By T. Adrienne Terrell
Greetings from The Springs! I shared with you previously all of the events scheduled for the month of October. Well one more has been added. The next USBC Women’s Conference will be a two-day occasion. The first session will be on Friday, Oct. 11 starting at 7 p.m. and the second session will be on Saturday, Oct. 12 beginning at 12 noon. All ladies in the community are invited to attend. Whether you can get to both or just one part of this exciting series Come!Sunday, Sept. 8 Minister Derrick preached at Kelley’s Church in Henry County for their morning service. Unfortunately Pastor Richardson had technical difficulties with his voice and needed some assistance. Minister Worrell’s message was entitled, “I ain’t got no worries,” and his text came from Acts 28: 1-6. Thanks to his wife Wintress for keeping me updated.
Wednesday’s Bible Study led us to a comparison analysis entitled, “The Temple: Then and now.” The temple then was a physical structure that contained the Outer Court, the Sanctuary or Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. However, the temple today is our physical body. The church of today is more than just brick and mortar, it is us. Everywhere we go we can take the church with us.
In our study Pastor Terrell tells us that man is made up of three parts or a triune. The first part is the body, which represents the Outer Court and the place of physical sacrifices. The next part of man is the soul, which equals the sanctuary. This is the part of man that chooses God and is the place of fellowship and daily communion. The final part of man is the spirit, which is symbolic of the Holy of Holies, the place most holy set aside for God Himself.
In his conclusion of the lesson, Pastor Terrell reminded us that God has not changed. He made us a living sacrifice and He wants us to live holy. Today we are the temples and the same things that the temple dealt with then we deal with them now.
Here is food for thought from Pastor T. We are not going to church we are the church. We are going to fellowship and get our souls fed! Truly we are indeed!
OK. Have you ever been at the point in your life when it seems like God is not answering those things on your list that you need Him to do? Yes, He has delivered you before but you are at a stand still. Consider this. Did you give God praise for the last thing that He did for you? Did you really thank Him and give Him the glory? In the message for Sunday, Rev. Terrell revealed to us the answer. Until we come back to God with thanksgiving, our list will continue to get longer and longer.
To bring this to life we examined Luke 17:11-19, as Jesus was passing through Samaria. The area that he visited was similar to what we may consider to be the housing projects or another common area that we are familiar. He met up with 10 men there that had leprosy. (Like these men, any of us could have a particular situation that needs attention.)
When the men saw Jesus they called Him Master, meaning Commander. They knew if they could just get His attention then He would command a blessing for them. Their praise got them into His presence and when Jesus saw them they had favor.
At this time in history there was no cure for leprosy. First Jesus cleansed them meaning He purified their blood. The disease that they had showed up on the outside due to what was going on in the inside of their bodies.
God purified the inside of the men first. One point to keep in mind is when we have done all that we can do for ourselves we need to keep calling on the name of Jesus. These men could not cleanse themselves but when they saw our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ they, “lifted up their voices and said, Jesus, Master have mercy on us.”
Verse 15 shows us another key point. When one of the men realized that the Lord had healed him, he “turned back and with a loud voice glorified God and fell down on his face at his feet, giving thanks, and he was a Samaritan.”
Pastor Terrell stated that when Jesus first came. He came for the Jews. At this time, He was not healing the Gentiles. But since this stranger, a Samaritan gave thanks, God favored him and he didn’t have to wait to be healed. This man offered up thanksgiving to Jesus and his faith made him whole. The Lord will do the same for us.
There is more to seeking God than just coming to Him with a list of what we want. Psalm 100 directs us to, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him and bless His name.” So praise Him with uplifted voices and came back to Him with a prayer of thanksgiving! Glory be to God!
Choir Extravaganza: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.
USBC Women’s Conference: Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12 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.