Recently a preacher friend
of mine shared with me these modern day Beatitudes from the perspective of our
contemporary, self-satisfied church culture.
are the well off and those with ready answers for every spiritual question…they
have it all. Blessed are the comfortable…they shall avoid grief.
are the self-sufficient…they wait for nothing, they have everything they want,
and they have it now. Blessed are those who are not troubled by the injustice
experienced by others…they are content with realistic expectations.
are the ones who gain the upper hand…they take full advantage of their
advantages. Blessed are those with a solid public image and a well hidden
agenda…they are never exposed and see people in a way that suits their
purposes. Blessed are those who can bully others into agreement…they shall be
called empire builders.
are those who can point to someone else who is a worse person than they
are…they will always look good by comparison. Blessed are you when people
praise you, give you preferential treatment, and flatter you because they think
you’re so great. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, because it doesn’t get any
better than this.
Sue Barton posted a
response to this and writes, "This struck a chord within me, and
reminds me of the warning of Professional Christianity! However, my
responsibility is to examine myself, not others, and have God search my heart
for any iniquity. It’s tempting to read something like this and immediately
think of everyone else and deny looking at myself. But change starts with me!
Time to relinquish my self-sufficiency, His life in me and not mine…."
are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
** On Sunday, January 31st, Benny
Baker will be speaking in Bible class and presenting a lesson during worship. He’ll
be bringing us information during class about Mission Para Cristo and the
“Christmas Boxes” we send.
** All of
the AIM students will be here to lead Bible class and worship on Sunday,
month, we will be sending Sonic cards to all of our college students. Here is a
list of the students we now have: Tyler and Tayleigh Johnson, Laura Brown, Zach
and Carson McDaniel, Tate Adams, Deacon Burleson, Jenny Moreno and Veronica
Yarbrough. Please tell the office of any other students who should be included,
and also of any graduations (yeah!) or address changes. Donations for Sonic
cards may be given to the office or an elder.
** Custom church t-shirts for 2021 are now available for ordering. A
sign-up sheet is on the back table of the auditorium. Payment is due to Anna at
the time of order. Prices range from $15 for short sleeve to $20 for ¾ length
and long sleeve, with a large variety of color choices.
**Tim’s dad, Loraine
Johnson, is now home and doing better.
Also keep these people in your
hearts and prayers:
Ray Jennings, Darla Young, Gaye Young, Melody
Jennings, Linda Hodges, Lanelle Dovel, Bill Huff, Wynelle Waldo, Herb Jennings, Margaret
Huff, Butch Moore, Annette Tracy, Janet Wright, Terry Cash, Duane Tracy, Sean Chambers, Linda Hayhurst, Lena
Allison, Gigi Barlow, Noe Jackson, Yvonne Nevins, Charles McKone, Carolyn Cox, Service
men and women, AIM, Mission Teams, College Students
Allison Toby Brown
Larry Stewart Daryl Tucker
Richard Combest Ross
Bobby Moudy Danny Tucker
Johnson Delphine Ruiz
Because the Lord is my
Shepherd, I have everything
I need! He lets me rest in
meadow grass and leads me
beside the quiet streams.
Bible Study at 9:30 Services at 10:30
Sunday:Bible Class...9:30 a.m.
Worship...10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Bible Class 9:30 A.M. Bible Study...6:00 p.m.
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month...potluck followed by
early evening services.