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August 19, 2018
El Dorado News Times

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FROM THE PULPIT, 8-18-18

Ancient Words: Miracles of Jesus, Fish and Bread After the wedding in Cana, the word spread about the carpenter from Nazareth turning the 6 stone jugs of water into 6 stone jugs of fine wine. By the time Jesus came to the sea of Galilee the crowd was a multitude numbering 5,000 men in John 6 (or about 10,000 and more including women and children). Besides the wine miracle, several sick had been healed as well along the way and so the crowd swelled in great anticipation. We would do the same today. The incredible power demonstrated by Jesus would cause a large crowd to gather to see what else could be done! No KOA campgrounds here. No fast food chains to grab a quick meal: Joh 6:1-5 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near. When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” Jesus was being coy, as he knew the answer. However, Philip and Andrew both speak up with an answer. Philip looks at the vast expense involved saying it would take a half year of wages to feed this many with just one bite. Andrew looks with some degree of faith; he says, “…here is a boy with 5 small loaves and 2 small fish…but how can so little go so far?” Jesus instructs just as he did in Cana: “Have the people sit down.” The 12 command the multitude to sit on the grassy knoll overlooking Galilee and the crowd of 10,000 and more pause to receive a blessing of which they have no idea what preparation is taking place. Jesus gives thanks over the boy’s single basket of fish and bread and then tells the 12 to distribute the meal to the seated crowd. No one got just a bite, everyone received as much food as they wanted. The entire multitude was fed so that when this picnic was over, Jesus ordered that nothing be wasted and 12 baskets full of bread and fish were collected. A brother of mine rightfully suggested the 12 full baskets were given to the 12 disciples as a reminder of how faith was lacking on their part, yet fully providing on God’s part, heaped up and running over! This testimony of feeding a few bread and fish to thousands happened not once but twice, perhaps to emphasize the amazing and incredible provision of God with such an ease to command the laws of the universe for man be suspended in order for the will of God to be accomplished. No power on earth has ever been shown like what was seen at the Cana wedding…and no power on earth has ever been shown like what was seen on the hillside of Galilee. This carpenter of Nazareth, the son of Mary and Joseph, is indeed endowed with power from on high. He has been with the Father since the beginning accomplishing miraculous events to the glory of the triune God and now he lives in the flesh as God’s only begotten performing incredible miracles in the Judean countryside so that the generation of that time and the generation of our time might believe that Jesus Christ has the power to suspend death, man’s greatest enemy! Scott and Jane Johnson minister with East Faulkner Church of Christ and BRG Bible. Bible questions can be sent to brgbible@gmail.com. • • • Bringing Children to prayer It’s that time of year that many parents have been waiting and praying for: Back to School! With fresh haircuts, new clothes, and school supplies all in order our young people have taken their place for the new school year. Some will be starting new schools, more challenging classes, new teachers and quite possibly new classmates. I’m sure that has brought on some anxiety and nervousness for the kids as well as parents and teachers. Whether children are being “brought” to school by bus, family or bringing themselves I have been reminded of scripture in the gospel of Matthew. Matthew 19:13 tells us that children were being “brought” to Jesus so that He might put His hands on them and pray for them. His disciples began to rebuke them and hinder the process. “But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”” Jesus’ point is clear! Our children matter and we must never think too highly of ourselves or be too busy to take time for them! Now more than ever our children and our schools need our prayers. I hear so much about how kids today are bad and disrespectful. I say let’s all work together and turn it all around. Let’s all try and take time to correct, teach, mentor, and show Jesus to the young people that we have access to. Let’s fight for our children and remind them daily of how important and valuable they are. I would invite you even now to join me in “bringing” our children, teachers, and schools to Jesus in prayer. I believe that revival is on the way and that it could very well start with our children. Praying for a blessed and successful school year! Captain Jason Perdieu is corps officer of the Salvation Army of El Dorado.

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IN THE CHURCHES, 8-18-18

St. James Baptist Church: Family & Friends Homecoming Celebration to be held Aug. Sunday-Wednesday beginning Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. nightly at the church, 608 Dr. MLK Blvd. Bishop Dr. George Calloway, Jr. is pastor. Guest pastor Sunday will be Pastor Leon Miller and Little Bethel, Monday will be Pastor Jerry Miller and New Hope, Tuesday will be Pastor Billy Miller and Mt. Willie and Wednesday will be Pastor Jimmy Miller and Shady Grove. Morning Star MBC #2: Expression of Love Benefit Musical for Billy and Rosetta Cook will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2506 N. College Ave., El Dorado. The Rev. Felton Burgie is pastor. Various church choirs, soloist and much, much more will be featured. Everyone is welcome to attend and all donations are accepted. For more information or to give a donation, call or text C. Davis at 870-944-0531. Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church: Annual Homecoming service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 331 Hillsboro Road, Strong. Special guests will be Pastor James Scott and Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Camden. Lunch will be served following morning worship. Theme is “It’s Good to Be Back!” Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Revival services will be held Monday-Friday at 7 p.m. nightly. Theme will be “Getting Back to Where I Need to Be.” Monday guests will be Pastor Luther Harris and Beulah Grove B.C. of Parnell, Tuesday will be Pastor Billy Artis and Mt. Zion B.C. of Urbana, Wednesday will be Pastor Enzeo White and Beulah Grove M.B.C. of Wesson, Thursday will be Pastor Anthony Traylor and New East Side B.C. of El Dorado and Friday will be Pastor Eugene Farley and New Olive Branch B.C. of El Dorado. Divine Faith Fellowship Full Gospel Baptist Church: Revival to be held Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. nightly at the church, 1218 E. Hillsboro, El Dorado. Evangelist speaker will be the Rev. Donald Dwight Dismuke of El Dorado. “Come be Renewed, Refreshed and Transformed in your mind with the word of God.” P.U.S.H. Ministry: Minister Earlene Burns will deliver the sermon during morning worship services at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church. The public is invited to attend. Batts Chapel Baptist Church: We will gather together for worship services at 8 a.m. Aug. 26. This service is a time of celebration as we worship together and explore GOD’s word. Allow God to give me strength in my weakness. Give me faith, in my fear. Give me power in my powerlessness, and trust in him. Will be held at the church, 4118 Huttig Highway, Huttig. Pastor is Nathan Loyd. Calion Assembly of God Church: Saturday Night Singing will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the church. Fellowship and snacks to follow in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to attend. El Bethel Missionary Baptist Church: Annual Homecoming service to be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Guest will be Salem Missionary Baptist Church and the Rev. Robert Harris, pastor, will be speaker. Revival services will be held Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. nightly. The Rev. Ray Williams of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will be guest evangelist. Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church: Homecoming service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1807 Southwest Ave., El Dorado. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Felton Burgie of Morning Star Baptist Church. Revival services will be held Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. nightly at the church. The evangelist speaker for the week will be the Rev. Pierce Moore of First Baptist Church in El Dorado. Guest churches will be Monday night, St. John Baptist Church and the Rev. Barry Dodson; Tuesday night, Beulah Baptist Church and the Rev. Luther Harris and Wednesday night, First Baptist Church and the Rev. Pierce Moore.

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In the Churches, 8-11-18

Mt. Zion Baptist Church: Annual Homecoming Service to be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, Highway 3121, Spearsville, Louisiana. Guest will be the Rev. Dough Marsh with Mt. New Union Baptist Church of Junction City.

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