The Prayer Garden was mowed, edged and the walkways swept last week. Pastor Ken must have felt a need for the out of doors. Judy went along and pulled about two weeds and gave out; then she watered some plants.
Ola Mae LaBaume has been ill; she spent several days in the hospital. She is happy to be home and her husband Ray is even happier. Ola Mae was in our prayers Sunday.
Laura Leatherwood presented the children’s lesson. Laura had a small machine with her that played sounds from nature and it was playing blowing wind sounds. She told a Bible story of the time when Jesus and His disciples got into a boat and sailed across a lake. Jesus went to sleep and while He was sleeping a storm came up. The wind blew and big waves of water started filling the boat; the disciples were afraid so they woke Jesus up. Jesus told the wind to stop and the lake became calm.
Laura told the children that they will know times in their lives when difficulties, upheaval and tragedy will come and they should turn to Jesus for help. She said He may not always make the problem go away, but that they can get through the tough time with Jesus in their life.
It was very nice to have more guests with us on Sunday. We had three adults and two children. We hope they come again and decide to make First Methodist their home.
Rev. Ken Lunsford preached from the Book of Acts. His sermon was titled “Lighting up Your Neighborhood.”
Love your neighbor as you love yourself. The Bible is insistent about that; eight times from Leviticus to First John it commands it. Numerous times it is mentioned as the foundation of all human relationships. It is a principle to apply in our lives.
What part of neighbor do we not understand? Pastor Ken said neighbors are those nearby, they maybe our family. Love your neighbor begins at home. Neighbors are also those in need. In answer to a lawyer’s question, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus told the parable of the “Good Samaritan.” How well do we hear the cry of the needy? People bleed beside the road and most of us are content to read about it, talk about it, and even attend conferences concerning it. Thank God for the few who walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
Neighbors are those we have not met yet. Isn’t it amazing how the Lord refuses to let the Gospel become the possession of any particular person, race or region. The message of Jesus Christ is not our property to be dispensed to those we like and kept from those we despise.
God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. God loves the Muslims as much as He loves the Methodist. God loves people regardless of their color, creed, orientation, or age. We can debate the right behavior for believers, but let us never sink into demonizing those different from us or wallow in the quicksand of hatred.
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