By Fran Bunn
So much has happened in our world this week. We are still restricted from social contact and I personally feel all this is absolutely necessary to contain this virus. We have seen sickness on the rise, more people are dying and violence is past belief. The community fellowship of the church has also been severely interrupted.
With all this around us, we at Peachtree Baptist Church — members, family and friends — met Sunday to praise our Lord for all He does for us, especially during these difficult times. He continues to bless and protest us. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify of God by Cheryl and Doug Hayes in memory of all fathers in heaven and in honor of all the special earthly fathers, including Doug Hayes.
Jerry’s devotional was “Set Your Compass,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed ” — Mark 1:35.
“Jesus invites us to draw aside and spend time with Him. Why don’t we? We need to have time to spend time. And I don’t have any to spend! So, the bottom line is that it’s up to me to make time. If I’m not careful, I will succumb to the tyranny of the urgent and miss those moments of divine encounter.
“So, here’s my simple solution: I make sure that at least once a day, I intentionally draw aside with Jesus. It’s like setting my spiritual compass. John said that ‘our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ… to make our joy complete’ (1 John 1:3-4).
“If you’re bombarded by pressures, problems and unwelcome news… if your spirit is overwhelmed and your joy is incomplete… if you long for intimate fellowship with Jesus, then make time for Him.”
Hope for today: “Jesus never hid from the world. The unclean, diseased and ostracized were never turned away from His presence. The key for believers today is simply to spend time in the word before spending time in the world.”
Special music: Jane May preformed a piano solo. Pastor Gene Whitehouse played a video of The Hoppers’ song “Jerusalem.” The Hoppers were the featured group in this video of the Gaither Family Tour of Jerusalem.
Verse of the week: Romans: 15:2.
Lawrence Edwards and I are presenting this month’s Bible study series, “Why Do I Need the Church?”
This is the first in a six-session lesson, “We are joined together: When we come to Christ, we also become a part of the body of Christ,” a commentary on Ephesians 1:20-23; 2:8-10, 19-22.
“Spirituality is not declining in America, but the church affiliation is. Even those whose spirituality is grounded in the tenets of Christianity may question the value of the church. We hear things like, ‘I love Jesus, so why do I need the church?’ Such thinking overlooks the great truth of the purpose of the church.
“Through faith in Christ, God gives us new identity through Jesus and a new family in His church. Commitment to the church is a non-negotiable part of Christian discipleship; by neglecting the church, we will miss the great benefits and opportunities that come from being affiliated with and committed to God’s people.
“Human beings are social creatures. We are like the massive redwoods that possess a remarkably shallow root system. Each tree’s roots spread out to overcome their lack of depth. They intertwine with other trees’ roots, forming a giant root system of staggering strength.
“Christians are like these redwoods. We require a spiritual family in order to grow. The church body of Christ is that family. Being a part of Christ’s church is like our root system where we get our strength.
“Being a part of Christ’s church is not an option. We were not designed to live in isolation. We desire to belong, whether it’s belonging to a family, a group of friends, a social network or a group with shared interest. The church is a family, the body of Christ. Being part of Christ’s church family was God design for us to live and serve together as His body. Christ has joined us together.
“In these verses, we see Paul is writing to the Ephesians to clarify what the church is, how one enters it and how one behaves as part of it.”
• Joan and Ray Eason and Bob Bunn and I just returned from a mini vacation to the Smoky Mountains. We traveled “the Tail of the Dragon” with hundreds of bikers. Very curvy road but beautiful scenery. We also traveled the Foothills Parkway and other scenic drives. We made our base camp in Gatlinburg. Great time.
• Don’t forget, just because we are not able to do our celebrations or normal habits now because of the virus, we do not have to cancel these events. Just postpone them. Have a bigger and better event later. Look forward to that.
• Due to the coronavirus outbreak, please check with all area churches and community groups to see if they are operating.
IN LOVING MEMORY
The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of David Wayne Winstead, 57, who passed away Thursday in Nash County. He was a charter member of the Momeyer Fire and Rescue, a longtime member of the Momeyer Ruritan Club and owner of Winstead’s Reforestation. David was Peachtree Baptist Church member Linda Edwards’ brother-in-law.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.
• Norman Whitley, Maxine Whitley, Jean Bunn, Linwood May, Ronnie Matthews, Mable Purvis, Mac Bennett, Ronnie Russell, Rudy Brantley and James Sheppard.
• Curtis and Ginny Beddingfield’s daughter needs special prayers.
• Jeannie Joyner, Lynn Griffin’s mother, is receiving treatment.
• JoAnn Blankenship is recovering at home.
• Mable Purvis, Ray Eason’s mother, is in Nash General Hospital.
• Julie Brantley’s sister is in the hospital.
• Aubrey Farmer is recovering from a hospital stay.
• My dad Jake Robertson will receive treatment in the outpatient center at Duke Regional Hospital on Thursday.
• Kathy Farmer is recovering at home.
• Please keep all front-line heroes in your prayers.
• Please don’t forget the people in the nursing homes in your area. So many are suffering with COVID-19.
• Pray for the people of this country and the world that we can come together in peace and love to solve our problems.
• Birthday blessings to Bill Nelson (July 28).
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Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.