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Nothing is impossible with God's help

Posted on July 19, 2021

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Fran Bunn

Fran Bunn

Great day at Peachtree Baptist Church. The faithful were there to praise our Lord.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was loving presented to glorify God by Beverly Wilson in honor of her mother, Barbara, and her father, Beverly Privette, on their anniversary. They were married on June 23, 1951.

Pianist Jane May played a beautiful solo. Pastor Gene Whitehouse played a video presentation for Sunday’s special music, “It Is Well with My Soul,” by The Gracias Choir.

The memory verse for the month of July is 1 Peter 2:16.

Pastor’s message: “Unplanned Interruption,” with Scripture from Luke 8: 40-56. 

‘GOD LOVES YOU’

Jerry’s devotional this week is,“God Loves You!,” taken from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus,” by Anne Graham Lotz.

“When our loving God looked down and saw our helplessness, our hopelessness, He did something about it. He came down from heaven in the person of Jesus Christ. He got involved in the lives of those flooded with sin and its consequences.

“He gave us Living Waters to satisfy our thirst for fulfillment and meaning and happiness.

“He gave us the Bread of Life to strengthen and sustain us on our life’s journey. He shed His own blood to wash away the filth of our sin. He rose from the dead to give us brand-new life.

“Listen to me: God loves you! Stop doubting His love and simply receive it. Then say thank You, and love Him in return.”

Psalm 52:8: “I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.”

‘ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE’

My devotional this week is “All Things Are Possible” by Inspiration Ministries.

“Remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:26, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’

“As a child in 19th-century Sweden, Lina Sandell had an illness that left her paralyzed and confined in bed. The doctors considered her situation hopeless, but Lina and her parents continued to pray and believe that God could heal her.

“One Sunday morning when she was 12 years old, she remained home while her family went to church. Staying in tune with the message to be heard by her family, she picked up her Bible and read the text for the day, which told how Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead. People said that nothing could be done to help this girl. But Jesus knew that anything was possible to those who believe, and raised her to life.

“Lina saw herself in this story and thought that if Jesus could raise this dead girl, He could heal her paralysis. So, she prayed with all the fervor she had. Suddenly, she was filled with unspeakable joy. She got up and walked! It was a miracle!

“Lina went through many difficulties in her life, but always remembered that God was with her, and that all things were possible with Him. She expressed this faith through the many hymns she wrote.

“Today, you may face situations that seem hopeless. But the Bible tells us that, with God, nothing is impossible. He looks for people with faith who are willing to believe and trust Him, even when circumstances seem unlikely.

“When Lina Sandell believed that all things were possible, her life was changed. This kind of faith can change your life, too. Declare God’s promises to be true for you. Dare to believe that His power is available to you and that all things are possible. Be bold. Keep believing and do not doubt. With God, there are no limits.”

CHURCH BUSINESS 

• The Women’s Missionary Union held its second meeting on July 14. The ladies are planning their annual Appalachian Backpack Ministry and a food drive starting in July for the Kennedy Children’s Home. They will start sending cards and letters and making phone calls to shut-ins.

• The Peachtree Men’s Ministry met Thursday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Dinner of barbecue ribs, lima beans, potatoes, rolls and dessert was served to about 45 men. The next meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. 

COMMUNITY NEWS

• Joan and Ray Eason and Bob Bunn and I spent the weekend in Lynchburg, Virginia.

• Ephesus Baptist Church will present a Family Movie Night for the community at 6:45 p.m. Friday, July 30. This will be a couples’ date night movie, “Fireproof.” There will be a movie for the children as well. Participants are asked to observe social distancing and public health guidelines. Ephesus Baptist shows family movies on the last Friday of every month.

• Floods Chapel Free Will Baptist Church is collecting donations for the St. Vincent’s Island volcano victims. Please contact the church for a list of needs.

• Floods Chapel will start its men’s breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21.

Area churches: If you have events coming up, please let me know on Saturdays two weeks before the events.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

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

• Caregivers: Maxine Whitley, Dorothy Nelson, Bill Wakefield and Gail Brantley.

• Recovering at home: Ronnie Matthews, Delcie Wakefield, Norman Whitley, Bert Eason, Jim English, father-in-law to Aaron Edwards, and Wallace Edwards.

• Undergoing treatment: Marta Whitehouse, Janie Joyner, Bill Nelson, Joyce Brinkley and Deborah Massey.

• Under doctors’ care: Melba and Jerry Hobgood and Preston Green.

• In the hospital: Martha Edwards and Nancy Law, mother-in-law to Adam Edwards.

• Pray for the people and first responders in Surfside, Florida, involved in the apartment building collapse.

• Pray for the people of Europe during the flooding disaster.

• Birthday blessings to Tabitha Edwards (July 25) and Bill Nelson (July 28).

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 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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