What Do You Do To Help In God’s House?

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Kitty Collingsworth Mill Creek Bap­tist Church

As we gath­ered to wor­ship Sun­day morn­ing at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church, we were greeted by Doug Cory, who opened our morn­ing ser­vice with prayer. David and Kitty Collingsworth were cel­e­brat­ing their an­niver­sary and spe­cial prayers were re­quested for many in­clud­ing, Janet Chaney, Ray Adair, Si­las, Polly Rit­ter, Louis Davis, Mer­tie Har­mon, Shel­ley’s son and the Spears’ grand­son. Spe­cial prayers were also given for the teach­ers, stu­dents, cooks, bus driv­ers and sup­port staff as school be­gins this week. We pray for safety and a great year. Steve Ma­son shared a praise, and Wayne John­son and the Hazel­ton’s ex­pressed their thanks. It was good to have Wayne back with us.

Linda Aber­crom­bie read Isa­iah 66:1-2 and gave the de­vo­tional, “No Other God.” God has the author­ity over the world and us. He is the only one and sus­tains ev­ery­thing. God has no peer and brings or­der out of chaos.

Tyrel Lett asked God’s bless­ing upon the of­fer­tory, and he and Rick Lett col­lected the of­fer­ing. Becky John­son and Karen Gardner led the con­gre­ga­tional hymns. We were blessed with spe­cial mu­sic from Jerry Aber­crom­bie who sang, “Wed­ding Mu­sic.” The men joined to­gether and sang “When the Roll is Called Up Yon­der,” and the ladies of the con­gre­ga­tion sang “In The Gar­den.”

The scrip­ture for the last mes­sage in the ser­mon se­ries on the rel­e­vance of the Old Tes­ta­ment and the “who’s who” of Is­rael’s kings was 2 Chron­i­cles 34:13. Is­rael was on fire for God one minute and then back­slid­ing the next. Sun­day’s mes­sage was about Josiah who was only 8 years old when he took the throne and reigned righ­teously for 31 years. Brother Mark told us that Josiah was a ”boy among men, a real man. He beat the odds.”

Brother Mark read 2 Chron­i­cles 33:21-25, that tells of Josiah’s fa­ther, his short reign and fall as a king. Brother Mark told us that, “At age 16, Josiah sought God. At 20, he cleaned house and got rid of the idols, and at age 26, he fixed up God’s house. God’s house gets a lot of crit­i­cism, but it is the best thing we have. God’s house and church are the same. What do you do to help in God’s house? We are the church and body of Christ. We are God’s chil­dren. God doesn’t want to hear peo­ple run­ning down His chil­dren, just like we don’t want to hear peo­ple run down our chil­dren.”

2 Chron­i­cles 34:8-13 talks about Hilkiah find­ing God’s book in God’s house. Brother Mark told us, “The Book of the Law was found and read. How can you re­ally look at the word of the Lord with­out see­ing your­self and oth­ers? Josiah is a story of a church and God’s word be­ing re­vived. God al­ways has a rem­edy when things get bad. Sin has a price. We have a gen­er­a­tion com­ing up that doesn’t know God. It is time to get back into God’s house and hear His word and tes­ti­mony. It is time that God’s peo­ple start act­ing like it. We need to take the trash out of the things in our life that we don’t need. It is time to clean up the junk in our life. That is what sep­a­rates us from God. Josiah’s ten­der and hum­ble heart helped him see God. He was a great king be­cause of his ten­der heart.”

Brother Mark told us that our feel­ings and mind change when we care more about God. “Josiah was a great king be­cause of his ten­der heart. That’s what hap­pens when we get rid of the junk in our lives. Junk in our hearts gets hard to clean out. Have you hum­bled your­self with a ten­der heart like Josiah? Can you hear God through all the junk? How hard is it to find God with­out Je­sus? Je­sus makes it easy.” In John 14:6 Je­sus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Fa­ther ex­cept through Me.”

In clos­ing, Brother Mark asked, “Is there any junk you need to clean out to find your way to Him? Is there any junk that you don’t con­sider sin but is when it gets between you and God? We need to keep things in per­spec­tive.”

Our hymn of in­vi­ta­tion was “Reach Out to Je­sus.” Tom Sharp gave the bene­dic­tion.

Mill Creek Bap­tist Church will cel­e­brate its 114th year of wor­ship with Homecoming on Sun­day, Aug. 19. Sun­day school be­gins at 10 a.m. and wor­ship ser­vice at 11 a.m. Spring Street will sing dur­ing our song ser­vice, fol­lowed by God’s mes­sage from Brother Mark Hall. After the ser­vice, din­ner will be served in the fel­low­ship hall, fol­lowed by more praise mu­sic from Spring Street, a won­der­ful blue­grass gospel group. Ev­ery­one is in­vited to at­tend our wor­ship and cel­e­bra­tion.

Mill Creek Bap­tist Church is lo­cated three and one-half miles east of Noel, just off High­way 90. For in­for­ma­tion, call 417-475-7633 and leave a mes­sage.

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