Union Springs October Calendar
Choir Extravaganza Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.
African-American Museum Concert Oct. 24
Hallelujah Fest Oct.26, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Pastor’s Appreciation Day Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.
By T. Adrienne Terrell
Greetings from The Springs! It is not too early to start telling you about all the scheduled events coming on our campus in October.
Choir Extravaganza: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.
African-American Museum Concert: Thursday, Oct. 24
Hallelujah Fest: Saturday, Oct.26, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Pastor’s Appreciation Day: Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.
Keeping reading for updates and more details to come!
Just when we thought that we had learned all there was about the tabernacle we keep finding more and more to study on this topic. I am not sure if we will stay on this subject when we resume our studies in a couple weeks but if so get ready to delve even deeper into The Word. Remember this Wednesday will be Prayer and Testimony Night as we always have on the Wednesday leading up to second Sunday and Communion Day.
Sunday Little Miss Kari Kendyl Law was dedicated back to the Lord amid a host of several family and friends. She is the beautiful daughter of Kenneth and Shumia Law. Right now the proud father is serving our great country as a member of the United States Navy and a big thank you goes out to him as he protects our freedom! Oh by the way Little Miss Kari will have a new brother or sister coming very soon! Congratulations to this wonderful family.
We were so fortunate to have two life-changing messages Sunday. In the first one Pastor Terrell went to Acts 14:19-22, where we examined how the Apostle Paul did not let even being at the brink of death stop him from serving God. In these passages we see how on the first day “they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.” The next day he went on to the city of Derbe and started preaching again. He didn’t just stop there either. Paul next went back to the place where he was stoned to confirm those that were saved.
This is a great lesson for us especially since some of us will let any little bump in the road keep us from serving the Lord. Are we going to give up that easily? Now most of our situations in life don’t compare to being stoned like Paul but still we use them as excuses for us getting off course.
Remember that the things done in the Book of Acts are the same things that we should be doing today such as laying on of hands and speaking in tongues to name a few. The New Testament church served God. They didn’t let even major obstacles such as being stoned keep them from serving the Lord. We too should have the attitude that no devil can stop us from truly serving Him!
The second sermon for the morning was equally as life changing if we are willing to apply the Bible to our lives. The text came from Exodus 8: 20, 27-28, which is the time of the fourth plaque of Egypt when Pharaoh again refused to release the Hebrew people. God said, “Let My people go that they may serve me.” Yet Pharaoh said, “I will let you go, that you may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness: only you shall not go very far away. Intercede for me.” Both statements are similar, but Pharaoh put a little twist in his.
Pastor Terrell said hearing from God is important. When God speaks to us the enemy hears it too but he will take God’s Word and try to make it sound the same. He tries to get into the Word but his two cents worth is not what you need.
Think about this. The devil does not want you to get too far away from him. God had told Moses to take a three days’ journey, which would have been far enough away for them not to turn around. The trick of the enemy was for them to not go too far.
For our application to use is this, the devil doesn’t mind us going to church just as long as we don’t praise the Lord too much. It is okay with him for us to go to church but come back home and continue living the life of the world.
Rev. Terrell went on to say that there are two ways for us to recognize the voice of the enemy. The first is that he says it doesn’t take all that to serve God. (I would say that would mean that you wouldn’t need to praise God with uplifted hands or with shouts of joy or studying His Word and routinely attending Bible Study).
The second way to recognize the enemy is He will show doubt in your life. We only need to go to Genesis 3 when the serpent asked Eve, “Has God indeed said you should not eat of every tree of the Garden? Clearly God commanded this but the enemy restated it with his own little twist.
In closing Pastor Terrell said that some of us are too close to the same old things that we were delivered from. Distancing ourselves from the old man is the key. The enemy wants to keep you close to that thing just so he can reel you back. We need to follow God’s Word to the letter for our deliverance.
We can’t keep making excuses for not trusting completely in the Bible. The church is the place for your healing and deliverance. When we have a problem we need to take it to the altar and be set free. All that we have to do is believe, believe and believe. Take this to heart. When the Lord has delivered you are out all the way out! Glory Be To God!