Sunday morning attendance was good. It was good to see al that could come, missed all that were not present due to sickness, jobs, holiday get together, etc. Visitors were present once again. It is always good to have them. They add many blessings by their presence to our service. The choir’s special Sunday was, “Kneel at the Cross.” Pastor Cottrell’s message was “A Position of Honor.” Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the p people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. We have the freedom to live as we do because of the sacrifice that many have made before us. They deserve our thoughts, honor and respect and we should never lose sight of what they did for you and me. Luke 14: 7-11. This parable speaks of a position of honor and deals with how we should not seek a position of honor. Jesus had been invited to a prominent Pharisee’s house for a meal, many people desired to get invited to this (you probably remember as a child wanting to sit by a certain person or in a certain place.) Here, Jesus was watching the shuffle for positions at the table. Jesus led into this parable about people who seek honor for themselves. He said seeking honor for yourself is nothing short of being full of pride. Proverbs 18: 12, “Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.” If you seek humility you will then be honored. Jesus came to serve from a lowly position. If we simplify our faith we will see that God desires for us to love him, seek him, serve and love others. Everything God teaches us through his word is about u s pouring ourselves out for others. We shouldn’t seek a place of honor; if we do we will never find it. Phil 2: 1-3. Just as the fallen soldiers we must think of others as better than ourselves. They knowingly walked onto the battlefields willing to serve for you and me, thinking less of themselves and more of others. Our goal everyday should be to love.
Sunday night at 6 p.m. attendance was good. Pastor Cottrell’s message was, “The Purpose Behind the Altar of God,” Exodus 20: 24-25. An altar was a raised piece of earth, could have been made from dirt o r stones. Noah, Abraham and Isaac are in common concerning altars; they voluntarily built altars to God, Gen. 18-21, Gen. 22: 9-10, and Gen. 26: 23-24. They all had close communion with God, they wanted to do without being told. They understood the importance of the altar and how it related to God. Some individual sacrifices mentioned in Leviticus 1. The burnt offering; Leviticus 2, the grain offering, Leviticus 3: 1-17, the peace or fellowship offering, Leviticus 4: 5-13, the sin offering, Leviticus 5: 14-17, the trespass or guilt offering. The purpose behind the altar in our churches today is to restore communion with God, thank God for the blessings of him meeting our n4eeds and asking him to guide our thought and actions. Next Sunday morning, May 31 The Lord’s Supper will be observed at Brownwood.
Sunday evening, May 31, 5 to 6:30 p.m. a free supper will be held at Brownwood Baptist Church Family Life Center. Our Fifth Sunday Night sing will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Every one is also invited to come to this. Brownwood Baptist is starting a meals ministry on June 1. Our meals on wheels will be delivering free meals to shut-ins in our area. If you know of someone in need of this please let us know by calling Alicia at 706-386-8966. Vacation Bible School will be held at Brownwood Baptist June 14-19, 6 to 9 p.m. The theme is EVEREST. Ages are three years to sixth grade. Next Saturday, May 30 the Women’s Ministry will meet at the home of Dawn Smith at 10 a.m. This will be a Housewarming for the Smith Family in their new home. Please bring brunch or munch food. Thursday afternoon Betty Bailey, Lovie McGiboney, Margie Ward and Julie Phillips met at Cracker Barrel to celebrate Margie’s birthday. Julie and Billy Phillips, Sonny, Mary, Rebekah, Rachel and Zach had dinner on Sunday at the home of Margie Ward and celebrated her birthday, which was Sunday.