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PAGE 6A - The Malakoff News - Wednesday, "Religion I December 5, 2001 I Reflections By Dr. James IVhite "CONFESSETH AND FORSAKETH..." AND GAIN MERCY "He that covereth his sins shalt not prosper: but whose confesseth and forsaketh then shall have mercy." Proverbs 28:13 There is something in each of us that strongly resists admitting we are wrong. This something is called pride. That is why we ad- mire people who openly and graciously admit their mis- takes. These people have a strong self-image. They do not always have to be right to feel good about them- selves. This proverb is for the believer more than for the unbeliever. Note what the writer of Proverbs is telling us. First, he is telling us that everyone Sins. Some admit it; others Cover it up. This is one of the major problems of our society and culture today in the United States, especially among those who claim to be Chris- tians. So as believers who continually fall short of the glory that God has planned for us, we can either expose it and do something about it, or we can cover it up. Which one are you doing? Second, we either confess .it or pretend that it does not exist. There is nothing more lumbling for us as children )f God than to come to Him First Assembly of God Church 906 E. Royall Blvd. • Malakoff 489-0188 .... Assembly of God • Munkin 210 S. H. 274 • 778-2205 Antioch Baptist Church S.H. 31 W. • Malakoff. 489-0785 Calvary Baptist Church 155 Legg * Trinidad • 778-2660 Faith Community Baptist Hwy. 198 S. * Payne Springs 451-3860 First Baptist Church Cross Roads Hwy 59 • 489-0625 First Baptist Church 220 W Mitcham • 489-0228 First Baptist Church 404 N. Walker St. • Malakoff 489-1769 First Baptist Church • Trinidad 220 Lawrence • 778-2732 Fishers of Men Compassionate Ministries 14999 Barton Road, Caney City 489-0763 Tomlinson Funeral Home Hwy31. P O Box 2050 Malakoff 489-1500 Seven Points 432-4441 Mnlukoff. Baptist Church 306 W. Mitcham 489-0228 or 489-2064 Pnrkview Missionary Baptist Church 903 Smith • Malakoff 489-1138 Grace Baptist church 218 CR 2930 & Hwy 334 Benny Wofford St., Pastor 489-2136 Cedar Fork Baptist Church Hwy. 3 ! • Trinidad 778.2882 Willow Springs Baptist Church Hwy 59 • Athens .. 677.3672 St. ,htde's Catholic Church 103 Luther Lane • Gun Barrel City • 887-1425 Mary, Queen of Heaven Catholic Church Cmer of Star Harbor Road & Fisherman's Wharf Road Malakoff • 489-2366 Presbyterian Church Mubank 112 MR. Vernon St.* 887-25721 First Baptist Church of Eustace Hwy 175 425-2261 Trinity Pentecostal Church 102 Lawrence St., Trinidad, Tx. 778-4567 Pastor: The Rev. Dr. F.R. Bums Heritage Baptist Church 1604 E. Royall • Malakoff, Tx (903) 489-1615 (903) 676-0348 Pastor: James Diesch Lukeview Assembly of God Hwy 85 E • Seven Points 432-2682 Full Gospel Tabernacle 316 South - Across from football field Eustace, Texas United Methodist Church Of Trinidad 410 Mclntyre • 778-9144 Pastor, Elizabeth Bear Abundant Harvest Fellowship A church wday with a vision for tomorrow 1008 Mill Run Road • Athens 903-67J-1223 Pastors: Mark and Angels Jones and admit that we have committed acts against Him and His name. We must come and confess our sins -- sins of omission, the things we should do but are not doing; sins of commis- sion, the things we should not do but are doing; sins of disposition, sins of the spirit so often overlooked in our emphasis on sins of the body; and sins of doubtful things. For a Christian to cover up his or her sins in our time means to us that if no one saw us, heard about it, and has knowledge of it, then it is okay to forget it thus we do not have to em- barrass ourselves before God by confessing those sins. Paul, under the lead- ership of the Holy Spirit, wrote to the church in Rome that "Whatsoever is not of faith is sin." (Romans 14:23). How much of our church life and our personal and family life falls under the reading of this verse? Third, we are admonished to "forsake them." Confes- sion should be accompanied by renunciation -- "forsaketh them." Elsewhere in the • Scripture, we told that "If my people shall...turn from their wicked ways" then He will bless them. We cannot ex- pect God to take away our sins by forgiving them if we will not put them away by