Sunday morning attendance was good with members and visitors; sickness and jobs are the cause of some of our members’ absence. We are still praying for the people that are sick, seems like they get well from on thing and something else gets them down. Thank you visitors for continuing to come you all are a blessing to and we pray you received a blessing from coming. The special in song was, “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” by Ronald Atkinson, Connie Cottrell and Margie Ward with Kittie Mayfield at the piano. Pastor Cottrell’s message, “Re Gifting.”
Last week’s message spoke of some of the gifts the Magi brought to Jesus to show their devotion to their King. This week we look at the gifts Christ brought to us. We celebrate Christmas as the time of our Savior’s birth, but it is also the time that we need to remember all that, “I Am” encompasses seven gifts that Christ brought us with His birth. (1) “Peace,” John 16:33 the most important words of this passage is “in me.” We only find peace in Jesus and in a life set to seek Him. (2) “Love”, John 15:9-10, what is so special about the love that Christ gives us? By Christ sacrificing His life we have experienced His love as He abided in the love of the Father even unto death on the cross. (3) “Joy”, John 15: 11, we must remain in Him, in order for our joy to be full, true joy found in Christ cannot be taken by life’s burdens or circumstances. Joy is a state of mind, an orientation of the heart; it is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hopes something or someone that provides a source of happiness. It appears 88 times in Old Testament in 22 books, 57 times in New Testament in 18 books.
Christians should always find reasons to be joyful. (4) “Light”, John 8: 1-12, what does the light of Christ do? John 1: 4-13, The light of Christ gives light to every man coming into the world to show them the path to eternal life; light allows us to function in our everyday life; if Christ did not light the way we would not be able to see the path. That light comes through Him and His Word. (5) “True Vision,” John 9: 1-12, 35-39. The blind man gained physical sight, but it was the spiritual sight that he was blessed with. The true vision that Jesus put in the man allowed him to see Christ with his heart. (6) “Everlasting Quenched Thirst,” John 7: 37-38. Jesus offers himself as the giver of living water that will quench our eternal thirst. (7) “Everlasting Filling Bread”, John 6: 32-35. Jesus explained it was through the Father that the manna was given to the children of Israel. He said the bread of God is He who comes down to give life to the world. Jesus we don’t keep these gifts for ourselves but share them with the world. John 21: 15-19. Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved him and there were three responses. Feed my Lambs, Tend my Sheep and Feed my sheep. 1. Speaking on feeding and raising children of Christ. 2. Christ was tasking, Peter with leading the flock by meeting needs that he encountered. 3. Feed sheep continue to teach as Christ taught and love as Christ loves. We do all of this by taking these gifts and re-gifting them to others. The beautiful flowers in the sanctuary today were placed from the wedding of Morgan and Malcom Hetzer. Sunday night at 6 p.m. we had a called conference to vote on the proposed budget for 2016. Then we had a discussion time on topics from the Bible.Next Sunday morning, Dec. 20 we will take a special offering for Lottie Moon. Sunday night, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. Brownwood will have their Christmas Special and Candlelight Service.
Afterwards we’ll have finger foods and fellowship in the Family Life Center. Everyone please bring finger food. Thursday night, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. Brownwood will have a Watch Night Service with Breakfast.Saturday Dec. 12 the Women’s Ministry met at Brownwood Community Building. Those attending were Elaine McClure, Brenda McAdams, Alicia Cottrell and Avery, Connie Cottrell, Miriam Shatterly, Margie Ward, Ellen Smith, Janice Cronic, Ellen Austin, Dot Stewart, Cheryl Olson, Anne Terry, Millie McNair, Janice Jenkins and Jeanie Mullis. Glad to report Kathy Hensley has returned home from the hospital. Continue to pray for her. A Memorial Service for Charlie James will be held Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. at Brownwood Baptist Church. Peggy Harper visited family at Jacksonville, Ala. Her sister Bonnie Johnson, Donny and Tessa Sims, Austin, Addison and Landon Sims. Her sister Pat Bland of Eufaula, Ala. met her there.Tuesday night Rachel Wood was among the class that went to Madison Health and Rehab to play their violins and Piano musicals for the residents there. Margie Ward, Sonny, Mary, Rebekah and Zach Wood were among those attending. JESUS IS BETTER THAN SANTA Santa lives at the North Pole; Jesus is everywhere. Santa lives in a sleigh; Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water. Santa comes but once a year; Jesus is an ever present help.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited; Jesus stands at your door and knocks.Santa makes you stand in line to see him; Jesus is as close as the mention of His name.Santa lets you sit on his lap; Jesus lets you rest in His arms.Santa asks, “Little boy, little girl, what is y our name?” Jesus knew our names before we did. Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly; Jesus has a heart full of love.Santa offers “Ho, ho ho,” Jesus offers health, help and hope.Santa says “You better not cry,” Jesus says, “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.”Santa’s little helpers make toys; Jesus makes new lives, mends hearts, repairs broken homes.Santa may make you chuckle; Jesus gives you joy. Santa puts gifts under your tree; Jesus became our gift and died on the tree. There’s really no comparison.Jesus is the reason for the season.