Walk Talks Louder Than Your Talk

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - Sub­mit­ted by Kitty Collingsworth

Fall flow­ers adorned the sanc­tu­ary and we were greeted by Jerry Aber­crom­bie who wel­comed our many vis­i­tors to Mill Creek Bap­tist Church Sun­day morn­ing. Jerry was also cel­e­brat­ing a birth­day and spe­cial prayers were re­quested for Ash­ton Cory, Steve Holly, Doug Holly, Jim Collingsworth, John Adams, Mer­tie Har­mon and Se­quoya.

Linda Aber­crom­bie gave the devo­tional “We” from II Corinthi­ans 4:7-10. Some­times trou­ble squeezes us too hard. That’s when we find out what we are re­ally made of in­side. Our ac­tions show if we have big prob­lems or a big God. We must act the way we should, re­spect oth­ers and trust God when we be­come hard-pressed. The scrip­ture says, “But we have this trea­sure in earthen ves­sels, that the ex­cel­lence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on ev­ery side, yet not crushed; we are per­plexed, but not in de­spair; per­se­cuted but not for­saken; struck down, but not de­stroyed — al­ways car­ry­ing about in the body the dy­ing of the Lord Je­sus, that the life of Je­sus also may be man­i­fested in our body.”

Tyrel Lett and Rick Lett served as ush­ers and col­lected the of­fer­tory. With Becky John­son at the pi­ano, Jerry led the con­gre­ga­tion in hymns of praise and we were blessed with spe­cial mu­sic from Joseph, Jes­sica, Sierra and Natalie Baker and Jerry Aber­crom­bie. Joseph also shared scrip­ture and a short mes­sage for us about hav­ing faith in God which helps us with our daily walk.

Brother Mark Hall be­gan his mes­sage by read­ing Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the coun­sel of the un­godly nor stands in the path of sin­ners, nor sits in the seat of the scorn­ful.” He also read I Corinthi­ans 15:33 “Do not be de­ceived: evil com­pany cor­rupts good habits.” Brother Mark said, “The com­pany you keep can de­ter­mine where you go. As a Chris­tian, don’t stand in the way of some­one get­ting saved by act­ing like the world.”

Scrip­ture for the mes­sage, “Words are Cheap,” was taken from Mark 14:27 which says, “Then Je­sus said to them, All of you will be made to stum­ble be­cause of Me this night, for it is writ­ten: ‘I will strike the Shep­herd, and the sheep will be scat­tered.’” Brother Mark asked, “What if God could only use per­fect peo­ple? All of us have messed up — even Adam and Eve and oth­ers in the Bi­ble. Per­haps some­times we are re­luc­tant to serve God in any ca­pac­ity be­cause none of us re­ally feel wor­thy. Learn­ing to cope with fail­ure is a part of the Chris­tian life or any other life. Don’t think just be­cause you sur­ren­der and fol­low God that you are still not go­ing to have fail­ure from time to time.”

Brother Mark read Mark 14:27-31, and said, “Walk talks louder than talk. It is easy to talk Chris­tian talk, but can you walk the Chris­tian walk?” The scrip­ture tells of Peter whose words were cheap when the rooster crowed. Brother Mark said, “Some want to hang around with Je­sus dur­ing the day and run with the devil at night. If you are go­ing to be a Chris­tian, you bet­ter act like a Chris­tian. It doesn’t mean you are bet­ter than any­one, but you have some­thing bet­ter then they have and that is faith in God but you have to act like it. Peter was one of the most Godly men, but if he could fall, don’t think that you can’t.”

Peter thought he had failed so mis­er­ably that the Lord didn’t want any­thing to do with him any­more and he couldn’t serve him. Brother Mark asked, “How did Peter get to that point? First, he walked in the coun­sel of the un­godly. Sec­ond, he stood in the path of sin­ners. And third, he sat in the seat of the scorn­ful. Don’t ever put your­self on a pedestal like Peter did and say that you would never do any­thing like that.” Brother Mark read I Peter 2:7-10 which tells us to keep our con­duct hon­or­able in all that we do. Brother Mark said, “Your talk talks and your walk talks but your walk talks louder than your talk talks. It is not enough just to come to church on Sun­day morn­ing. We have to get rooted. It is a dirty world out there. It is easy to sit in church with good peo­ple and be a faith­ful Chris­tian, but it is hard out in the world with the un­godly. Make time each day for God and get rooted like the tree planted by the wa­ter so you don’t end up in the fire with the devil’s crowd.

The hymn of in­vi­ta­tion was “With­out Him” and Tom Sharp gave the bene­dic­tion. We in­vite you to wor­ship with us on Sun­day morn­ings at 11 at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

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