By Nell Dobbs
Continued prayers for God’s control in the world! Egypt is in the news. Egypt was in the news as we studied about Elisha in Sunday School – a shortage of food at exorbitant prices – how Elisha caused the ax to swim because it was borrowed – how four lepers decided to go into the gate and ate and ate and hid silver and gold and raiment – and then came to themselves and realized they were wrong and went to the tell the king who had it checked out – the enemy had fled and scattered clothes and equipment for 25 miles – then there was an abundance of food and prices dropped. The message for us is God loves all people and works in the hearts of all people and we are to tell that.
Such a beautiful delicate arrangement in loving memory of Bill Raines and recognition of his 82nd birthday on Feb. 3 by Pat Raines and family.
We pray for the family of Mildred Vaughn of Fort Walton. She is a sister of Leona Gay, Frances Cantrell and Guldman Blair with many relatives. We pray also for Carol Gibson and her family in the death of her dad, Mr. Bill Zubrick.
A very blessed service! We began by singing “Friend of God.” Jim made some announcements, stressed the Men’s Chili Cook-off on Super Bowl/Family Night on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. and he’s sure he’ll win for Best Chili.
Bill Roberts prayed a very fitting offertory prayer. Worship choir sang “God is Good, All the Time” and we know that’s true, so very true!
Pastor Larry Law, Sr. and wife, Catherine, of Day, were with us and he stirred our hearts as he preached from several Scriptures about Jesus – His Person, His Passion, His Position. He was humorous, too – told about a man who was not a saint, but a sorry, no-good man. His brother told the preacher he’d give him a thousand dollars if he would use the word “saint” in his funeral. He died. The preacher started the service saying what a sorry, no-God man he was, but he was a saint compared to his brother sitting there. We all laughed.
The youth had take-out chicken ‘n rice dinners and they were good. Thanks.
Please remember the SAM Group Challenge, to bring many items to take to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home on Wednesday, Feb. 9. White items: paper towels, bathroom paper, paper plates, cups, white bath towels and washcloths, twin-sized sheets, canned foods, gift cards and we’ll say a thousand thanks.
Continue filling baby bottles for the Pregnancy Center through Feb. 6. Money will be presented to the Madison Center on Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church.
Friendship banquet Sunday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m. Thanks. It is sponsored by the youth.
A quote: “Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to have an impact on someone’s life – a kind word, a gentle loving spirit, a smile, the ability to sit quietly and listen, loving what you do, loving people and showing it! And letting the mind of Christ be in us.
There are so many ill among us and we would pray for every one – naming some – Jennifer Copeland, Mrs. D.R. Campbell, Mildred Bruner in Madison Hospital, Suzanne Peavy, Michael Cantey, Preacher Manning Hicks, Helen Hart, Red Swift, Buddy McWilliams, Mikey Wilson, the Sweats and Buck and Betty Driggers.
Amen and amen!
Happenings At Madison First Baptist Church
By Nell Dobbs