Greetings from The Springs! With a very heavy heart, I must tell you of the sudden passing of Bro. Alexis Hill of Eatonton. This devoted family man and dedicated church member will be deeply missed by our community. Please continue to keep this family in your thoughts and prayers during their time of bereavement. Funeral arrangements were not available at press time. The date for the launch of The Springs’ Food Pantry is quickly approaching and we are still accepting donations. The first pick up day will be during Prayer and Testimony on Wednesday, March 9 in the Fellowship Hall. Contact the church or a church member for more details.
After taking a brief break from our study of Revelation, the series is back. Pastor Robert Terrell covered chapters nine and 10 that discussed the fifth and sixth trumpets and the “little book.” Chapter Nine starts with the fifth trumpet sounding and the angel opening the bottomless pit. Locusts came out of the smoke that was released from the pit, and they were given power to torment men that were not sealed by God. It is interesting to note that normally locust eat the green of the earth, which is the vegetation. In this case, all they could do was torment the men. There are three major points in this passage. One is that God made death behave. The locust could torment but not kill. The second key is that the locust could not eat the green of the earth. The final point is that God gave a set time of five months for the locusts to torment. In the midst of this entire situation, God had total control!
When the sixth trumpet sounded, four angels were released to kill one-third of humanity. “By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed-by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths.” Pastor Terrell said that at this point, one-half of the population on earth was killed. God is still in control because He is allowing Satan’s army to release destruction. In chapter 10, John is instructed to eat the “little book”, which contained the Word of God. Verse nine states, “So I went to the angel and said to him, ‘Give me the little book.’ And he said to me, ‘Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your stomach.’” The Word of God is sweet but receiving it can be rough. To believers, it is sweet. To unbelievers, it is bitter and pronounces judgment. An announcement came at the end of Bible Study and it was one that many of us had been waiting for. The next Women’s Conference will be a two-day event March 18-19th. Session 1 starts that Friday evening with Session 2 on Saturday morning.
This is one of the most popular events at USBC, so ladies mark your calendars! Sunday, February 28, The Springs celebrated Men’s Day with an awesome program organized by Deacons John Clements and Ricky Dolvin. As a part of the festivities, the church honors an individual each year that is exemplary of specific qualifications. He must be one that tithes, a regular church attendee and respected as a mentor. I can hardly wait to tell you that this year’s recipient was my wonderful husband, Deacon Anthony Terrell. Yea! He graciously accepted the award and gave thanks to the power of prayer for him making it this far in life. He explained that when the enemy attacked him several times over the years, prayers from his family and especially his mother, Hazel Terrell, brought him through. There were five speakers for the morning’s program and each one had a different message to share with the church. The first speaker was Deacon Michael Williams whose message was, “A Race to be Ran.” His main text came from I Corinthians 9:24-27 and he said that in this race of life, it takes some preparation. The rules for the race can be found in Exodus 20:3-17 where we find the Ten Commandments. We must bring ourselves under the subjection of God and wait on Him. Next, we had Bro. Gary Williams and he told the men to fight the devil with spiritual warfare. The biggest hindrance between man and God is his prayer life. All men need a prayer life. His scripture came from Genesis 35:18. The “middle man” was Deacon Aaron Jackson and his message was, “Too Religious to have Mercy.” He gave a familiar passage of Luke 10: 25-37, which tells of the Good Samaritan and as Christians, we should follow this example. Sometimes all that a person needs is a little mercy to get back up when he falls. The fourth man on the program was Bro Robert (Trey) Terrell, III and he enthusiastically shared his testimony with the congregation.
The title of his “mini-sermon” was “I’m Just Trying to Get Right” and his text came from Matthew 21: 18-22; 1 Peter 5:6-7 and Romans 8:17. He gave a great demonstration and put us all on notice that, since he is now married and has a son, he is striving to live right. The closing act was Minister Derrick Worrell who described the “Classic Man.” Psalm 37: 23-26 describes this man and the men of The Springs are this way, too. He went on to say that we need to hold up our men and push them to their destinies. The enemy wants to take the man out of the home but we cannot let this happen. Minister Worrell wants all men to be victorious in life and shake off the poverty and slavery mindsets of the past. Be presentable! Be respectable! Stick together as a family!
God blesses us to be blessings to others! All of our speakers had a relevant topic that we all could learn something. We truly have a great diversity of strong, victorious men making up the body of USBC! Another recognition made on Sunday was to the Morgan County High School Boys and Girls Basketball Teams. Both teams won their last games, which launched them to the state finals to be held at the Macon Coliseum on March 5. On the boys’ team, we have Alex Woodard and Asst. Coach, Brian Greene, who is a former MCHS basketball player. Their season record was 25 wins and four losses, USBC has several members on the girls’ team including Aris Hubbard, Jaturia (Pie) Bryant and Autumn Woodard. Their record for the year was 27 wins and three losses, which was outstanding, too. It is a short drive to Macon, so let’s be “One Morgan” and support our students! Until next week… Glory Be To God!