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The Peachtree Baptist Church congregation and friends met on Sunday, a nice, warm day.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Dianne Tucker in honor of her husband, Ricky.
I welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine,” accompanied by Pastor Whitehouse on the piano.
I then read, “From the Fullness of My Grace,” taken from, “Jesus Always, Embracing Joy In His Presence,” by Sarah Young, written from the perspective of Jesus speaking to you.
Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
This is part of the devotional reading:
“From the fullness of My grace, you have received one blessing after another. Stop for a moment, beloved, and ponder the astonishing gift of salvation by grace through faith in Me. Because it’s entirely a gift — not as the result of works — this salvation is secure. Your part is just to receive what I accomplished for you on the cross, believing with the faith that was given you. This undeserved Love and favor is yours forever. My grace has infinite value. Your identity as a child of God gives your life meaning and purpose. The best response to My bountiful grace is a heart overflowing with gratitude. Be thankful”
I led the Sunday school Bible study, “The Problem With Pleasures: Pleasures and Possessions Don’t Offer Lasting Joy,” from Ecclesiastes 2:1-11.
“People can pursue countless worldly pleasures anytime. We live in a day and age where the pursuit of pleasure is available at the click of a mouse or a call on a cellphone.
“Today’s world lives for pleasure. If you want it, buy it. Don’t hold back from whatever you want to make you happy. Worldly pleasure may seem enjoyable, but the enjoyment is brief and temporary. Worldly pleasures will always leave us empty.
“In these verses we find Solomon testing this idea to see if he could find true joy and fulfillment in pleasure.
“Solomon continued to say, ‘If this world is all there is, what’s the point? If God doesn’t exist, and if this life is all there is, then perhaps I should derive what meaning I can in my personal happiness and the stuff I accumulate.’
He later saw this attitude in the rebellious nation: ‘Let us eat and drink… for tomorrow we die.’
“Solomon was serious in testing this idea of whether or not pleasure leads to lasting joy. He tried laughter, alcohol and other vices. But Solomon showed a sobering reality that these pleasures accomplished nothing and that it also proved meaningless. The limitless pursuit of pleasure is no reward.”
Bible verse of the month: Job 23:10-11
Special music was provided by Jane May on the piano. Special music, “Love Medley,” was provided by the Peachtree Adult Choir led by Pastor Gene Whitehouse.
Sermon title: “Don’t Blame Me When You Get in a Mess?” by Pastor Whitehouse, from Genesis 12:4-10.
God promises a nation to Abram, “The Call of Abram.”
“Abram was a man of rare faith — a man who was willing to leave everything behind that represented security and stability.
“Abram obeyed God’s instructions. So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him, taking Lot, his nephew, Sarai, his wife and all his possessions with him. Abram was 75 years old when he departed.
“Abram with to Canaan where he built two altars to God. One at the Oak of Moreh, which means ‘teacher.’ This first altar represents a place of worship of God. He built the second altar between Bethel and Ali.
LWhere the Lord said to Abram, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ This altar represents a place of fellowship with God.
“Abram was happy, but he doesn’t live happily ever after. There is a famine in the land and God rejoices in it to Abram. God is bringing trials to Abram’s life just as he brings them to ours. Abram wants to know where are all the promises God had made him; the land, the seed, and the blessing. God wants Abram to experience the reality of life.
“But, Abram retreats in fear. He goes to Egypt because Egypt is known as the granary of the ancient world. Abram didn’t understand this represents rebellion to God. Help was not in Egypt, help was at the altar that Abram had built.
“Remember when we trust in the world system; when we do not ask God for counsel or advice, don’t blame God when you get in a mess.”
• Friday, March 15 — Church-wide St. Patrick’s Day dinner and fellowship, 5 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 19 — Church Council meeting, 1 p.m.
• Thursday, March 21 — Men’s Ministry meeting, 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Robbie Stone of Nash West Gideons. Menu includes barbecue pork chops, butter beans, potatoes, rolls and homemade desserts. All men are welcome. Come and join them.
What a week Peachtree members have had.
John Privette, son of Barbara Privette, visited her for several days recently. John lives in Goodyear, Arizona. He is a pilot for Southwest Airlines.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
Those friends and family members who are sick or taking treatments who need our prayers:
• Pastor Gene Whitehouse had a stress test last Monday. Please pray for him.
• Doug Hayes had heart tests all last week. Please pray for him.
• Marta Whitehouse is home recovering from foot surgery. Keep her in your prayers.
• Serenity Chancy, great-granddaughter of Maxine Whitley. She is in Duke Children’s Hospital in critical condition. Please pray for her.
• Jake Robertson, my father, is in Parkview Health and Rehab Center in Chapel Hill. Thanks all of you for the prayers.
• Lawrence Edwards, Fran Bunn, Jean Bunn, Billy Bunn, Norman Whitley, Ronnie Matthews, Janice and Bobby Sykes, Mary Alice Davis, unspoken requests, Dallas Matthews, Krissy Anderson, Gene Braswell, Diane Denton, Trish Bunn, Art Munoz, Brenda Joyner, Art Vick, Renee Jones, Roger Brooks, Jean Womble and Jack Harris.
We serve the powerful God. Prayers work.
• Birthday blessings to Gene Whitehouse (March 14), J.R. Bunn (March 18) and Bob May (March 19).
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“God is not against pleasure. Allow Him to be the source of your joy. Your greatest pleasure is God Himself.”
Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.