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The Peachtree Baptist Church congregation met on a very beautiful day last Sunday. God is good all the time.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Beverly Wilson in loving memory of all the Peachtree saints who have striven to follow God’s purpose in our community for 210 years.
Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday school gathering. He led the gathering in the song, “When We All Get To Heaven,” accompanied by Jane May on the piano.
Jerry read, “Rest Assured,” from “The Duck Commander Devotional.”
“Knowing that Salvation can’t be earned, but it is a gift through my faith in Jesus, shows me how God loves me. When I make a bad decision, I know that God’s grace is sufficient. Knowing this humbles me because I know that even though I’ve blown it, God still loves me. And it makes me confident because I know that Jesus willingly died on the cross, and that His death is more than sufficient to pay for my sins. It’s interesting that the apostle Paul wrote words in Ephesians 2:8-10 that follows his assurance of God’s grace with a reminder that we are created to do good works. God’s grace is free, but He does require something from us — a life of service and outreach.
Lawrence Edwards led the Sunday school Bible study, “When Substances Take Over, Only God’s Holy Spirit Should Dictate Our Thoughts and Actions.”
The scripture is from Ephesians 5:15-21.
It takes true dedication to do what some people do. While we marvel at the skills and endurance such people display, let’s remember one key factor: none of them did it alone.
We don’t face life alone either. In spite of our American ideals of self-reliance, we can’t go it alone. Unfortunately, too many people try to endure the rigors of life by relying on alcohol and drugs. Such reliance can lead to drunkenness and addiction.
God has other plans for us, as we see in the above verses. God’s plan for us is to have abundant lives. As Paul stated, living wisely meant understanding what we do with our time. We can use our time to work for good, or we can use our time to produce evil. Paul said, “Don’t be foolish.” In these verses, Paul is addressing addictions.
We are no longer in control when we are addicted; the substance is.
If you suffer from substance abuse, get professional help and pray, pray, pray.
Bible verse of the month is Philippians 3:10-11.
Special music,” As The Deer Panteth,” was provided by Jane May on the piano.
Peachtree had a guest speaker on Sunday, Dr. Richard Childress, vice president for development for the North Carolina Baptist Foundation. Dr. Childress was joined by his wife, Dr. Pam Childress. She is a doctor of veterinary medicine with Nash County Veterinary Hospital in Nashville.
Sermon title: “Personal Responsibility — Holding Up Your Corner.” Taken From Scriptures: Mark 2:1-11.
Dr. Childress began his sermon with the fact that, N.C. Baptist Foundation will be 100 years old in 2020. It is the oldest Baptist foundation, established in 1920.
Mark 2:1-11 tells us about four men, nameless and unknown, friends who were determined to bring their friend to see Jesus for healing. No matter the trials they had to endure, they would make sure he saw Jesus. Their friend was on a blanket and each friend held a corner of the blanket.
You at Peachtree and elsewhere are asked that when your time comes, someday, will you hold up your corner and help someone?
We are called upon to serve the Lord. Some people say “We are too old, too tired and too busy.” Remember, a lot of people do their best works after age 60. Don’t let age hold you back. Don’t put yourself in a holding pattern Peachtree elders took on that responsibility 210 years ago.
There are corners everyone can take in life to do work in the life of Jesus Christ. Hold up your corner!
• Wednesday, Feb. 6 — Baptist Women’s book study, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 10 — 210th Peachtree anniversary worship and lunch, noon
• Saturday, Feb. 16 — Faith Christian Ministries Store responsibility, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 17 — Observance of the Lord’s Table, 11 a.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 21 — Men’s Ministry ladies’ night, 6:30 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 25 — Faith Christian Ministries Store responsibility, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 26 — Deacons’ meeting, 7 p.m.
Barbara Hardison entertained her friend, Mary Dryer from Rocky Mount, on Saturday night with a sleepover and Mary attended church and lunch with Barbara on Sunday.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
Those friends and family members who are sick or taking treatments who need our prayers:
• Mike Sykes underwent a heart treatment this past week. Please keep him in your prayers
• Jake Robertson, my father, was moved to a permanent nursing center. He needs our prayers.
• Jean Bunn, Billy Bunn, Norman Whitley, Ronnie Matthews, Dianne Tucker, Bobby Sykes, Nancy Hill, Lawrence Edwards, Mary Alice Davis, Lanny Clifton, Clint Gupton, Tyler Winstead, unspoken requests, Dallas Matthews, Wayne Edwards, Jake Robertson, Krissy Anderson, Gene Braswell, Diane Denton, Trish Bunn, Art Munoz, Amy Rowe, Brenda Joyner, Art Vick, Renee Jones and Jack Harris
• Birthday blessings to Katie Tucker (Feb. 1), Tony Gupton (Feb. 3), David Griffin (Feb. 7), Frank Bunn and Jason Edwards (Feb. 8), Ricky Tucker (Feb. 9) and Ashley Edwards (Feb. 14).
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“There are many ways to live a life of adventure. Some are fraught with dangers and filled with pain. God offers a better way, a path of adventure guided by His Holy Spirit!”
Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.