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Don't let busyness make you forget your first love

Posted on February 15, 2021

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Fran Bunn

Fran Bunn

Peachtree Baptist Church members came out for Sunday’s service through the icy, super windy, very cold and rainy weather.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was loving presented to glorify God by Bob Bunn and I in loving memory of my mother and father, Hazel and Jake Robertson.

Special music: Jane May performed a piano solo. Pastor Gene Whitehouse played a video presentation for the song “Even Me” by the Triumphant Quartet.

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

Pastor’s message: “Full of Faith, Grace and Power,” with scripture from Acts 6:5-15.


Jerry’s devotional this week is “Safe in The Storm” by Billy Graham, from “Peace for Each Day.”

“Peace, be still!” — Mark 4:39.

“A colleague who traveled frequently throughout the Middle East was in a car with some missionaries driving through the Jordanian desert, along the King’s Highway, when a sandstorm blew up. They were on a mountain pass with low visibility. Though an experienced traveler, my friend said his knuckles were white until one of the missionaries said, ‘Don’t worry. I’ve been this way before.’ They pulled off in a safe place and enjoyed a peaceful visit until the storm passed. That’s what peace with God is like.

“Even the birds know peace: though the thunder and lightning rage, the little bird can sleep in the crevice of the rock, its head tucked serenely under its wing, sound asleep through the storm.

“Jesus was asleep in a boat when a storm like that arose. The disciples were terrified and woke Him: ‘Lord, we will perish; save us!’”

“Jesus said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased.” — Mark 4: 39. 

“In Christ, we can be at peace in the mist of the confusions, bewilderments and perplexities of this life. The storm rages, but our hearts are at rest.”

My devotional this week is “Your First Love,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes on Jesus.”

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.” — Jeremiah 31:3.

“Regardless of how busy you are ‘serving’ in the church, don’t forget your first love.

“Losing it can happen gradually. When you offer yourself for service, people latch on to your willingness, and before you know it, busyness overtakes your worship and love for Jesus. The fire of love for Him you once had in your heart goes out.

“Jesus wrote to the church at Ephesus, warning the congregation, ‘You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first’ (Revelation 2: 4-5). The principle is one we need to remember every moment of every day. Jesus wants our love for Him before He wants our work for Him. Love must come first.

“It’s love for Jesus that compels you and me to serve from hearts filled to overflowing. Don’t put your work before your worship! Put worship first.” 


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

• 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.

• JoAnn Blankenship’s granddaughter Destiny King has been voted the collegiate vice president and president-elect of the North Carolina Music Education Association.  Congratulations, Destiny!


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

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

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

• Billy Bunn, Dorothy Nelson, Ginny Beddingfield, Seth and Eric Hicks, Bonita Mildon, daughter of Ginny and Curtis Beddingfield, and Dianne and Ricky Tucker.

• Ronnie Matthews is recovering at home.

• Eric Matthews’ 1-year-old son, Bryan Chase Matthews, is in Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

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

• Wallace Edwards and Danny Manning are recovering from surgery.

• Audrey Farmer is recovering at home from surgery at Wake Med.

• Randell Whitley needs prayers. 

• Timmy Clifton and Sarah Page are in rehab. 

• Tom Holland’s 1-year-old granndaughter, Saphora Bowling, is in the hospital recovering from surgery.

• Irene Page is preparing for knee surgery.

• Birthday blessings to Ricky Tucker (Feb. 9), 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 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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