Sunday, August 6, 2023

Servants of Jesus Christ

By Jeff Arnette
    The past few weeks have been hard on all of us, especially the families of Marcus Carrington and Adam Haygood. We’ve all struggled with feelings of loss and being overwhelmed with the hurt and pain of losing people we care about.
    As I knew you would, this wonderful church family showed up in a mighty way and made a bigger impact than you could ever imagine. Not only did you flood the gates of heaven with your prayers for the families, but you showed up at each service and then fed both families. I don’t know how we could have gotten through the last 3 weeks without you.
    You made Jesus Christ proud; you made this church proud, and you made me proud to be part of this wonderful church family. My heart felt thank you could never express how much it meant to the families and to me personally. It is in times like this that we see just how important the Lord’s church is to our well-being and success.
1 Corinthians 12:12–14 “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.” (ESV)
Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (ESV)
    To all the men and women who sacrificed your time, money, and energy to support us, I want to say I love you all so very much. We couldn’t do this without you. Often, I get all the credit simply because I’m the one standing up front but without all of you, who are behind the scenes quietly working for the Lord, it wouldn’t happen. You are truly a blessing from God and thank you is simply not enough.
    For you, these words reflect your faith and service,
“… ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’” (Matt. 25:34-36, ESV)

- Jeff Arnette preaches for the Central Haywood church of Christ, Clyde, NC.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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