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This past Sunday Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family and friends gather together to worship and celebrate in doors. Thanks be to God.
“I Am Accountable To A Higher Authority,” with Scripture from Nehemiah 1: 5-11.
Pastor Gene Whitehouse begin the service Sunday saying, this was ‘Nehemiah’s Prayer’ to his Sovereign God.
“Nehemiah continued praying for the people. He asked God to forgive them of their sins. Nehemiah prayed to God to change himself and his people.
“Nehemiah told the people, God said, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you to the winds.’
“We need to recognize we are sinners, confess it, and ask for forgiveness. We need to put God on His Throne and be at God’s feet, on our knees. As we pray, He will hear us.
“We know God has a remedy for all our problems. We just have to surrender our burdens to Him knowing He will take care of us.
“Remember God doesn’t forgive excuses. Don’t put excuses before God. Don’t say, ‘God I couldn’t pray today I was too busy.’ God isn’t interested in our excuses.
“You don’t bargain with God. You don’t say, ‘God I will do this if you will do this for me.’ He isn’t interested.
“We need to know our Bible Scriptures. If we don’t understand the Scripture’s meanings, it is our responsibility to learn the meaning.
“The Bible is a ‘Book Of Promises,’ not excuses.
“God is a ‘Promise Keeping God.’ He always keeps His promises.”
For special music:
Jane May performed a piano solo.
Pastor Whitehouse played a video presentation for the special music Sunday by Karen Peck, the song, “I Choose Christ.”
Bible verse of the month: Deuteronomy 31: 8
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Ann Browder in loving memory of her husband, Bobby Browder Sr.
Jerry’s devotional this week is “Pray Continually” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18.
“Have you prayed for someone “continually,” as the Bible commands, and yet you’ve seen no evidence of God’s activity in that person’s life? Have you concluded God hasn’t heard your prayers? Or that He doesn’t care.
“God doesn’t always act according to our timetable. He’s very patient. But never mistake His patience for inactivity. Sometimes God will test and strengthen your faith by withholding evidence of His working, so that your faith is in Him alone. But God is faithful.
“Jesus asked Martha, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).
“When she saw no evidence of God’s activity, He was still at work. He raised her brother from the dead.
“God is active whether or not you and I can see evidence of it. Listen to me. Believe in Jesus. He is active. You will see the glory.”
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 sixth installment of a six-session lesson, “Honor All Relationships: Integrity and Contentment in Christ Form the Foundation for Good Relationships” with Scripture from Exodus 20:15-17 and Psalm 37: 1-6.
“What do you look for in a friend? How would you want anyone — friend, acquaintance, or total stranger — to treat you? We want others to tell the truth, not take advantage of us and to not be controlled by an envious spirit.
The implosion of a structure can be an amazing thing to watch. One minute you are looking at a fully standing building, the next the entire structure collapses into a pile of ashes and debris.
“The structural integrity of our lives and relationships matters just as much as it does for a building. It takes only a second for a relationship to implode. One lie can collapse a relationship. One slanderous accusation can destroy people’s perception of us. One wrong choice carried out to its fullest can cause a decade of growth to crumble.
“God commands us to live lives of integrity and contentment.
“The Ten Commandments provides a solid foundation — built on honor and contentment — to ensure the structural integrity of our relationships. They show the kind of charter we are to have and actions we can take to have good relationships with people.
“In these verses, we find when God met with the Israelites at Mount Sinai, He was as concerned about their relationships with others as He was about their relationship with Him.”
• The Peachtree Baptist Church WMU will participate in the 2020 Appalachian Christmas Outreach Backpack Ministry. The Appalachian Coalfield Ministry is seeking to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those living in the Appalachian area. The sign-up sheet is in the narthex. Statewide goal is 18,000 backpacks. You do not need to be a member of Peachtree Baptist Church to contribute. We have received commitments for 20-plus backpacks. The list of names is in the narthex. If you your information is incorrect or you wish to add your name to the list, please call Cheryl Hayes. Please start bringing in your backpacks.
• The Annie Armstrong fundraiser drive has reached its goal.
• Peachtree Baptist Church is now collecting donations for its N.C. State Missions fundraiser.
• Peachtree Baptist Church is collecting 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.
• The Peachtree deacons will meet at the church Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.
• Peachtree will hold a church conference on Sunday, Nov. 1, at noon.
• 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.
• Seniors, The Nashville Graphic has started a “50-plus” section in the newspaper. This news and information are for Nash County seniors. The Sept. 17 edition had a great two-page read. Look it up. Very helpful information. We need to support our local newspapers. They are here to serve our communities, and they do a great job.
• JoAnn Blankenship enjoyed a few days at Nags Head with her daughter, Melanie, and family. They saw the horses on the beach at Corolla, went fishing, and ate at one of their favorite restaurants, Captain George’s. Will, JoAnn’s grandson had a great time.
• Melba and Jerry Hobgood enjoyed a day trip to Emerald Isle this past week.
• My sister, Margaret, and I enjoyed a visit with our dad, Jake, on Parkview’s patio for the first time since March. We wore masks, could not touch, and stayed approximately 20 feet away from each other. There was a lot of loud talking, but it was great. No glass walls between us.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• 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.
• Jean Bunn will begin treatment soon.
• Kathy Farmer needs prayer. She will have test this week and will be entering the hospital soon.
If you have news, please call or email me. My email address is email@example.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846.
Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.