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Living out our faith in a culture of confusion

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It was an exciting Sunday at Peachtree and a very busy November.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Kathy and Aubrey Farmer in honor of Christ’s birth.


Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

He then read, “God is Active in the Dark,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus,” and citing Luke 2:8-9.

“This devotional was comparing children being afraid of the dark to adults being afraid of a dark. Not the dark of the night but the dark times in life, when pressures, problems, pain and even persecution envelop us in a fog of confusion or depression — those spiritually dark times when God seems far away.

“God has always been active in the dark. If you are troubled, be assured that God is with you.”


I led the Median Sunday school class Bible study. This was the first in a series of six sessions on “Answers to Tough Questions: Defending What You Believe.” This week’s lesson was from Jude 1-4, 20-25.

This study I led Sunday is one of the most meaningful I have written about and I believe needs to be said.

“While individuals in America have always been free to believe whatever they choose, culture drives that concept further by telling us to not challenge or question others’ beliefs. Yet Scripture calls us to engage others with the truth, but as Christians, we should be able to defend the truth.

“It can be hard to live out our faith in the midst of a culture of confusion. As Christians, we face a battle with skeptics and people outside the church who hardly know the Bible at all, and even many believers do not know Scripture as well as they should. Consequently, Christians are often ill-equipped to provide the answers our culture desperately needs.

“When we know what we believe — and why — we stand with assurance in the truth of Christ. We can then speak with confidence to others about Christ.

“As we are challenged, we will find the answers we need in God’s Word, the Bible. As always, the answer is Jesus Christ.

“In these verses, we see Jude has shown us that every follower of Jesus can defend the faith.”

Special music: Jane May preformed a piano solo. The Peachtree Men’s Choir sang the special music, “Amazing Grace,” accompanied by Jane May on piano and David Griffin whistling.

Verse of the month: Colossians 3:15


Dr. Wendy Edwards was the guest pastor.

Sermon title: “Having A Blue Christmas?” from Luke 2:25-35

Dr. Edwards spoke on how life’s script changes and how some churches have what are called “Blue Christmas” services.

These services are sad and downbeat. God did not intend for us to be downbeat. He wants us to be upbeat in our praises of Him.

During her service, she had David Griffin sing an Elvis song, “I’ll Have a Blue Christmas.”

Great service. Thanks, Dr. Edwards.


• The Men’s Ministry will not meet in December. See you men back in January.

• Wednesday, Dec. 4 — Women’s evening book study, 7 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 5 — Deacon/spouse Christmas dinner at Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse in Louisburg, 6 p.m. Deacons and retired deacons should sign up or call Bob Bunn for reservations.

• Saturday, Dec. 14 — Church-wide Christmas dinner, 5:30 p.m. This will not be our usual Christmas dinner and we need a count of who will attend so we can prepare. Be sure to sign up.

• Sunday, Dec. 15 — Christmas cantata, 11 a.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve service, 11 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve fellowship, 6-9 p.m.


• Some Peachtree members went to dinner Friday night at Melton’s in Wake Forest and went shopping afterwards.

• I joined my sister and nieces Friday at the Christmas Carousel holiday gift market in Raleigh for some Black Friday shopping. Wow.

• Some Peachtree lady members went to Wake Forest on Saturday for some after-Black Friday shopping and lunch.

• Pastor Gene and Marta Whitehouse were out of town last week on vacation.

• Some Peachtree members joined other area churches Sunday evening at First Baptist Church of Spring Hope for the church’s Hanging of the Greens and stayed for snacks afterwards. Thanks also to all who came out to enjoy Ephesus Baptist Church’s Hanging of the Greens.

• The Peachtree Sunday lunch group enjoyed lunch at Ribeyes Steakhouse in Nashville.

• The Peachtree deacons were scheduled to meet on Tuesday, which is after the press deadline for this column.


The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, Christian sympathy to the family and friends of:

• James Joseph “Joe” Wester, 91, of the Peachtree community, who passed away Nov. 21. Funeral was at Peachtree Baptist Church, where Joe was a member. Rev. Whitehouse officiated. Joe left many friend and relatives in the community.

• Phyllis Batchelor Matthews, 63, who passed away Nov. 23 after a long illness. Phyllis was a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.


• To all those sick and in need.

• Norman Whitley, Ralph Sykes and Nancy Sears all need our prayers.

• Please don’t forget to visit the people in the nursing homes in your area.

• Birthday blessings to Niki Cannon (Dec. 2), Andrew McLearen (Dec. 7), Jeannie Bennett, Wendy Brooks (Dec. 8), Thomas Griffin and Kristi Bunn (Dec. 15), David Bryant (Dec. 17), Kenneth Edwards (Dec. 18) and Rosetta Bunn (Dec. 31).

If you have news, please call or email me. It can’t printed if I don’t know about it. 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.