By Nell Dobbs
When Elijah was feeling sorry for himself, he ran away, hid himself in a cave and bemoaned the fact that he was the only one left of the prophets, God said, “Go, stand, look.” The Lord passed by, but He was not in the wind, not in the earthquake, not in the fire but in a still small voice.
Several times recently, I’ve read that we may hear a sermon, read something fitting, feel a prompting to reach out or to pray for someone, or do something. God speaks in different ways and we pray to be “listening for His call and urging.” A favorite song is “I’ll Be Somewhere Listening” – following the still small voice coming from within.
Last week, we were blessed and touched, as we heard some of our 13 missionaries speak on the fields being white unto harvest. How few the missionaries are – the cost, the danger (even having to meet in secret in “house churches” in the Middle East), how few come to know the Lord after hearing the Word, and how much they need our prayers all the time – and money, so that more can go.
How blessed we are to live in this fair land and how we need to give thanks for the freedoms we have (at great cost)! We can worship as we choose! We pray all would choose the narrow way – the only way!
How blessed that Sunday, Joey and Shelly Smith chose to dedicate their precious little Evie Maelynn to the Lord in a very impressive service with charges to our church to be supporters of them always. Having family and friends present meant much to them.
Preacher’s message from Matthew 16:13-18 was “The World’s Greatest Institution” with Jesus’ revelation that He was the Rock and His Church is built on Him and His invitation is “Whosoever will may come and become His” – really the “Greatest Invitation” – with a mission to go and make disciples. How seriously do we take God’s Word? How much could our church do if every member gave as I give? A serious question.
We welcome the Mark Browning family into our church. They have been worshipping with us awhile – Mark and Jennifer and Daulton, Brady and Isabella. Our prayers are with them and for them!
Our prayers are for Madison County for 40 days.
On March 21 and 24, Sam and Erie Lamb, from noon-3 p.m. showed “Gleb’s Story.” Their story is how God used his and Sandy’s lives in the U.S. and short-term missions to Gambia and Ukraine. Again, we need to pray earnestly for all missionaries and preachers who preach the Word. Amen!
We pray comfort for all sad ones who are mourning in the loss of Cindy Howard (a special Hospice nurse and friend), Eugene Mitchell (his wife, Jeannette, a quilting friend), John Henry Williams (a super school bus driver) and others.
May God bless all our many, many ill ones – the Sweats both not well, plus losing their Cindy – and may His will be done in all our lives. Amen!