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October 19, 2017 - Fellowship MBC of Joaquin, TX will host revival services Oct 18th - Oct 20th. Serveries will be at 6:30pm each night, with food and fellowship to follow each evening.

Bro. JC Lewis, Bro. Levi Cohorst, & Bro. Martin Ferguson will be the evangelist.  

October 17, 2017 - Get ready for food, fun, fellowship and games because October 31st is Hallelujah Night at Center Christian Fellowship. It is a community wide event. This year the night of excitement will begin at 6pm and be over at 8:30pm. You will need to be there at 6pm to enter the costume contest. It is a Christian alternative to what the world calls “Halloween”. It’s free, free, free!  Everyone is invited to come and enjoy! Every child that comes will win lots of candy and prizes by playing the various games we have to offer.

This night of excitement will take place at Center Christian Fellowship located at 2471 U.S. Highway 96 North in Center, Texas. We would love for you to come. There will be games, bounce houses, an obstacle course, hayrides, face painting, cake walk, etc. There will be snow cones, fried Oreos, hot dogs, popcorn and more.   

October 17, 2017 - Abundant Love Ministries will celebrate their Pastor’s and Wife Appreciation Service, Sunday, Oct. 22nd, at 2:30pm. Elder Norris Cloudy, Divine Faith Tabernacle, Houston, TX is the guest speaker. 

All regular services (Sunday School and regular noon day service), are cancelled.  You are invited and welcome.

Abundant Love Ministries is located at 1426 Shelbyville St., Center, TX 75935

October 17, 2017 - The great king of Israel, David, a man after God’s own heart, but, a man also of imperfect desires. A man who needed help from the Lord to protect him from the enemies of this world.

We are no different today, no matter how large or powerful one might think of himself, there are times when everyone needs help from someone more powerful.

When we find ourselves in need of “Higher” help, let us do as David, let us turn to the Lord God for help.

Let us know as did king David; “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)

You see, David knew that his help lay in the arms of the Lord, he knew that the Lord God was his refuge from evil and worldly problems.

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, my stronghold." (Psalm 18:1-2)

David had no doubt that the Lord God was his refuge and he didn’t hesitate to call upon the Lord when he was in need or when he felt threatened.

I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised and I am saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:3)

David had many enemies in his role as king of Israel, political enemies who wished to see him unseated from the throne of Israel. But, also, enemies of the Lord who wished to see David silenced as he witnessed for the Lord God in his daily life. He faced the same enemies of God as Christians face today, those who wish to discount and deface God and all who worship God. As they hated Christ Jesus, they hate us today.

We see those same faces as they try each day to break down the goodness of America and the world in general and cause diversion, devision, and deviation from the ways of the Lord.

We too can call upon the Lord God in those times when we feel persecuted, threatened and ridiculed by the forces of evil.

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words. Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.” (Psalm 17:6-7)

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,” (Psalm 17:8)

David goes on in this prayer to speak of those who are causing him problems and many are those who he calls “men of the world.” The same men we see today causing trouble for the children of God who have been separated from the world and are now hated by the world as was the Lord Jesus.

Arise, O Lord! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword, from men by your hand, O Lord, from men of the world whose portion is in this life. You fill their womb with treasure; they are satisfied with children, and they leave their abundance to their infants.” (Psalm 17:13-14)

You see David is talking directly about the people of the world. Men who store up treasure on earth but not in heaven. For those who are not of God are the true enemies of all who have been born-again and set aside for the glory of God.

When you feel threatened by the world, turn to the One who has defeated the world, turn to the Lord God for help in your times of trouble and need. May Gods blessings be upon you this day...

October 16, 2017 - Sitting for a meal with my parents (and five sisters and four brothers) brings back sweet memories. Daddy built a long bench on each side of the table and put a nail keg at each end for us to sit on.  Naturally, we all wanted to sit on a keg and had a good many scuffles trying to be the first to get there. The familiar call, "you kids come eat" was always music to our ears and we didn't have to be called twice.

We weren't allowed to eat the last biscuit, piece of cake, etc. and were forbidden to talk while food was in our mouth. We couldn't chomp on our food, take huge bites, play with our food, reach across the table or eat with our mouths wide open.  (It is obvious that this is an ancient story)

We were allowed to talk and encouraged not to rush through our meals. The interaction with my siblings and parents at the table is one of the fondest of my childhood memories. They sat down with us, talked about our day with us and let us talk to each other. There was no time limit except that we had to be done before bedtime.  

