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All Christians are called as messengers of the Gospel

Posted on February 22, 2021

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Fran Bunn

Fran Bunn

Peachtree Baptist Church members came out for service in the beautiful sunshine on Sunday. They prayed that the COVID-19 vaccinations continue and the numbers of infections continue to drop. They prayed for all those affected by extreme weather. 

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was loving presented to glorify God by Susan and Lawrence Edwards in loving memory of Karen Edwards and Tom Moorefield.

Special music: Jane May performed a piano solo. Marta Whitehouse and Jerry Hobgood sang a duet, “In Times Like These.” 

Bible verse for the month of February: Proverbs: 21:21.

Pastor’s message: “Stephen: Like Father, Like Son,” a meditation on Acts 7.

‘GOD OF HOPE’

Jerry’s devotional this week is “God of Hope” by Billy Graham, from “Peace for Each Day.” 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” — Romans 15:13. 

“Our God is the God of hope. But what is hope?

“Hope is the breath of nature that surrounds us every day.

“Hope is seen in a sprig that shoots up from the crevasse of a sun-dried rock, proving the water of life within.

“Hope is a first ray of sunshine that that peeks above the horizon — without fail — every morning with blazing truth, telling us we can make it through.

“Hope is dispatched when the moon rises in the dark night, foreshadowing that a new day will dawn.

“Have you glimpsed the glow of hope? Strike a match and burn a candle. You will discover that the whisper of its flame brings life to a room, making the candle useful. Is your flame alive and making a difference in the world? You see, hope pierces the darkness.

“Hope brings comfort to our aching souls. It perseveres, persuades, prevails. And it is God’s gift to us.”

‘ENTRUSTED WITH GRACE’ 

My devotional this week is “Entrusted with Grace,” by Dr. James Merritt.

“I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” — Acts 20:24. 

“As followers of Jesus Christ, we have each been entrusted with the ministry of the Gospel of grace. Oftentimes, we make distinctions between those in ‘full-time ministry’ and ‘regular Christians.’ While there is greater accountability and responsibility for those who God has set apart for full-time vocational ministry, this does not mean that each and every Christian is not a messenger of the Gospel. We all are.

“What does it mean, then, to ‘testify to the Gospel of the grace of God,’ as the Apostle Paul wrote in Acts 20:24? The Greek word for ‘testify’ in this verse means ‘to solemnly affirm, to cause it to be believed.’ According to this definition, our lives as Christians should affirm the Gospel of grace…we should give others cause to believe this great Gospel.

“Do not be confused. We can never make someone believe the Gospel. But our lives can either credit or discredit what we say we believe to be true. If we verbally profess Christianity, yet live contrary to the Word of God, we are not testifying to the Gospel of grace. Likewise, if we ‘live a good life,’ yet never verbally profess God’s Word, we are also not testifying to the Gospel of grace. The totality of our lives — our actions, words and attitudes — should solemnly affirm the Gospel.

“The Apostle Paul was so swept up by the grace of God and his mission in Christ that he valued His ministry as a testifier of grace above all other things. No other achievement or success meant more to him than this one. How many of us can say the same thing?” 

CHURCH BUSINESS 

• Peachtree Baptist’s flower calendar signup sheets for 2021 are in the narthex. Please get one, fill out and return.

• Peachtree celebrated the Lord’s Supper on Sunday. 

COMMUNITY NEWS

• First Baptist Church of Spring Hope continues to welcome guest pastors for indoor Sunday services.

• Momeyer Baptist Church is now having Sunday school and church services. All are welcome.

• Janice Sykes spent a few days in Kernersville with her son Michael and his family last week. 

• Lynn and David Griffin and Joan and Ray Eason enjoyed a mini vacation last week. They traveled to Staunton and Lexington, Virginia. They enjoyed antique shopping and visiting historical sites. 

• Congratulations to Officers Worrell, Blake and Wells on receiving Order of the Long Leaf Pine awards. 

• Congratulations, Coopers community, on your new “Field of Dreams” with Nash County opening the new Miracle Park at Coopers. Congratulations to Harold Winstead and the Coopers Ruritan Club on your dream coming true. Thanks for all your dedication in getting the park open.

IN LOVING MEMORY

The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of Russell Ranger of Arizona, who passed on Saturday after a long illness. Russ was the father of Tammi Bunn, daughter-in-law of Bob Bunn and I. 

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.

• Maxine Whitley, Barbara Privette, Linwood May, Kathy Farmer and Rudy and Gail Brantley.

• Billy Bunn, Dorothy Nelson, Ginny Beddingfield, Seth and Eric Hicks, Bonita Mildon, daughter of Ginny and Curtis Beddingfield, Sarah Page and Timmy Clifton and Donnie Patterson.

• Delcie Wakefield and Frances Hutchins are in skilled nursing facilities. Pastor Bill Wakefield is recovering at home.

• Ronnie Matthews, Audrey Farmer and James Tharrington are recovering at home. 

• Janie Joyner, Bill Nelson. Joyce Brinkley, Eula Gupton and Ann Gunther are undergoing treatment.

• Norman Whitley is awaiting surgery on March 23.

• Randell Whitley needs prayers.

• Birthday blessings to Ashley Edwards (Feb. 14), Jonathan Macquin (Feb. 24) and Scotty Edwards and Amy Sykes (Feb. 26).

If you have news, please call or email me. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846. I will need your news no later than 4 p.m. on Sundays. 

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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