September 17, 2014
The good things are going to get better
There are plenty of bad things to write about. The local news is flooded with plenty of negative and depressing topics. This article is not going there. We are going to take a look at those things that bring a smile to your face, those things which are good.
You know what I am talking about. Remember your first bite of a fresh, juicy peach this summer? How about that mouthwatering steak straight off the grill or a cool and creamy bite of ice cream on an unbearably hot day? What about the first smell of flowers and freshly mown grass after a long, cold winter? Or maybe when you are sitting by the water or in the woods during that vacation week? It is a little different for each one of us, but we each have a few things when we think about or do them that bring a pleasant feeling to us. You know that they are good things, things that were created for you to enjoy.
This week in particular brings to my mind the pleasant feeling of falling and being in love. Today, Sept. 17, is my 3-year anniversary with my beautiful wife, Drema. I am reflecting back on the many good times during the 3 years of marriage and 2 years dating prior to. I recall that all-consuming feeling of being captivated in a mutual and loving relationship. I am sure you have a pleasant memory from a relationship whether a friendship or with a significant other.
We all have good things in our lives that we can reflect upon. The issue is we usually do not spend much time focusing on the good things. And the reality is that Christians shouldn’t even stop there. The good things in our lives are going to get much better. For those of us who know Jesus Christ, present pleasure foreshadows eternal pleasure: “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” –Psalm 16:11 ESV
Every good thing we experience comes from our creator, God. And every good thing we experience here in a broken and sinful Earth should cause us to look upward to a good God who promises to bring us into his presence where there is fullness of joy and goodness forevermore.
Church Notes - Week of 9-17-14
Romney UMC contemporary service Saturdays
The Romney First United Methodist Church is holding a new contemporary Christian service every Saturday. Coffee will be served in the library at 5:30 p.m. and the service will begin at 6 p.m. There will be contemporary music and various speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more info, call the church at 304-822-3023.
God’s Helping Hands open Saturdays
God’s Helping Hands, located at Community Fellowship Church, Points, is open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month from 9-11 a.m. Good used clothing is available. Supplemental food boxes can be purchased for a small donation and proof of income. Donations of good clothing and small items are accepted. No big items without calling first. Questions or more info, call Liz at 304-492-5786.
Christ Community Church holding senior luncheon
Christ Community Church, Augusta, will hold a senior luncheon on Friday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 a.m. Come join in for a good meal and fellowship.
Back to Church Sunday Sept. 21
On Sunday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m., Christ Community Church, Augusta, will have a Back to Church Sunday service. This special service will feature anointed music and a dynamic children’s church service. Nursery care will be available. Casual atmosphere and free light lunch. For more info., call pastor Don Kesner at the church, 304-496-8566.
Fall Revival Sept. 21-24 at Tearcoat Church
Tearcoat Church of the Brethren in Augusta will hold a fall revival with pastor Burl Charlton Sunday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. nightly. Special music will be provided each evening. For more info., call 304-496-7841.
A call to prayer for Hampshire County
The community is invited to gather with other Christians, pastors and intercessors to pray for revival in our county. Our churches, families and individuals are in need of a mighty move of God. This will only come by prevailing prayer, unified prayer, to be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at Fox’s Hollow Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Traveling west of Romney 3 miles on Route 50, turn right onto Fox’s Hollow Road, bear right and go 1/10 mile. The church is located on the right. Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., prayer is offered up for Hampshire County at Zoar Baptist Church, 4 miles south on Ford Hill Road, Augusta. All pastors, churches are invited to join this weekly time of interceding for our county, churches, families and lost souls.