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  • Glenda Williams 9:05 pm on 2017-02-04 Permalink | Reply

    What does the Bible say about rightly dividing the Bible 

    “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be
    ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
    “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2).
    “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
    There are two main divisions of the Bible: the Old Testament and the New Testament. Even though all of these 66 divisions are God’s inspired word, we must understand that the Old Testament is not a law binding on us today. Jesus came and fulfilled the old law and gave us the new law of the New Testament (Matthew 5:17; Colossians 2:14).
    The unity of the Bible shows that one mind guided the writing of the Bible and that was God as He directed men to write the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21). These 66 books were written by about 40 different authors. They wrote over a period of about 1500 years; living in widely separated parts of the world; speaking different languages; having various backgrounds; obviously many of them not knowing each other. Yet, when all of their writings are brought together they are in harmony, showing their message comes from God. That message may be summed up in the purpose of the Bible as the salvation of man through Jesus Christ that brings glory to God.
    Rightly dividing God’s word describes an important principle involved in properly understanding the Bible as we obey and apply its teachings to our lives. We must properly divide or distinguish between the commands God gave to people in the Old Testament, and the commands He expects us to keep in our Christian Age.
    To be saved from sin and prepare for heaven we must believe in Jesus, repent of sins, confess our faith, be baptized, and live for Jesus.

    • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.


  • Glenda Williams 9:00 pm on 2017-02-04 Permalink | Reply  

    Glenda’s Glimpse 

    Author’s note: Glenda’s Glimpse is the back page article of our weekly bulletin. It is usually where the thoughts and imaginations of my heart overflow on paper.

    I must take a minute and express to all of you how much we appreciate you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love for us. God bless you for your prayers and kind words. You are just so sweet to openly thank God for us and to pray for us even during the assembly. We love each one of you and pray God’s richest blessings on you.

    It is thrilling to see the level of interest in growing the church in Geneva. The men are to be commended for their interest and their prayers toward this effort. As women, we must do likewise. I have been praying for the growth of the church for a long time and praying that God would use us to help grow the church. Surely if each of us prays and then works to answer those prayers we will see an increase in our number physically. There’s no doubt about the spiritual growth of the members who faithfully attend the services here. The gospel is taught both in the pulpit and in Bible classes both on Sunday and Wednesdays.

    We need every person who professes to be a member of the church in Geneva to attend faithfully. We need your presence. We need your encouragement. We need your ideas. We need your support. More than that, God needs us all to be faithful. How in the world do we think for a minute we can go to heaven and live and serve God forever if we aren’t even faithful to do it here on earth? If you have an answer for that, I’d like to hear it.

    There will be no lukewarm Christians in heaven. We know the scripture teaches we are either hot or cold, never lukewarm. In our heart of hearts, we know whether we are hot or cold, whether Jesus is important to us or not. If He isn’t, we’d better fake it until we make it, so to speak. Satan has a hold on too many in the church. We can change that and we must! My go to saying is, “Let him (Satan) know who is the boss!” We can do that by serving God and putting him FIRST in our lives every day of the week. I will do it. Will you?

  • Glenda Williams 2:15 pm on 2016-12-15 Permalink | Reply

    What does the Bible say about knowing each other in heaven 

    By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

    Every thoughtful person who has suffered in grief because of the death of dear friends and loved ones is interested in this question.

    The Bible teaches that we are made in the image of God, and we have an eternal soul (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7). Death is the separation of the physical body and the spiritual soul (James 2:24). At death the body returns to the dust and the soul to God who gave it (Eccl. 12:7).

    Most people believe that there will be recognition after death, and not only is it reasonable, but the Bible teaches it.

    The apostle Paul looked forward to associating with fellow Christians in heaven. Paul spoke of Christians as his “joy and crown” (Philippians 4:1), who would bring “rejoicing…In the day of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 1:14).

    In 1 Thessalonians 2:10, Paul spoke of Christians as being his hope, joy and cause for rejoicing in the presence of the word at his coming.

    In 2 Corinthians 4:14, when Paul tells that God “shall present us with you,” certainly does not sound like they will be strangers.

    In Luke 16:19-31, there was recognition of the rich man and Lazarus, and remembrance of their former life.