forsaking them. Fourth, He will shower us with His mercy. Mercy, love and for- giveness that we do not de- serve nor have we earned,, is His gift to us through His Son. Each of us must make a clean break will all of our sins - secret and known - and burn the bridge that takes us back to sin. We must at all times be willing to recon- sider; to admit we are wrong; to confess our sins; and to change permanently our plans when necessary. Bits From Baker In I John 5:13 God tells us that we can now we have eternal life. God says: "these things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life." God tells us that the scriptures were writ- ten that we might be directed into the way of eternal life. Jesus says in John 8:24 that there is only one way to gain eternal life. Jesus says that "unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins." Jesus says that we must believe that He is some- one important. Someone so important that unless you be- lieve He is that someone you will die in your sins. Isn't that a life and death statement? Who does Jesus want us to believe He is? In Mat- thew 16:13-17 Jesus asks His disciples who He is? There answer is "Some say John the Baptist; and others By Gene Baker I Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." Then •Peter de- clared hat ,'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus wanted His Dis- ciples and everyone else to believe, including us in the 21st Century, that He is the Christ and the Son of God. Jesus then said, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not re- veal this to you, but My Fa- ther who is in heaven." Do you believe that too? Do you believe that Jesus is the son of God? What if the Lord were to come right now? Would you know for sure, nothing doubt- ing, that you would go to heaven? Don't know? Can't decide? I'd like to helpl Write to Gene Baker at P.O. Box 395, Malakoff, Texas 75148- 0395. Or e-mail me a Hope to see you in church on Sunday! Ctttrc.h These Area You To Attend The Your Choice Micheal G. George Attorney-At-Law 105 S. Terry Malakoff, Texas 489-1600 Cedar Lake Nursin 8 Home 30 Years of Care Giving * 90-Bed Facility Tanner Motor Co. MALAKOFF sWRECKER SINCE 1925 24-Hour Wrecking & Towing Service" Open Monday-Saturday 7am- 6pro 105 E. Mitcham • Malakoff 75148 489-1292 . 1-800-723-5506 Church of Christ • Mabunk Fifth St. & MR. Vernon 887-0311 Church of Christ , Eustace • 316 W. SH 175 • 425-2645 Church of Christ • Gun Barrel Hwy 85 & Harbor Point Rd. Mabank, Tx • 887-8916 Church of Christ • Malakoff 214 Martin St • 489-1718 Minister: Gene Baker Church of Christ • Trinidad 241 Scruggins • 778-2536 St. Matthias Episcopal Church 215 Willowbrook Dr. • Athens 675-3210 • Rev. Donald Hickman Four Mile Lutheran Church, ELCA Located 10 miles north of Mabank on Hwy. 90 in Prairieville Wm. Clayton McCord, Pastor 887-0833 SL Peter Lutberm Cbm'cb, LCMS 101 Luther Lane • Gun Barrel City 887-0436 Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church Hwy 274 on Wiiwhite Road • Tool 432-3657 United Methodist Church Highway 59 • Cross Roads New Hope Corinth CME 120 N. Havana & Hwy 31 W. Malakoff • 489-1388 United Methodist Church E. Mitcham & S. College Malakoff • 489-1467 Church of the Living God 1506 W. Washington Ave. Malakoff • 489-2911 Cedar Creek Bible Church Hwy 274 N • Tool - Seven Points 432-2175 * Licensed by Tx. Dept. of Health * Medicaid Certified by Full Gospel Tabernacle Tx. Dept. of Human Services 362 Front St. • Eustace 489-1702 • Hwy 31 West • Malakoff 887-1792 Trinity Baptist Church Trinidad • Tx • (903) 778-2139 I,I!MI|EI{. C(IMILINI 14 S. Terry Payne Springs Baptist Church .,,:,,, ,, ,, ..... ,,, i00lllt'Mahkoff Hwy198.451-2443 Johnson Chapel I1.?,1 I;,,1 \\;l;l;li,,,ll. I /ARo :gKR Fax: 489-2651 A.M.E. Church "" ' '" L-"'-"""" w. Royall Blvd. Malakoff, Tx (903) 489-2828  Pastor'. Ray. Joey Baggett Trinity Faith Center Ph41rl[[O41"- J00Yl Hwy 90.887.4138Mabank, Tx. First Baptist Church 409 West Royall-489-1909 I Gun Barrel MqrlJn & Karen Perkins I It) Box 399 • 887.6887 Living Word Church • Mubunk WWWo MALAKOFF NEWS.COM The Malakoff News 111 East Mitcham • Malakoff 903-489-0531. Fax: 903-489-2543 205 E. Mason • Business Hwy 175" 887-5014 Athens Seventh Day Adventist Church FM 1616 & HWY 