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On Sunday, the Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family and friends met to worship our Lord and to continue to pray for all those affected by the violence in this country and around the world. We prayed for the people in this country who do not know or worship the Lord that they would come back to Him.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Joan and Ray Eason in loving memory of her father, Raymond Rackley, on the occasion of his birthday.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “Trust And Obey.”

He then read, “Trust Him When You Don’t Understand,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.” 

“There’s no question, sometimes God’s ways seem difficult to understand. Maybe you’ve suffered the death of a child, betrayal of a spouse or an illness that threatened your life. Do you need a reminder to trust God even when you don’t understand? Even when nothing seems to make sense?

“In Romans 8:28, Paul wrote, ‘We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.’ Paul was reminding the children of God that they can be confident that all things work together for good, that brokenness leads to blessings, that death leads to life and that suffering leads to glory.

“God gives meaning to your meaninglessness, hope to your hopelessness, reason to senselessness and deliverance from bitterness. So trust Him, even when you don’t understand. He knows what He’s doing!”

BIBLE STUDY

I led the Median Sunday school class Bible study, “Worship continually: Live your life as an act of worship,” from 2 Chronicles 15:10-19. This lesson is the fourth in a series of six in, “Living a Godly Life in an Ungodly World.”

“A common cry in our culture is: ‘I don’t have enough time!’ We do live busy lives, but have you ever noticed we find time for what we really want to do?

“Most Americans who ‘regularly’ attend church actually do so only two or three times a month. Unfortunately, even for those who do attend church weekly, the tendency is to limit their worship to just a few hours a week.

“We’re are called to live our lives as an act of worship each day. In these verses, we see how the role worship played in King Asa’s life.”

Special music: Jane May played a piano solo. The Peachtree Adult Choir sang, “I’ve Been Changed” and “Since Jesus Came Into My Heart.”

Bible verse of the month: James 1:22  

SERMON NOTES

“The Hope of Eternal Life,” Titus 1:2–3

“Paul is passionate about God’s presence. Verse 2: “...in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.’

“When Paul uses the word hope, it has an entirely different quality about it. It is a future [reality] based on the promise of God. The word here for hope is always used in the New Testament for a confident expectation — in this case, of eternal life. As a believer, you already possess eternal life in Christ. But Paul is referring to something future. He’s referring here in Titus to the final consummation of eternal life when Christ gathers us to Himself. And God — Paul reminds us — is the God who cannot lie, literally, the cannot-lie God.

“Eternal life — that your eternal life and mine is one of the oldest promises that has ever been recorded. Before time began, eternal life was a promise made by God. It means that the plan of redemption for sinners did not come into existence after the fall of man, but before man was ever created. That’s why the crucifixion of Christ was not some emergency plan concocted by God who’s trying really hard to keep one step ahead of mankind.

“Paul is passionate about God’s assignment. Verse 3: “but at the proper time manifested even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior.’ What Paul is saying is that God has revealed His word — His logos — the word Paul uses here.

“In our world today, unfortunately, the title preacher is virtually disappearing. It’s obvious why. It sounds way too dogmatic. It’s too black and white. It suggests moral authority in a world of moral uncertainty. ‘Don’t preach to me’ is the attitude of our relativistic culture.

“I have watched and listened over the past 10 years, especially as evangelical preachers and pastors are now preferring to be known as speakers and their sermons known as talks or lectures or even conversations.

“Notice what Paul writes at the end of verse 3: ‘in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God.’ There’s not another message — it isn’t up for a vote. There are no alternatives to deliver to our world. We as slaves of God are obeying his commandment to expound on the word.”

CHURCH BUSINESS

• Wednesday, Aug. 14 — Special adult choir practice, 7 p.m.

• Thursday, Aug. 15 — Men’s Ministry dinner, 6:30 p.m. Menu includes barbecue ribs, butter beans, potatoes, desserts, rolls and drinks. All men are invited.   

• Wednesday, Sept. 4 — All Wednesday night activities resume.

• In September, the women’s book study will resume at a date to be announced. Study book will be Max Lucado’s, “He Chose The Nails.” All ladies are invited to attend. For more information, call me at 252-478-2846.

AREA CHURCH NEWS

• Saturday, Aug. 17 — Flood’s Chapel will hold its women’s conference at Stoney Hill Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration at 8:30.

• Saturday, Aug. 17 — First Baptist Church of Spring Hope will hold its back-to-school bash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be games, a bounce house, service vehicles and free hot dogs. Everyone is invited.

• Duke Memorial Baptist Church hosted its monthly Duke Café lunch on Sunday. The menu included burrito casserole, chicken tenders, string beans, steamed vegetables, desserts, rolls and tea. This lunch is usually held on the second Sunday of the month. If you are interested in attending, call Duke Memorial to RSVP.

• First Baptist Church of Spring Hope, in partnership with Campbell University’s School of Medicine and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools’ Migrant Center, held a Latino Health Fair on Saturday. Local families received free health care screenings provided by Campbell University’s School of Medicine. Food was served. I understand the Southern Nash soccer varsity-vs.-alumni game was great.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• Bob Bunn and I helped our granddaughter, Mary Hazel, move into her new apartment last week. Mary Hazel will enter her junior year at N.C. State next week. Good luck, Mary Hazel!

• JoAnn Blankenship, Penn Pace and Debbie King traveled to Greensboro on Aug. 5 to move Destiny King, JoAnn’s granddaughter, into her dorm at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Destiny will be entering her freshman year. Classes start on Aug. 20. Good luck, Destiny!

• Some members of Peachtree Baptist attended Duke Memorial’s Duke Café on Sunday.

• Bob Bunn and I are hosting our granddaughter Roseta’s friend, Arianna, from Clayton.

• Ann Browder hosted her family this past weekend.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need.

• Birthday blessings to Robert Flood and Mallory Griffin, (Aug. 16), Brook Wood, (Aug. 19), Annie Belle Edwards, (Aug. 21), Teresa Macquin, (Aug. 22), Melba Hobgood, (Aug. 23), Lawrence Edwards and Josh Griffin, (Aug 26) and Mack Bunn, (Aug. 29).

If you have news, please call or email me. 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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