”

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday school co-directors Jerry Hobgood and I will continue to include our devotional reading until we are in church together again.

This week’s lesson is “Be Still,” from the book, “Every Day In His Presence,” by Charles F. Stanley.

“Cease striving and know that I am God.” — Psalm 45:10.

“The most profound need of your soul is to be still in the presence of God. Stop wrestling with your troubles or worrying about circumstances — the Lord Almighty is greater than all of them. So calm your soul and focus on His astounding wisdom, ability and timing.

“Think of His faithfulness to the saints of old — many who struggled with the same trials and fears that you do. They overcame by trusting God, and He rewarded their faith in miraculous ways. Remember also Exodus 14:14:

Trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea, doom seemed inevitable for Israel. But the instruction was clear, ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’

“He is God. He loves you. He will help you. You have no reason to fear. In His presence…be still and focus on Him.”

BIBLE STUDY

Lawrence Edwards and I, teachers of the Median Sunday school class, ask that you continue your Bible study in, “Holy Vocabulary: Unpacking the Language of Faith.” This is the fourth session, “Faith: We can confidently trust in what God says and does,” a meditation on Hebrews 11:1-6.

“Perhaps we most often associate faith with religion, but the idea of faith beyond religious expression is very much present in our daily lives. For example, we exercise a form of faith every time we get into our cars, trusting they will start and convinced all parts will work as designed. We trust something we have been told because we have faith in the person who said it. Unfortunately, we’ve had times when our faith was misplaced; the person or object we trusted didn’t meet our expectations or failed to perform as we believed. We can know and always depend on One who will never fail us. We can confidently place our faith in God because He can always be believed and relied upon.

“In these verses, we see individuals whose faith was grounded in something solid; a faithful God who could be fully trusted. Faith isn’t based on something without substance. It is grounded in God.”

Verse of the month: 1 John 4:9.

CHURCH BUSINESS

• March is the start of our Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. This year’s title is “It’s All About The Gospel.” We are united by the gospel. Your gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering supports North American missionaries. Please pray and support our missionaries.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• Peachtree Baptist Church has canceled all church services until further notice.

• Duke Memorial Baptist Church has canceled all services until March 29.

• First Baptist Church Spring Hope has canceled all worship services and activities through March 28. The church has also canceled its spring yard sale.

• Momeyer Baptist Church has canceled services until further notice.

• Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Momeyer Ruritan Club has canceled its spring barbecue chicken fundraiser. Club meetings have been canceled until further notice.

• The Oak Level Ruritan Club has postponed its spring barbecue chicken fundraiser due to the coronavirus outbreak. God bless all.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need.

• Please keep Norman Whitley, Maxine Whitley, Jean Bunn, Melba Hobgood, Ann Browder, Mac Bennett, Judy Rodgers, Jean Dollar and Harold Denton in your prayers.

• Please don’t forget to visit the people in the nursing homes in your area.

• Birthday blessings to Brittany (Wood) Shipp (March 29).

If you have news, please call or email me. It can’t printed if I don’t know about it. I do prefer an email. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846. You may leave a message.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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