September 2, 2018
On behalf of our church and Community Table ministry, I want to thank the volunteers who come to help us from outside our church. These wonderful folks who help prepare the food, box up the take out, or deliver are truly our brothers and sisters in Christ. They humble me every time I see them at work. God bless you.
I must tell you that a large group of men from the Rotary Club and Lions Club actually cooked the hamburger patties for the last Community Table. Some could help a while and then leave, and others would show up. They grilled 300 patties behind the Rotary building! I said a few years ago it takes a village to pull off a hamburger party in Dublin and it still holds true.
D J Klutts gave a head count of number of people served a meal that evening, it was 272. Some of the fellows who ate “in house” with us ate two burgers. My neighbor, Dalton Craddock, phoned us to say he “thought it was the best hamburger he ever ate.”
The Stephenville Community Pantry will be at the Stephenville First Baptist Church parking lot on Thursday, September 20, from 5 till 7 p.m. It is for all Erath County residents. Come to get all types of food, bring someone who needs food, or come to volunteer. Here is an opportunity to serve the Lord.
It was announced that Deborah Hammonds will have surgery on September 10 and that she would appreciate our prayers. Pastor Ken prayed for her by name.
Our congregation extends sympathy to the family and friends of Sam Moore. Sam was a football coach here in Dublin several years ago. His son and daughter-in-law are Sammy and Jill Moore.
September birthdays are David Cleveland and Kaitlyn Gordon.
Rev. Ken Lunsford preached about “Commandments or Traditions.” He based his lesson on scripture from the seventh chapter of Mark.
These scriptures deal with the Pharisees condemning Jesus and His disciples eating without ritually cleaning their hands. Now these Pharisee knew nothing of germs and bacteria, this was a ritual, religious process.
Jesus called the crowd together and said “Listen to me. Nothing outside of a person can contaminate them in God’s sight; rather, the things that come out of a person contaminate the person.”
It could be that in Jesus’ sight these traditions had taken on almost idolatrous significance for the Pharisees. This is true of many persons besides the Pharisees, including Christians. God then is on our lips, but not in our hearts. And it is our hearts that Christ is concerned about, it is the inner person Christ came to redeem. Are we satisfied to appear like a Christian or do we want to follow Christ? Will we put on the mantel of Christ?
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