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JESUS DEDICATES HIS UFE
- For October 5, 1952.
. .Memory Selection: 1Lo, I have come
to do thy will, 0 Ctod."-Beb. 10: 7.
-' Lesson Text: (Matthew S: 16-17;
4: 1.11, 17-
.This lesson beariiM a sixth-month
. study of the Gospel of Matthew, with'
particular emphasis upon passages
that are characteristic of this Gospel, 1
such as the story of tfce Wise Men,
the Sermon - on the Mount and the .
Parables of the Kingdom. One em
phasis of the study : is upon Jesus
as the Great Teacher. In view of the
special emphasis of the quarter and
the seasonal interests, Chapters 1 and
2 are being: held for use on the Sun
days before and after Christmas. .
Therefore, omitting any reference
to Jesus' birth or boyhood, our first
lesson takes up the story at the point
where Jesus :. appears before John'
the Baptist, asking: for baptism. Jes-
us' dedication to God is pictured Sn
this account of His baptism. . -
To John the Baptist came Jesus
when he was about thirty 'years of
age. John was near Bethany, where
the Israelites in - their ' early history
crossed the River Jordan -under the
leadership of Joshua, and here John
.was baptising in the waters of Jordan
those who had heard his message, re
pented of their sin and desired a new
life.. Seeing Jesus, John testified that
Jesus was "the Lamb of God," a tern
which was understood and recognized
by those who heard it as signifying
: the expected Messiah. Some of John's
disciples 'forthwith abandoned him to
follow Christ, an action, which John
the Baptist himself endorsed. -Jesus
later testified - to the greatness of
John the Baptist, saying that no
greater man had ever been born. -.
'When Jesus s presented himself to
John the Baptist to be baptized, the
latter demurred, saying that he was
more in need of baptism at the hands
of Jesus. But Jesus insisted upon
the ritual of baptism, thereby repudi
ating the attitude of the Sadducees
and the Pharisees, who rejected the
authenticity' of John's baptism.
In addition, Jesus recognized it as
a righteous ordinance, one which he
wanted to recommend to his followers
by his own example of submission
there to, and above all, Jesus fully
realized th.e .inspiring power s of this
. process of consecration. By this
time, Jesus was conscious of his mis
sion.' If not before, 'and with his for
mal dedication of his own life, he
profited by a clearer vision of God's
purposes for him.
Following his baptism, Jesus went
into the wilderness - for meditation
' and spiritual strengthening. Other
great religious leaders have done the
same. Realizing how his destined task
in life as an immediate and present
duty . before him, Jesus had to de
termine the means by which he would
seek the accomplishments of his mis-
sion and, at the same time, build up
that superhuman faith in the tri
umph of goodness and love which was
to carry him through the terrific
trials of his ministry.
Several years afterward, Jesus ad-
. vised his disciples to count the cost
before undertaking their important
work, and we may be sure that during
the forty days of fasting and prayer
in the wilderness, Jesus prepared him
self for ther supreme sacrifice of life
itself, which be was going to be call
ed upon to make. 'While in the wild
erness, Jesus faced three great temip-
itations and successfully overcame
each one. -
It is immaterial to us what the
form and appearance of the tempter
was, but; as he faced his great mis
sion to uplift a world, Jesus met and
conquered, enticements and allure
ments .which wrong and evil use to
, betray and mislead men. The three
temptations to which Jesus was sub
jected represent wealth without work,
a social recognition' without merit
and unlimited power and authority
without struggle. It is not strange
that, many a mortal man has fallen
down and worshipped evil for even one
of these three great promises! .
." The temptation in the wilderness
was not His first experience with
Satan, but it represented the supreme
attack of the devil in an effort to
forestall the career which was about
to open. For forty days, this spirit
ual struggle continued, ffesu him
self summarized them in three typical
1 temptations. The first? was physical
to re" eve hunge by a miracle.
