The 2021 Church Directories are ready. If you would like a copy emailed to you, let Nikki know. There are some by the church office if you would like to come by and pick one up.
Don’t forget to check out Brother David’s Mid-Week Devotion on the book of Psalms. They are uploaded each Wednesday on the sermon page.
Giving as of January 13, 2021
Budget for 2021 . . . . . . . . $320,880.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . . $12,341.54
Received to Date . . . . . . . . . $8,855.25
Needed for weekly budget . . . $6,170.77
Tithes Received this week . . . $2,491.25
ASSoCIATIONAL Executive/Brotherhood meeting
The Executive/Brotherhood meeting has been rescheduled, due to current covid-19 spikes. The new date is set for February 11th. Our Brotherhood Director, Ben Shivers, appreciates everyone’s cooperation and understanding regarding the change. We prayerfully anticipate the month of February to be a better month and look forward to sharing together on the 11th of February.
From OUr Pastor
What a wonderful Lord we serve! No matter what you are facing today, you can trust Him. It does not matter how insignificant you may view yourself or how great the problem, you can trust Him.
The leper in Mark 1:40-45 is a powerful illustration of this truth. As a leper, he suffered from a horrible disease that ravaged the body. He was forced to live apart. His disease was actually a picture of sin. The only expectation for a leper was isolation, rejection, and avoidance.
Yet, this leper came to our Lord. Verse 40 says, “And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
How did our Lord respond to this diseased, ceremonially unclean outcast? Verse 41 says, “Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I am willing…’”
Amazing! Our Lord felt compassion on this man. That means far more than feeling pity. Compassion means caring enough to act. Our Lord then touched him – a man who was forbidden to touch anyone. There is no telling how long it had been since this man had been touched.
Our Lord is full of compassion for you as well. You may be lost in your sins, but He desires to save you. You may be a believer who has strayed far from God but like the prodigal’s father, He longs to welcome you home. You may feel like an outcast among people, but He desires to put His arms around you. He is full of compassion for you.
Our Lord then said, “…be cleansed…” What was the result? Verse 42 says, “Immediately, the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.”
Think of that! This awful incurable disease was instantly gone! The mas was cleansed. His life was forever changed.
What a lesson for us! The Lord Jesus can cleanse us of all our sins. As we stated earlier, leprosy was used as an illustration of sin – that is why the passage speaks of being “cleansed” rather than “healed.” Our Lord died and rose again to save us from all our sins and our sinfulness. As believers, He will cleanse our sins if we confess them unto Him. He is willing! He is able!
We can also trust Him with every problem in our lives. If He can cleanse the leper, there is no problem that He cannot handle. He is willing to touch you in every circumstance and miraculously move in your life. We can trust Him. He is willing. He is able.
The leper came to the Lord Jesus. Will you come to Him?