By Nell Dobbs
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ we are of all men most miserable.” And in Romans 6:8: “Now, if we be dead with Christ, we believe we shall also live with Him.”
Our second song was “Friend of God” and it said, “Is it true you are thinking of me? I am a friend of God. He calls me friend.” Another song is “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
Abraham was a friend of God and Jesus said if we love Him and serve Him, we are His friends.
Al Drummond prayed a touching offertory prayer. Lynne played so beautifully “The Longer I Serve Him, the Sweeter He Grows.” Mrs. Audrey Woods’ favorite song. Worship Choir sang, “Preach the Word” with David Fries singing special parts.
Preacher Hicks, with his usual wit, told of a preacher only preaching a short sermon, saying his dog had eaten the rest of it and some saying, “Give me one of his puppies.” He spoke from Matthew 16:13-17, asking His disciples: “Whom do men say I the Son of Man am?” He asks us the same question and we should answer “More about Him would I know, More of His love to others show.”
I wish everyone could hear his messages – God’s messages. He said of the 600 People Groups in the world, many have still not heard. There is a mission for each of us and no matter our status, we are to “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning.” He told of Preacher Criswell asking the believers of his church, the largest in Dallas, to stand, then sit. A man – a truck driver in those clothes, remained standing and Preacher asked if he had a word to say. yes. He told he’d been saved three weeks before and was full of joy and wanted to come to church on his way to California from Ohio. He had lived there in Dallas 18 years and not one person had ever talked to him about Jesus. As I’ve often written, our dad used to sing us to sleep about a little gypsy boy, who said, “Tell it again, tell it again, till none can say of the children of men, no one ever the story has told. Tell it again, tell it again.” And may we do that.
Prayers have been prayed for the huge “Fields of Faith” meeting at MCHS Boot Hill on Oct. 12.
Prayers for those filling Christmas shoeboxes and for those receiving the boxes wherever they are! Amen!
Founder’s Day will be at Hickory Grove on Saturday, Oct. 15, and it will also be the 100th birthday celebration for Mrs. Rachel Reichman at her home from 2-5 p.m. Earnest prayers for her, her family, and all of us whose lives she has touched.
Prayers for sad ones who’ve lost loved ones – the family of Mr. Troy Rhoades in his sudden death.
Prayers for all the many, many very ill ones – for our niece, Judy Lundell of Gainesville in an automobile accident last Monday in Jacksonville with prayers of thanks that she wasn’t hurt worse; Geneva Massey and Dorothy Hubble and their brother, Calvin Eddins and nephew Wayne; the Sweats; for Vernon Howard being in church and for having been able to do much preaching; Lily Grace Premorel in TMH by Dollie and Beth and Ed Meggs; and all others on our prayer list and even those we don’t know about.
Coming home from morning church on the radio, I heard about a chaplain in Tampa telling about his ministry to prisoners and this one with cold eyes – until one day he changed and said, “One Touch from the King!” He was on his way to Raiford to spend the rest of his life there with no chance of parole. Marjell’s dad and many of his nine brothers were guards there, but Marjell could not bear to see the anguish, so chose not to follow that life. Jesus mentioned visiting in prison. May they all somehow be touched and changed!