By Anthony Phelps Sr.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, that the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, who shall ascend into heaven? that is, to bring Christ down from above.
Or, sho shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
The Richmond/Madison County Branch of the NAACP meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 302 Francis St., Richmond.
Pathway to Wholeness session
Pathway to Wholeness, “A God-centered, Bible study recovery program based on the 12-step principles, meets 6 p.m. every Thursday at Saint Paul AME Church, 437 Francis St., Richmond.
“Please come and join us in learning about the healing power of Christ,” said the Rev. Junann Johnson, the leader. The Rev. William R.T. Hale is the pastor.
Every Thursday, from noon to 3 p.m., Saint Paul AME Church, 437 Francis St., Richmond, serves a free lunch to all who come. “This is an ongoing, weekly ministry to serve the hungry, the homeless and feed anyone who walks in our doors,” says Pastor William Hale.
Holy Week noon services
Pastor Bruce Nettleton and congregation of the First United Methodist Church, 401 W. Main St., will be the gracious hosts of this year’s Richmond Area Ministerial Association’s Holy Week noon services, March 25-29.
“We encourage all to share in this spirit filled worship and fellowship as the faith community in Richmond come together,” said the Rev. Mitch Brown of the ministerial association.
Palm Sunday service
The Palm Sunday service for the Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge will be conducted 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Pleasant Green Predestinarian Baptist Church with Elder Anthony Phelps bringing the message.The host pastor is Elder Virgil Gardner. Everyone is invited to come out and worship.
Sunday school mass meeting
Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m., The Tates Creek Predestinarian Baptist Sunday School Mass Meeting will take place at Pleasant Green Predestinarian Baptist Church. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting, said President Paul McPherson. Elder Virgil Gardner is the host pastor.
New Liberty youth banquet
New Liberty Baptist Sunday School Convention’s 30th youth banquet will takeplace 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the EKU Perkins Building on Kit Carson Drive south of the Eastern Bypass.
Banquet speaker will be Rev. Chester Palmer, pastor of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, Lexington. Music will be provided by Lic. Henry C. Kenney and the youth department choir.
The convention will pay special tribute to Bro. Jimmy Tevis, convention president.
Tickets for age 12 and under are $10, with ticket for ages 13 and up $20.
The banquet music committee (Sis. Lois Tevis, Sis. Felecia Ballard, Sis. Donna Kelley, Sis. Yvonne Cantrell) will practice with the youth department choir 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the First Baptist Church, Francis Street, Richmond.
Banquet planning committee: Rev. Robert R. Blythe, Sis. Patricia Ballard, Sis. Valerie Brown, Sis. Sandra Price, Sis. Terri Cornelison, Sis. Marva Harris, Sis. Judith L. Cunningham.
Concord Predestinarian Baptist spring revival
April 3-5, at 7 p.m., the Concord Predestinarian Baptist Church will be in revial for these three nights with Elder Virgil Gardner preaching and singing by the choir of Pleasant Green Predestinarian Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to come.
Richmond Predestinarian Baptist Church revival
April 10-12 at 7 p.m., the Richmond Predestinarian Baptist Church invites everyone to its spring revival. The evangelist for the three nights will be minister Juan Kenley, associate minister of St. Paul Predestinarian Batist Church in Lancaster. The host pastor is Elder Raymond Walker.
T.R.T ordination service
April 13 at 4 p.m. at 232 East Main St., minister James Todd will be ordained. Pastor Douglas Atkinson will deliver the message. At noon, April 14, the church will be celebrating pastor Brenda Douglas’ eighth anniversary. Everyone is invited.
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Until next week
May the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus stay fresh in your minds, and in all thy heart. Until we meet again God bless you.