Brownwood News • Margie Ward
On “Veteran Christians”
On Veterans’ Day a good attendance was present including visitors, which are always welcome. We hope they were blessed and encouraged by coming and will come back as God leads and worship with us again. The service was opened with prayer and welcome, and then all veterans present were recognized. We appreciate them for serving our country and being the men that they are today serving others. We also had pledge to the Bible, Christian Flag and American Flag. We sang patriotic hymns. The choir’s special was, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Other special music was, “Fresh anointing / I Love you, Lord / and He is Here, by Kittie Mayfield singing and playing the piano.
On this Veterans’ day many men and women everywhere are serving our country. They love their country and are willing to serve. They have commanders and chiefs to direct them in the ways they need to go and guide them as to what they are supposed to do. Through all this they are protecting us providing the freedom we have each day. Bro. Ron’s message, “Veteran Christians,” II Timothy 2: 1-4 and other scriptures. We all know people that have been Christians for years, they set examples for younger Christians, and they know the Father because of being strong and willing to serve Him standing and abiding in grace. Who enlisted us in the Lord’s army? Our commander and chief. He has commissioned us to go serve in a foreign land, our home is in heaven. A good soldier knows we’re volunteers in the Lord’s army and Jesus Christ is our commander. To be a good soldier you have to know where the enemy is and no matter what happens here our commander and chief is the Lord Jesus Christ. One way to be saved is by the way of the cross, can’t separate Christ and cross, a soldier of the cross knows our commander and chief never leaves us. He tells us, I’ll be with you always. Souls of men and the word of God live together. We have freedom of religion; God will be around when everyone else is gone. Justice and mercy comes together at the cross. Jesus bore all sins of all people. As a child of God Satan can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do.
Sunday night at 6 p.m. the attendance was good in all groups. Special singing was by the “Whosoever Will” Group. Bro’s Ron’s message was on the “Anti-Christ,’ scriptures from Daniel and II Thessalonians 2 and others. Christians won’t have to worry about the anti-Christ, cause the Rapture will take place in other words Jesus will come back before the anti-Christ and we’ll be gone.
Next Sunday, Nov. 18 after the morning worship service our annual Thanksgiving meal will be in the Family Life Center and this year we will also be observing Pastor Appreciation Day, a combination with Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Week our usual Wednesday evening prayer service will be held Tuesday evening, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
The Morgan County Baptist Association Senior Adult Banquet will be Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Madison Baptist Church. Bring a covered dish.
Peggy Harper spent Sunday night with Emma Vaughn. They had a smuggling good time. Then they went t breakfast at McDonalds on the way to school Monday.
On Sunday, Nov. 4 the Shatterly-Wilson Reunion was held at Hard Labor Creek State Part. Fifty-one family members and in addition Georgia relatives from North Carolina and Texas. They all enjoyed the day with food and fellowship.
If we pause to think we’ll have cause to thank.
God’s highest gift should awaken man’s deepest gratitude.
Thanksgiving is a duty before it’s a feeling.
Hem your blessings with gratitude lest they unravel.
Thanksgiving is memory of the heart.
If Christians praised God more, the world would doubt Him less.
Thanksgiving is good, but “thanksliving” is better.
Thanksgiving is a college from which we never graduate.
God’s giving deserves our thanksgiving.
Joy thrives in the soul of thanksgiving.
Thanking the Lord in adversity changes burdens into blessings.
Anything scarce is valuable – thanks are an example.
Thankfulness is the soil in which joy thrives!
If a man needs praise – give it to him. He cannot read his tombstone.
It is better to say thank you and not mean it than to mean it and never say it.
I grumbled because I had to get up every morning until one morning I couldn’t get up.
Some count their blessings on their fingers and their miseries on an adding machine.
We are the objects of God’s grace; let him be the object of our gratitude.
Continue to pray for America!
Printed in the November 15, 2012 edition