GOD’S WHISPER

September 2021

Please, Do Not Waste God’s Grace!

II Corinthians 6:1[KJV] We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
II Corinthians 6:1 [NIV] As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.

There are days that I want to pack it all in for a short time and quit this Jesus-thing for a while [we all fill this from time to time]. In some ways life was much easier before the Holy Spirit began his work in me. Back then, I could simply lie to get out of a difficult situation; I could curse someone out and move on; I could get high and drunk and trip out; I could pretend my little world was the world.

The problem is it’s not a Jesus-thing, it’s a Jesus-life, and quitting is not an option. He who began this good work in me isn’t going to bail on me, ever.

So, what do you do when you want to quit? First, we can find comfort in knowing we are in good company:
•    Jonah didn’t just quit; he ran and that got him an all-expenses paid sea cruise in the belly of a whale!
•    Jeremiah tried to quit twice, and God basically said, “Look, you asked for this anointing. You asked to do significant things for me. Did you think I wouldn’t take you seriously?”
God gives us grace sufficient for our needs each day, every day. In II Corinthians 6:1, Paul, in effect, says, don’t waste the grace God has given you; don’t receive God’s grace in vain, rejecting it in order to nurture frustrations and disappointments.

II Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

In paraphrasing this Corinthian passage “our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details” of our lives: “People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times… People watch to see if I act like the world while not at Church”.
In other words, God’s power—the very strength we need, the very testimony we were meant to model—emerges in troubles, hardships, and distresses, but also in our entertainment functions.


Let’s pray together that we stay at our posts in these uncertain times and not waste the grace God has given us.
We are called to be holy and godly:
in all situations
in all conversations
in all things

Stay at your post

From the desk of Pastor Mike Munford

September Scriptures

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shall go: I will guide thee with mine eye
Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

September Birthdays

Dionte Harris 5th    Audrey Grinnage 9th Aaron Latimer  12th
Lindsay Carter 19th  Linda Martin 26th  Lois McKee 28th
Lanee Brooks 29th  Renee Brooks 29th

Sick and Shut In

Ray Gibson 804-674-1234
{Call and check in on him, he would love to hear from you}

Support Small Businesses

Jewelry by Vanessa 571-235-3152
Heart of Hair by Shanniece Jones 804-901-1869
Heavenly Floral Creations by Linda Martin 804-314-5991
Mary Kay Consultant-Bernice Shepperson 804-663-8156

{If you have a small business that you would like featured in the newsletter please contact Bernice Shepperson at Necie5766@gmail.com}

Upcoming Events

In October I try to do what is called the Chemo care package for the Breast Cancer patients. This year my goal is to do 25 care package and I am requesting your help. Each package cost 20.00 and it will consist of a Satin Lips set (22.00) and a Satin Hand Cream (12.00). If you would and can help, please Cash App me at Necie4ever or send by way of Zelle and even cash is accepted. Thank you and look forward to hearing from you. Bernice Shepperson

DID YOU KNOW?

The longest verse of the Bible is Esther 8:9
McDonalds once created a bubblegum flavored broccoli
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible
Bubble wrap was originally invented as wallpaper
China is the largest producer of the Bible
Lobsters have clear blood- its blood is initially clear and turns blue when it hits oxygen.

Recipe of the Month

Ritz Cracker Delight

Can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
1 cup of raisin     
1 cup of pecan pieces 
1 box of Ritz crackers

Mix together the Milk, raisins and pecan pieces
Simmer until thick
Spread on Ritz crackers
Bake in the oven for 5 mins (350)   
Cool and ice

Icing:
1 cup of confectionary sugar
¼ cup of butter (melted)
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Jokes

Q: Why couldn’t Jonah trust the ocean?
A: Because he knew there was something fishy about it.

Q: How does Moses make coffee?
A: Hebrew it.

Q: Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
A: Sampson, he brought the house down.

IN THE KNOW

Food Pantry is always open, contact Sis Sharon Bassett, Sis Vanessa Eubanks or Sis Lottie Smith

Corporate prayer every Wednesday at 7 pm
Thursday Morning Thunder 9am        Thursday Night Bible Study 7pm

Please see Louise if you have not updated your info for the church directory.

The church is open Tuesday – Friday 10-12 for counseling, please see Maria to set up an appointment

Coming soon: Spiritual reading materials for your spiritual growth and enlightenment will be available for checkout. Those interested contact Maria.

ANYONE WITH NEWS WORTHY INFORMATION OR WOULD LIKE TO POST A POEM, JOKE, RECIPE PLEASE CONTACT BERNICE SHEPPERSON.

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