Lots of Buckhead news to catch up on
County loses a treasure
I have just received a phone call on this Sunday night informing me the sad news that Neta Peppers has passed away. Everyone was so in hopes that she was going to pull out of her sickness after she started perking up and asking for something to drink and eat last week. I was told the doctor was amazed along with everyone else and everyone had their hopes up. After a few days she started going downhill again and this time it did not look good. Morgan County has lost a wonderful woman who had the most amazing memory of anyone I know. She had a wealth of Morgan County history within her. I could ask her about almost any subject and she could remember something about it; it never failed. I didn't know until Sally and I were working on Grandma's book that she and her family grew up in the Fairview community and all of them were great friends of Grandma's and the family. Just this last Christmas she came out to Sally and Tony's to join all of them at their get-together along with Aunt Harriette and Sandra's family. She thoroughly enjoyed it! She knew that house well having been there many times in her growing-up years. Laurie Lewis and Sandra Brown were good, close friends of Neta's and had spent many enjoyable days together through the years. Neta had many friends; she was a people person! Laurie was holding her hand when she passed away, here on this earth in one breath and stepping into heaven with the next. We extend our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to her husband, Artis, and her children, Beverly, Bruce, Ray, and Faith and their families who she loved dearly. She will be truly missed. She was a real Morgan County treasure.
AWANAs to start meeting Feb. 6
Attendance Sunday morning was good, we had several out due to sickness and surgery. We are still praying for these hoping they will be back in God’s house soon. We were again blessed to have visitors; we’re always glad to have them and hope they received a blessing and food for thought that will be helpful to them during the coming week and will come be with us again soon.
The choir’s special was “When we all get to Heaven.” Bro. Ron’s message, “Being Committed,” II Timothy 1: 8-12 and other scripture. Paul was in prison knowing before long his life would end. He was writing to Timothy encouraging him to continue and do God’s will, trusting and serving Him. He told him to stir up the strength and boldness he had in him and not to be afraid of people, always love them and tell them about Jesus and never be ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Qualities of commitment must be in place, in Paul’s life he had a thankful attitude for service clear conscience is an avenue for service, when he saw results of service it brought joy to him, His concern for Timothy leads to prayer, he told Timothy he prayed for him everyday and had a longing to see him. Paul said he was in prison for the right reason, confined by divine appointment and called by divine appointment. He knew what it was to suffer for the cause of Christ, He knew his commitment cross was suffering, in prison beaten and persecuted. His attitude toward suffering, I’m not ashamed. Paul’s commitment conviction, God’s power to save and His power to keep. He said he was called to salvation to serve, to preach the gospel, be an apostle of gospel, teacher and saved to live forever with Jesus. How are we committed to the cause of Christ today? God said He would be with us and equip us for whatever He calls us to do.
“Will you give the Lord a chance?”
In 1 Samuel 9: 27, the prophet Samuel urged King Saul to send his servants ahead of them, and then he asked Samuel to stop. He urged Saul to take a break as he heard from the Lord. Far too many times today we find ourselves bogged down with the hectic regularities of life. We fill our plates with so many activities from work, school, and play that we rarely have time for the Lord. In an effort to keep a well balanced social life, we tend to put God on the back burner in our lives until we are forced to make that emergency phone call to Him when we are in desperate need of His help. In this passage of Scripture, King Saul was urged to stop, or take a break, so that he could hear the Word of the Lord proclaimed to him. I believe this is a clear indication that God wants us to take at least a few minutes of our day and give Him a chance to speak to us through His perfect and infallible Word. Give the Lord a chance to speak to you today. You may be surprised at the blessings that He has for you through being obedient to His will.
For more information, feel free to contact any of our staff here at Centennial Baptist Church, 5321 Brownwood Road, Rutledge, GA. Or call 706-557-2120 or visit our website at www.centennialbaptist.org for worship opportunities!
Printed in the January 31, 2013 edition
“Walking in the newness of life”
Greetings from the Springs. Just think. We have had sun and rain, warm and cold No matter how hard they try to predict the weather it is always slightly off. Thankfully we are not all forecasters.
There was a great turn out for the Women’s Prayer Breakfast. It was organized by Sister Toni Terrell and Minister Kathy Hubbard and it blessed our souls. I would title Toni’s message, “Unwrapping Yourself to be What God wants you to be.” It was presented in a manner that all of the ladies could relate. She stated that often we present ourselves in a way that we think is pleasing but God sees what we really are underneath the wrappings of life
She went further to say that for those that just can’t seem to get to that next level or accomplish that desire that the Lord has placed in their hearts, it is probably due to still trying to hang on that final issue that you just won’t let go. Yes, we are coming to church, worshipping and praising. We even study our Bibles and yet there is that thing that is closest to you that still has you bound. Until you unwrap everything and be what God wants you to be you will not reach your fullest potential.
Dr. Kathy Hubbard spoke to the group next and she focused on our prayer life. She led us to Ephesians 1: 4, 15-19 and we see Paul telling them that they were chosen “before the foundation of the world” and he also mentioned the people in his prayers that God would give them wisdom and revelation.
Columnist: “What must I do to be saved?”