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On Sunday, the Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family, and friends met to worship our Lord and pray for those lost and injured in the two mass shootings, one in El Paso, Texas and the other on Dayton, Ohio. We prayed for the families and friends of these people. We prayed for the people in this country who do not know or worship the Lord and that we would come back to Him.
We were so shocked that this could be happening again in this country. We must be active to help stop this terrible mood that some people suffer from.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Kathy and Aubrey Farmer in memory of her mother and father, Sally and Leslie Knight.
My apologies for missing last week’s deadline for my column. We have a new phone and internet system that has not been working correctly. Hopefully it is now corrected.
Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “In The Garden.” He then read, “All Is Well,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted.” Isaiah 6:1.
“Are you living out a picture you never dreamed would be yours? A picture of poor health? A lost job? A spouse with cancer?
“Recently I was reminded of 1 Samuel 1:7; ‘The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.’ Yet in every season of life, amid poverty or sickness or health, or stress, or pain, or grief or disappointment shatters your spirit, the Lord is there. He is your shield. Your hiding place. He is with you. He is seated on the throne. He’s in control! All is well.”
Lawrence Edwards led the Median Sunday school class Bible study, “Act With Courage,” from 2 Chronicles 15:1-9. This lesson is the third in a series of six in, “Living a Godly Life in an Ungodly World.”
“If at first we don’t succeed, try, try again. We’ve all heard that cliché. But let’s admit that it can be pretty discouraging when one failure follows another and all doors seem to slam before us. “Many people surrender while others keep going, like Michael Jordan. He was cut from his high school basketball team.
“King Asa gave us an example of courage in the face of challenge. He knew that to succeed, he would have to continue that good work he was doing. He would have to keep at it if the people were to remain focused on God. When challenges persisted, he persisted more.
“In 2 Chronicles 15:2, ‘The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but, if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.’
“In my opinion, this is what is happening in this world and this country now. Too many people have forsaken Him.
Special music: Jane May played a piano solo. The Peachtree Adult Choir sang, “Prayer For America.”
Verse of the month: James 1:22 NIV, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
“We Are Slaves of God.” Titus 1:1c, by Pastor Gene Whitehouse
“On the island of Crete, a population of 1 million people had made relativism their way of living. Relativism — the belief that there is no absolute standard for right and wrong. And in the opening words of the Apostle Paul, you find him hammering away at unchangeable, objective truths.
“Paul is passionate about God’s glory. Paul is saying that the gospel leads you toward godlikeness; and he’s also clarifying the greater incentive for pursuing godliness.
“This noun translated ‘godliness’ refers to both living out the truth in front of others but by also reverencing God.
“Isn’t it amazing what God chooses to do through the lives of people when they don’t want to take the credit? That’s the passion of a true slave of Christ.
“It’s not about us — it’s about His glory and His greatness and His reputation and His honor.
“Spiritual truth that doesn’t produce goodness isn’t the truth. Outward behavior validates the nature of inward belief. In fact, what you believe inwardly will eventually show up in how you behave outwardly. And how you behave tells us a lot about what you really believe.
“Knowing the truth determines living. And by the way, ‘knowing’ the truth will not eliminate the battle of ‘living’ the truth. Godliness is simply God-likeness. One author defined the word in this text simply enough by writing that godliness is everyday expressions that demonstrate the character of God.
“Godliness isn’t a list, it’s a life — it is the life of Christ in you which demonstrates through you the character of God for the glory of God. That’s the genuine item.
“Paul is warning here — something labeled spiritual truth or religious truth or biblical truth doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the genuine item. Just because God’s name is attached to something doesn’t mean it has anything to do with God’s nature. Listen, God’s signature has been forged throughout history — and it’s being forged today.
“Be careful, Paul warns — make sure that what you’re pursing is the genuine item.”
• Thursday, Aug. 15 — Men’s Ministry dinner, 6:30 p.m. All men are invited.
• Saturday, Aug. 17 — Flood’s Chapel women’s conference, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration at 8:30, Stoney Hill Baptist Church. For more information or to RSVP, email email@example.com.
• Wednesday, Sept. 4 — All Wednesday night activities resume following a summer schedule that began July 10.
• 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.
• Zach and Chloe Scott, children of Nikki Bennett Scott, are back from their vacation in Maine. They were there enjoying their cousin and grandparents.
• Flood’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church held its monthly men’s breakfast. These breakfasts are scheduled the first Saturday of each month. Next breakfast will be Sept. 7. All men are invited.
• A group from the Median Sunday school class went to dinner in Wake Forest at the Main Street Grille. Great time, great food and great fellowship.
• Bob Bunn and I attended our niece Georgia Oakley’s 18th birthday dinner at Bad Daddy’s in Brier Creek, Raleigh. Great time, great food. A must-try.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• To all those sick and in need.
• Birthday blessings to Joey Blankenship and Linda Edwards, (Aug. 6), Susan Edwards, (Aug. 12), Dorothy Nelson and Howard Moses, (Aug. 14), 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).
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“Rather than becoming discouraged with problems that persist, we can ask for strength from God to face our challenges with courage.”
Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.