New Beginning

BY DIANE ROBINSON

Have you ever walked into church on Sunday morning and felt the Holy Spirit, from the beginning to end? That’s what happened to me this past Sunday. We had an awesome service with Pastor Bob preaching on "The End" taken from Romans 6 and 7. Sunday evening we had our service at The Freewill Baptist Church in Greenbrier. They were having revival and Pastor Bob was preaching and he brought the evening message from Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, titled "The Watchman". Ezekiel 3:17, "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore, hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me." Thanks Pastor for inviting us to be a part of your revival.

Our ladies meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, with Pat Strough, and at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, we will have our Valentine’s fellowship dinner.

The Rev. Doyle Patrick was taken to the hospital again, and we are keeping him in our prayers along with many other family members and friends.

"Father, thank you for loving me unconditionally. Help me pass that love along today to someone who needs it."

Wesley United Methodist

BY LYNN BEATTY

Service to others continues to be a part of Wesley United Methodist Church, and over the past several days, this outreach has grown even more. Last week, the families who receive support from our Bread Basket and Clothes Closet ministries were treated to a hot meal of cornbread and soup. This was a first for our volunteers but may not be the last, as the meal was enjoyed and appreciated by many people in the community.

And on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 12 people from Wesley worked together in service to homes in the community by cleaning up downed limbs, replacing rocks along a creek bed to prevent erosion, and general yard clean-up, including raking and bagging leaves. The Rev. David Baker expressed his thanks to all those who helped "for a good day of Doing Good."

Tomorrow we will welcome a children’s choir from Faith Baptist Church in Greenbrier as they bring special music to our morning service. Our Sunday worship service begins at 10 a.m., with Sunday School at 9 a.m. Nursery is provided. We also have a Wednesday evening service which includes a prayer team at 6 p.m., potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., and Bible study at 7 p.m.

Located at 2310 E. Oak St., Wesley United Methodist Church is a compassionate and friendly family of faith who worships with "open hearts, open minds, open doors". All of our services are open to the public, and guests of all ages are welcome at each one. If you have any questions, please call our church office at 327-7629. And, if you do not have a church you regularly attend, please feel free to join us here.

Holland Baptist

BY KATHY PEARCE

Several men enjoyed fellowship and good breakfast prepared by Richard Johnston, Ronnie McGaha and Ronald Pearce, Sunday Morning, Jan. 13. The aroma from the leftovers beckoned several to indulge in taste tests.

After leading us in a wonderful song service, David Garrett was joined by me to sing "We Shall Behold Him". I enjoy singing with him but people would probably rather hear him solo.

Brother John Evans Jr. was not feeling well at all, but delivered a powerful message from God. He preached from Joshua 3.

Sunday evening a pastor search committee was selected. They are given the awesome task of seeking and finding the man God already has to lead Holland Baptist Church. This effort is being bathed in prayer. The whole church will have the final vote on who will become our pastor. We appreciate Brother John’s leadership these past 16 months. He will continue to lead us until a new pastor is found.

The past two Wednesday nights we have doubled our previous attendance! We are so thankful for every boy and girl who comes our way.

Sunday, Jan. 20, David Garrett blessed us with special music singing "I Can Only Imagine". What a message in song!

Brother John then preached from the second chapter of Genesis. He drew a parallel between Abraham and the sacrifice he was asked to make of his only son and God sacrificing Jesus. His emphasis was on Abraham’s faith and us discovering our level of faith.

When God called, Abraham said, "Here am I." God is seeking us out as His children. When He calls our only response should be, "Here I am." If I am His child there is a call on my life.

God tested Abraham’s faith. He tests our faith. Why? God knows the measure of our faith but He tests us so we might know the degree of faith we have. He does it for our benefit. Only as my faith is revealed will I be able to go further in it.

God asked Abraham to do something foreign to us. The children of Israel didn’t offer human sacrifices. We might have tried to convince ourselves this wasn’t of God. He sometimes will ask us to do something we don’t understand. We simply must do what He calls us to do.

Abraham, by faith, began the processing of sacrificing his only son. Isaac was probably between 30-33 years of age. How old was Christ when He was sacrificed? His father was old and could not have physically forced him to be sacrificed. He believed in his father so whatever he asked him to do he was willing. This is a picture of Jesus. Who am I to refuse to do what my Father asks me? I should love Him to such a degree I am willing to do whatever He asks.

God spared Abraham’s son but not His own. He died a terrible death for me! Abraham, being a man of faith, believed God would deliver, provide. His measure of faith was revealed.

Our journey is so much easier yet when we are tested we doubt. Do we not know God will provide? The Lord is our provision.

Abraham would never have seen if he hadn’t had faith enough. He got to see Jesus through Isaac. Because of his great faith he was blessed. Our Savior came through his seed.

How do we live, walk, travel a journey of obedience? It’s a walk of faith. What will the test show about our faith? If we, by faith, do His bidding He will provide what we need.

Are we living our own way, refusing to hear His voice? Is our faith strong enough to take us to the place He wants us?

We are praying for many who need physical and spiritual healing.

We look forward to worshipping with others tomorrow. May you be blessed in your time of joint worship.