We have so many members with April birthdays I am dividing the month!
Ricky Rowe, Harlan Raley, Mike Haley, Adrian Salinas, and Betty Lusk deserve a phone call or card wishing them a happy birthday.
The Ladies Bible Class are still meeting on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and are now into the New Testament, so come on in and join us.
Several members of our church family were out last Sunday, they traveled to North Richland Hills to see the baptism of Clarence Edward Leatherwood V. The child is the grandson of Eddie and Effie Leatherwood. God bless little Cal and his family.
With so many missing from services last Sunday we changed things around. Nancy Wooldridge served as Worship Leader, Pastor Ken Lunsford gave the Children’s Lesson, and Judy Lunsford operated the power point. Joe Salinas helped his grandfather, David Cleveland, take up the offering.
Nancy Woodridge read our scripture lesson from Acts 4: 32-35.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon “Christians and Grits!” There is no such thing as a grit. They don’t come by themselves, they are in a community of other grits. You can’t order just one grit.
We Christians are a lot like grits. Some of us may be grittier than others but we’re not here on our own. We are in community with others! We are part of Christ’s body and we live in union with Christ and one another.
Let us listen to the words of Luke, the writer of Acts, as he describes the earliest Christians. Luke says, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”
They felt a responsibility for their friend’s well-being, no one forced them to share. That is Christianity in its purest sense when people feel the presence of the Spirit so strongly they must take care of each other and let no one go needy.
There are all kinds of needy folks in the world, it can be financial, emotional, social, and spiritual. If we are going to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ to those we encounter then we should minister to their needs. It is my prayer that we do it cheerfully and generously.
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