Selfishness Americans used to say, “Give me liberty.” Today they just say, “Give Me.” The perfect gift for the person who has everything – a burglar alarm. Too many people live cafeteria style – self-service. No one is so empty as when he is filled with thoughts of himself. Selfishness makes Christmas a burden; love makes it a delight. The man who has a good opinion of himself is usually a poor judge. If we want an increase of Christ, there must be a decrease of self. Time spent pitying oneself is worse than a waste of time. Many people do not cast their bread upon the water until it is stale. One of the hardest things about business is minding your own. Most people will agree with you if you’ll just keep quiet. Jacob wrestled with an angel. Most of us wrestle with just plain self. God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves. He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals. Envy provides the mud that failure throws at success. How empty is a life that is filled with nothing but things. Of all the four-letter words, self is the worst. Selfishness is the essence of sin. Everyone wants the world changed but few are willing to change themselves. When you are wrapped up in yourself you are overdressed. The only sympathy that is wasted is when it is used on self. America bless God.
By Margie Ward
On Sunday morning I did not attend the morning worship service but was told attendance was about the same, some members were out due to work schedules, traveling, reunions, etc. Visitors were present, always good to know they are so faithful in their attendance. We pray they will continue to come and be blessed in many ways. The call to worship, “There’s something about that Name.” The choir special was, “The Unclouded Day.” Solo special and music by Caitlin Butler singing and playing, “How deep the Father’s Love for Us.” Pastor Ron had small children come up front and shared John 3: 8, did an illustration to teach them about faith in God. This verse says, “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it but do not know where it comes from and where it is gong; so is everyone who is born of the spirit.” Bro. Ron’s message, “On the Holy Spirit and belonging to Christ,” Romans 8:15. Many people and nations are ‘spiritual” but not all are in the Holy Spirit. Humans have a God created longing to worship but God gives us free will to worship Him or someone or something else. Jesus died for all mankind. We can receive a spirit of adoption as sons of God. Jesus himself said, “I can do nothing by myself except that my Father abides in me.” We cannot see work in all creation. We can see it in sincere Christians in their daily lives. Science cannot understand how a bumblebee can fly, because by human laws of engineering the bee could not possibly fly. We just know that it can, one of many marvels of God’s creation and Spirit. The apostle Paul wanted the church to understand the spirit of God living in us is the way of salvation. None of the works we do can produce salvation if we do not make Jesus Lord of our hearts and lives. Jesus did no say God WAS the God of Abraham and the saints. He said God IS the God of Abraham. Jesus instituted the new covenant, which would come about by His blood sacrifice. Jesus suffered all the sin and abuse of the world to give us the greatest gift in all history. We have His spirit of adoption as children of God.
Sunday night at 6 p.m. we had our regular Quarterly Conference.
Items for October to help fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child are hats gloves, scarves, mittens, earmuffs and hard candy.
Padget Cook from Florida spent several days recently with Doris Stovall.
Margie Ward attended the Martin family reunion on Sunday at the Smith House in Athens. Around 60 to 65 relatives and friends were in attendance. Everyone attending enjoyed the food, fellowship and seeing each other again. Each year some attend for maybe the first time and it is always good to see them.
Look ahead to Thursday, November 7 the Morgan County Baptist Association Brotherhood meeting will be held at Brownwood Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Executive meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m. All men are urged to attend.
November 16, the Morgan County Baptist Association Senior Adult Banquet will be held at Apalachee Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. Everyone need to bring a covered dish.
Thanks to Brenda McAdams and Kittie Mayfield for their help with the church news this week.