Do You Have Any­thing To Make Up To God?

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Kitty Collingsworth

Our con­gre­ga­tion in­cluded many guests as we gath­ered to wor­ship, fel­low­ship and cel­e­brate 114 years of Mill Creek Bap­tist Church. We were greeted by Doug Cory, who opened our ser­vice with prayer. Ale­sia Parish, Su­san Cory and Ash­ton Cory were cel­e­brat­ing birthdays. Spe­cial prayers were re­quested for Si­las, Wayne John­son, Polly and Alvie Ritter, Gra­cie, Calvin Reece and Ron Bu­chite. Jeanette Easter shared a praise.

“God Works” was the de­vo­tional that Linda Aber­crom­bie shared with us as she read Ro­mans 8:28. We don’t know how things will turn out in our lives, but God does. We know the works of our God. He works for the good of those who love Him. He is the author of our sal­va­tion and in all things He is all-in­clu­sive.

Rick Lett and Tyrel Lett served as ush­ers and col­lected the of­fer­ing, and the con­gre­ga­tion sang “The Glo­ry­land Way” led by Becky and Karen. We were so blessed to have “Spring Street” with us to share won­der­ful gospel blue­grass mu­sic dur­ing our song ser­vice.

“Give A Brother A Break” was the ti­tle of Brother Mark Hall’s mes­sage. Phile­mon verses 17-18 says, “If then you count me as a part­ner, re­ceive him as you would me. But if he has wronged you or owes any­thing, put that on my ac­count.” The book of Phile­mon tells us that Phile­mon was very wealthy and con­verted to Chris­tian­ity with Paul’s min­istry and held church at his home. Slave Ones­imus was not a good one.

He wound up in Rome where he got saved un­der Paul’s preach­ing and wanted to make it right with God and the peo­ple he had wronged. Brother Mark told us, “Any man can mess up but it takes a cer­tain (kind of) man to go back and clean it up. Ones­imus wanted to make up to Phile­mon but was wor­ried be­cause he could have him beaten. Paul wrote Phile­mon on be­half of Ones­imus (verses 10-21). We have to be able and will­ing to give each other a break ev­ery once in a while. If we ad­mit that we have failed, why can’t

We have to be able and will­ing to give each other a break ev­ery once in a while. If we ad­mit that we have failed, why can’t we give oth­ers a break, too, just like we want oth­ers to do for us when we mess up? Why do we hold oth­ers up to a higher stan­dard than we do our­selves? God doesn’t grade on the curve, he grades on the cross.

we give oth­ers a break, too, just like we want oth­ers to do for us when we mess up? Why do we hold oth­ers up to a higher stan­dard than we do our­selves? God doesn’t grade on the curve, he grades on the cross.”

Brother Mark told us that as Chris­tians, we are to act like Christ. “Paul came close. If any­one wrongs you, Paul says to put in on his ac­count. Je­sus paid it all. When you have His spirit of grace, you can ex­tend it to oth­ers. If you get grace, can’t you give it? Ex­tend it to oth­ers? If you re­al­ize that you need that grace, you have to go back to God and ac­cept it just like Ones­imus did. Have you been one of God’s run­aways? God knows what you have done, but he will take you back. God’s grace is there for you to ac­cept.” 1 John 1:9 says, “If we con­fess our sins, He is faith­ful and just to for­give us our sins and to cleanse us from all un­righ­teous­ness.”

After our morn­ing ser­vice, we en­joyed fel­low­ship, lunch, more won­der­ful praise mu­sic in the af­ter­noon from Spring Street, and the read­ing of the his­tory of our 114-year-old church.

We in­vite you to join us at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church on Sun­day morn­ings to wor­ship with us. Sun­day school be­gins at 10 a.m. and wor­ship ser­vice at 11 a.m. Ev­ery­one is wel­come. 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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