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October 20, 2018
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FROM THE PULPIT, 10-13-18

Ancient Words: Miracles of Jesus, Rays of Light Mankind has grown in knowledge over his 6,000 years presence on earth. One subject he has not mastered is the subject of light. Light has been explored and learned and expanded in some regards, however the full grasp and understanding of light remains elusive to the human mind. We know that light operates by wave lengths and we know that visible light for mankind operates between approx. 400 and 700 nanometers—400nm produces a dark blue color and 700nm produces a dark red color. The human eye is designed to see within the boundaries of the blue and red color as all colors exist in the universe between these two colors. The full spectrum of light extends far beyond 400nm and 700 nm and it is outside the “visible” boundary that knowledge has been revealed about x-ray and gamma-ray; microwave and radio wave—rays of light which are invisible. We can’t see the micro-ray yet we see the result. We can’t see the x-ray yet we see the result. No one could see the gamma-ray yet the result was seen in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When Jesus performed miracles on earth, no one could see how the results came about: The water turned into wine, but no one knew how, the five loves that fed 5,000 but no one knew how, the mud packed eyes washed in Siloam for sight yet no one knew how, the lame at Bethesda’s pool made whole yet no one knew how, the leper healed but no one knew how. Only one common occurrence for each miracle was the presence and/or the words of the Master. Christ is the common denominator and he, as “light of the world”, holds the key to the power and splendor of every single miracle. Without a doubt the most powerful source in all creation is light. Light is the first born of all creation for on the first day God created light. Light was prophesied by Isaiah as he wrote: Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. The presence of Christ is light, the words of Christ are light: Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. His words as rays of light cover the full spectrum of light. They exceed the parameters set for the human eye. They are stronger than the gamma rays upon Japan, they are faster than the radio rays of communication even on iPhone: Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path, Psalm 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. Jesus, the Christ, could perform miracles because He is every ray that makes up light and he is the full definition of both visible and invisible light. Even the dead could be raised as was the case with young Tabitha and the young son from the widow of Nain. Lazarus, need only to hear the voice of light from light itself and the power of light-rays emitting from Christ the Lord brought the 4-day old dead man to his feet. The light remains in the world today for we are the light of the world but only because He, thru his Spirit, lives and abides within us: John 1:3-4 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. Scott and Jane Johnson minister with East Faulkner Church of Christ and BRG Bible. Bible questions can be sent to brgbible@gmail.com. • • • Leftovers! A few years ago when Elyshia and I were the Corps Officers in Waynesboro, Virginia we were preparing for the annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner after church. Each family was to bring a side dish and I was to make my “world famous” turkeys! I got up early to prepare the turkeys, placed them in the electric roasters and then prepared for church. I had it timed just right so that when the service was over they would be done and have time to rest. One of my kitchen helpers noticed that the breakers had been tripped and the turkeys were nowhere near done! I was so disappointed! I felt like I had failed my people and I knew that the side dishes would not be enough. O ye of little faith! Harold Cook, a Board member and recent convert pulled me a side in a fatherly way and whispered encouragement and faith! He said. “I remember you sharing a story about a little boy giving Jesus 5 loaves of bread and two fish. When Jesus blessed it, it not only fed over 5,000 but there were leftovers. Just bless the food.” Once again Jesus did the impossible! Not only did everybody eat, but also had seconds and there were leftovers! It was ike the dishes kept replinishing themselves! It was an absolute miracle and a great illustration of how Jesus always provides! When we give whatever we have to Jesus, even as small or insignificant as it may seem, Jesus can multiply it to bless us and others. John 6:1-14 tells of this account where Jesus takes a little bit of food and turns it into a feast! I encourage you today to trust Jesus with what you have. Trust Him with your family, finances, etc. and receive the immediate blessing, as well as baskets of blessings to come! Captain Jason Perdieu is corps officer of the Salvation Army of El Dorado.