The set i v a to establish his di
vfcty I j a ,aotacular deed to fol
low an easy but quick way.; The
third offered ham all the glory of the
..world but required its attainment In
the wrong way. Jesus came through
ftis. temptations stronger, wi3i a full
er dedication of himself to the great
task of d-rT his Father's wU and
accomplis'-.I-'j: the tasks given him to
; .Someone has saSd: "IWe are all of
us road-builders. ' Every deed we Jo
lays a track for something to i"ow
afber. , (Psycholosts tell us thut
there are thought tw'-g in the brdn
rds ir- 'a by tho-' ts r.lilch fcve
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ARE YOU STARVING YOUR SOUL?
jeiut df Kattreth taught his followers
to pray : Give us this day our daily bread.
y But he-'ali reminded the world that:
Man stall not lire by bread alone, but by
every word that proceeded, out of the
mouth oi God
It is possible, then, for the body to be
well-fed while the soul is starving to
That is why churches arenas essential
to the well-being of a community as
farms and factories.
And the people who understand this
Christian truth will be as conscientious
bout worshipping in Church as they are
; about their ploughing of their employment.
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C W. Doling;, Pastor
Sunday School, 9:45 A. M.
Morning Worship, 11:0S o'clock.
Evening Worship, 8 o'clock.
Mid-week Services, Wednesday at
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11 A. M. and 8 P. M.
BURGESS BAPTIST CHURCH
Colon Jackson, Jr, Pastor
Church services second and fourth
Sundays at 11 A. M.
Sunday School at 10:00 A. M.
Church service 7:45 P. M. second
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H. M. Jamieson, Pastor
New Hope Church, 11:00 A. M.
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Cedar Grove Church, 10 A: M.
Woodland Church, 7:00 P. M.
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New Hope Church, 7t00 P. M.
Cedar Grove Church, 11:00 A. M.
Woodland Church, 10 A. M.
Winfall Church, 7:00 P. M.
Woodland Church 11:00 A. M.
Prayer Meeting each Wednesda) a'
Winfall Church, 7:00 P. M.
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R. M. Gradeless, Pastor
Church School, 10:00 A. M.
Morning Worship, 11:00 A. M., sec
ond and fourth Sundays.
WOODVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
James F. Burke, Pastor
Church Services on second and
fourth Sundays at 11 A. M.
First and Third Sundays at 7:45
Sunday School 9:45 A. M.
UP RIVER FRIENDS CHURCH
Elizabeth White, Pastoi
Sunday School, 9:45 A M.
Church Services, 11 A. M.
Christian Endeavor. 6:30 P. M.
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Rev. Bennie Crawford, Pastor
Sunday School, 10 A. M.
Preaching first and third Sundays
at 11 A. M.
Preaching second and fourth Sun
day evening at 7:30.
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D. Virgin Pike, Pastor
Church School 10 A. M
Morning Worthip 11 A. M.
Young People's Meeting 7 P. M.
WHITEVILLE GROVE BAPTIST
Caleb Goodwin. Jr, Pastor
Sunday School, 11 A. M., every Sun
day except third Sunday.
Church sevices every third Sunday
at 3 P. M.
HERTFORD METHODIST CHURCH
A. L. Chaplin, Pastor
Church School, 9:45 A. M.
Morning Worship, 11:00 o'clock.
Youth Fellowship, 6:45 P. M.
Evening Worship, 7:30 P. M.
Mid-week Fellowship, Wednesday
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Coy S. Saunders, Pastor
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Morning Worship, 11:00 o'clock.
Young People's Meeting, 6:30 P. M.
Evening Worship, 7:80 o'clock.
Mid-week Services, Thursday at
Rev. Charles F. Wulf, Rector.
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Walker Perry. Pastor
2nd and 4th Sunday at 10:80 A. M.
Morning worship on first and third
Sundays at 11 A. M.
Evening worship first and third
Sundays at 7:30 P. M. .
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A. H. Oaftow, Pastor -Sunday
School. 2F.1L every first
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