People who can sit thru a whole meal gorging…but never saying a word…are almost as repulsive as those who talk with a mouth full of food. .  I think Mother had it right: Talk at the table. Eat at the table.

But don't talk with food in your mouth.

October 16, 2017 - Old Home Baptist Church will be having their annual Fall Festival, Saturday, October 21st at 6pm. Hay ride, hot dog roast and games. All ages welcome to come out and enjoy the fellowship. Call or text for more details: 936-332-9293.

October 16, 2017 - Sunday was the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The weather folks on TV are promising us that fall is coming this week. The Christian Year is coming to a close. Soon our attention will be on preparing for the Christ Child and the season of Advent. We have been in the very long season of Ordinary Time. From Pentecost until All Saints Day, there are no holy days like Christmas, Easter, or Pentecost. But even in ordinary day-to-day living we can still get glimpses of the Divine.

The Gospel Lesson for Sunday was Matthew 22:1-14, the third parable Jesus told during Holy Week at the Temple Mount. All the parables were aimed at the priests and elders who were supposed to be close to God and protectors of the faith. In this third parable the King invites his guests to the wedding feast for his son. The invited guests don’t seem interested and at the end of the parable the King sends out servants to round up anyone on the street. This parable was full of meaning about the Kingdom and what we should all be about.

Fannie’s Sunday school lesson stuck with the theme of covenant. This week’s lesson was God’s Written Covenant. The scripture came from Exodus 20:18-26; the people of Israel have witnessed thunder and lightning, the sound of the horn, and smoke covering the mountain. They were quite content to let Moses be the go-between.

This past Thursday our volunteers went to Focused Care in Center. We had a small crowd, but Nora, Jo, Hilda, and I enjoyed visiting and singing many songs. This Tuesday we go at 2PM to Holiday Nursing Center. Our church voted to send money to Gene and Joy’s grandson to buy wreaths for soldiers in cemeteries across the nation—a Boy Scout project. We also decided to help out financially with additional hurricane relief. All this month we are collecting peanut butter and jelly to take to Community Christian Services. We are also going to contribute to buying Christmas gifts for children through Community Christian Services.

“Whoever you are, in whatever faith you were born, whatever creed you profess; if you come to this house to find God you are welcome here.” Paxton United Methodist Church is an inviting church that takes to heart the idea of “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds.” Sunday School starts at 9:30 and Worship begins at 10:00. Our email address is paxtonumc@yahoo.com. If you would like the weekly email newsletter about Paxton Methodist you can send me your email address to the Paxton email address and I will add you to the list. Godspeed.

October 16, 2017 - Strong Triumph Church presents Fall Festival on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 6pm until 9pm. Come out for a fun-filled night full of games, music, food, and take a walk through the haunted house!!!

For more information, please contact Elder Faye Dell Allen at 936-368-2611 or 936-572-5810 or Sis. Sylvia Hubbard at 936-332-3103.

October 16, 2017 - First Baptist Church of Center will be hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 10am until 2:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Contact Teresa at (936) 598–5605 to schedule an appointment. Eat, drink, and bring identification!

Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God…and the other prisoners heard them…” Acts 16:25

October 12, 2017 - This past month I’ve been photographing America’s most beautiful songbird, the male painted bunting. These gorgeous little birds arrive in the Sand Hills of East Texas every April to mate and raise a family. Their red, blue, green and yellow colors have given them the name, “nonpareil” (no equal) in French and “Mariposa pintada” (painted butterfly) in Spanish.

Their numbers have declined sharply in recent years because many are trapped for cage birds in Mexico every winter and sold on the European bird market. Buntings don’t sing loudly but they sing sweetly. And they sing their best when they’re in cages!

Unfortunately we Christians whine a lot when we’re in cages. And when we do, we’re not whining what we preach. Living for the Lord doesn’t mean we’ll never be in a cage. The most beautiful of God’s children wind up there sometimes, but by God’s grace they keep singing.

The world needs to sing the songs of Zion, too. But they never will….

…unless we do.

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