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PASTOR'S CORNER by Rev. Jeff Dean As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord"- Joshua 24:15 That scripture still hangs in the house that I was raised in. It became so ,! common place as I walked by that wall space in my parents home that, in fact; I had forgotten it even was hanging there. After years of hanging there, the print has faded and the glass has turned. While admir- ing it not long ago, memories flooded my mind of church and my family praying before meals. But in the grand scheme of that walk down memory lane, I never asked why this picture never moved and was never replaced. Also, I cannot remember ever considering the real meaning behind this scrip- ture that hung in the hallway. What does that mean? Rev. Jeff There was never a question as a child who had authority in my parents' home. Both my mother and father were wonderful parents and strict disciplinarians. My father often spoke and it was followed. Never any yelling or dramatic tones, just firm, strong words. He lived by action that was good example for all of us to follow. But as we submitted to his oversight, how much must my parents have submitted to the oversight of Christ to place a picture of that scripture for us to acknowledge each day as a staple-point piece in our home? My parents saw fit to express in a demonstrative form the desire to submit their home, their family, and their lives to the Lord. To them, hanging that scripture meant to submit to do what the Lord said in a way that makes him look supremely valuable over all things. What a definition of a servanfs disciple - to express submission in such a way that it be recognized by all who would enter their home. This was a blessing shared by them to their children; this example of bold servitude! Now I know there are ways to submit to God that only make him look intimidating, not with gladness exciting. There are ways to do what he says that only call attention to the fact that he is an authority, not a prize. But that kind of service is not the service God commands. God does not need our service nor our "se- lection" of Him. He is God. Period. God has told us not to serve him as though he needed anything. In Acts 17:25 it states, "Nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything". In Mark 10:45 it says "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" Both of these texts put all the emphasis on God's giving to us when we serve. God's glory is seen in abundance when all of our serving is moment by moment, step by step, receiving from God's endless, merci- Dean ful supply! So the kind of service that makes God look exciting is the kind that serves God by constantly receiving from God. 1 Peter 4:11 states, "Whoever serves, [let it be] as one who serves by the strength that God supplies -- in order that in everything God may be glorified through/esus Christ." This supply is received by faith because we learn to trust that what we need, in serving Him, He will supply. That means in ALL things! This is the opposite of being anxious. This type of service brings about joy! And it makes God look no less authoritative, but infinitely more desirable. This is the glory he means to have. The "giver" gets the glory. day at 1 permits. May 18 published fm of charge as space 40 breakfast of on Evans Rd, Smart. East Jullette Baptist has ming services 104th An- Road, East Julieffe Bap- niversary Jarvis Barrion of tist Church, 183 J.H. Pastor John W. Corner Aldridge Drive, willand the Springhill the message, celebrate its An- Baptist Church family, Read, Juliette members are invited to come wearing their women ministry shirts, church shirts or reli- gious T-shirts. The cost of the breakfast is $7. Sunday, May 19 with invite everyone to com- services starting at memorate the 104th 10:30 a.m. There will church anniversary on be special singing with Sunday, May 26 at 2 Susan Handley, and p.m. Preacher Randy Reece St. Phillip AME hasA prayer breafast will follow. Everyone is St. Phillip A.M.E. invited. Church, 36 Fort Val- ley Road, Culloden will have a prayer breakfast at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18. 1786 The speaker will be Yvonne Stroud of St. of Forsyth. So, "serve the Lord with gladness" as it says May 19 in Psalm 100:2. Emit joy so that you maybe Hopewell UMC that light to someone who doesn't have that right now. Be the hands and feet! Rev. ]eff Dean is the senior pastor of Sanc- tuary Baptist Church, 12643 Highway 87, Forsyth. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 417N. Frontage Road, Forsyth. UMC cele- 266 Martin Jr. Drive, Hopewell Uni the ~undation of odist Church, Maynard Prayer, Faith; Love and Mill Road, Forsyth ii S u nday, May Min. Friends Day on Sunday, ~:' .may 26 beginning at Dexter Greet. 11 a.m. The first grade classes at K.B. Sutton Elementary visited Noah's Ark on April 29. They saw a wide variety of animals, includ- mg buffalo, primates, exotic cats, reptiles, and livestock. First grade students study the basic needs of plants and animals. Cooper Livingood experiences the beauty of nature at Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove. e Williams Chapel A.M.E. May 23 June 22 has Family & FriendsLunch & Learn on Five Jackson First Baptist Day Below 4O Church, 9818 Road, Forsyth invites will have Lunch-N- everyone to its Annual Learn on Thursday, Family and Friends Day on Sunday, May The topic will be Five 19 at 11a.m. The Below, Smarr. Repre- speaker will be Rev. sentatives from Five Alexis Brookins. Dress Below will talk about is casual as Therewill their history, mission be food, fun and activi- and goals. ties on the church yard Midway Baptist has hosts "The Incredible Race" 5K ~a:ckson First Baptist Church, 1227 West 3rd Street, Jackson will have its first Annual 5K Run/Walk and Kids Trot on Saturday, June 22 at 8 a.m. Funds will go toward the children's summer camp and missions. For more information on "The Incredible Race", visit I ' ho ds Unity in the Corn- or call 770-775-3102 reunify' at Kynette Park and ask for Lisa Wi der, Church invites everyone the street on Saturday, to the church's 138th May 25 from 12 noon- June 23-28 ' in Fors#h UMC has VBS will begin at 11 a.m. Kynette Park. Come out message. July 10-13 Baptist will liette will on Great Things from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on at two pine trees. Jesus. 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