Teachers have a greater accountability, not all teachers are preachers.
On Sunday morning the attendance was good with visitors present. We pray they received a blessing and could feel God’s presence in our midst. We welcome each one to come back and worship with us. The call to worship was “A call to worship,” by the choir. Special music was “Who am I?” by Patrick Alligood. Bro. Ron’s message was on the “Ark”, Heb. 11: 7 and other scriptures. This is known as the “Hall of Faith” chapter. God told Noah to build the ark, Noah was moved by things God told him; Noah demonstrated his faith in God and built the ark for the salvation of his household and all the animals. The ark took 120 years to build. We and our loved ones need to get in the ark; what are we doing to build an ark for the safety of others? This was a new beginning for Noah and his family and it can be a new beginning for us today. We can have salvation, security, provision, etc. today, we just need to have faith and obey God.
On Sunday night at 6 p.m. a good attendance present. Bro. Ron continued on the “Spiritual Gift of Teaching,” I Peter 4: 10-11, Ezra 7:10. Eccl. 12: 9-14. Teachers have a greater accountability, not all teachers are preachers; Jesus taught in parables, taught using illustrations. Solomon taught knowledge; Jesus greatest teacher of all times, teacher with authority, He will meet us just where we are. God’s grace is important. We need to be good stewards of the gift we have been given in the church.
Among those that I know of that went to Nursecare on Sunday afternoon for singing and visiting were Betty Mullins, Peggy Harper, Christy Brown, Esther Atkinson, Ronald Atkinson, Howard, Patsy and Denny Pickett.
Sonny, Sarah and Rebekah Wood attended the Georgia Right to Life Day at the Capital in Atlanta on Tuesday, January 22.
James and Ellen Moore of Leesburg, Florida spent several days with Doris Stovall last week.
It was good to have Mike and Debbie Page back with us on Sunday. Mike returned from a business trip in Houston, Texas.
Doris Stovall, Ellen and James Moore visited Keith Barnett in Bostwick on Saturday.
Mary Jo Collins and Margie Ward visited Peggy Steele in Rockdale County Hospital Saturday afternoon.
James Harold and Ellen Smith attended baptismal services for Drew James at Good Hope Christian Church Sunday morning.
Ellen and James Moore and Doris Stovall enjoyed dinner on Sunday with Sandra and Ray Ward in Eatonton.
The Associational Brotherhood meeting will be held Thursday night, February 7 at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church in Bostwick. The executive meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.
Next Sunday morning, February 10 at 11 a.m. Derek Leman, Rabbi for Jesus Hope of David Messianic Fellowship will be special speaker at Brownwood. He will speak on “Jesus in the Passover.”
Next Sunday night at 6 p.m. there will be a special call conference at Brownwood.
The Quiet Sermon
A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly stopped going. After a few weeks the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair still silent. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the pastor reached the door to leave his host said with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday.”