‘Gettin’ In Deep’ And Choosing Whom You Serve
A good crowd gathered to worship on a cool fall morning Sunday at Mill Creek Baptist Church. Wayne Johnson opened our service with prayer. Special prayers were requested for Frankie Garvin, Linda Abercrombie, Rodney Allison, Dot’s cousin, Susan’s mother and Shelley Hall’s grandmother’s family.
Linda Abercrombie gave the devotion on grief. It is normal to have those feelings when dealing with grief. As a survivor, you never get used to losing a loved one. Deep scars mean deep love and are a testament to that love. Grief comes in waves. It can wipe you out and then you float. In between the waves, there is calm and life. The waves, like grief, get farther apart. You get soaking wet and hang on to something. You survive and then other waves come. There are lots of scars from lots of love and shipwrecks.
Rick Lett and Tyrel Lett served as ushers and collected the offering. With Becky Johnson at the piano, Karen Gardner led the congregational hymns. We were blessed with special music from Jerry Abercrombie, who sang “What A Day That Will Be.”
Our Pastor, Brother Mark Hall, read Joshua 24:1-16 and then began God’s message for us, “Gettin’ in Deep,” and choosing whom you will serve. He began by telling us that being a bornagain church member is like going to the creek for the first time. Do you wade
Now, therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!
or just jump in? Which is commitment and which is a little involvement? “A hen laying an egg is involvement, but a pig made into sausage is a commitment. There is a difference between involvement and commitment.
When it comes to serving God, are you committed or involved? Life is about choices. You choose to come to church or you choose not to come.
Some choices are easy, some are not and some require thinking and prayer. We are who we are today because of the choices we made yesterday. The choices we make today have an impact on the decisions we make tomorrow. They make a pattern and a foundation for us. “He who holds tomorrow can turn it around.”
Brother Mark told us our choices today affect the decisions we make tomorrow, whether we have a good and happy life and in our Christian life make heaven our goal. Making a wrong choice once gets easier the next time, and we get headed away from our direction. We get turned around with our decisions and choices. God can turn us around if we will let Him and get us back in the right direction, no matter how far off the path we get.
It takes three things to overcome bad choices: repentance (it may take some), reparation (decisions that have hurt others and we need to make it right with them) and repair (going back and fixing something that you did wrong). Brother Mark said the difference between a boy and a man is that the man will clean up his messes, undo bad choices and get back on the path. “All traps are baited with choices, usually of our own making. God tells us to let it go and give it to Him. We know what it is like to have God with us and not have God. We experience the blessings and the curses. You need to choose today whom you are going to serve. Choose God. It is your decision — no one else.”
Joshua 24:14 tells of Joshua’s farewell address and says, “Now, therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!” Brother Mark told us, if we serve the Lord, we must do it in sincerity and truth. “We must serve Him all the way.
We cannot just be involved; we must be committed. We can’t just roll up our pant legs and wade around. We have to be faithful to those things we are committed to. God is not looking for involvement, but commitment. He didn’t send Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us for a half-hearted commitment. The choice is yours. Eternity hangs in the balance. It is time to get in deep, not just wade around. You have to choose. Who are you going to serve? Are you ready to make that commitment and have peace with God?”
Our hymn of invitation was “I Surrender All,” and Doug Cory gave the benediction.
We invite you to worship with us next Sunday as we will observe the Lord’s Supper. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m.
We also invite everyone to our annual Community Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the church, in the fellowship hall. Ham, turkey and traditional side dishes and desserts will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. We invite you to eat, enjoy fellowship and give thanks with us for God’s many blessings. Everyone is welcome.
Mill Creek is located 3½ miles east of Noel, just off Highway 90, on Upper Mill Creek Road.