3, Athens, Tx Church - 9am, Sabbath School - 10:30am Pastor: Charles Buursma Village Church 5410 CR Hwy. 3054 • Log Cabin 489-1171 Pastor: George Dooly Co-Pastor: Randy Huffman Emmanuel Baptist Church 1312 E. Royall Blvd. • Malakoff 903-489-2728 Pastor Dr. E.L. Pennington Around the Town Continued from page 1A she decided to go into business for herself. I think there should be a law that required excellent nurses to keep nurs- ing. I'm joking, sort of. Both of our local flower shops are run by really nice folks. Maybe flowers attract them, or maybe being around flowers all the time makes you nicer. If that is so, maybe we should buy more flowers from them for ourselves. Or for any cranky folks we have to stay around. We have another long time Cedar Lake alumni working at the Malakoff Flower Shop. Esther Ruth Abbe worked there for Lord knows how many years. She was at different times cook, head housekeeper, • head of laundry, and at all times general handywoman. She could fix about anything that broke, or at least give il a good try. I just got a call from Cindy Brown in Oklahoma City, ask- ing me to look for an obituary of a relative of hers in a April 1976 Malakoff News. His name was Die Tillman Martin. They had learned to nomi- nate, second and then vote. "Before I leave here there, is one more thing that we need." (Grandad had looked up and down the aisles and saw splotches of tobacco juice gracing the floor, making an unsightly mess)"We need cus- pidors". Without hesitation, Brother Jones spoke up, "I move that we apint brother Lucas as Cuspid.r/" Before Grandad could explain, the nomination carried unani- mously. Oscar was known to pray long prayers and today was no exception. (This tale is told by Oscar's wife Grace) The custom in those days was to kneel at the pulpit as one prayed. This day was no different. "Albert, my 4-year-old son, kept squirming and squirming and Oscar kept praying and praying." "As Albert squirmed and Oscar prayed, I sat him on theft.or between my legs to try to calm him." "As was the cus- tom, the audience stood and I told her I'd go dig the book the "prayer" kneeled." "I out after Christmas, but if any • began to lose my grip on the of you know anything about squirming kid, and he began him, I know she would appre- to win the battle." "He soon elate hearing it. She is working slipped free and dashed up on her family tree. Call or write us if you know anything, and we'll get the information to her. I got the •okay from Don Henderson to reprint some of his stories about his granddad, Oscar Henderson, who was a country preacher. Here are a couple of his stories. My Granddad tom me ati2 other story about the time he helped get a church orga- nized in Arkansas. He had spent several days, teaching them about biblical qualifi- cations for Elders, Deacons and Bishops. The congrega tion had learned how to nominate and elect qualified men. They had elected Brother Brown and Brother Smith as Elders of the con- gregation. Brother Roberts and Brother Dixon were elected and appointed to the office of Elder. The men were getting quite good at this now. the aisle, lickety-split/In a flash he reached Oscar and mounted him, just as he had done hundreds of times be- fore., to play horsey." "He flapped his dad on the ear with his cap, gouged his shoes into his sides and yelled GIDDY UP" Oscar tried unsuccessfully to finish his prayer By this time the entire congregation was rolling in the aisles with laughter Oscar blamed me for his embarrassment. He brought Albert back and said, "Here, can't you hold this kid/" "News spread quickly throughout the community about the entertainment and the next Sunday the church was packed with people hop- ing to get a repeat perfor- mance. Ever after my Grand- father, prayed with one eye open .... Just in case." Branch First State Bank, Athens Your HOM TOWN BANK CO. Box 1089 A 903-489-1188 Hwy. 31 East  Fax: 903-489-2387 Malakoff, Texas 75148 i www.FSBAthens.€om I II r ....  Stylists and Owners Bobby (Morn) & / • e.t e,a.oo - 00u,,cut 0 7 o. oo Hmrneut dixie l & 00 Penmz 037.00 • up Oolon 033.00 • up H00hZ00ht00 €t400.00 • up 00pinal Penmz ,$60.00 up Monday through Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm 677-5051 416 S. Palestine Ste. A • Athens