Put Aside Your Excuses

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Sermon: Put aside your excuses (Steve Latham)

Luke 14:16-24 (NET)

14:16 But Jesus said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many guests. 14:17 At the time for the banquet he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 14:18 But one after another they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 14:19 Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going out to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 14:20 Another said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 14:21 So the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ 14:22 Then the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 14:23 So the master said to his slave, ‘Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled. 14:24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals who were invited will taste my banquet!’”

Prayers

Added Susie Jones (cancer)
Added Virginia Lack
Added Shooting victims’ and family

Justified Freely by His Grace

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Sermon: You Gotta Have Faith (Greg Gee)

Romans 3:21-31 (NET)

3:21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – 3:22 namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 3:24 But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 3:25 God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. 3:26 This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.

3:27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith! 3:28 For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. 3:29 Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! 3:30 Since God is one, he will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 3:31 Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.

Prayers

Add Maggie Selvidge (travel mercies)

A Mothers Love

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Sermon: A Mother’s Love (Greg Gee)

Matthew 20:20-23 (NET)

20:20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked him for a favor. 20:21 He said to her, “What do you want?” She replied, “Permit these two sons of mine to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 20:22 Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 20:23 He told them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right and at my left is not mine to give. Rather, it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

Prayers

Added Jessica Cannon (Flooding problems)
Added Joann Stanley (Knee surgery)
Added Family of Barbara Taylor
Added Joe Driver
Added Sarah Belle Lawrence (fall, knee injury)

Roses were distributed to all the Moms in the congregation.

Live according to the Spirit

The Basement sale raised over $1000 this year.
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Sermon: untitled  (Greg Gee)

Romans 8:1-17 (NET)

8:5 For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, 8:7 because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. 8:8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Prayers

Added Tommy Billings’ Mother
Added Kimberly Poe Brown
Added Raymond Oliver

Its leaves are for the healing of the nations

The Basement sale will be on time. April 30 – May 1 Friday and Saturday.

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Sermon: If every christian could take one look into heaven (Steve Latham)

Revelations 22:1-5 (NET)

22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life – water as clear as crystal – pouring out from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 22:2 flowing down the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 22:3 And there will no longer be any curse, and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. His servants will worship him, 22:4 and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 22:5 Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.

Prayers

Added Joyce Taylor (double knee replacement)

The Basement sale is almost ready. Don’t miss it!

Sowing and Harvesting

Rev. Latham will be on vacation from April 26 through May 17. The 6PM evening service will not meet during this time.

Basement Sale items are still in short supply. There is still time to donate more items.

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Sermon: Personal Witnessing (Steve Latham)

Psalms 126 (NET)

126:1 When the Lord restored the well-being of Zion,

we thought we were dreaming.

126:2 At that time we laughed loudly

and shouted for joy.

At that time the nations said,

“The Lord has accomplished great things for these people.”

126:3 The Lord did indeed accomplish great things for us.

We were happy.

126:4 O Lord, restore our well-being,

just as the streams in the arid south are replenished.

126:5 Those who shed tears as they plant

will shout for joy when they reap the harvest.

126:6 The one who weeps as he walks along, carrying his bag of seed,

will certainly come in with a shout of joy, carrying his sheaves of grain.

Prayers

Added Joyce Cranor (knee replacement)
Added Sam McGuire family

Plug into the Power Source

The Spring Basement sale/Bake Sale is approaching quickly. April 30 – May 1, Fri and Saturday.
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Sermon: Jesus, the Light of the World (Steve Latham)

John 1:1-5 (NET)

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. 1:2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 1:3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 1:5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

Prayers

Added Cindy Summers’ husbands’ grandmother
Added Terry Gee (cancer of the spine, Mary and Leonard’s son)

During prayer time, Rev. Latham called the congregation to come forward. I included Steve’s prayer in the MP3 linked in this post.

Christ is Risen!

Memorial Easter Lilies

In Memory of…

Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Boggess, Walton-Franklin donated by Mary Hilton
Bill and Margie Glass donated by Rosalyn and Wallace Smith
Arnold Cornelius donated by Freida Cornelius
Margaret and Ken Litchfield donated by Sherry and Greg; Michelle and Dudley
Henry/Dorothy Cain and Corbit/Ruth Birdsong donated by the Birdsong Family
Loved ones – family and friends donated by Lou, Patsy, and O.L. Willis

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Sermon: The Risen Christ and Mary Magdalene (Steve Latham)

John 20:1-18 (NET)

20:1 Now very early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance. 20:2 So she went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 20:3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out to go to the tomb. 20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. 20:5 He bent down and saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, but he did not go in…

Prayers

Added Greg Moore (heart problems)
Added Dorothy Saypack
Added Cindy King (difficult pregnancy)

A Watchman for the House of Israel

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Sermon: Before You Talk, Listen

Ezekiel 3:16-21 (NET)

3:16 At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me: 3:17 “Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you must give them a warning from me. 3:18 When I say to the wicked, “You will certainly die,” and you do not warn him – you do not speak out to warn the wicked to turn from his wicked deed and wicked lifestyle so that he may live – that wicked person will die for his iniquity, but I will hold you accountable for his death. 3:19 But as for you, if you warn the wicked and he does not turn from his wicked deed and from his wicked lifestyle, he will die for his iniquity but you will have saved your own life.

3:20 “When a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I set an obstacle before him, he will die. If you have not warned him, he will die for his sin. The righteous deeds he performed will not be considered, but I will hold you accountable for his death. 3:21 However, if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he will certainly live because he was warned, and you will have saved your own life.”

Prayers
Added Dennis Cornelius (pneumonia)
Added Mary Turner (Sherry & Michelle’s aunt)
Added Family of Linda Bartlett

The sanctuary was prepared for Maundy Thursday after the evening service.

Godly Wisdom

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Sermon: Godly Wisdom

James 3:13-18 (NET)

3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings. 3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfishness in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. 3:15 Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural, demonic. 3:16 For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. 3:18 And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.

Prayers

Added Martha Wells (cancer)
Added Family of Pearlie Mae Hancock
Added Pat Carter’s sister-in-law
Added Virginia Pryor (stroke, Rosalyn’s aunt)

A few pictures of the potluck today.