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What a wonderful Sunday at Peachtree Baptist Church with the Peachtree congregation, family and friends coming together to worship and celebrate.
“We Answer to Him for Everything,” with scripture from Nehemiah 1: 5-11.
Pastor Gene Whitehouse begin the service Sunday saying, “Today is the 211th homecoming of Peachtree Baptist Church. There have been people assembled in this church who had what it took to step out in faith. They made sure there would be a church here for the people of today.”
“These past and present women and men of Peachtree have taken Nehemiah’s example to heart. They have prayed and still pray with a godly burden, praising His name and asking God, ‘What can we do to serve You, God, and your people?’
“We need to be praying for our fallen, broken world. We need to be so touched by what is going on in our world today that we weep, mourn and pray until God solves these problems. This should be our overwhelming concern. When you gain the attention of God, you share these problems.”
Pastor Whitehouse continues to remind the members that whenever we feel overwhelmed by the chaos and difficulty of life, we can turn to God in prayer. We are to be like Nehemiah, praising God and being very specific in our needs. Turning to the Lord in prayer should be our first response.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was lovingly arranged and given in honor of our Lord in commemoration of Peachtree Baptist Church’s 211th homecoming service by Maxine and Norman Whitley.
Jerry’s devotional this week is “He Is Able,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”
“Therefore, He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them,” — Hebrews 7: 25.
“What problem are you facing today? Maybe it is something in your work? Or is it a marriage that needs reconciling? Or could it be a memory that needs healing? What situation seems impossible to you? God is the God of the impossible! He can make a way where there is no way. God is much bigger than we think. He ‘is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work in us’ (Ephesians 3:20).
“He is able to make all grace abound to you (2 Corinthians 9:8).
“He is able to aid those who are tempted (Hebrews 2:18).
“He is able to keep you from stumbling (Jude v. 24).
“He is able to keep what we have committed to Him until that day (2 Timothy 1:12).
“God is more than able to sustain your marriage. He is more than able to work out your finances. To reconcile that relationship. To overcome that disease. He is more than able to solve your problem. Will you trust Him for every detail? He is able!”
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 fourth installment of a six-session lesson, “Honor life: Respect human life as God does,” with scripture from Exodus 20:13 and Samuel 26:7-11, 22-25.
“Ask anyone with little knowledge of what the Bible teaches, and he’s likely to mention one of the Ten Commandments, especially the one about killing. You may have seen a TV courtroom drama where someone shouted at the accused murderer, ‘Thou shalt not kill!’ Or perhaps the defense lawyer used it as a reason not to put the condemned person to death.
“Most people acknowledge the value of human life, but we don’t all agree on what that means or who it includes.
“Our culture is divided over the value of unborn children, the elderly, euthanasia, human trafficking and those who can’t support or care for themselves. Others deem some lives as less valuable than others, and this is reflected in racism, discrimination and murder.
“The Bible is very clear on this. Unfortunately, believers within the body of Christ have not always agreed on this, and we have failed to unify on this all-important area. But God wants us to realize that all life is valuable.
“In these verses, we find that God instructed the Israelites about how they were to value and respect human life.”
Special music: Jane May performed a piano solo. Pastor Whitehouse played a video for the Sandi Patty song, “We Shall Behold Him.”
Verse of the week: Nehemiah 9:5b.
• 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. Backpacks will be delivered to you by Oct. 1. They must be returned by Nov. 1.
• Don’t forget, the Annie Armstrong fundraiser drive will be ending soon. Please get your donation in.
• Peachtree Baptist Church will soon be starting its N.C. State Missions fundraiser.
• Peachtree will hold its annual collard sale this year. Look for the announcement with all the details coming later.
• Congratulations to Destiny King, granddaughter of JoAnn Blankenship, on being initiated into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for first-year success at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on Sept. 22.
• 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.
• Peachtree seniors, The Nashville Graphic has started a “50-plus” section in the newspaper. This news and information is 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.
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 recovering at home from surgery and is doing better.
• Janice Sykes will have hand surgery on Oct. 21.
• Janie Joyner is undergoing treatment.
• Kathy Farmer needs prayer.
• Audrey Farmer needs prayer.
• Delcie Wakefield is home from the rehab hospital in Virginia. She’s recovering at home with Pastor Bill.
• Bill Nelson of Waynesville will be having treatment in an Asheville hospital soon.
• Dorothy Nelson needs prayer.
• Jean Bunn is recovering at home and is getting better.
• Irene Page is preparing for knee surgery.
• Frances Hutchins is feeling better.
• Joyce Brinkley is undergoing treatment.
• Rhonda Faulkner has started treatment.
• Timmy Mills’ aunt, Sandra Walker, is in Nash General Hospital.
• Pastor Clay Leonard of Momeyer Baptist is recovering from illness.
• Mount Zion Baptist’s pastor and wife are recovering from illness.
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Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.