    In 2 Samuel12, David’s son died and he said he could not bring his son back, but he could go to him. Surely this shows that he would know his own son, and his relationship with his own child would be more special than that with other children.

    These truths should give us hope and comfort as we prepare for eternity. Preparation is the key in going to heaven along with faithful service to God. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.

  • Glenda Williams 2:09 pm on 2016-12-15 Permalink | Reply

    Christmas party shock 

    They were drawing names and giving out Christmas gifts at the party. The room was crowded, and two people were designated to carry the gifts to peopchristmas-presentsle when their names were called.

    A name was called for a lady. She immediately rose and met the gift-giver halfway. She had the prettiest smile on her face. The excitement was running high in the room.

    Someone near me turned and said, “She just had to get up so everybody could see her.” Oh, my! Shock and surprise overcame me as I looked to see the lady, still smiling, with her gift. And then I thought, the tongue. There it is. In all the wonderful hustle and bustle of the Christmas gift-giving season, when excitement was at a high level, Satan was at work. He used his tool to squash some of the joy from the evening. Oh, I don’t think the person meant any harm. It was one of those moments when a person’s thoughts came out before they had time to stop them.

    The tongue is an unruly evil. It is hard to control. Someone has said if you want to learn a person, go fishing with them. As women we might say, go shopping with them. Clydetta Fulmer said, “As Christians, we are to be people of few words.” She’s right. We need to listen and think more than we speak. Remember two ears, one mouth?

    Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics taught us to pretend every person we met had a sign around their neck which said, “Make me feel special.” We should say uplifting things to others, to think of good things, and squash unkind things as quickly as possible.

    The first Bible verse we learned in school, yes school, was printed on a foot ruler they gave us. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

    We’d do well to think before we speak and take three breaths before we answer a question. We need to go about doing good as we follow the Savior’s example in speech and deeds.

  • Glenda Williams 12:14 pm on 2016-10-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Lying is a sin. Little lies, little white lies, stretching the truth, all fit in the same category. There are no big lies and little lies. A lie is a lie is a lie. It’s plain and simple. (More …)

    • J. Randal Matheny 12:21 pm on 2016-10-13 Permalink | Reply

      Read Acts 5 this morning. Satan put it in the heart of Ananias and Sapphira to lie. The lie was not to man, but God. Serious stuff.

      Thanks for the reminder.

  • Glenda Williams 5:29 pm on 2016-09-03 Permalink | Reply  

    What does the Bible say about salvation 

    by Douglas M. Williams, Sr.Douglas 2 x 3

    Referring to the name of Jesus, the Bible says, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). (More …)

  • Glenda Williams 5:15 pm on 2016-09-03 Permalink | Reply  

    Free Bible has a story to tell 

    The free Bible I was given recently at a Crestview, FL thrift store has a story worth telling.

    The Bible is a New King James version and bound with genuine leather. Though covered in high quality, the priceless Words are found on the inside. (More …)

  • Glenda Williams 8:46 am on 2016-08-28 Permalink | Reply  

    What does the Bible say about God’s goodness 

    By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

    “The Lord God, merciful and gracious,
    long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and
    truth” (Exodus 34:6).

    “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”
    (Psalm 33:5).

    “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4)

    “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God; on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off (Romans 11:22).

    The goodness of God means His kindness, benevolence, generosity, grace, mercy, compassion, etc.

    The goodness of God is seen in the wonderful ways He provides for us. God “makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). God’s goodness is stated at James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” God provided for our salvation in the gift of His Son Jesus and in Him we enjoy all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3).

    Psalm 31:19 refers to God’s goodness by stating, “Oh, how great is your goodness.” In repetition the song states, “God is so good…He’s so good to me. He answers prayer…he’s so good to me. He cares for me…He’s so good to me. I love Him so…He’s so good to me.” Surely we can all express our appreciation for the goodness of God by stating, “I know that God is good, because He has been so good to me.” God is good in His greatness, and great in His goodness all the time.

    As Romans 2:4 states, the goodness of God should lead us to repent and obey God. But let us not forget the severity of God in that He is strict in His requirement of obedience.

