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Sunday attendance was good for Father’s Day. We still have members out for different reasons. We know God knows each condition or need and will be with them in His time. God is good! Our faithful visitors continue to come and bless our hearts.  We pray each one will be blessed and will feel welcome each time they come worship with us.

The call to worship was “Sing to the King”, by the choir.  Later, the choir special was “Redeemed.” Special music was “Just Keep It Between the Lines, sung by Patrick Alligood. It was a great song for Father’s Day!  All fathers present were recognized.

Pastor Cottrell’s message was “Endearing Legacy”. When I look at the family unit and realize the role mother’s play, I ask myself, “what are fathers for?”  The father leads with their words, their deeds, their responses and their time. All fathers want to leave an endearing legacy for their children.  What does this mean?  Endearing means to manifest or evoke affection. Legacy means anything handed down from the past. For something or someone to be endearing, it means that affection was not forced or asked for. The phrase “endearing legacy” makes you think of a child that has so much affection for their father because of how he has lived, that they desire to follow the example he has set before them. They want to take what he taught them and they want to keep that legacy going.

Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9. These words inspired by God, spoken by Moses to prepare the children of Israel before crossing over into the promised land.  There are two main points I want to make from this passage.

(1) These people were on a journey to the promised land. “The nation of Israel began their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, by promptly turning away from it.”  Rather than take the shorter, coastal route to Canaan, God directed Israel southeast toward the Red Sea. The direct route led through the land of Philistines, and while God could have simply destroyed the enemy (as He would at the Red Sea), His concern lay more with the unprepared and fearful hearts of His people (Exod. 13:17-18).  God took them the long way.  It seemed pointless.  But was it?

God’s deliverance by parting the Red Sea paved the way for Israel to meet God face to face at Sinai and to receive the law by which they could live in the Promised Land. If the goal was simply a destination, God seemed a lousy travel agent.  A journey of three weeks would ultimately take 40 years!  But God purposes to give His people something far more than a parcel of land; He offered them a changed heart.

(2) The word was given to the fathers in verse 2; “that you may fear God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson.”

Fathers, we never stop being fathers.  We never stop leading our families no matter our age.  How do we lead our families?  It starts with us.  Verses 8-9 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorpost of your house and on your gates.”

When we are walking in the right direction, it’s much easier for our families to follow.  We should teach our children with diligence. How? Verse 7 gives us a good understanding.  In order to teach them diligently, we should talk of God and His commands when we sit at home, when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up.  If we want to teach our children to love God above all, we must keep His word on our lips.  Let your children remember you for being the one who led them closer to God.

We can sum up what we should teach our children in one command, and Jesus noted this to be the greatest commandment of all.  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

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* On Tuesday I had an appointment in Athens with Dr. Shuler.  My hand is healing a little at a time and is headed in the right direction. I left there and went to St. Mary’s Hospital where my son-in-law, Billy Phillips was having surgery on his hand.  After  his surgery and he got in recovery, I left there and went by my sister’s house. There I visited with my sister, Alice Cheatham, my niece Laynette Wood and my nephew Donald Cheatham.

* Saturday night Julie Phillips and I, along with approximately 30 others, attended a birthday supper for my sister, Alice Cheatham, at her home in Athens. We celebrated her 95th birthday!  What a blessing she has always been to her family and friends.

* There will be no Discipleship Training Class on Sunday night because of Vacation Bible School.

* On Sunday morning, June 24th, a group from Brownwood will go to Madison Health and Rehab for Sunday School, at 9:45 a.m.

* Vacation Bible School will be at Brownwood Baptist Church, June 24 – 28, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pre-K through sixth grade. THEME: “Camp Moose on the Loose.” June 29 at 6:30 p.m. is Family Night.  Come out and support these children and adults, who work so hard and are excited about their week and want to share it with you!  Hope to see you there!

* If you are looking for a great and affordable overnight camp for your child…THIS IS IT!  It’s July 10-13 and is sponsored by the Morgan County Baptist Association. The camp is a week long camp for ages 8-12 (must be 8 before Jan. 1, 2018 and 12 during the week of camp).  Campers come in on Tuesday at Camp Daniel Morgan Hard Labor Creek State Park and leave Friday morning.  It’s a great time of Worship, Bible Study, Fun and Fellowship. For more information contact Rodney or Cyndi Allgood at Beacon Heights Baptist Church.  Or check Morgan County Baptist Association on Facebook, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

* Children will get over ‘presents’, but never over your ‘presence’.

* God’s word is the only sure foundation for life.

* God’s love for us is revealed through Jesus.

* God desires unity among believers.

* God delights to hear from us.

* God comforts others, as we share how He comforted us.

* God loved us first, so we can love others.

* God is everywhere, is available every time, and listens always.

* God is with us in all our struggles.

* God delights in saving His children.

* God uses present circumstances to prepare us for the future.

* God seeks His beloved children.

Have a blessed week! S126151414094374/  mcachildrenscamp@gmail.com.

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* Children will get over ‘presents’, but never over your ‘presence’.

* God’s word is the only sure foundation for life.

* God’s love for us is revealed through Jesus.

* God desires unity among believers.

* God delights to hear from us.

* God comforts others, as we share how He comforted us.

* God loved us first, so we can love others.

* God is everywhere, is available every time, and listens always.

* God is with us in all our struggles.

* God delights in saving His children.

* God uses present circumstances to prepare us for the future.

* God seeks His beloved children.

Have a blessed wee

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