By T. Adrienne Terrell, Columnist
Greetings from The Springs! Sometimes I think that I should change the opening address for this article. I am a creature of habit, though. Also, I must say that it is such an honor for me to have the opportunity to address you all each week. God has truly given me one of the desires of my heart. On second thought, perhaps I should just leave well enough alone, so GREETINGS!
Congratulations to Young Miss Justina Hubbard who made the basketball team for Social Circle. She stated that she will play on the JV and Varsity teams. Well, that’s just another team that we will need to root for. Who knows? She may be the next WNBA superstar! The missionary report from Thailand is all good. As you know Brother Ron Reams is there representing The Springs. Sister Kiki Yenerall told us at Bible study that Pastor Stacey Carver’s wife says that they have already had 30 souls saved and one building has been completed.
Let’s keep them all in our prayers as they finish their mission in the name of the Lord. I know that last Sunday it seemed like Kathy Hubbard just disappeared after 2 p.m. but it was for a good reason. She went over to Dally Chapel in Social Circle where she was the speaker for their 5th Annual Women’s Day Program. Her massage was, “What to Do When There Is a Gift Wrapped on the Inside of You,” and the text for the afternoon came for Ruth 4: 13-17. Although many of The Springs’ members missed hearing her due to our Hallelujah Fest, I am sure that it was great.
On Sunday, Young Master Jaiden Elijah Brown was dedicated back to the Lord. His mother is Miss Darien Brown and Grandmother is “Honey” Brown. When the family first came up to the front of the church, he seemed to be “sleeping like a baby,” but once Pastor Terrell held him, he was wide awake. Jaiden was given the charge to go out and possess the land and he will! Praise God!
Sunday’s sermon told us all about the gospel message. Pastor Terrell started with saying that no matter where a preacher comes from in the Bible, he has to end up with the gospel message. Really, the only thing that he is supposed to preach is the gospel message. So many times, people feel unworthy and believe that God doesn’t hear them or really doesn’t know them or really doesn’t love them. This is a trick of the enemy. No matter what is going on in your life you can’t let the enemy make you feel so distant from God to think that He does not love you. God loves you.
Rev. Terrell went on to say that sometimes when we slip up and fall and get a little dirt on us the devil tries to use this on us. However, the gospel message is not about us but about Jesus. If the message was about us, we would still be in our mess. No matter what we are going through, He is still in charge sitting on the right hand of God the Father pleading my case daily. When the enemy comes in like a flood Jesus says, “Oh no, he belongs to Me. I’ve got him covered under My blood, washed in the Blood of the Lamb.” Don’t let any devil, no imp, and no soothsayer in h—, stop you from serving God. Don’t let any devil whisper in your ear make you feel like you have not been washed.
The scripture for the morning came from Romans 5:8. “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Pastor Terrell says this will change how we look at the gospel message. Paul did not conform to the Romans to be their friend but to save some of them. He said that he had learned to be all things to all people to save some. In other words he had to be relevant to the times. The same goes for today.
No matter what is going on in our lives, “But God…” No matter how it looks, “But God…” The odds may be stacked up against you, “But God…” The Bible says while we were yet still sinners, Christ died for us. We didn’t have it all worked out, but he paid the price.