  • Glenda Williams 8:40 am on 2016-08-28 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s what’s inside that counts 

    Recently we mailed our granddaughter in college a book she wasBible with money Final interested in. We placed a twenty dollar bill inside the book and secured with a paper clip. Last evening she called us, and I asked if she had received the book. She said she had, and it was on her bookshelf. I asked if she found the paper clip inside it. She admitted she had not. I replied, “You need to check the paper clip. She was shocked to find the money inside the book as she said we didn’t have to do that. She joyfully said it would buy a small table she wanted at a discount store for $20.00, and she would pick it up tomorrow.

    Somewhere I read of a young college bound student who begged his daddy for a new car. The Christian father gave the boy a Bible instead. Tucked away between the pages of the Bible was a key to the young man’s new car. The boy took the Bible and never looked inside it to find the thing he wanted most of all. Had he only read the Word of God, not only would he have found the key to the car he wanted, but something much more valuable.

    The Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
    The Bible is the greatest book ever written.
    The Bible is the greatest love story ever told (John 3:16).
    The Bible has the greatest advice ever given. “Seek you first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
    The Bible gives the greatest invitation ever given. “Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
    The Bible offers the greatest promise ever given. “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3).

  • Glenda Williams 9:56 am on 2016-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

    What does the Bible say about preparation 

    “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12).

    “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Psalm 23:5).

    “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3). (More …)

  • Glenda Williams 9:32 am on 2016-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

    Make it count now 

    Glenda’s Glimpse –
    We enjoy going to the Geneva Senior Citizen’s Center for lunch most days. IMG_2998I have a dear elderly friend who has been helping me learn to knit. Bless her heart. Today I took my knitting over to show her, and she said, “Make it count now.” She was telling me not to pull the stitches out, but to make them count and keep knitting.

    Make it count! We need to make everything we do count in this life. Most of all we should desire to make our life count so that when we come to the end of life’s journey our life will have been valuable in God’s sight. It will have counted.

    The Bible teaches us whatever we do in word or deed to do it all in the name of the Lord. We are to make our lives count. (Col. 3:17)

    The Bible teaches us we are to do everything as if for the Lord. We are to make our efforts count. (Col. 3:17)

    The Bible teaches us to train up our children in the way they should go, and when they are old they won’t depart from it. We are to make our child raising count. (Proverbs 22:6)

    The Bible teaches us to put God first in our lives. Doing so will make our lives count. (Matthew 6:33)
    The Bible teaches us that we are to be examples for those coming after us. We are to make our examples count. (Matthew 5:16)

    The Bible teaches us we are to study the Word of God. We are to make our time count. (2 Timothy 2:15)

    The Bible teaches us we are to control our tongue. We are to let our speech count that it may build up those who hear it. (James 3)

    Making our lives count is the most important thing we can do. We star
    t out by obeying the Word of God, by hearing the gospel, believing It to be the truth, repenting of our sins, confessing our faith that Jesus is the Christ the son of God, and being baptized for the remission of our sins. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Matthew 10:32) Then, and only then, will our lives count not only here on earth, but eternally in heaven in the after awhile.

    Let’s do it! Let’s make our lives count for that which is right and good and will lead us into our eternal home in heaven.

    Though Ms. Norma told me to make my stitches count, she was telling me to go forward, press on, and do more. We must do that spiritually, too!

  • Glenda Williams 9:56 pm on 2016-07-25 Permalink | Reply
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    What does the Bible say about sin 

    “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

    “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me
    from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my
    sin is always before me” (Psalm 51:2-3).

    In referring to Jesus the Bible says, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)!

    “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15).

    “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

    Sin is that which is contrary to the law of God. Sin is doing wrong, and violating the requirement of what is right.

    The Bible defines sin as “transgression of the law,” that “all unrighteousness is sin,” and “whatever is not from faith is sin” (1 John 3:4; 5:17; Romans 14:23).

    There are two forms of sin:
    1. The sin of commission, which is, doing anything forbidden by the law of God.
    2. The sin of omission, which is, not doing what is required by the law of God.

    The Bible has much to say about sin. Jeremiah 51:5 states, “their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel,” and 1 John 5:19 says, “The whole world lies in wickedness.” From the time that Adam and Eve first sinned, people have always been guilty of sin. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because of sin God destroyed everyone by a flood, except Noah and his family. In view of the above thought, we can understand and know that, sadly, sin is rampart in our world today. Young’s concordance lists about 700 references to sin. We can see that the Bible has much to say about sin.

