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I must apologize for not having Peachtree News in last week. We were on vacation and I couldn’t get it to the papers on time.
This past Sunday, the Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family and friends welcomed a number of visitors to our church.
I presented the sanctuary flower arrangement to glorify God in honor of my husband Robert W. (Bobby) Bunn’s 77th birthday.
I welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “Heavenly Sunshine.”
I then read, “The Day Is At Hand” by Billy Graham, from “Hope For Each Day: Words of Wisdom and Faith.”
“Put on the armor of light.” — Romans 13:12.
I led the Median Sunday school class Bible study, “The Samaritan Woman: Faith Worth Sharing, Your Life-Changing Encounter with Christ Should Be Shared with Others,” from John 4: 10-30. This lesson is the sixth and the last in a series of six in, “Living By Faith: Women Who Trusted God.”
“I Am a Slave of God.” From Titus 1:1A & 4, by the Rev. Gene Whitehouse
“During the reign of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Christianity had become illegal. Persecution of Christians was in season. The penalty for following Jesus Christ was imprisonment, torture and even death.
“A young man by the name of Sanctus stood before the Roman governor, on trial for the crime of Christianity. He was repeatedly told to renounce the faith he possessed, but he would not. He repeatedly said, ‘I am a Christian.’ He died for his faith.
“The term Christian wasn’t just a title, though — it was a new way of thinking; it was a new way of living. What exactly does it mean to be a Christian; to live and act like a Christian?
“In our world today, the term Christian has become so broad and elastic that one size now fits all. Today you can claim the title ‘Christian’ even if you don’t even care about being Christian.
“Today you can be considered a Christian and deny the deity of Christ, the virgin birth of Christ, the coming judgment of the world by Christ, a future kingdom whose king is Christ, a heaven for those who believe in Christ and a future hell for those who don’t. You can even be a Christian leader today and deny the need for Christ’s atoning death on the cross. In fact, a growing number of people who call themselves Christians believe that salvation doesn’t even have to involve the cross of Christ. You can be a Christian today and basically have the attitude that the gospel is way too restrictive and the Bible is far too intolerant.
“Some believe to call anything sinful is unloving and would mean that you are not a good Christian. Some believe you need to go to a feel-good church and only hear things that make you happy. So the church needs to change her message if she ever hopes to be viewed by the world as ‘Christian.’
“The true gospel of Christianity isn’t interested in relating to the world — the Gospel is interested in saving people from the world — and at the same time renewing the mind of the believers that is constantly being influenced by the world.
“We need to be exposed to the word of God, which tells us where we’re wrong and where we’re right and how to believe and behave correctly. We need to have our lives redefined.
“In the New Testament, a letter from Paul to Titus, in the above verses, explain exactly that. To have a thriving church in Titus’ time and today, you needed to inspire and instruct with the words of the Bible.”
We will continue this message next week.
• On July 3, the Peachtree Hostess Ladies hosted a church-wide Fourth of July cookout. Hot dogs, hamburgers with all the fixings, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, desserts, tea and lemonade were served. About 30 members and friends attended. Great food and fellowship. Thanks to all.
• Pastor Gene and his wife, Marta, have returned from their mini-vacation last week. They traveled to Washington, D.C. to see their daughter provide sign language interpretation of the play “Hello Dolly” at the Kennedy Center. On Saturday, they took their granddaughter to Annapolis for a soccer camp. From there they visited Arlington, Mount Vernon, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Monument and zigzagged around the beautiful hiking and biking trails throughout D.C. Great fun was had by all.
• Joan and Ray Eason and Bob Bunn and I have returned from our mini-vacation. We traveled to historic Strasburg, Virginia. We stay at the historic Strasburg Hotel. There, we had a fantastic dinner in the beautiful dining room and listened to music at the hotel pub. Everything there is decorated in period. The next morning we went sightseeing and pickin’. Then on to Martinsburg and Charles Town, West Virginia. There we went pickin’. We went to flea markets and antique shops. Later, we ate at the Casio and spent the night. The next day, we traveled Skyline Drive to historic Staunton, Virginia. We saw Baldwin College, the Woodrow Wilson Library and many more sites. We spent the night there. The next day, on to historic Natural Bridge and the Natural Bridge Hotel. Wow! What beautiful scenery. We walked to the bridge and waterfall, about six miles round-trip. From there we traveled on pickin’ to home. Great trip.
• Visiting with Barbara Privette last Saturday was her daughter, Mary Dare Holderness, accompanied by her daughter, Mary Howard Holderness. They brought a delicious lunch for all of them. Mary Howard will be leaving next week to enroll in medical school in New York. Our best wishes and prayers to Mary Howard on her new journey.
• Bob Bunn and I are hosting our youngest granddaughter, Roseta Bunn, from Tacoma, Washington, and our oldest granddaughter, Mary Hazel, from Boone, for the summer. Roseta’s friend Arianna Andrews, from Clayton is also visiting. Three young girls in the house is an experience.
• Bob Bunn, myself, Roseta, Mary Hazel and Arianna celebrated Bob’s birthday with lunch a Memo’s. Later, we had cake and gifts.
IN LOVING MEMORY
• To Nancy Hill and her family and friends in the death of her brother, Robert Nelson Moore, who passed away June 24.
• To Linda Manning Edwards and her family and friends on the loss of her great-aunt, Lucille Collie Cooper, who died July 3 at age 92. A celebration of Lucille will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at White Oak Methodist Church, Nashville.
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Hope for today: Think about the last 24 hours. Did you love your neighbor well? Seek peace? Make disciples? Would you consider the hours well spent if they were your last before meeting Christ face to face?
Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.