By Nell Dobbs
“This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it” and not give way to anger. Nita and Berk were home over the weekend and went to church with me and I was glad. She said she almost never goes to CVS, but when she did recently, she saw the book Letting Go of Anger by Annie Chapman and bought it. It is blessing her. “Most assuredly, I have vented on those who are closest to me, and yet they have graciously acted as though I am what God will someday make me be.”
Such beautiful flowers were placed in church by Buddy and Jean McWilliams in memory of Buddy’s parents, Clayton and Selma McWilliams, and Jean’s mother, Edna Phillips – all such important people in their lives and in God’s work. Amen! Bless their families today and every day,.
Blessings upon the family of Jean Wilder in her recent death and the memory of Foye and her and their family in the life of our church. Thankful Sharon and Jason are still with us.
Blessings and comfort for the family of Mr. D.R. Campbell. .
Blessings and comfort for the family of Mrs. Beth Sims – such an important member of our town. One year, she and son Howard and our Oad took a HAM radio course in Valdosta. Oad wishes he had followed through with that. He might have been a radio operator, following his dad’s footsteps on an old oil tanker.
As we studied about Elisha and Jehu in Sunday School, the watchman said, “The driving is like the driving of Jehu…for he driveth furiously.” That brought memories of our great aunt, Lizzie Patterson Stephens, saying that about our cousin Joe Dean (Agner), who is no longer with us. Sadness has come to Alma and J.D. (Agner) in the sudden death of her military son, Keith Hitchcock, not yet 33, out in Colorado on Jan. 31. Memorial service was Feb. 5 at Hickory Grove Methodist, with Rev. Wally Holmes officiating. Burial will be in his wife Sarah’s home in Missouri whenever weather permits.
Pray for comfort for the Blair family in the death of sister Mildred.
Prayers for the many, many ill ones – the newborn Lil Lainey Cherry, daughter of Jamie and Matt, with serious problems; Michael Cantey at Shands; Mildred Bruner at Madison Hospital; Suzanne Peavy, very ill – words about what a loving, giving, caring person she is; for her mother, Juanita Burnett; for her grandchildren, Betsy Anna and Caden Craven; Justin Davis’ mother and dad; for Christine Blanton; for Cindy and Vernon Howard and her parents, the Sweats; Preacher Manning Hicks; Helen Hart; Ansley Rogers – serious surgery at Mayo Clinic and her family; and on and on the list goes.
Wonderful morning service!
We love singing “God is Good All the Time” as we realize the truth of that.
Mark Branham brought to our attention the tremendous and rewarding results of Geoff Hill and his work with the Madison County High School Band as they received more superior ratings than any other high school.
Robin Hill brought before us the work (weekly) the Pastor Search Committee is going through as they read and researched over 150 resumés received.
Will Rutherford gave us words for thought and then prayed for the offertory.
Worship Choir sang a sad song written by a fellow who’d backed over their two-year-old daughter, “Be Still and Know.”
Very good message by Pastor Larry Law from Mark 5:1-20: “From the Graveyard to Gloryland.”
Jesus had calmed the storm!
His disciples said, “What manner of man is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
They crossed to the other side of the sea into the country of the Gadarenes.
A man came out of the cemetery. Who’d want to live in a cemetery?
He lived in the tombs. No man could bind him – not even with chains. He cried day and night, lived in the tombs and cut himself.
He saw Jesus afar off and ran to Him and worshipped Him but he asked Him not to torment him.
Jesus cast out the unclean spirit and asked, “What’s your name?”
“Legion, for we are many.”
A legion was 6,000 Roman soldiers.
The devils asked Jesus to send them into the hogs – 2,000 of them. He did and the hogs ran and fell into the sea and they choked to death.
The man was clothed and in his right mind. He asked to follow Him, but Jesus told him to go home and tell everybody what great things had been done for him and he did.
The saddest part was when the people asked Jesus to leave their country.
On eighth all baby bottles for the Pregnancy Center will be presented to them at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Jefferson County.
The “Souper or Bowl” Sunday night was great, with Roger McCollum winning first place for best chili. Sorry, Jim, ‘cause you thought you’d win!
SAM Group took “White Stems” to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home on Feb. 9. Thanks.
The Friendship Banquet will be Feb. 13, at 6 p.m.
Talking about babies – I’m so proud of Hilda’s and Jimmy’s grandchildren, Emily (Dixon) and Kevin Bond as they are dedicating their Evelynn Alda on Feb. 20 in James Valley Baptist Church in New Mexico to show their intent to rear her to follow the Lord. Lord bless them and all new parents.