July 7, 2019
Pastor Ken Lunsford and I have been on vacation. As usual, we go to visit our children and this time we drove to Maryland to visit our son. We saw all the rivers running full and the countryside is lush and green.
We considered ourselves fortunate to be able to visit Mt. Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington. We were blessed to get there and back home safely.
The Sunday that Pastor Ken was away, Cliff Sims was a guest pastor, Cliff spoke about the Christian Women’s Job Corp and brought a sermon.
On 6-30 the Gideon Four, from Stephenville First Baptist Church, came to sing some great gospel music for our congregation. Mac McKinnon talked about the ministry of the Gideons International fellowship. He gave a firsthand witness to the changes Christ can make in people’s lives.
Ray LaBaume has been in the hospital in Stephenville. He had laparoscopic surgery and so far, everything is healing nicely. Keep Ray and Ola Mae in your prayers.
Our congregation extends sympathy to the family and friends of Ed Larner. We also are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Sandy Steele of Hico. Our congregation extends sympathy to her husband, Al Steele, and her family and many friends.
There are several July birthdays to celebrate. DJ Klutts, Conner Moore, Jack Parks, Judy Beckham. Crystal Whitefield, Eddie Raley, and Deborah Hammons.
Pat and Lisa Leatherwood celebrated their 39th anniversary on 7-5. Others with July weddings are Jon and Roxey Volkmer and Mike and Mary Haley. Congratulations and best wishes.
Lisa Leatherwood served as Worship Leader and read scripture from Luke 10: 1-20.
Rev. Ken Lunsford asked us, “What Superpower would we like to Have?”
In our scripture lesson we learn that Jesus had more than twelve helpers. He commissioned seventy-two others and sent them in pairs to go ahead to every city and place Jesus was about to visit.
Jesus told those seventy-two that he was sending them out as lambs among wolves. However, they returned joyously, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit themselves to us in your name.” Then Jesus said, “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
The church received a wonderful letter from an adult sponsor working with the teenagers who came to Dublin last week to make repairs or build wheelchair ramps on homes. They were thankful for the warm welcome they received and the opportunity to bring a mission trip to Dublin. They accomplished so much in so little time it was like they had “superpower!”
Jesus sends us out today like He sent the Seventy-two. We are to plant the kingdom of God in hearts and lives. There is no power that can compare to the power of knowing God through Jesus Christ.