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The Christian life is about ‘we,’ not about ‘me’

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We are already to mid-August and we are still restricted from social contact. We are asked to wear masks, to avoid hugging and to stay at least 6 feet from others. There is no end in sight.

I personally feel all of this is absolutely necessary to contain this virus. We have more than 5 million people sick with the virus and the sickness is still on the rise, with more and more people dying. The violence is past belief.

With all these difficulties around us, we Peachtree Baptist Church members, family and friends met Sunday to praise our Lord for all He does for us, especially during these difficult times. We pray that he will continue to bless and protest us, because without His blessings, where would we be? Praise God. He is all-powerful.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Joan and Ray Eason in loving memory of her father, Raymond Rackley, on the occasion of his birthday.

DEVOTIONAL

Jerry’s devotional this week was “God is Almighty,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes on Jesus.”

“The Lord appeared to him (Abraham) and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless,” Genesis 17:1.

“Who or what seems to be greater than God? God is not one of several gods — a trendy thought these days. Just as a potter is greater than the clay or an artist is greater than his painting, God is greater than His creation.

“There’s nothing in my life or yours — no circumstance or crisis, no habit or heartache, no sickness or grief, nothing visible or invisible — that’s greater than God! “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made’ (John 1:3). No king or ruler, no preacher or teacher — no one greater than God.

“What are you facing that’s greater than you are? A habit? A person? A problem? Something beyond your ability to handle? God is greater!

“Put your focus and your faith in the One who has authority over everything!”

Hope for today: “God is poised and ready to come to the help of His children. There is no enemy too tough, no trial too big, no sin unforgivable. The only question is: Have you asked Him to help, or are you trying to go it on your own?”

Special music: Jane May performed a piano solo. Pastor Gene Whitehouse played a video showing the group Fountainview Academy performing “He Leadeth Me.”

Verse of the week: Psalm 119:114.

BIBLE STUDY

Lawrence Edwards and I are leading this month’s Bible study series, “Why Do I Need the Church?” This week’s installment is the third in a six-session lesson, “We support one another: God gives the church spiritual gifts to accomplish His work,” a commentary with scripture from Ephesians 4:1-7, 1-16.

“The English poet John Donne wrote, ‘No man is an island entire of itself.’ An interconnectedness exists between us all. No one survives and thrives without assistance from others, not even the church. However, when we examine the behaviors and attitudes of most Americans, it looks like a sea of islands.

“Western culture in the 21st century surely stands out as the most radically individualistic culture in human history. It seems like every person makes every decision with one thing and only one thing alone in mind: ‘What’s best for me (or for my family)?’ Too often, we give little consideration to how our lives and choices (affect) other people.

“When we come to Christ, we don’t come to Him alone; we are joined with other believers in His church. Our individual lives and relationship with Christ are not just about ‘me’; they are about ‘we.’ We must leave individualism at the door when joining Christ’s church. Why? Because God saves us not only for our own benefit, but also to bless and support others — especially fellow Christians.

“In these verses, we see Paul had taught that redemption had been made available to all people through Christ, not just one.”

COMMUNITY NEWS

• The 2020 Floods Chapel Women’s Conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Stoney Hill Baptist Church, 9646 Stoney Hill Church Road, Middlesex. Breakfast and registration begin at 8:30. Guest speaker is evangelist Angela Pierce, who will deliver the message “No More Shackles.” RSVP is required by Wednesday in order to attend. Email bissettesunshine@gmail.com.

• Don’t forget, just because we’re not able to hold our celebrations or observe our normal habits now because of the virus, we don’t have to cancel these events. Just postpone them. Have a bigger and better event later. Look forward to that.

• Due to the coronavirus outbreak, please check with all area churches and community groups to see if they are operating.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.

• Norman Whitley, Maxine Whitley, Jean Bunn, Linwood May, Ronnie Matthews, Mac Bennett, Ronnie Russell, Rudy Brantley, James Sheppard, Curtis and Ginny Bedingfield’s daughter Jeannie Joyner, JoAnn Blankenship, Julie Brantley’s sister Aubrey Farmer, Jake Robertson and Kathy Farmer.

• Please keep all front-line 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 the people of this country and the world that we can come together in peace and love to solve our problems.

• Birthday blessings for Susan Edwards (Aug. 12), Dorothy Nelson and Howard Moses (Aug. 14), Robert Flood and Mallory Griffin (Aug. 16), Brooks Wood (Aug. 19), Annie Belle Edwards (Aug. 21), Teresa Macquin (Aug. 22), Melba Hobgood (Aug. 23), Lawrence Edwards and Josh Griffin (Aug. 26) and Mack Bunn (Aug. 29).

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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