Do We Put Our Faith In Je­sus Christ Or The World?

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

Sun­day morn­ing be­gan with birth­day wishes to Terry Lett, Wayne Holly and Re­nae Sher­man, and Don and Janet Chaney were cel­e­brat­ing their 49th wed­ding an­niver­sary as we gath­ered at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church. Doug Cory greeted the con­gre­ga­tion and vis­i­tors and spe­cial prayers were re­quested for Diana Afu­vai, Ale­sia, Skip and travel prayers. Kitty ex­pressed thanks to ev­ery­one who helped with the Trunk or Treat for the church and re­minded all of our an­nual Com­mu­nity Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner Satur­day, Nov. 10, in the fel­low­ship hall. The meal is free and open to the pub­lic. Turkey, ham and sides, sal­ads and desserts will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Linda Aber­crom­bie shared the de­vo­tional, “De­vel­op­ing a Slow Mouth,” and read Proverbs 18:12-13. There is an old proverb that tells us that swal­low­ing words be­fore you say them is eas­ier than hav­ing to eat them later. We should have quick ears and a slow mouth. When we speak quickly, we tend to speak care­lessly. We should hold our peace and main­tain our si­lence un­til speak­ing is peace­ful. We have more self-con­trol and in­flu­ence and peo­ple tend to lis­ten to calm voices. Think calmly and ask God to help shape your re­sponses.

Rick Lett and Tyrel Lett served as ush­ers and col­lected the of­fer­tory. Con­gre­ga­tional hymns in­cluded “His Name Is Won­der­ful,” lead by Karen Gard­ner with Becky John­son at the piano.

Brother Tom Sharp filled in at the pul­pit for our pas­tor, Brother Mark Hall, and brought us God’s mes­sage from 1 Chron­i­cles 29:1-5. Brother Tom shared a story about a very pretty, young girl who wanted to be a movie star. She quit school and ran off to Hol­ly­wood, only to find no job of­fers and turned to other ways of life. At age 33, she gave up on life. While walk­ing one Sun­day morn­ing, she heard mu­sic from a build­ing. It was a store­front church. She went in and lis­tened to the mes­sage about the Lord lov­ing ev­ery­one no mat­ter what their cir­cum­stances. The Holy Spirit touched her and urged her to give her heart to God and turn her life around. The Lord was so good to her that she wanted to do some­thing to re­pay Je­sus for the change in her life. The only pay­ment is ser­vice. Only ser­vice to Him can re­pay what He has done for us.

In 1 Chron­i­cles, the scrip­tures tell us that David wanted to build the tem­ple but God chose Solomon. Brother Tom told us that God chooses His work­ers to do His work. “God is al­ways there to re­mind you that you are one of His own. We owe a debt of ser­vice to our Lord and Sav­ior who gives us eter­nal life. Sal­va­tion is free. We never merit it. When we are saved, a covenant, an agree­ment is made be­tween us and God. The Lord will not break His prom­ise. But we tend to be­come wound up in the world and slack in God’s word. God’s work is a great work. It is not for man, but for God.”

Brother Tom told us, “We need to serve when the Holy Spirit calls. Do we put our faith in Christ or the world? When we are born again, we be­come a part of the fam­ily of God. We, as Chris­tians, fail God if we don’t do His work. If you are called to do God’s work, you need to do it what­ever it is. Don’t make ex­cuses or deals with the Lord. The Lord will help you. Pre­pare to do God’s work. Be a worker in God’s church if that is His will. Be will­ing to help. Set your af­fec­tion upon God’s house.” Brother Tom talked about when our church build­ing burned in 2010 and how it was re­built the same year with the work of Bill Mitchell, the build­ing com­mit­tee and the car­pen­ters who la­bored so hard to re­build it.

In clos­ing, Brother Tom said, “It is im­por­tant to be in God’s house on Sun­day morn­ing, to love our Lord and Sav­ior and to en­cour­age one an­other. That helps re­pay our debt. Who is will­ing to be a ded­i­cated Chris­tian and do the work of our Lord? He has done so much for us. He loves us and wants us to love Him and place our bur­dens in His care.”

Our hymn of in­vi­ta­tion was “Have Thine Own Way, Lord,” and Rick Lett gave the bene­dic­tion.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to wor­ship at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church on Sun­day morn­ings at 11 a.m. Sun­day school be­gins at 10 a.m. Mill Creek Bap­tist Church is lo­cated 3½ miles east of Noel, just off High­way 90 on up­per Mill Creek Road.

When we are born again, we be­come a part of the fam­ily of God. We, as Chris­tians, fail God if we don’t do His work. God’s work, you need to do it

what­ever it is.

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