FAITH NEWS: 09-29-22 | Faith

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First Apostolic

Prayer and songs of praise and worship opened the services on Sunday morning September 25, as the gentle presence of the Lord was felt among us.

“Spiritual Necessities,” was taken from Daniel 9:3 and Matthew 6:5-28. It is impossible to be saved by having a carnal mind. It is vital that we hear the word of the Lord – we must be both spiritual and sensitive to hear what we need to hear, for the word of God is spiritually discerned. We all must constantly struggle against the enemy of our souls. Our carnal nature will war against our spiritual nature as we strive to be faithful to the house of the Lord and His work. It is our Adamic nature that is contrary to what God says and expects of us.

The flesh lusts against the spirit, but when we fully surrender ourselves to the Lord, He will give us power to overcome the flesh. We have to be victorious over lust, rebellion, stubbornness, which is like witchcraft in the sight of God. The closer we get to the return of the Lord, the more we will have to struggle.

The Lord warned his disciples to be careful that no one deceive them. If anyone says, behold, Christ is here, or there is Christ, don’t believe it. Too many people today have cast aside the standards of holiness and consecration. Many will be offended in the last days, but we must live above that feeling. The love of many will grow cold as the time of the end draws near. But whoever endures to the end, that one will be saved.

We must strive for the goal of the high calling of Jesus Christ so that we can spend eternity with him. Let us forget those things that are behind and serve the Lord with all our heart, for by doing so we shall have victory in our souls.

Do not hesitate to visit us at any time: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. We are located two miles south of Speedy’s on Welling Road. For more information, call 918-457-9498.

Nancy Walker

First Baptist

There was a young atheist who was training to be an Olympic diver. He had been raised as an atheist and the only Christian influence in his life came from an outspoken Christian friend. He didn’t pay much attention to his friend’s sermons, but he heard them frequently.

One evening, the young diver went to the indoor swimming pool of the college he attended. The lights were all out, but there was a large skylight on the roof of the pool. It was a clear, cloudless night and the moon shone through the skylight and provided plenty of light to practice on.

The diver climbed onto the highest diving board and had his back to the pool as he stood on the edge of the diving board. He stretched out his arms and as he did, he saw his shadow on the wall. The shadow of his body was in the shape of a cross.

Instead of diving, he walked to a safe place on the board, knelt down, and asked God to come into his life. As the young man stood up, the maintenance man came in and turned on the lights. The pool had been emptied for repair.

Our God is awesome and amazing and he loves us so much.

For Sunday services, Classic Worship will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Sunday School/Small Groups at 9:45 a.m. Modern worship will begin at 11 a.m.

Terri Fite

Peggs Community Church

Wow. It was the last Sunday of September already September 25th. Our services that morning were opened with prayer led by Brother Loyd Eaton with 36 people present.

The devotion was taken from James 3:1-12, and the first song was “I will fly away”. There were 53 people present for the services.

Happy birthday this week to Shirley Hendrickson and Nolan Smith. Get prayers and well wishes for Bud Moss, Mary Terry, Dave Davis and Melody Setters.

A special prayer is requested for a young man who decided to give his life to Jesus this morning. He doesn’t seem to have any background in the Bible or be a Christian, but he knew his life was wrong and needed to change. Praise be to God, this young man had the courage to come to an altar of repentance and take that first step.

Bible study for the winter months will begin an hour earlier starting this week on September 28. “Sack and pack” will start at 6 p.m. and class at 6:30 p.m.

The Ice Cream Social at the Peggs Community Center is Saturday, October 8 starting at 5 p.m. There will be an open mic for music, tables with cards, checkers, dominoes, etc., and sundaes.

As previously stated, there are no fixed costs, but all donations will be appreciated and put to good use.

Our Youth Group Fall Festival will be held on October 29th at our Activity Center. Costumes, games, goodies and all that kind of stuff will be there.

Brother Rex took his message today from 1 Peter 4:12-19 with references in Ezekiel 19:19-20 and Matthew 23.

It seems that in today’s world, being a Christian is ridiculed, frowned upon and outright persecuted in some countries. It’s really not much different from when Jesus was alive on earth and teaching, from the beginning of the church on the day of Pentecost and throughout history.

Those who believe in and trust God have had a hard time, mostly because we don’t conform to the mores of the world at large. Our instructions and guidance come from our Heavenly Father, and we strive to obey only Him. That being said, it has never been easy to walk as a Christian.

It’s not easier but it’s worth the detour. Instead of trying to hide our beliefs, we should rejoice that we have been recognized as Christians, that the light of Jesus shines through us enough to be recognized by the lost.

Think about it, pray for your faith, ask for the strength to keep walking this narrow road.

As an old song says, “Jesus is coming soon, morning or evening or noon….”

Kay Cordray

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