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Sundays at Peachtree Baptist Church are becoming more exciting. More of the Peachtree congregation, family and friends are coming back to gather together to worship and celebrate indoors. This past Sunday, we welcomed a number of new visitors. Thanks be to God.

PASTOR’S MESSAGE

“We Answer to Him for Everything,” with scripture from Nehemiah 1: 5-11.

Pastor Gene Whitehouse begin the service Sunday saying, “I wonder how many people today know how bad off this world’s people are? How many know that God is sovereign?”

“Nehemiah prayed to God to change himself and his people. He didn’t pray trying to change God.

“Only when we start thinking of others and what is going on around us will we understand what Nehemiah was praying for.

“When we start praying to God to change ourselves and our fallen, broken world and forgive us of our sins can we truly communicate with God. We need to be able to communicate with God to have a relationship with Him. We will only know what it is to communicate with God when we recognize we are sinners and we ask God to forgive us of our sins.

“We need to be so touched by what is going on in our world today. We need to pray until God solves these problems. This should be our overwhelming concern. When you gain the attention of God, you share these problems.

“The people who know how to gain God’s attention are the people who know they are sinners and admit to it and ask for His forgiveness.

“The Lord knows how you are. You just have to know where you are.

“Are you where you are supposed to be? Where God wants you to be to be in God’s plan?”

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Beverly Wilson in loving memory of her grandmother, Lottie Privette Morgan, and all the saintly women of Peachtree Baptist Church.

DEVOTIONAL

Jerry’s devotional this week is “Love Each Other!” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” — John 15:12.

“Jesus couldn’t have been clearer when He said to His disciples, ‘Love each other as I have loved you.’

“I imagine Peter looking at overly cautious Thomas and wondering, ‘You mean love him, Lord?’ Or John gazing at his zealous brother, James, with all their years of sibling rivalry, and thinking, ‘I’ve been trying to love him for years. The best I can do is tolerate him!’

“In case we forget our Lord’s message, He repeated it twice in John 15; ‘Love each other’ (v. 12, 17). It’s a command!

“What person are you tolerating instead of loving? Is it because that person grates on your nerves? Instead of avoiding that person, Jesus commands you to love him or her. You’ll see that as you obey His command, He’ll use that person to grind off your sharp, impatient, un-Christlike edges.

“Jesus said, ‘Love each other.’ And then He said it again: ‘Love each other.’”

BIBLE STUDY

Lawrence Edwards and I are leading this month’s Bible study, “After God’s Own Heart: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments.” This is the fifth installment of a six-session lesson, “Honor Marriage: Physical intimacy is reserved for one man and woman within the covenant of marriage,” with scripture from Exodus 20:14 and Samuel 11:1-5.

“Weddings these days come in all sizes and shapes. Regardless of the trappings, weddings share one thing in common: union.

“Two additional words can be used to describe a solid marriage: discontinuity and continuity. When a man and woman get married, they break ties with those who once constituted their dominant family prior to the wedding. The couple continues a magnificent institution called family. It’s not the same as the one they are disconnecting from, but it continues the same principle of family.

“God calls this union a covenant. Because the nature of a covenant is spiritually binding, honoring marriage is especially important. Unfortunately, our culture has been playing fast and loose with this covenant.

“Many in our society no longer value the traditional, biblical view of marriage as a monogamous, lifelong covenant between a man and woman. They applaud the redefining of marriage and call it ‘progressive’ and ‘liberating.’ Yet it is only within biblical marriage that couples experience the highest joy, unity and security. Such God-centered marriages also provide the ideal environment for raising children.

“God made His standard clear in the Ten Commandments.

“In these verses, we find that God instructed the Israelites about how they were to (conduct) relationships, and especially marriage.”

Special music: Jane May performed a piano solo. Marta Whitehouse sang a solo, “Special Love.”

Bible verse of the week: Deuteronomy 31: 8.

CHURCH BUSINESS

• Don’t forget, the Annie Armstrong fundraiser drive will be ending soon. Please get your donation in.

• Peachtree Baptist Church will soon be starting its N.C. State Missions fundraiser. 

*Peachtree Baptist Church is collecting donations for N.C. Children’s Homes.

• Peachtree will hold its annual collard sale this year. Look for the announcement with all the details coming later.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• The First Baptist Church of Spring Hope continues to hold its services outdoors in the parking lot.

• Ephesians Baptist Church of Spring Hope is having tailgate services on Sundays starting at 10 a.m.

• Joan and Ray Eason and Lynn and David Griffin enjoyed a road trip to Danville, Virginia, on Saturday. They enjoyed going to the antique stores and eating out.

• Skyler Morgan Guin and Daniel Young were married Saturday at the Victorian in Youngsville. Skyler is the daughter of Georgette Burnette.

• Bob Bunn and I enjoyed a road trip to Mount Airy, Meadows of the Dan and Mabry Mills and a trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway. Leaves are really starting to get pretty.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.

• Norman Whitley, Maxine Whitley, Barbara Privette, Linwood May, Ronnie Matthews, Mac Bennett, Rudy and Gail Brantley, Jake Robertson, Mother Rose and Jerry Little.

• Beverly Wilson is recovering at home from surgery and is doing better.

• Janice Sykes will have hand surgery on Oct. 21. 

• Janie Joyner is undergoing treatment.

• Kathy Farmer needs prayer.

• Audrey Farmer needs prayer.

• Delcie Wakefield is home from the rehab hospital in Virginia. She’s recovering at home with Pastor Bill.

• Bill Nelson of Waynesville will be having treatment in an Asheville hospital soon.

• Dorothy Nelson needs prayer.

• Jean Bunn will begin treatment soon.

• Billy Bunn needs prayers.

• Irene Page is preparing for knee surgery.

• Frances Hutchins is feeling better.

• Joyce Brinkley is undergoing treatment.

• Rhonda Faulkner has started treatment.

• Timmy Mills’ aunt, Sandra Walker, is in Nash General Hospital.

• Butch Keen needs prayers.

• Danny Manning is in Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

• Randell Whitley is in Nash General Hospital.

• Al and Carol Ann Bell needs prayers.

• Ula Gupton needs prayers.

If you have news, please call or email me. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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