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God truly blesses us. The Peachtree Baptist Church congregation and friends met to worship last Sunday.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Beverly Wilson in loving honor of Barbara Privette and Laicyn Batchelor for the joy they give to others. The narthex flower arrangement was presented to glorify God by Kathy and Aubrey Farmer in loving memory of her sister, Paula Joyner.
Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday school gathering. He led the gathering in the song, “Nothing But The Blood,” accompanied by Pastor Whitehouse on the piano.
Jerry then read, “Separation Anxiety,” taken from, “The Upward Call,” by David Jeremiah.
“When young children experience separation anxiety, they become frantic when they lose sight of their loved one. Similarly, when Jesus was crucified, the disciples were devastated. In their minds, He was gone. It was not until Jesus began appearing to them that their faith grew, like children realizing their loved one will return.
“By the time Jesus ascended, the disciples were secure in their relationship with Him; their outspoken witness and joy revealed their confidence in Christ’s promise to return. Today as we stand in a long line of disciples waiting for Jesus’ return, we too can be confident of His return. In the midst of our circumstances, the promise remains. Jesus is coming back. His love for us was revealed through His every action: coming to earth, forgiving sins, bringing healing, and being crucified on our behalf. Having loved us enough to endure all of this, He will surely return as promised. Meditating on this truth will fill us with joy and equip us to witness to others.”
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you to heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” — Acts 1:10-11
Lawrence Edwards led the Sunday school Bible study, “Full Contentment: Obedience is the Key to a Full Life,” based on Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 and 12:12-14. This lesson finished a six week series on “Finding Meaning.”
“We all benefit from a life of obedience. While Jesus’ obedience has saved our lives for eternity, Solomon reminds us that our own obedience is the key to a full life. The life of obedience is not a dull or limited life. God’s demands on our lives are neither burdensome nor oppressive. Too many people fall for the satanic lie that God is a killjoy. Nothing could be further from the truth. God wants His people to enjoy life!
“Light represents life, while darkness represents death. We only have one life to live, and it is ‘sweet.’ Solomon said ‘it pleases.’
“Life on earth is short in the big picture of eternity, but no matter how many years we live, we are to rejoice in every day God gives us. Why? Because ‘the days of darkness… will be many.’ In other words, the days we are dead — ‘the days of darkness’ — will be far more numerous that the days we are alive. Solomon was not saying this life is all there is. He was merely making a statement about the brevity of life.
“A statement we often hear is: ‘Youth is wasted on the young.’ Solomon warned us not to waste our youth. We are to take advantage of it, and rejoice in it.
“Solomon’s words carry a warning to reject passivity. Don’t just let life happen to you; redeem the time. God may give you a few weeks, or He may give you an unusually long life. Either way, live it well.”
Bible verse of the month: Luke 24:5.
Special music was provided by Pastor Gene Whitehouse on the piano. Special music, “Before the Throne of God Above,” was provided by the Peachtree Adult Choir, led by Pastor Whitehouse.
Sermon:“Do It Now,” by Pastor Whitehouse, from Mark 3:20-35.
Pastor Whitehouse began by saying, “A woman made an appointment with her pastor. She was extremely distressed over this issue of the unforgivable sin. She said as a teenager she was mad at her mother and went to her room and used every swear word and all the foul language against the Holy Spirit that she could think of. Now she wanted to know if she had committed the unforgivable sin.
“It is not merely an academic question. What could be more terrifying than to believe you are beyond forgiveness and bound for eternal misery with no escape?
“The question is: Is there really an unforgivable sin? Look at Mark 3:29. ‘Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.’
“‘Eternal sin. It means a sin that God will not forgive to all eternity.
“Some sins and blasphemy are forgivable if you repent. The sweetest news for a sinner is that God has forgiven him. But the worst news in the world is that God will never forgive you.
“On God’s lips, ‘never’ really means never. Therefore, a person who commits eternal sin, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, is guilty forever before God and under His wrath without end. God is never neutral to sin. He either forgives it or punishes it.
“So, yes, there is an unforgieable sin. If by God’s grace you can repent today of your sin, do it now, because you may not be able to tomorrow.”
Throughout the month of April, Peachtree members will be collecting food for the Kennedy Children’s Home in Kinston.
• Friday, April 19 — Good Friday service, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, April 21 — Easter cantata, 11 a.m.
IN LOVING MEMORY
The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of:
• Hulda Strickland Wilson, 99, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Mrs. Wilson was a retired Nash County teacher. • Faye Jones Gardner, born on May 5, 1941 and died on April 4, 2019, Mrs. Gardner was the first woman and first chairwoman elected to the Board of Education. She founded Faith Christian Ministries in 1984, where she continued to serve for 35 years.
Twenty members of the Median adult Sunday school class enjoyed lunch Sunday at the Peachtree Country Club. It was the club’s annual chicken pastry lunch fundraiser.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• Roger Brooks, father of Glen Brooks, underwent triple bypass surgery March 28. Prayers are needed for him and his family.
• Jean Bunn, Billy Bunn, Norman Whitley, Ronnie Matthews, Janice and Bobby Sykes, Jerry Hobgood, Jake Robertson, Mary Alice Davis, unspoken requests, Serenity Chancy, Dallas Matthews, Krissy Anderson, Diane Denton, Trish Bunn, Art Munoz, Art Vick, Renee Jones, Jean Womble, Eddie Abbott, Wallace Reams, Ronnie Sanders, Gene Braswell and Jack Harris.
We serve the powerful God. Prayers work.
• Birthday blessings to Ronnie Matthews and James Shepherd (both April 3), Alexa Macquin (April 9), Dallas Hill (April 10), Jennifer Pittman (April 16), Tommy Dalton (April 17) and Catherine Gupton and Lynn Griffin (both April 18).
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“In Christ, the meaningless of life is gone — forever.”
Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.