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IN THE CHURCHES, 10-13-18

Mt. Sinai Freewill Baptist Church: Retirement Appreciation honoring Bishop Primm will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the church, 9716 Magnolia Highway, El Dorado. The Rev. John Modest Miles, pastor of Mt. Sinai Freewill Baptist Church and Morning Star Missionary Church of Kansas City, Missouri, will be speaker. Guest churches will be Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Lisbon with the Rev. Frank Martin, pastor, and Beech Hill Baptist Church of Mount Holly. Everyone is invited to attend. First Baptist Church of Huttig: Will have their church anniversary celebrating 114 years at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 204 12th St. Special guests will be the Rev. Daniel Willis of Union Mission Baptist Church of El Dorado. Everyone is invited to attend. St. Luke Baptist Church of Calion: Will be celebrating their family and friends day at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. George Williams, Jr. is pastor. Special guests will be the Rev. Lamont Harris and Bethlehem Baptist Church of Strong. Everyone is invited to attend. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church: Choir Annual will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 600 Ebenezer Road, Strong. Guest will be the Rev. Eugene Farley and New Olive Branch Baptist Church. Mt. Willie Baptist Church: 123rd Church Anniversary to convene at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. The Rev. Billy W. Miller is pastor. Guest pastor and church will be Pastor Rudolph Stennis and the New Providence Baptist Church of Smackover. Mt. Zion Baptist Church: The 16th Anniversary Services for pastor and wife the Rev. and Mrs. James George to be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Guest will be Saint John Baptist Church and the Rev. Jason Willis, pastor. Theme is “Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people,” Isaiah 55:4. Annual Star Day Celebration will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church. Special guest will be Bishop Dr. George Calloway, Jr. and St. James Baptist Church. The public is invited to attend. P.U.S.H. Ministry: Minister Earlene Burns will deliver the sermon during morning worship services at 11 a.m. Oct. 21 at the church. The public is invited to attend. Ebenezer Baptist Church: Masters Voice from Bristow, Oklahoma, will be in concert at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 1942 N. Wyatt Drive, El Dorado. Masters Voice is one of the premier southern gospel groups. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact the church office at 870-862-4697. Beulah Grove Missionary Baptist Church: Will celebrate their Pastor’s 11th Anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 3090 Parnell Road, El Dorado. Special guest will be the Rev. Billy Artis and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Family. Everyone is invited to attend. Freewill Baptist Church: 52nd Church Anniversary/Harvest Drive Celebration will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1320 E. Faulkner, El Dorado. Alvin McGhee is pastor. Guests will be Aluster Hamilton and the Church of Love. Lunch will be served. New Hope C.M.E. Church: Annual Homecoming Family/Friend Day will be held on Sunday at the church, 606 Center St., Junction City. Guest speaker and churches will be Pastor David Cook, Evergreen Baptist Church and Beech Hill Baptist Church. Guest choir will be St. Vestal C.M.E. Church. Dinner will be served. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church: Homecoming services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 4632 Highway 376 South, Louann. The Rev. Cecil Gibson is pastor. The Rev. JaColby Ervin of Nacogdoches, Texas is the guest speaker. Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church #2: Will have an 8 a.m. service on Sunday. Fall Revival will be held Sunday-Tuesday and will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church. Monday and Tuesday night services will begin at 7 p.m. The Bethany Mass Choir will be the guest choir on Sunday, and the evangelist for all three nights will be the Rev. Dale Sanders of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church of McNeil. For transportation, call 870-944-0004. New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church: Will celebrate Church Anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday. Dr. Bobby Patterson is pastor. The special guest will be Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Felton Burgie.

