By Margie Ward, Columnist
Sunday morning attendance was good; we had some members back after being out for surgery, sickness, etc. We missed regular members that were out for different reasons. Visitors were again present for service today; we always pray they will receive a blessing by coming and will continue to come. Bro. Ron gave the Morning Prayer, welcome and announcements. The choir special was, “It is well.” Special music, “He Hideth My Soul,” by James Butler with Kittie Mayfield at the piano. Bro. Ron continued message on titles of Holy Spirits.
Today’s title was, “Spirit of Glory,” I Peter 4: 14 and other scriptures. Peter understood persecution; Peter was a different man after Pentecost. The attacks, persecution, troubles or whatever we face today for the name of Christ we are blessed that the spirit of Glory rest on us. We rest in work, not from work. The Holy Spirit identified Himself through the scriptures.
God is a God of glory, He is Father of Glory, and Jesus is Lord of Glory. The Spirit of Glory rests on us during troubles and trials when we do the right thing. The world should know, church of Jesus Christ is in love with Jesus Christ. God is all about glory. On Sunday afternoon Margie Ward, Carol Ward and Mary Ward were among the large crowd attending the 100th birthday celebration for Ernest Ward at Madison Baptist Church fellowship hall.
Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to him as a group, talked to him one on one and then visited with others, having pictures taken. We all enjoyed birthday cake, ice cream punch and snacks. His birthday is actually Wednesday, Nov. 6 but today was a great day to have the party. Some things I remember about him; he was a carpenter, school bus driver for Morgan County, was a volunteer fireman with the fire department and I’m sure there is more.
He’s always been a hard worker. Brownwood “Kuntry Fun Day” will be Saturday, Nov. 9, 2-6 p.m. They are planning a children’s parade with decorated bikes and tricycles on the grounds, children’s activities, music, cake walk, cupcake walk for the children and a country store. Hot dogs, chili, chips and drinks. Come and enjoy the fun. Brownwood will host the Morgan County Baptist Association Brotherhood meeting Thursday, Nov.7 at 7 p.m. The Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes will be packed at Brownwood, after all is packed we will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.
The packed shoeboxes will be dedicated and prayed over in the sanctuary Sunday morning, Nov. 17 before being taken t the pickup location. Thanks to everyone that has helped us with the items for the boxes each month. God bless you all. Saturday night, Nov. 16 the Morgan County Baptist Association Senior Adult Banquet will be held at Apalachee Church at 6:30 p.m. Bring a covered filled dish. Pastors and Preaching Jonah learned more in the fish than some learn in seminary. Biscuits and sermons are improved by shortening. Great preaching requires great listening. If you don’t strike oil in the first 30 minutes stop boring.
A sermon need not be everlasting to have eternal value. Many pastor preach from a text – too far from it. Biblical preaching will make some glad and others mad. Popular preaching – one pastor remarked, “When I preach people stand in line – to get out.” Don’t use a gallon of words to express a spoonful of thought. It is easier to preach 10 sermons than it is to live one. Some ministers are dying by degrees. There is a lot of preaching done that the devil likes to hear. Long-winded preachers keep in mind that few souls are saved after 12 noon on Sunday. Many ministers aim at nothing and hit it every time. A sermon that pricks your conscience has good points.
A sermon is not an argument – a sermon is a piece of bread. After the pastor preaches the Word of God the people should take up the work of God. Much preaching is answering questions people are not asking. When there is no thirst for righteousness the sermons seem dry. Difficulties to the Christians are only miracles that have not yet happened. The great preacher makes a simple subject easy to understand instead of complicating it. Some preachers have wealth of thought; others have thought of wealth. All ministers should remember when they preach that God is one of their hearers. Happy Veterans Day!