Are You Cheat­ing On God? Keep Him First In Life

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

As we gath­ered in God’s house to wor­ship Sun­day morn­ing, we wel­comed vis­i­tors. It was good to have Bob Bryan and Mil­dred Sharp back with us. Spe­cial pray­ers were re­quested for the David Wil­helm fam­ily, Kenny Vault, Calvin Reece and Brit­tney. Doug Cory opened our ser­vice with prayer.

Linda Aber­crom­bie shared the de­vo­tional, “Be Still,” and read Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God. I will be ex­alted among the na­tions, I will be ex­alted in the Earth.” Je­sus taught us to pray rev­er­ently. Let the Lord be Lord and be still. In daily storms, make a point to be still and let God be God. Let Him take the strug­gles from your soul. Be still and let God work in your life.

Mitchell Lett asked God’s bless­ing upon the of­fer­tory and he and Tyrel Lett served as ush­ers.

Con­gre­ga­tional hymns led by Becky John­son and Karen Gard­ner in­cluded “At The Cross.” We were blessed with a spe­cial from Jerry Aber­crom­bie, who sang, “The Old Rugged Cross.”

Brother Mark Hall brought us God’s mes­sage, “Cheat­ing on God,” with scrip­ture from Jeremiah 29:11-13. “For I know the thoughts that I think to­ward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a fu­ture and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will lis­ten to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Brother Mark be­gan by telling us that our busy lives in­ter­fere with our con­ver­sa­tions with God. We need to lis­ten to Him and fall in line in life with God’s plan. “Are you a plan­ner? There are two kinds of plan­ners: a lit­eral plan­ner and a dreamer plan­ner. A dream plan is some­thing that you are go­ing to do, but prob­a­bly won’t but you dream about it any­way. A lit­eral plan­ner is a doer. As a child of God, you bet­ter run your plans by Him to make sure they fit with His plans if you live in His pres­ence and He hears your pray­ers. The world says to dream big and work hard to reach your dreams, but if you chase your dreams and they sep­a­rate you from God, they turn in to night­mares.”

Brother Mark told us that if you are too busy for God, you are too busy and you are not in His pres­ence. Ezekiel 14:1-5 tells us that idol­a­try will be pun­ished. Brother Mark said, “The peo­ple had idols in their hearts. When that hap­pens, you either re­pent or pay. When you have idols in your heart, things of the world that con­sume you will cause you to be­come es­tranged from God, and you will be out of His pres­ence. We be­come adul­ter­ous Chris­tians when we cheat on God. We lose some of the love and af­fec­tion we have for God when that hap­pens. He doesn’t stop lov­ing us, but we sep­a­rate our­selves from Him and be­come out of His pres­ence. God loves us and has plans for us — peace and not evil, a fu­ture and hope. There is less peace and more evil in the world to­day than ever be­fore be­cause we got away from God’s plan.”

Brother Mark told us that he loved to bow hunt. “Bow hunt­ing isn’t a sin un­less it takes prece­dence over God. When you have God’s pres­ence, there is noth­ing bet­ter. If you lose it, you for­get how good it was. Re­pent, turn away and come back. We can be­come es­tranged by idols. Don’t get con­sumed with things and put God in the back seat. Have you set up idols in your heart? Man looks at the out­ward ap­pear­ance, but God looks at the heart. You don’t have to give up the things that you en­joy, but don’t put them ahead of God. Don’t get too big for God.”

Af­ter our hymn of in­vi­ta­tion, we wel­comed Bobby Bryan and Skip and Deb­o­rah McKenna into our church fam­ily. Rick Lett gave the bene­dic­tion.

All are in­vited to at­tend wor­ship ser­vices next Sun­day at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church as Brother Mark’s ser­mon ti­tle will be, “It Ain’t About Re­li­gion; It’s About a Re­la­tion­ship.” Sun­day school be­gins at 10 a.m. and wor­ship ser­vice at 11 a.m.

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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