    Sin is a terrible thing to God, and separates people from Him. The Bible lists sins in Matthew 15:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8, and says sin cannot enter heaven. But God has made it possible for us to be forgiven of sin as we obey Jesus who died on the cross for us.

    • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
  • Glenda Williams 9:50 pm on 2016-07-25 Permalink | Reply  

    Homecoming in heaven 

    Homecomings and reunions are wonderful. It was great to go back to Cedar Grove church in Andalusia, AL last Sunday for their 100th anniversary and see many we have known and loved from years gone by. We worked with the church there from 1969-1978.

    I look forward to homecoming in heaven. I’ve been invited. I accepted the invitation, and (More …)

  • Glenda Williams 11:15 am on 2016-07-11 Permalink | Reply

    What does the Bible say about tears 

    “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do
    not be silent at my tears” (Psalms 39:12).

    “Put my tears into your bottle” (Psalms 56:8).

    “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Psalm 126:5).

    “For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive” (Jeremiah 13:17; 9:1).

    “Jesus wept” (John 11:35; Luke 19:41; Matthew 23:37).

    “And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17; 21:4).

    As shown above and in other verses, the Bible has much to say about tears. Jeremiah speaks of shedding tears in the books of Jeremiah and Lamentation, and is referred to as “the weeping prophet.” We are told of a woman who washed Jesus feet with tears (Luke 7:37-50).

    Recently I read a very interesting article from Creation Moments entitled, “In the Blink of an Eye.” So many things in our world show the wonders of God’s creation. Even our bodies as stated in Psalm 139:14, “For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

    Every time you blink, you bathe the surface of your eye with an amazing fluid called tears. Tears are made up of water, oils, electrolytes, and sticky carbohydrates. Tears also contain antibacterial and antiviral substances.

    Tear fluid that has bacteria or virus in it has a 95 percent chance of being dead in 10 minutes. Blinking of the eye keeps the surface properly moisturized, as our vision remains clear. Without this, our eyes would become red and painful, and, if untreated, would probably cause blindness. Tear fluid also provides needed oxygen to the surface of the eye.

    Perhaps the most amazing property of tears is that humans are the only creatures that cry emotional tears. Tears help us cope with emotional situations, but some people are unable to cry tears and they cannot deal well with stress.

    Tears are a blessing in many ways, but we are thankful that God will wipe away all sorrowful tears in heaven.

    -Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

  • Glenda Williams 11:11 am on 2016-07-11 Permalink | Reply  

    And when I think of Christ 

    I am overwhelmed when I think of what Christ did for me on the cross of Calvary. In the song, “How Great Thou Art,” I have always thought the third verse is the prettiest one in the song, yet it is so often left unsung.

    “And when I think, that God, His son not sparing, Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in, That on the cross, MY burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away MY sin.” (EM)

    How is it that I have been so blessed to know of the wonderful love of God? How is it that I have been so blessed to be born in America and not some remote section of the world? How is it that I have been so blessed to be in reasonably good health? How is it that I have been so blessed as to live comfortably in this world? How is it that I have been so blessed as to be born into a family that has a rich spiritual heritage? How is it that I was so blessed as to marry a fine Christian man 50 years ago? How is it that I have been so blessed as to have children that are faithful to the Lord and have Christian homes?

    Decisions that were made years ahead of me have impacted my life in being a blessed life. No doubt prayer has played an important role for many years and continues today. I can’t go back further than my granddaddy Bryant, but I know he heard the gospel and obeyed it, and he and Grandma taught their children. They, in turn, taught their children. When we were unable to go to worship (Mother didn’t drive, and Daddy didn’t go!) Mother taught me that Jesus built one church, and it was the true church that we read about in the Bible (Matthew 16:28; Romans 16:16). I knew about the church long before I was able to attend and become a Christian. Mother was taught by her parents, and she taught me. When we can prove what we believe by the Word of God we don’t have to worry any more. We obey it and live it.

    We are the only hands, feet, ears, and mouth that Jesus has on earth today. We are responsible to share the gospel with others. We have an obligation to use our blessings to reach others. We are here for a short while and then like a vapor we vanish away. Time is fleeting. May we always be aware of all our blessings and pray for opportunities to teach others the gospel of Christ and courage to do so. We were saved to save others. Let us not go into eternity empty-handed. Let us take others with us.

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