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FROM THE PULPIT, 10-6-18

Ancient Words: Miracles of Jesus, Rise Up Lazarus Interestingly, Jesus performed two miracles involving death before the raising of his friend, Lazarus. Both miracles involve children and the first was with the young daughter of a synagogue leader: Mark 5:38-42 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. The second one involved the young son of a widow from the village of Nain: Luke 7:11-17 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. These two miracles displayed both compassion and indeed the awesome power of the Lord Jesus. Jesus could suspend nature’s laws in any fashion he chose because he, the Christ, was through whom and by whom all things had and have been made (Colossians 1). One young girl and one young man—-death was not a problem for the one who stilled raging seas, fed thousands with a morsel of bread and fish, who turned water to wine, or who restored life to bodies ridden with pain and disease and loss of precious functions. Just hours before the great miracle of his own resurrection, Jesus brings all of his power to consummation at the tomb of Lazarus. “It has been 4 days…”— his sister cries, and his body is in decay! Jesus had delayed 2 days coming just so the great glory of God would be seen by Lazarus’ family, a host of friends, and even those set to betray and crucify him: John 11:9-11 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” The light was about to shine in glorious display at the tomb of Lazarus! The darkness of death would be suspended for Jesus’ closest friend, even after 4 days in the grave, and victory over death itself would be proclaimed even as he said “Lazarus, come forth!!” Scott and Jane Johnson minister with East Faulkner Church of Christ and BRG Bible. Bible questions can be sent to brgbible@gmail.com. • • • Be a Light! A friend told me once about the time her daughter came home from kindergarten with a homemade gift. The child had taken a small red clay bowl/flower pot and decorated it for her. She told her mom that it was a “tea light candle holder.” It was simple but mom and daughter both cherished it! The little girl was so proud when mom placed the first candle. A few weeks later it got knocked from the table and it broke into about seven pieces. The little girl was devastated, but not for long. The mother, being the quick minded problem solver was able to redirect this tragedy into a touching teaching lesson. She grabbed some glue and had her daughter help her glue the pieces back together. When it was done, the little girl was still upset that not all the pieces fit properly and that there were cracks. Mom explained that we all must be broken and recreated by God to be His vessel. The candle was meant to be seen and when there were no cracks the light was hidden. What a beautiful illustration! Sometimes in life we face problems and Jesus is there to pick up the pieces and create a masterpiece out of brokenness. When we let Jesus do that and invite Him into our lives we can shine for Him and be a light in this dark world! 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 Captain Jason Perdieu is corps officer of the Salvation Army of El Dorado.

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IN THE CHURCHES, 10-6-18

Starlight Baptist Church: Musician’s Appreciation for Bro. Marcus Smith and Bro. Stevon Lowrey to be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Special guest will be Pastor Donald R. Dredd and congregation of Zion Watch Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend. Trinity Chapel A/G Church: Gospel Singing will be held at 5 p.m. today at the church. Refreshments will be served after singing. El Bethel Missionary Baptist Church: Musician’s appreciation honoring Sis. Margie Curry to be held at 6 p.m. today at the church. Beulah Grove Baptist Church of Wesson: Annual Usher’s Program will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 157 Union Road 283, Junction City. Dr. Enzo White is pastor. Guests will be the Rev. Marsh and New Mt. Union Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend. New Eastside Baptist Church: Will be honoring Pastor Anthony J. Traylor and First Lady Vada Traylor Second Anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Guest church will be Good Home of Louann and pastor Billy Hunter. Everyone is invited to attend. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. Community Outreach Church: Will be honoring Pastor John Wofford and First Lady Emma Wofford 2nd Anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 106 E. Pecan. Guest churches will be Shady Grove Church and Pastor Jimmy Miller, Divine Faith Fellowship and Pastor Christopher Howard and Parkers Chapel Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Hudson. Guest speaker is Pastor Larry Hudson. Everyone is invited to attend. New Jerusalem Christian Ministry: Will be celebrating their Family and Friends Day at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1400 N. Gray St., El Dorado. LaDebra Van Hook is pastor. Pastor Herbert Ridgell and Sunlight C.O.G.I.C. will be our special guest. The public is invited. St. Mark United Methodist Church: Will host the monthly First Sunday Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2010 W. Hillsboro. Guests are invited to come share breakfast and fellowship with us. Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church: The 77th Annual Homecoming Celebration will be observed beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, Highway 15 South. Lunch will follow the 11 a.m. worship service. Afternoon singing will follow lunch. Tracy Roden, pastor, invites everyone to attend. El Dorado First Assembly: Fall Fest will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the church, 2225 W. Hillsboro St., El Dorado. There will be free food, games, inflatables, face painting, characters and truck or treat. Bible Baptist Church: Free Candy Carnival for Christ will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the church, 2165 Smackover Highway, El Dorado. There will be games, bouncy houses, free hot dogs, candy and coke, inflatables and horse riding.

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