Well Done My Good And Faith­ful Ser­vant

Ev­ery day in the world we are tempted. We need to stop and ask our­selves what to do. Is it some­where you would take Je­sus? Are you go­ing to crown Him or cru­cify Him? Are you go­ing to con­firm Him or deny Him? No one can ride the fence or re­main neu­tral.

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - Kitty Collingsworth

As we gath­ered to wor­ship Sun­day morn­ing at Mill Creek Baptist Church, Wayne John­son opened our ser­vice with prayer, and spe­cial prayers were re­quested for J.R. Denny, Jim Brew­ster, Bar­bara’s grand­child, Jimmy Easter and a cou­ple of Shel­ley’s friends. Doug Cory shared a praise.

Linda Aber­crom­bie gave the de­vo­tional, “Don’t For­get.” She de­scribed the queen of for­get­ful­ness and talked about go­ing to a mu­sic les­son with no in­stru­ment. In keep­ing our faith, we need to re­mem­ber Christ’s pas­sion, death and res­ur­rec­tion.

Tyrel Lett asked God’s bless­ing upon the of­fer­tory, and he and Rick Lett served as ush­ers. Becky John­son and Karen Gard­ner led the con­gre­ga­tional hymns in­clud­ing, “The Old Rugged Cross.” We were blessed with spe­cial mu­sic from Jerry and Linda as they sang, “At Cal­vary,” a capella.

Our pas­tor, Brother Mark Hall, brought us God’s mes­sage, “What Shall I Do,” with scrip­ture from Matthew 27:22. “Pi­late said to them, ‘What then shall I do with Je­sus who is called Christ?’ They all said to him, ‘Let Him be cru­ci­fied!”’ Brother Mark talked about Pi­late be­ing faced with a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing Je­sus. “We will all have to an­swer the same ques­tion. What will we do with Je­sus? It is the most im­por­tant ques­tion in this life. The an­swer to the ques­tion is a present de­ci­sion and a per­sonal de­ci­sion that no one can an­swer for you. It is a per­ti­nent de­ci­sion and your destiny de­pends on your de­ci­sion. It is a press­ing de­ci­sion that you have to an­swer one way or the other. If you don’t an­swer, it is the same as say­ing no. It is an un­avoid­able de­ci­sion. You ei­ther ac­cept or re­ject Je­sus. Ev­ery day in the world we are tempted. We need to stop and ask our­selves what to do. Is it some­where you would take Je­sus? Are you go­ing to crown Him or cru­cify Him? Are you go­ing to con­firm Him or deny Him? No one can ride the fence or re­main neu­tral. Are you just trying to avoid a de­ci­sion if you don’t come to church?”

Brother Mark told us that things re­ally haven’t changed since Pi­late had to make the de­ci­sion. He talked about the voices Pi­late heard. “We still hear the voice of rea­son. Je­sus is one of three things to you: a liar, a lu­natic or He is Lord. It is a de­ci­sion that has to be made this side of the grave. The voice of Pi­late’s con­scious told him what to do and he didn’t. Pi­late heard the voice of Je­sus. We hear the voice of Je­sus to­day. Read­ing His word is the same as Je­sus telling us Him­self. We hear the same voices to­day. Pi­late heard the voice, but he made the wrong de­ci­sion.”

Brother Mark talked about the val­ues that got in the way of Pi­late’s de­ci­sion. “Pi­late made the wrong de­ci­sion be­cause he was a politi­cian and wanted to please the crowds. He wor­ried about pub­lic opin­ion. The num­ber one rea­son Pi­late made the wrong de­ci­sion is in Mark 15:15 which says, ‘So Pi­late, want­ing to grat­ify the crowd, re­leased Barab­bas to them; and he de­liv­ered Je­sus, af­ter he had scourged Him to be cru­ci­fied.’” Brother Mark asked, “How many times have you cru­ci­fied Je­sus to go along with the crowd? Pride is an­other thing that helped Pi­late make the wrong de­ci­sion. All our power comes from God. We for­get that in an ef­fort to make our­selves look good and smarter. Get on your knees and thank God for the op­por­tu­ni­ties and ad­van­tages that come your way, in­stead of pat­ting your­self on the back. Every­thing we have comes from God not be­cause we think we are su­pe­rior. Pi­late was afraid of los­ing his pos­ses­sions. Pi­late made the wrong de­ci­sion be­cause of pub­lic opin­ion, his own power and pride and his po­si­tion and pos­ses­sions.”

Brother Mark told us that Pi­late con­demned him­self be­cause he tried to pass the buck and not make a de­ci­sion. He knew what was right, but he didn’t do it. “The first time Je­sus came be­fore Pi­late; Pi­late didn’t want to de­cide, so he sent Je­sus to Herod, who sent Him back to Pi­late. It is an un­avoid­able de­ci­sion. You have to de­cide, you can’t just pass the buck. Peo­ple will ad­mire Je­sus, but there is still a de­ci­sion to make. When Je­sus knocks on your heart’s door, you can ei­ther let Him in or lock Him out. It is a big de­ci­sion — the big­gest one you will ever make — the de­ci­sion be­tween heaven or hell. What are you go­ing to do with Je­sus? You will have to de­cide. Will you take Him with you every­where? He is not a part-time Sav­ior. He is an all-the-time Sav­ior. Don’t trust pub­lic opin­ion, your bill­fold or pride with your eter­nity. Trust Je­sus with your eter­nity. Don’t worry about the world’s val­ues; there aren’t any. Look and learn from where Pi­late went wrong in his de­ci­sion about Je­sus. Pi­late knew what was right, but he let other voices and val­ues get in the way of the right de­ci­sion.”

“Softly and Ten­derly” was our hymn of in­vi­ta­tion, and Jerry gave the bene­dic­tion.

Sun­day school be­gins at 10 a.m. and the wor­ship ser­vice at 11 a.m. Ev­ery­one is wel­come at Mill Creek Baptist Church, which is lo­cated three and one-half miles east of Noel, just off High­way 90.

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