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We at Peachtree Baptist Church continue to meet for church services only.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Bob Bunn and I in loving honor of our granddaughter, Linnea (LuLu) René Mink, on the occasion of her 20th birthday and the beginning of her freshman year of college.
Jerry’s devotional this week is “God’s Word Renews Us,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 Corinthians 1:3.
“The Christian life isn’t motivated by a list of dos and don’ts, but by the gracious outpouring of God’s grace and blessing. We don’t deserve His grace. We can’t earn it. We can’t bargain for it. We can’t buy it. We can only open our hearts and hands to receive it. It’s the miracle of grace: Great Riches At Christ’s Expense. For a lifetime. Forever!”
John 1:17 says, “The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
“Jesus perfectly fulfills the law. Our lives don’t. That’s the truth. His life meets God’s standard of perfection. But when we receive Jesus by faith, His righteousness is credited to us. That’s grace! Grace that is greater than all our sin and guilt and shortcomings and mistakes and failures.
“We are saved by grace. We stand in grace… one blessing after another that we don’t deserve! And that’s amazing!”
Lawrence Edwards and I are leading this month’s Bible study series, “Why Do I Need the Church?” This is the sixth lesson in a six-session series, “We Stand Together In Spiritual Battle: We stand strong with God’s armor and the support of others,” with scripture from Ephesians 6: 10-20.
“Have you ever been disappointed in something that seemed one way but was totally different? Maybe a house you wanted to buy. Beautiful on the outside, but maybe it had termites damaging the inside.
“You learned a valuable lesson in this process: things aren’t always what they seem on the outside.
“Spiritually, things might look OK to the outside world, but below the surface, a war rages. The world is at war and every human being is involved. No one is immune to this conflict. It’s not a physical war. It’s a spiritual battle.
“As believers, Christians might not always think in these terms, but the battle is still there. Only by realizing we are in this fight can we stand strong in Christ against Satan and his wiles.
“Thankfully, God does not send His children into battle ill-equipped. He provides spiritual armor by which we can engage the enemy standing strong and we will triumph over the enemy.
“In these verses, we find Paul wrote to the Ephesians while he was in prison in Rome, reminding them that they were in a spiritual warfare.”
Special music: Jane May preformed a piano solo. Pastor Gene Whitehouse played a video of the Ronny Griffin song “Still.”
Verse of the week: Psalm 119:114.
• 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 Appalachian area. The sign-up sheet is in the narthex. We will only be taking names this Sunday and next. 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. Please call Cheryl Hayes to add your name to the list.
• My granddaughter, Linnea (LuLu) René Mink, celebrated her 20th birthday.
• Amy and Robert Sykes celebrated their 45th anniversary.
• Joan and Ray Eason hosted Bob Bunn and I for dinner Saturday night.
• Bob and I announced the birth of our great-great-niece. Anzley Kaye Oakley was born Friday at Duke Hospital to Savannah Oakley. Anzley is the fifth generation in my family, following my dad, sister, niece and great-niece.
• Ryan Whitehouse, grandson to Pastor Gene and Marta Whitehouse, has come to live with them while he starts his new job. We all excited to have Ryan in the community.
• Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please check with all area churches and community groups to see if they are operating.
• Don’t forget, just because we’re not able to have our celebrations or observe our normal habits now because of the virus, we don’t have to cancel these events. Just postpone them and look forward to making them bigger and better events in the future.
IN LOVING MEMORY
The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of:
• Bruce Sullivan, who passed away on Aug. 24 with complications from heart disease. A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced.
• John Emerson “Gold” Joyner, 84, who went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 17. Born in Nash County on Nov. 17, 1935, Gold worked at the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years. He was a deliciated Ruritan since 1958.
• Kirby Boice Brown, 78, who passed away on Friday. He was born in Nash County on Nov. 19, 1941, and was a former math teacher and farmer. For more than 42 years, Kirby served the town of Dortches. He was a member of Dortches Baptist Church and the Dortches Ruritan Club.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.
• Norman Whitley, Maxine Whitley, Barbara Privette, Jean Bunn, Linwood May, Ronnie Matthews, Mac Bennett, Ronnie Russell, Rudy and Gail Brantley, James Sheppard, Curtis and Ginny Bedingfield’s daughter, Janie Joyner, Julie Brantley’s sister, Aubrey, Kathy Farmer and Jake Robertson.
• Delcie Wakefield is recovering in a rehab hospital in Virginia. Prayers are needed.
• Bill Nelson of Waynesville is undergoing a test at the hospital in Asheville.
• Pray for Dorothy Jean Bunn in Nash General Hospital.
• Irene Page is preparing for knee surgery.
• Those who need special prayers: Frances Hutchins, Joyce Brinkley, Mother Rose, Rhonda Faulkner and Jerry Little.
• Pray for Timmy Mills’ aunt, Sandra Walker.
• Brenda Shepherd’s sister, Savonia Richardson, is recovering from a Monday surgery at WakeMed.
• Pray for the people affected by Hurricane Laura in Texas and Louisiana, including my home of Orange, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana.
• Please keep all frontline 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 all the children and teachers beginning a new school year now. We pray you are safe and well.
• 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 Linnea Mink (Sept. 4), Andrew Wilson (Sept. 8), Braxton Joyner (Sept. 10), Taylor (Gupton) Finch and Nancy Hill (Sept. 16), Charlotte Edwards (Sept. 18), Billy Bunn and Jean Bunn (Sept. 24), Norman Whitley and Bob Wilson (Sept. 25), Scott May (Sept. 26) and John Privette (Sept. 30).
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Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.