Attendance Sunday morning was good with members and visitors we were glad to see all the ones present. We continue to have members out because of sickness, doctors, tests, etc. we are still praying they all will be able to be back with us soon.
Pastor Cottrell’s message was, “Be an Aaron or Hur.” We Christians share responsibility in an important task. It takes great strength to accomplish, we are to edify and uplift our brothers and sisters. To edify means to instruct or improve someone morally or intellectually. To uplift means to elevate or stimulate someone morally or spiritually. Rom. 14: 19, I Thess. 5: 11. When we think of uplifting and edifying we think of the story of Moses, Aaron and Hur. Ex. 17: 8-13 and the battle between the Amalekites and Israelites, where Joshua was tasked with leading the Israelites into battle, this should inspire us to uplift our brothers and sisters and always see the importance of being an uplifting person. Before Joshua went into battle Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill, as the battle was waged Moses took the rod of God, raised it and outstretched his hands when Moses’ hands were raised Joshua was winning the battle. When his hands dropped Amalek was winning. Aaron and Hur notices this and directly coincided with Moses outstretched hands, they stepped in to help hold up the arms of Moses, they saw the effect by offering the uplifting action of holding his arms up. The hill Moses, Aaron and Hur stood on was elevated, above the battle and in view of everyone. We as sons and daughters of God have an elevated position. We are elevated above the battle over death because of Christ’s sacrifice. We still feel the effects of the world, pulls at us everyday. We need our brothers and sisters to lift us up and encourage us. As the battle is being waged Joshua looks to the hill to see the arms being held, he is inspired to fight the fight with more conviction. When Aaron and Hur lifted the hands of Moses and held them, it was an encouragement to all who could see. We are encouraged when we see brothers and sisters being uplifted and edified. Edifying and uplifting one another is not a new concept, it has been a part of God’s teaching for ages. Yet some seem to struggle with accomplishing it. Prov. 6: 16-19, Prov. 26: 20, Ex. 14: 19-20. Others can and will be encouraged, uplifted and edified when they see us lifting others up, making their burdens lighter.
Sunday night at 6 p.m. Patrick Alligood finished the studies of the Minor Prophets. The last one for tonight was Malachi. Pastor Cottrell’s message, “The Covenant.” A covenant is an agreement between two parties. Much discussion from the congregation on different covenants, Malachi 2: 10-16 covenant about marriage. Malachi 1: 6-8, Malachi 3: 8-10 unfaithful in relationship to God etc. Malachi 3:10-12 is addressing the tithing, but the deeper root to this is the heart behind the person. If we can give of ourselves the very best we have to serve our God I believe He will bless us beyond our understanding. No one can out give God. Saturday night the Morgan County Baptist Association Senior Adult Banquet was held at Lake Oconee Baptist Chapel with six churches participating, Beacon Heights, Brownwood, Rutledge, Buckhead, New Hope and Lake Oconee. Three pastors were present Rev. Wilburn Hill, Rev. Mike Pritchett and Rev. Alvis Richardson. Saturday, Feb. 13 the Women’s Ministry meeting will be held at the Brownwood Community Building at 10 a.m. Everyone bring brunch or munch food. Brownwood Brotherhood will start having quarterly fellowship meetings on designated Sundays prior to Sunday school; breakfast will be served. The first meeting and breakfast will be Sunday, Feb. 28 at 8 a.m.
Our church, along with others is teaming up with Beacon Heights Baptist Church to have a “Holy Week” the week leading up to Easter. Worship services will be held at one of the participating church on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Everyone will go to his or her own church on Wednesday night. Time and place for services will be announced. Saturday night Peggy Harper, Margie Ward, Ann Terry, Dot Stewart and Millie McNair attended the Senior Adult Banquet at Lake Oconee Baptist Chapel.