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Peachtree News: Jesus understands our pain and suffering

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Peachtree Baptist Church is shown in an Enterprise file photo.
Peachtree Baptist Church is shown in an Enterprise file photo.
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Peachtree members, family and friends met Sunday to praise our Lord for the protection He gave us during this terrible storm. We know there were some homes, buildings, a lot of trees and wires that were damaged. But God guarded our lives. He loves us so much that He was right there with us all the time. We are truly blessed.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Bobby Bunn and I in loving memory of my mother, Hazel Robertson, and in honor of my sister, Margaret Abbott.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song “Living For Jesus.”

He then read, “Jesus Gives Meaning,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus,” a commentary on 1 Peter 1:3-4.

“Bombarded with bad news everywhere we turn, people are looking for answers. In a world of despair and increasing hopelessness, it’s important that you and I not lose our focus. And that focus is not on misery, fear and hate-the problems, crises or disasters. It’s on Jesus. On His forgiveness, freedom and favor. On the hope that the best is yet to come.

“The apostle Peter says that ‘in God’s great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade-kept in heaven for you.’ Jesus gives meaning when life makes no sense. He brings peace in the midst of conflict and gives hope when there is none.

“You and I have the answer: it’s Jesus! Now is the time to share the answer with someone else.”

BIBLE STUDY

Lawerence Edwards led the Median Sunday school class Bible study. “When Life Gets Hard: Big Questions About Pain and Suffering,” is a new series of seven lessons.” The fifth lesson is, “Does God Really Understand My Pain And Suffering? Jesus willingly experienced pain and suffering for our salvation,” a commentary on Isaiah 53:2-12.

“We have all watched Superman turn into Clark Kent. We have wondered how no one knew Clark was Superman.

“Blindness doesn’t just happen in comic books. The Jewish people had long been looking for their Messiah. They were expecting Him to sweep in, destroy the bad guys and make everything right and happy for them. The one they had waited for was right in their midst. but He didn’t act the way they expected their Messiah to act. Moreover, Jesus surprised everyone by the way He brought deliverance. No one expected the Messiah to suffer and die on a cross between two thieves.

“We might wonder how God can understand our pain.”

In these verses, we learn, “What He did for us shows He understands suffering far more than we do or ever could. He knew suffering to a degree we can’t imagine when Jesus Christ was rejected and crucified.”

Special music: Jane May preformed a piano solo. The Peachtree Baptist Church Adult Sanctuary Choir sang “Change My Heart, O God.”

Verse of the month: Deuteronomy 6:4-5.

Sermon: Pastor Gene Whitehouse delivered a message titled “The Jacob Syndrome,” a commentary on selected scripture from Genesis.

CHURCH BUSINESS

• Each Wednesday in February, Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. followed by adult choir practice at 8.

• Sunday, Feb. 16 — Observance of the Lord’s Table at morning worship, 11 a.m.

• Thursday, Feb. 20 — The Men’s Ministry will host the 2020 Ladies’ Night dinner and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. We are preparing a very special menu for the evening as well as having Amy Kornegay and her family bring a special program of music and devotion. There is no cost for the dinner and we encourage all of our Peachtree men and women to attend this wonderful evening of fellowship, devotion and breaking bread together. Please be sure to make your reservations — a necessity — on the sign-up sheet in the narthex or on the piano in the dining room. The last day to make a reservation is Monday, Feb. 17.

• Saturday, Feb. 27 — Peachtree Baptist Church will host a hymn sing and choir showcase at the church, 3523 N.C. 581 N., Spring Hope. All church choirs, ensembles, soloists and congregations are welcome. We are planning this evening of church music for all churches in the area. We are planning to provide a venue for your choir, ensembles and soloists to perform as well as have a rousing hymn sing. Please invite your congregation as well. Following the program, our Hostess Committee is planning a refreshment and fellowship time. Please call Gene Whitehouse at 252-478-4418 or Jerry Hobgood at 252-478-4460 or 252-813-3869 to register.

• Tuesday, March 3 — Peachtree women’s book study meeting at 10 a.m., followed by the monthly WMU meeting.

• Wednesday, March 4 — Women’s evening book study, 7 p.m.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• Tuesday, Feb. 25 — First Baptist Church of Spring Hope will host a pancake supper from 4:30-7 p.m. It’s an eat-in event with all-you-can-eat pancakes for $7. Wow, folks, a great price! Come out and enjoy. Tickets are on sale now, but you do not need a ticket to come.

• Wednesday, Feb. 26 — Ephesus Baptist Church of Spring Hope will host an Ash Wednesday service in the sanctuary at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

• Wednesday, Feb. 26 — First Baptist Church of Spring Hope would like you to join its congregation for the Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

• Friday, Feb. 28 — First Baptist Church of Spring Hope will host a kids’ movie night from 7-9 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be sold for $1 each. Everyone is welcome. Let the church know if you’re coming by emailing firstbaptistchurchspringhope@gmail.com or sending a message to the church’s Facebook account.

• Saturday, April 4 — Ephesus Baptist Church of Spring Hope will present its inaugural Spring Bazaar, featuring an indoor/outdoor yard sale, arts and crafts sale and bake sale. It’s open to all in the community. All you have to do is rent a table with a 10-by-10-foot area for $10 and come and sell your goods. Ephesus will also sell breakfast biscuits for a $2 minimum donation from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Nehemiah Kids will sell lemonade for $1 a cup. Proceeds will support the church’s ministries. Come on out and enjoy. For more information, email office.ephesusnc@gmail.com.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need.

• Norman Whitley is home from the hospital. Please keep him in your prayers.

• Maxine Whitley is still having some health issues.

• Ray Jackson still needs your prayers.

• Joan Rackley Eason is home recovering from surgery. She still needs your prayers.

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

• Birthday blessings to Margaret Abbott (Feb. 11), Ashley Edwards (Feb. 14), Jonathan Macquin (Feb. 24) and Scotty Edwards and Amy Sykes (Feb. 26).

If you have news, please call or email me. It can’t be 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.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” — John 3:16.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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