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Live out the Ten Commandments with Christ-centered love

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We at Peachtree Baptist Church continue to meet for church service only.

It’s been a full year since the last Labor Day holiday. What a difference a year can make. A lot has happened during that time. The coronavirus outbreak, with so many sick and dying, brought mask-wearing and social distancing. Children aren’t able to go to school and some businesses are still closed. We have civil unrest with riots around the country, the most unusual presidential election with our first Black female vice presidential candidate. For Christians, we have people who aren’t able to attend our churches. We’re also dealing with natural disasters, so many people out of work and people losing everything.

God is listening. Believe He will see us through all of this. We are strong, but God is all-powerful. He is so much stronger than we are.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was lovingly arranged and presented to glorify of God by Melba Hobgood.

DEVOTIONAL

My devotional this week is “Rest in Him,” from the book, “Every Day In His Presence,” by Charles F. Stanley.

“Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.” — Isaiah 30:15.

“You need God! The problem is you continue to fight Him, trying to handle the problems on your own. And when the details of life don’t go the way you expect, your faith fails.

“You don’t have to be ‘good enough’ or handle things perfectly to succeed in these trials or please God. Understand, the Father loves you just the way you are and wants you to rely on Him. You cannot do anything to make Him love you more and no failure will make Him care for you less. His devotion to you is complete, perfect and unconditional.”

BIBLE STUDY

Lawrence Edwards and I are leading the Bible study series “After God’s Own Heart: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments.” This is the first in a six-session lesson, “Place God First: God is to have first place in every aspect of life,” with scripture from Exodus 20:1-6 and Psalm 16:1-4a, 9-11.

“Ethics and morals have become skewed in our world today. People want to live life on their own terms, but God has given us a succinct and clear path to follow through the Ten Commandments. Unfortunately, too many people see these Commandments as a negative list of don’ts, but obeying them leads to a rich and full life.

“Jesus distilled the Ten Commandments down to love for God and others. When we live lives of Christ-centered love, we will be living out the heart of the Ten Commandments.

“Have you ever felt disappointed? Frustrated? Hurt? Confused? We all have. Life comes with issues — and these issues can show up in so many ways. When enough issues arise, life begins to feel like one big mess.

“Have you ever visited a doctor because you thought your whole body hurt? While it felt like everything was wrong, it was only one thing. This can be true of our lives as well. Even though it may seem like everything in life is a mess, the solution comes down to three words: Put God first. This one action affects everything.

“In these verses, we find the Lord spoke to Israel. He identified who He was and reminded (the Israelites) of what He had done for them. He then proceeded to give His Ten Commandments.”

Special music: Jane May preformed a piano solo. Jerry Hobgood sang a solo, “When He Was On the Cross.”

Verse of the week: Nehemiah 9:5b.

CHURCH BUSINESS

• 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. 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. The list of names is in the narthex. If your information is incorrect or you wish to add your name to the list, please call Cheryl Hayes. Backpacks will be delivered to you by Oct. 1. They must be returned by Nov. 1.

• David Griffin gave the financial statement for February through August on Sunday.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• Joan and Ray Eason and Bob Bunn and I traveled to Danville, Virginia, for a Monday antiquing trip.

• There were a number of cookouts and trips to the beach for Labor Day weekend.

• 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.

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, Rudy and Gail Brantley, Jake Robertson, Mother Rose and Jerry Little.

• Beverly Wilson is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday.

• Janie Joyner is undergoing treatment.

• Kathy Farmer’s health is getting better.

• 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.

• Dorothy Nelson needs prayer.

• Jean Bunn is recovering at home.

• Irene Page is preparing for knee surgery.

• Frances Hutchins and Joyce Brinkley are undergoing treatment.

• Rhonda Faulkner is recovering at home.

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

• Brenda Shepherd’s sister, Savonia Richardson, is in Wake Med Hospital.

• 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. 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 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).

If you have news, please call or email me. I can’t print community news if I don’t know what it is. I do prefer an email. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846. You may leave a message.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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