I ; LESSON
HERTFORD BAPTIST CHURCH
C. W. Dulins;, Pastor
Sunday School, 9:45 A. M.
Morning Worship, ll:0t o'clock.
Evening Worship, 8 o'clock.
Mid-wee.k Services, Wednesday at
8 P. M.
BETHLEHEM CHURCH" OF
Joe Brickhonse, Pastor
11 A. M. and 8 P. M.
THE ROOTS OF CHARACTER
International Sunday School Lesson
, , - For January 4, 1953.
Memory Selection: "Keep thy heart
with all diligence; for out of it are the
issues of life." Proverbs 4: 21.
Lesson Text: Matthew 15: 1.20.
- This begins the second of two quar
ters atudy of the Gospel of Matthew.
The last half of the Gospel is covered,
,.with continuing emphasis upon the
PafaMss-of the Kingdom of Jesus as
"the Master Teacher, Further values
for Christian living are pointed up
, in the process of the study.
It is probably well to recall that
our discussion, prior to the two Christ
mas lessons, considered the death of
John the Baptist at the hands of Her
od the tetrarch; the departure of
Jesus "into a desert place alone" to
pray, only to be followed by a great
multitude, whom Jesus taught and
then fed with physical bread. Follow
lowing this occurred the stilling of
the stormy sea and the worshipful
declaration of His disciples, that "Of
a truth, thou art the Son of God."
After landing on the west shore of
: the Sea of Galilee, they came into the
land of Gennesaret. There they found
many who needed the the touch of
Jesus' : miraculous healing power.
While in Gennesaret. the Scribes and
Pharisees heard of his teaching and
, healing and made the trip all the
way from Jerusalem for the pur
pose of heckling and questioning him.
Evidently alarmed at the reports of
His unorthodox teachings, they decid
ed to do what they could to trap
Mm. . '
'So, after listening to him for a
: time, they asked him a question, "Why
do thy disciples, transgress the tradi
tion of the elders? for they wash not
llheir hands when they eat bread."
NoW these leaders were not concern
ed with' the sanitary aspects of their
question washing the hands before
eating bread was a religious ritual
.entirely and the Jews were very par
ticular about the method used, as
there were very scjtjcules about it.
A definite quantity I of water had to
be used; it had to be poured over
the hands twice, up to a certain point
on the wrists;' if it went beyond that
point, something like a sin had been
committed, for then the water would
flow back on the hands and defile
This was the "tradition'' to which
the Pharisees referred and they made
it plain they considered Jesus', dis
ciples were disobeying God when
they disregarded this rule. Jesus
' was ready for them JHe made it plain
that obedience to the traditions of men
was not as important as obedience to
. the commands of God. He answered
their question, as he often did, by
asking a question of his own- "Why
do ye also transgress the command-
, ment of God because -of your tradi-
, tron?" He pointed out that while his
disciples may have broken one of the
' "traditions of the elders," they the
religious leaders of the Jews were
breaking a divine commandment and
, he pointed them . to the one which
they were breaking. .
. The tradition of the Pharisees was
In direct conflict with the Fifth Com
mandment, which requires that a man
"honor , thy father and thy mother,"
out : tne m&risees had connived a
w: scheme by which a man could even re
fuse to give food to his needy par
ents, if he so desired. . 'All he had
to do was declare anything he no
sessed as "Corban," or dedicated to
God1 and he would not be required to 1
.give anything to his parents. How
ever, he might use these possessions
for his own enjoyment. As a result,
many parents lived in want, while sel
fish, scheming sons lived in luxury."
To the mind of Jesus. tUn's was the
height of hypocrisy and he told the
Pharisees it was juat that. They
strictly kept the man-matie traditions
and customs, while they made void
and of no effect the "word of God."
