Greetings from The Springs! With heavy hearts, the USBC family mourns the passing of Deacon Tommie Johnson of Rutledge.
Most of you know that he was the loving husband of Mother Willie Ann Johnson who originated the Union Springs section of this paper. After service on Sunday, many of The Springs visited Willie Ann and her family. If you passed by the house, you would have seen the gathering outside.
It was a perfect autumn afternoon with a slightly overcast sky and a cool breeze blowing. As we sat around talking, Willie Ann’s granddaughter fluttered about catching, of all things, the beautiful butterflies which graced her lovely flowers still in full bloom.
She would show them to Willie Ann in a proud fashion and go out and catch more. Although Mother Johnson was probably somewhat melancholy, somehow I know that seeing her granddaughter, dancing as the butterflies were, brought her a touch of comfort.
This day was a sweet representation that those in Christ have the hope of seeing everlasting life after our mortal death. May the family know that they are certainly in our thoughts and prayers. Sunday, October 12 marked the end of our Three-Day Corporate Fast. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Pastor Robert Terrell’s sermon was quite fitting as we enter into a new season. The text for the morning came from Romans 12: 1-2 as we looked at how when we are fasting, our bodies are a living sacrifice.
In the Old Testament days, the priest sacrificed animals to make sin offerings. Now that grace is on the scene, we know that obedience to The Word is better than sacrifice. Pastor Terrell went on to say that when you press down the fleshly man, creating your bodies as a living sacrifice, you don’t need to make a sin offering.
Fasting is an obedience offering and it increases your ability to hear from God. It fine tunes your antenna and tunes it to the right direction. God wants you to hear His good and perfect Word. Some, during their fasting, experienced some hunger pangs, yet feeling this hunger is the sacrificial pleasure that draws you closer to God. (The Bible even states that after Jesus fasted, He was hungry.)
In essence, you are starving the flesh while you are hungry and thirsty seeking righteousness. I know that this series on fasting and participating in the corporate fast has deepened our knowledge and understanding of our Lord.
“Nothing is impossible with God!” Keep in mind that Pastor Appreciation Day is Sunday, October 26 at 10 a.m. Deacon Johnny Hubbard organizes this special event each year, and he has set another great program, so don’t miss it! Immediately following service on that day, we will host our annual Hallelujah Fest for the youth.
Another exciting event for the youth is the “Dare Against Bullying Social” host by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday, October 25 from 4 – 9 p.m. This is for current Morgan County students 11 to 15 years old. Let’s support this positive program to combat this problem affecting the crucial learning years of our future leaders in the community.
As you move forth during this fasting period, keep this scripture in mind. “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Let’s be mindful that when you fast, your bodies are a living sacrifice! Glory Be To God!