When Jesus told the woman in Luke 7 to “go into peace” He was saying exactly what she needed to hear, precisely when she needed to hear it. Today it is no different. For there to be peace in our life, in our family, or in the world we must first know forgiveness. The reason that this formally sinful woman could leave in peace is because she was forgiven. At the root of most peace problems there is a forgiveness problem. Many struggle to forgive themselves or others for past stupidities, they hold grudges and limit the grace of God by thinking such thoughtless mistakes cannot be forgiven. “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). Today faithful Christians can live in peace even forgiving others because of the forgiveness they have received. Have a blessed day!
“There are times when I look around and realize that it is hard, if not impossible to see God. With this hurt I feel, grief I am dealing with, sorrow in feel in the loss of opportunities, abilities, children, family, and friends. It really makes me depressed and question where God is.” When it is hard to see good it is impossible to see God. What do we fill our hearts and minds with when things go wrong? If we escape one darkness by finding more darkness in alcohol, lust, drugs, deep depression, gambling, or unhealthy living then it is understandable that we would wonder where God is. There are people that never wonder where God is. Those people who seek Him in the Bible, who look for the positive around themselves, and who center their thoughts on things that are noble, true, lovely, excellent, or commendable see God every day. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). Have a blessed week!!
God continues to touch lives in our small community. It was my honor to get to baptize my granddaughter, Lexee Benkley. She is going into the 3rd grade and we have been studying for a while now about the need to do what God has instructed us to do to become a child of His. I think of the passage in Deuteronomy 4:9 where the scripture ends with “teach your children and your children’s children.” Both of my children became a Christian at an pretty early age and we are now starting on the second generation. Just as God has instructed. What a Great Day for the Church here at Hammon.
Sunday was another great day in the Church here at Hammon. Kade Allen made the decision to be immersed into Christ. He was baptized by his father. It was a joyous occasion and very touching.
Sunday was a great day for the Church as a whole. Ethan Gower made the greatest choice one could ever make in their life. He made the choice to become a child of God and be immersed into Christ. I had the honor and privilege to be the one chosen to do the baptism. Although the water was frigid, we both went into the water just as it was done by Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch many years before. I know that Bobbie and Dustin are so proud of Ethan.
It is so great to see that God is still touching peoples lives.
Below you will find a video of the event.
Christianity has been called by some the “great confession,” but most of the time when we feel defeated in life we are defeated because we believe and confess the wrong things. It is so easy to fall for satans schemes and get in the mindset of being defeated and forget that “I can do ALL thing through Christ who strengthens me.” Fear-filled words destroy, while Faith-filled words build up. Dwell on the power of God and become more like Him. Godliness is profitable in this life and in the next!
We were the first host for the 5th quarter following the basketball game Friday evening. There were almost 30 that attended. Pizza was served and games were played. The last event was door prize drawings.
The games were Minute to Win it style. Denton Wood did a short devotional. Looks like they all enjoyed themselves.
We look forward to the next one. Everyone is hoping we can double the number we had this time.
I once heard that someone said, “Being in love means never having to say you’re sorry.” I think whoever said that is probably divorced by now! The Truth is that husbands and wives must be quick to forgive and to humbly seek forgiveness from each other. “I Love You,” “I’m Sorry,” & “I forgive you” should be said often and meant from the heart.