with Carolyn Goff
Greetings from Deanburg! I know we have had a lot of new cases of COVID in our county as I assume is happening in every county. It seems that there is someone I know that has it every day. Our church has been hit pretty hard. I am praying, as I know you are, for this to stop and that our family and friends as well as ourselves survive this.
Our prayer list: Kristen Carlton Jones, Tim Landers, Brianna Landers, Gary Hyatt, Samantha Mosier, Mary Hanson, Joyce Stewart, and Woodie Deming. Please pray for all of the COVID victims. We all know someone that has it, so be diligent in your prayers.
Birthdays this week are April Collins and Carol Ann Perkins on Sept. 15, Cayce Perkins and Larry Shackleford on Sept. 17, Jimmy Zcincislfi on Sept. 29 and Beth Ann Hill and Hannah Collins on Sept. 21. Enjoy your day!
Our devotion this week: “A Hope and a Future” by LeRoy Eims – “Today’s Scripture: Jeremiah 26-29 ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16)
“There are millions of people in the world who believe God is out to get them, that His thoughts toward them are not thoughts of love and peace, but thoughts of evil and destruction.
“I recall going into a beautiful temple in one of the most magnificent cities in Asia. Inside there were about two hundred people staring blankly at the huge statute of their god as they sat cross-legged on the floor, moaning and crying out in fear. They were convinced that their god was intent on destroying their crops. They knew nothing of our gracious God.
“Some of the most encouraging words ever written are found in Jeremiah 29:11-14: ‘“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares in Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me…and I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.’
“When we know that God’s plans for us are good, we will call on Him in faith, not in fear. When we seek Him, He will reveal Himself to us in all His gracious love. Now Christian, the blinded masses cringing in fear before a pagan idol aren’t the only ones who need to hear about God. There are people in your neighborhood and your place of work who don’t know the Lord. Many of them feel they have no future and no hope. But we have the gospel of Christ, a message that can turn their lives completely around.
“Prayer – Lord, prompt me to speak words of persuasion to people for whom You died. Amen.
“To Ponder – God’s ways are revealed to me if I pray and seek His will.
“Quote: ‘Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it is a memory!’ – Dr. Seuss”
Our sincere condolences to Mark Braly’s family. Mark passed away last week. He is a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Mark was a special Christian man, loving and kind and will be missed so much. He is survived by a brother, Ed Braly, and two sisters, Mary Braly Hanson and Miriam Braly. Mark was buried at Bethel Baptist Church Tuesday, Sept. 14. Rest In Peace sweet Mark.
My cousin Ailiene Harris Cain passed away last week, and the funeral was at Casey’s funeral home Sunday with burial at Bear Creek Methodist Church in Pinson. She is survived by two sisters Dorothy Bratcher and Linda Blankenship. She was preceded in death by five boys and a sister. Our sincere condolences to the family
May the Lord look upon you with grace and mercy. My number is 879-9777 to call me with your news.