This Friday, April 13th is the kickoff for the Fair/Rodeo. POSF participates as the cleanup crew which is a fundraising project for our church. Everyone is welcome to bring a friend and come help out. Entrance is FREE –that’s IF you work and them that works-Eats! Supper is served each evening by the best cooks from POSF!! See ya there for work, fun and fellowship!
POSF – Remember to come Friday night at 7:00 for our monthly Family Fun Night. We will also be celebrating Bro. Jeane’s Birthday!
Joy comes after Forgiveness!
Joy comes after forgiveness. The big dilemma with unrepentant humanity is that they go on in life trying to find joy without being cleansed of guilt. They want to laugh, but all their laughter carries the hollow echo of unresolved life issues. They try many things in their effort to obtain joy and gladness.
Like pouring good milk in with sour milk, trying to discover happiness without forgiveness of sins will never sweeten one’s life. Rather, we must dump the spoiled contents of our sinful lives at the cross of Christ. Then God can fill us with the milk of His goodness. What lightness and happiness a person experiences who has found the freedom of forgiveness!
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I know this title may seem a little long, maybe a little strange, but you do not understand how important it is to me. My salvation, my whole life as I have known it, probably depended on a simple saint who was faithfully committed to prayer meeting.
It was in the early ’30’s when walking was more common than driving. Port Arthur, Texas was the place. A young couple from central Texas had moved there to work in the oil refinery. They called a small apartment home for themselves and their three young children. Church attendance was not on their weekly agenda. In fact, it was not on their agenda at all. But a faithful prayer warrior changed that.
Every morning a little before nine o’clock, a little lady passed in front of their little apartment with her Bible under her arm. To the young mother inside the little apartment it soon became a part of her morning routine to watch for the little lady who always passed her door a little before nine o’clock.
Where is she going every day? Why does she always have a Bible under her arm? Who is she? What is this about?
Then one morning, some would say as fate would have it, she stopped and knocked on the door. (From my vantage point, I know it wasn’t fate, but unspoken faith from a fertile heart.) When the young mother stood face to face with the lady from the sidewalk, she received an invitation to an old-fashioned tent revival. Few words were spoken, but the simple invitation seemed to speak to the young mother all day from its resting place on the dresser. By five-thirty in the evening the children were bathed and dressed for going out and supper was on the table. A little bewildered, the hardworking young man looked at his lovely dressed-up wife, wondering.
“We are going to church tonight,” she explained.
Willingly, he agreed.
It was a strange experience–the tent, the people, the praying, the preaching. But at the close of the service the young father said to his wife, “You go and pray. I’ll stay with the children.”
Kneeling at an altar, she was totally transformed by the baptism of the Holy Ghost!
Among those gathering around was the little lady from the sidewalk with the Bible under her arm.
“Where do you go every morning?”
“We have nine o’clock prayer meeting every day.”
“Could we come?” asked the young couple.
“Well, we normally don’t have prayer meeting on Saturday morning,” the Pastor interjected, “but we will if you want to come.”
Saturday morning, nine o’clock prayer meeting found the young couple joining the faithful saints. Prayer was made. Baptism was explained. Both agreed to baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Now, it was the young man’s turn for transformation as he broke the waters of baptism, speaking in tongues, filled with the Holy Ghost.
The young couple were my mother and father, E. W. and Johnnie Ruth Caughron. These events transpired before my birth. Consequently, I was born into a Spirit-filled home. My parents’ dedicated ministry carried them in soul-winning revivals and building of churches from Texas to Alaska. Dozens and dozens of preachers were called and hundreds and hundreds of saints were impacted by their ministry.
What if the little lady on the sidewalk with the Bible under her arm had not been faithful to prayer meeting? I shudder at the thought–I probably wouldn’t be writing this article.
Thetus Tenney, Guest Writer
Too many people today live out their Christian faith from event to event: Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve candlelight service, a revival, a praise concert, or a special church dinner. But in between they fail to manifest a lifestyle of a Christian. They live for God for the earthly benefits, not for fellowship with Jesus Christ. They reject Christ’s instruction: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
Special church events are not wrong; they are an important part of life. But they are just the introduction to something much bigger and better! Events should direct us to a lifestyle of daily prayer, Bible reading, compassion for the lost, and concern for the unfortunate. They are stepping stones to building a life of faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.
Who can gloat over his own strengths when he reads David’s story of human weakness and failure? This man led in worship and praise, in economic prosperity, and in battle. He was a teacher of truth and a writer of Scripture. Few can compare to such an effective life. With that in perspective, we must note that even the seemingly greatest or strongest among us can fall prey to their fleshly human nature. In all our successes we must take heed that we do not fall into the same caverns of carnality.
By studying this story, we also must recognize we have a God whose forgiveness is powerful. Just as few have reached the height of David’s success, few have visited the lowness of his failure. We also learn from David’s life that God can rescue and deliver anyone. If a man like David can fall so low and still receive God’s work of restoration, then any one of us may find hope, strength, and restoration in Jesus Christ.
Contentment does not replace ambition. But it does make our existence less stressful….. Bro.Custer