The Richmond Register

August 28, 2010

The Sound of a familiar voice

John Settles
Special to the Register

RICHMOND — “Woman,” he said, “Why are your crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener she said, “Sir, if you carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in aramaie, “Rabboni (which means teacher).”(John 20:15)

The sound of a familiar voice is powerful medicine. I doubt if any of us have experienced the feeling Mary Magdalene had when she heard the familiar voice of Jesus in the garden of his burial! This was not their first encounter. Jesus had spoken important words to her in the past. Mary first heard the Lord speak the word of conversation. Luke records that seven demons had come out of Mary Magdalene. This woman, possessed by evil, had lived a life of torment and suffering. Traditions says she was a prostitute. It is significant that Mary was the first person to see the risen Lord. She had one of the most dramatic conversion experiences. God is telling us something here about resurrection and conversion. Without Christ’s resurrection there can be no conversion. Paul told the Corinthians, “If Christ has not been raised; your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (1 Cor.15:17).

The power of sin nailed Jesus to the cross; the power of God raised him. That same power continues to work, if you will repent of sin and trust Jesus. His power will change you today. Amen.

We greet you today with life love and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith.

Thought for the week

The stone was not rolled away from the tomb so Jesus could get out, but so we could see he was raised from the dead.



NAACP meeting

The Richmond/Madison County Branch of the NAACP meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in First Baptist Church, 302 Francis Street, Richmond. No registration fees.



Homecoming/anniversary

Mark your calendars! The Tates Creek Baptist Church is celebrating 225 years of spreading the gospel. The church, located at 1255 Boonesborough Rd., will have a homecoming anniversary celebration Sunday with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck meal and an afternoon service at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited. Dr. Jerry Huffman is Pastor.



Money  

Most people don’t understand it, and all people want it. Come out to our Bible study and learn about money and giving. Since we have begun the study, we have seen God move already. One of our students already has been blessed with their school tuition paid in full with more money left over for books. Another was blessed when a real estate deal came through that would not move for months. We believe this is just the start. Do you need God to move in your life or your prayers answered? Come out and join us while we are still in this study. Bible study starts promptly at 7 p.m. Greater Faith Ministries is located at 201 Aquaduct Dr. A-1, Richmond, Ky. 40475. For more information, call 893-3321.



New church

The Old Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ with the Indian Bottom Association is establishing a new church in Richmond.  We are meeting the first Sunday of every month at the Best Western Holiday Plaza, exit 87 on the Eastern Bypass. Everyone is welcome.  For more information, call Elder H. B. Reedy Jr. at 1-859-333-7138. And service time is 9:30 a.m.



Why are so many people sick?

Sin is not the answer! If you want to know the answer, come to Grace Evangelism Ministries of Kentucky, every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. We share the answer. We are located at 373 N. Estill Ave., Richmond Ky.



Special note

To all churches and civic organizations: To place your church or civic activity in this column, please send all information at least one week in advance via the U.S Postal Service. The new address is: Church & Community Focus, 246 Sunset Ave., Richmond, KY 40475. E-mailed announcements should be sent to: tpollary@roadrunner.com and all announcements must be received by 6 p.m. on the Tuesday of the week you wish you announcement to appear in the newspaper.



Until next week

May the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus stay fresh in your minds until we meet again.