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We are still restricted from social contact and it seems like this will go on longer. I personally feel all this is absolutely necessary to contain this virus. Sickness is still on the rise, with more and more people dying, and violence is past belief. With all these difficulties around us, we at Peachtree Baptist Church — members, family and friends — met Sunday to praise our Lord for all He does for us, especially during these difficult times. He continues to bless and protect us. Praise God. He is all-powerful.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was lovingly arranged and presented to glorify of God by Melba Hobgood.
Jerry’s devotional this week was “God is There,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”
“This is what the Lord says...’Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you’” — Isaiah 43: 1-2.
“Do you need answers, but God seems to be silent? In John 11, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus, hoping He would heal their brother, Lazarus. They knew Jesus loved him. But Jesus didn’t answer them! In fact, when they sent for Him. He stayed where He was two more days — Lazarus died.
“When Jesus finally came to Bethany, Martha said, ‘Lord,… if You had been here my brother would not have died’ (John 11:21). Yet Jesus did come into Martha’s place of grief, but He came in His own way, in His own time and for His own purpose.
“Today He promises you and me that He will do the same. He will be there with you in the midst of suffering. In Psalm 23:4, King David bore witness to God’s presence: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.’
“Jesus was with Mary and Martha in their grief, and ultimately, He raised Lazarus from the dead. His delays in our lives develop our faith.
“So, exercise your faith! Trust in Him. His presence is there with you right now! How do you know? Because He says so.”
Hope for today: “Lord, I will wait with expectation — eager to see what You will do in my situation. I will not sulk or sit idly by. While You work behind the scenes, I will be at work in prayer.”
Special music: Jane May preformed a piano solo. Marta Whitehouse and Jerry Hobgood sang a duet, “It Is No Secret.”
Verse of the week: Psalm 119:114.
Lawrence Edwards and I led the Bible study this week, “Why Do I Need The Church?” This is the second in a six-session lesson, “We Pray for One Another: The Church is Strengthened As We Pray,” a commentary on Ephesians 3:14-21.
“Some things are just better done in a group: basketball, choir, racing and church.
“What causes some people to stick with a group and others to quit? There could be many reasons; Patience, the presence of others and encouragement.
“Athletes know it is hard to stick with sports, so they support one another.
“This truth applies to our prayer lives as well. For many, prayer is something people do when all other efforts fail to provide something they need or desire, especially for themselves. Prayer is much more than that. Prayer is not for our personal benefit only. We are to pray for others as well.
“For example, notice in the model prayer the corporate nature of the request. ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ (Matt. 6:11). God hears our prayers, but we experience something wonderful when we gather together and pray. We need one another.
“As a church, we can support one another through our prayers.
“In these verses, we see Paul is praying for Ephesians might know God’s power in their lives and the depth of His love for them.”
• Diane Tucker and her sister Linda just returned from their annual beach vacation.
• Some Peachtree and Momeyer people traveled to Emerald Isle for the funeral of Jean Dollar.
• Don’t forget, just because we are not able to do our celebrations or normal habits now because of the virus, we do not have to cancel these events. Just postpone them. Have a bigger and better event later. Look forward to that.
• Due to the coronavirus outbreak, please check with all area churches and community groups to see if they are operating.
IN LOVING MEMORY
The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of:
• Margaret “Jean” Wolfe Dollar, 94, of Emerald Isle, died at Carteret HealthCare in Morehead City on July 29. Jean was the mother of Isaac Ike Dewitt Dollar of Momeyer and son-in-law Lawrence Edwards of the Peachtree community.
• Mable “Grammy” Sherrod Purvis, 88, passed away Thursday. Mable was the mother of Edward “Ray” Eason of Peachtree Baptist Church. Mable was a dedicated waitress of Central Café for 42 years and was known by many.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.
• Norman Whitley, Maxine Whitley, Jean Bunn, Linwood May, Ronnie Matthews, Mac Bennett, Ronnie Russell, Rudy Brantley, James Sheppard, Curtis and Ginny Bedingfield’s daughter, Jeannie Joyner, JoAnn Blankenship, Julie Brantley’s sister, Aubrey Farmer, Jake Robertson and Kathy Farmer.
• Please keep all front-line heroes in your prayers.
• Please don’t forget the people in the nursing homes in your area. So many are suffering with COVID-19.
• Pray for the people of this country and the world that we can come together in peace and love to solve our problems.
• Birthday blessings to Joey Blankenship and Linda Edwards (Aug. 6), Susan Edwards (Aug. 12), Dorothy Nelson and Howard Moses (Aug. 14), Robert Flood and Mallory Griffin (Aug. 16), Brooks Wood (Aug. 19), Annie Belle Edwards (Aug. 21), Teresa Macquin (Aug. 22), Melba Hobgood (Aug. 23), Lawrence Edwards and Josh Griffin (Aug. 26) and Mack Bunn (Aug. 29).
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Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.