, : What Jesus sought to teach was,
and is, that purity of heart is more
important than the cleanliness of one's
hands. Quoting from, the words of
' Isaiah (the beloved prophet of the
Jews), that "This people honoreth roe
, with their lips; hut.tiheir heart is far
from me," Jesus was. warning that it
is easier to worship with the lips
than it, is to li ve according to the dic
tates of the, heart and it is easier1 to
go through the external motions of
ritual than it is to live as one should
live.;- Unless one's religion comes from
eart of loye; for-God and for one's
mam, H is no religion "f jatj;:;',
the Psalmist of old reminds us,
thy heart (clean) with aU dlli-
- for out of it are the issues of
." And, "As amanthinketh. inhis
so is he." t:
, . tt commentaries are based on
ted outlines produced by the
i of (Christian Education, Nat
:" "ncil ' of. the Churches, of
-J. S. A., and used by permif-
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I T 11
00 SUNDAY MOW.HO. AHYTOnrs, ,
Mom's busy getting Sunday dinner. Pop s knee
deep in the papers. And Johnny's fed up nothing to
do, no place to go, and always a promise, "maybe next
week we'll go some place." But they never do
together. II Mom and Pop would only remember "Nothing
too good for that boy," they used to say, gazing deep
into the soul shining from his baby eyes.
But they became too busy, too tired, and too
worried to bother with Johnny. They gave him bread,
milk, meat, and vegetables, but they forgot his soul.
It's not a stomach-ache but an ache in his spirit
that ails him now. He wants to be somebody to do
If you'd invite the Johnnys in your neighborhood
to Sunday school and Church, they'd find something
to do. They'd learn how to be somebody. And their
souls would grow along wiin neauny doqics imu aw
wart men with a purpose in ute.
Ask these Johnnys today I
THE CHURCH FOR ALL . . .
ALL FOR THE CHURCH
The Church Is the greatest fac
tor on earth (or the building of
character and good citizenship. It
" a storehouse of spiritual Talues.
without a strong Church, neither
' vjviuzauan can
survive. There are four sound
rsaann win. . . .
V- person snould
attend services regularly and sup
Port the Church. TheJ are: (1)
For his own sake. (2) For hi.
" w rot toe sake
ot his community and nation. (4)
- -. .... .u. ut we enures itself.
which needs his moral and ma
terial support. Plan to go to
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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
and fourth Sundays.
H. M. Jamieson, Pastor
New Hope Church, 11:00 A. M.
Oak Grove Church, 7:00 P. M.
Winfall Church, 11:00 A. M.
Cedar Grove Church, 10 A. M.
Woodland Church, 7:00 P. M.
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Woodland Church, 10 A. M.
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Woodland Church 11:00 A. M.
Prayer Meeting each Wednnsda a'
Winfall Church, 7:00 P. M.
C. H. Beale, Pastor
Church School, 10:00 A. M.
Morning Worship, 11:00 A. M., sec
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Harvey L. Coppidge, 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.
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Elizabeth White, Pastoi
Sunday School, 9:45 A. M.
Church Services, 11 A. M.
Christian Endeavor. 6:30 P. M.
BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
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 7:80.
PINEY WOODS FRIENDS CHURCH
D. Virgin Pike, Pastor
' Church School 10 A. M.
Morning Worship 11 A. M.
Young People's Meeting 7 P. M.
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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, 1):00 o'clock.
Youth Fellowship, 6:45 P. M.
Evening Worship, 7:90 P. M.
Mid-week Fellowship, Wednesday
t 7:30 P.M.
BAGLEY SWAMP PILGRIM
Coy S. Saunders, Pastor
Sunday School, 10:00 A. M.
Morning Worship, 11:00 o'clock.
Young People's Meeting, 6:30 P. M.
Evening Worship, 7:30 o'clock.
Mid-week Services, Thursday at
Rev. Charles F. Wulf, Rector.
9:45 A. M., Church School, every
9:00 A. M., Holy Communion, 1st Sun.
8:30 A, M., Holy Communion, 2nd, 4xh,
11:00 A. M., Holy Communion, 3rd
11:00 A. M., Morning Prayer, 2nd,
4th, 5th Sundays.
10:00 A. M., Holy Communion, Fri
days and Saints' Days.
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Walker Perry, Pastor
2nd and 4th Sunday at 10:80 A. M.
Morning worship on first and third
Sundays at IX A. M.
Evening worship first and third
Sundays at 7:30 P. M.
CHAPPELL HDLL BAPTIST
Rev. Ralph Knight; Pastor
Sunday School, 2 P. M. every first
Church Seivic 8 P. M. every first
Sunday. :... '
Sunday School at 11 A. M. every
aaeoad. third and fsrth 8oaday.