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Sunday School for Shut-Ins When youâ€™re ready, please read Amos 2:5. Why would God do this? â€œAnd he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah did. Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them. Also he built towers in the
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desert, and dug many wells: for he had many cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains, husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel, for he loved husbandry. And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows, and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad, for he was marvelously helped till he was strong.â€? (2 Chronicles 26:4, 9, 10, 15) Uzziah is king of Judah when Amos makes this prophecy. (Amos 1:1)A helicopter view of the kingdom of Judah would have shown great buildings. We would see high towers around the cities that showed they were well guarded by the military. During Uzziahâ€™s righteous reign, there were inventions built for even more military strength. Uzziah respected and guarded the temple of God. We would also see the pastures and livestock that would prove the wealth of King Uzziah and the country of Judah. (God had well blessed this righteous king, so why would God turn from Uzziah? God didnâ€™t turn from him. Uzziah was no longer a kind king with the kindness of God. Uzziah had become a ruler of his region. He was the proud over his province. How did that happen?â€? â€œBut when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction,forhetransgressed against the Lord his God and went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense upon the altar of incense.â€? (2 Chronicles 26:16) He acted in rebellion. His pride shows that Uzziah believed then that he was his own cause behind his success. Uzziah believed that he was privileged to sin against Godâ€™s word and Godâ€™s house of worship. He didnâ€™t believe that following Godâ€™s legislation was as important as he had once believed.
Lowrance Chapel Lowrance Chapelâ€™s Bro. Jerry Bell has been in the hospital recently and will be having surgery soon. He hopes to be back writing again for his friends and constituents. He asks that you continue to pray for him.
The family of Faye Flowers Sprenger would like to express our sincere gratitude for every act of kindness shown to our family during the loss of our mother. We appreciate the calls, prayers, food, cards, beautiful flowers, memorials and every comforting word. We want to thank the staff at the Dyer Nursing Home and Dr. Jim Williams for 3 1/2 years of loving care for mother. Special thanks to Pastor Mark Kirkpatrick for the beautiful service he conducted, to Cindy Landrum and Melanie Sims for the music, to Marc Sims and his staff at Karnes Funeral Home for the love and dignity they show to grieving families, and to David and Kim at Dyer Florist for the gorgeous flowers. Most of all, thanks to God for giving us 88 years of a Motherâ€™s love. Patsy Johnstone & family Larry & Cynthia Flowers & family Dawn Smith & family Lisa & David White & family
North Union By Connie Cooper Encouraged by scripture from Ezekiel, Gene Norman opened our Sunday school assembly. Many prayer concerns were voiced and announcements were made concerning this weekâ€™s activities. Our music leader, William Sims, showing forth a humble, Christ-like spirit, issued a challenge to the congregation that set the tone forwhathappenedthroughout the service. Elmyra (Phyllis Joyce) stopped by for a visit and talked to the children about being â€œclayâ€? in the potterâ€™s hand. She showed several pieces of pottery that were functional, usable and extraordinary. Just like each of us when we allow God to mold us for His glory! Linda Carmoney sang a song that the Lord inspired her to write some years ago. â€œHere He Comes Againâ€? is a song about having the pieces of your broken life put back together by a loving and forgiving God. Bro. Donâ€™s message was taken from Luke 23:32-43 and was entitled, â€œThree crosses: two choices.â€? It focused on the message that the three crucifixion crosses teach us. One man died in sin, the second died from his sin, and the third man died for sin. There were three responses offered that day - rejection, redemption and reception. Hopefully, we all will turn to Jesus and receive the redemption that His death affords us. Rejection of Jesus is a choice that has tragic consequences. The service was also blessed by the moving testimony of Joyce Downing. She shared how God has been working on her over the past year or so to bring
her into a closer walk with him. The musical talent of Danielle Rickman also blessed us as she played the offertory selection. Linda Carmoneyâ€™s son, Carl, and grandson Caleb were visiting in the services today. They have come from Michigan during spring break to visit relatives and see Momâ€™s new house. Hope they are enjoying this wonderful Tennessee weather. Please be especially prayerful concerning Reed Yarbrough, Louise Turner and Nerine Cowan. All need a physical healing touch from the Lord. Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Julia Cardwell, Michelle Joyce and DeeLane Wright. I am really enjoying the beautiful flowers and flowering bushes and trees that are everywhere. I know that those who are suffering from allergies are not that thrilled though. I sure wish one could come without the other, donâ€™t you? Keep in mind the events that went on during that historic week that led up to Jesusâ€™ arrest and crucifixion. Let us be sincere in our worship and not superficial in our loyalties as those who laid down palm branches one day, only to cry, â€œcrucify himâ€? a few days later. Iâ€™ll see you in church at 7:00 next Sunday morning at our sunrise service as we celebrate His resurrection. We will then have a breakfast prepared by the men of the church and close out the morning with a Communion Service and also an Easter egg hunt for the children. Please come and join us.
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