The Women’s Bible study continues to meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM. We are taking a journey through the Psalms of ascent which are Psalms 120 through 134.
Elizabeth Young had a surprise 90th birthday party in the Clay Annex. Elizabeth is Dublin’s oldest cheerleader! Her children and grandchildren had the tables decorated with photos from the past. The cake was delicious and the punch was tasty, it also had raspberries floating in it so it had to be good.
I had a phone call from Virginia Stephen, she had two stories to tell me. One was what a great birthday party she had at her apartment complex in Stephenville. Friends and family came from all over to eat and eat and visit too. Virginia also wanted her church family to know she had a cancerous growth removed from her eyelid just days after her party. She asked for our prayers and would appreciate all her friends’ prayers at this time. Call the church office to get Virginia’s address and phone number and send her your good wishes.
James and Leta Sage had children and grandchildren in church with them last Sunday. They had come to visit and celebrate Leta’s birthday.
Pastor Ken Lunsford and Pat Leatherwood along with other members of the Dublin Rotary Club, grilled several hundred hamburger patties at the high school last Saturday. There was a Power Lifting Tournament and other activities for young athletes going on.
When Pastor Ken came home he could not convince our dog that there were no hamburgers in his pockets, Ken smelled like a walking Dairy Queen.
Laura Leatherwood talked to the children about a whistle. She said there was a story from Benjamin Franklin’s youth about a boy willing to pay too much for a toy whistle. That started a saying of “He paid too much for his whistle” which meant someone made too great a sacrifice to acquire or achieve something.
Laura read the children one of her favorite Bible verses from Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and loose his own soul?”
Laura gave out whistles to the children and to our organist, Leta Sage. Leta was the only one who blew her whistle in church; she tried to play “Jesus Loves Me” on it.
“Andrew brought Simon to Jesus; who are we bringing?” This was the title of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon last Sunday.
The Bible tells of many sets of siblings. Some of the more famous are Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Some of these sibling relationships turned out well, but some turned out bad. In almost all of these situations, however, one sibling became more prominent than the other.
Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. One day John saw Jesus passing by and said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” Andrew went to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah.” Andrew brought Simon to Jesus; Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas.” This means Peter.
Andrew left John the Baptist to follow Jesus. He was the first disciple Jesus called, but for the rest of the New Testament, Andrew is over-shadowed by his brother Simon Peter. Plenty is said about Peter, he was “The Rock on which Christ would build His church!” A good epitaph for Andrew’s tombstone would be “He brought his brother to Jesus.” That would be a good epitaph for all of us.
Most people who come to church do so because a friend invited them, and yet few church members ever invite a friend to church. Many of you are more comfortable witnessing for Christ with your actions rather than your words. But I want to ask you to prayerfully ask God if there is something more you can do to point someone to Jesus. It may be a neighbor or a family member. Do it in a loving way.
There is an old spiritual titled, “There is a Balm in Gilead.” The second verse goes like this:
“If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul, you can tell the love of Jesus and say, ‘He died for all.’ There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.”