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Peachtree News: God’s commands to Abraham came with promises

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The Peachtree Baptist Church congregation and friends met Sunday.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Bob Bunn and I honor of my father Jake’s 94th birthday and our grandsons, Georgie’s (eighth) and J.R.’s (16th) birthdays.


I welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song “Have Faith In God,” accompanied by Jane May on the piano. I then read, “We Can Count On Him,” by Billy Graham, taken from Matthew 6:26.

“Jesus used the carefree attitude of the birds to underscore the fact that worrying is unnatural. ‘Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap:… yet your heavenly Father feeds them.’ (Matthew 6:26). If He cares for the tiny birds and frail flowers, why can’t we count on Him for every aspect of our lives? After all, He loves us so much that He sent His Son into the world to save us. We are that valuable to Him!”

“We can rest easy knowing that our loving father is in control of His creation and of our circumstances.”

Lawrence Edwards led the Sunday school Bible study, “When Life Feels Empty, Life Without Christ Is Meaningless,” from Ecclesiastes 1:1-14.

“Using a hamster as an example, you give them food and water then you began the process all over again the next day. They run around on a wheel for hours getting nowhere. It’s pointless! Sadly, life for us can feel like that sometimes. We might wonder: Does life really mean anything? As Christians we must understand that, apart from Christ, our lives are no more meaningful than living in a cage and running on a hamster wheel.

In above verses, Solomon, “the teacher,” was David’s son and the reigning king in Jerusalem. He announces all is pointless! He struggled again and again to find life’s key, to no avail. Solomon placed himself in the shoes of the atheist and tried to explain this world from that perspective. Solomon wanted us to know that, apart from God, this life has no meaning.

As Christians, we believe God has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-4). But even as believers, we can still struggle with the seeming futility of our day-to-day lives. We live or die, generations come and go, but the earth keeps going through its endless natural cycles. That was Solomon’s sad point.

Apart from Christ, all the work we do in this life adds nothing new and is quickly forgotten. Our search for life is not a miserable task when we find our purpose in Christ.” (Matthew 6:33).

Bible verse of the month: Job 23:10-11.

Special music, “Beulah Land,” was provided by Jane May on the piano. Special music, “He Touched Me With Something Beautiful,” was provided by the Peachtree Adult Choir led by Pastor Gene Whitehouse.


Sermon:“Are You a Friend of God?” by Pastor Whitehouse, from Genesis 12:1-3.

God promises a nation to Abram.

“Abram lived in the land of Ur in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf. Ur was the most civilized place in the world. This region was dominated by the Hamites, or descendants of Ham, who were idolatrous and immoral. In this land lived a Semite family, with a little boy named Abram, which before his named was changed meant, ‘The father of many.’ Later his name will be changed to Abraham, which means ‘the father of a multitude or many people.’

“Abram was raised by a father who was an idolater and immoral. You would think God would pick someone from a good family. But like before, He picked someone He could use. (Like Abram), your usability in the kingdom of God will come regardless of your roots.”

God’s three commands to Abram:

• 1. Leave your society — “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth… from your country.”

• 2. Leave your stability. — “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth… from your relatives.”

• 3. Leave your security — “Now the Lord said to Abram, Go forth…from your father’s house.”

“God was telling Abram to throw away everything and become a wanderer, a vagrant, a pioneer and a pilgrim. Abram was to become, as Charles Spurgeon said, ‘shipwrecked on the island of God’s sovereignty.’” God’s three blessings to Abram:

• 1. The blessing of prominence — “And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing.”

• 2. The blessing of protection — “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse.”

• 3. The blessing of a promise — “And in you all families of the earth will be blessed.”

“By your obedience, Abraham, I will bring from your seed, the One that will bless the whole world,” speaking of Jesus Christ Himself.


• Wednesday, March 6 — Evening book study group, 7 p.m.

• Friday, March 15 — Church-wide St. Patrick’s Day dinner and fellowship, 5 p.m.


Peachtree church members were privileged to witness the renewal of the marriage vows of Brenda and James Sheppard last Sunday. Pastor Whitehouse directed the service. The Sheppards celebrated their 20th anniversary on Feb. 28. Congratulations, Brenda and James.

Peachtree members honored Pastor Gene Whitehouse with a card and gift certificate on his 15th anniversary as pastor of Peachtree Baptist Church.

Bob Bunn and I, with my family, helped celebrate my father Jake Robertson’s 94th birthday on March 5. My dad is still in the hospital.


The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of:

• The Rev. Reuel Westbrook, former pastor of Peachtree Baptist Church, who passed on Thursday, Feb. 14, after a long illness.

• Annie Drake Smith of Spring Hope passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27. She was a Nash County educator for more than 50 years.

• Edith Hales Brantley Pace passed away Sunday, March 3, after a long illness.


Those friends and family members who are sick or taking treatments who need our prayers:

• Marta Whitehouse is home recovering from foot surgery. Keep her in your prayers.

• Jake Robertson is in Durham Regional Hospital in serious condition. Please pray for him.

• 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.

• Birthday blessings to Ricky Brantly (March 3) and Clint Gupton (March 7).

If you have news, please call or email me. I do prefer an email. My phone number is 252-478-2846. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com.

“God never said that our journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.” — Max Lucado

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.