Good evening and Happy Mother's Day to everyone on this overcast and chilly May day. It is also the Lord's Day here in Reevesville. It sure is a blessing to know that even with the weather, the Lord shows us that a brighter day is coming.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Christian Stafford. Christian and Audra Bullock Stafford of Reevesville Road were united in marriage Saturday at Bob Noble Park in Paducah. It was a very beautiful wedding and reception. I saw many friends and family I hadn't seen in awhile -- some for several years. The ceremony was well-attended as they are definitely blessed and loved by many.

The newlyweds are headed to Jamaica for a relaxing honeymoon, and I hope they have a great time. Congratulations again.

Members of the House of Prayer just returned from a trip to see the gospel singing group The Issacs in Paducah last week. It was a great time for all who attended the singing. Like Briscoe Darling used to say, "They shore can render."

Congratulations are sent to my nephew, Christian Bucher, of Reevesville. Christian is graduating high school this year and just attended his last day of school on Friday. What a testimony. If you all remember, Christian was in the hospital a while back after he suddenly fell victim to what is called an Arteriovenous Malformation. It is somewhat like a brain aneurysm.

Christian was a very athletic and otherwise completely normal teenager, then one day, out of the blue, the malformation no one knew existed, burst and he nearly lost his life.

After months in the hospital and having to learn how to walk and talk all over again, we are just blessed and so thankful to get to share in such a great day for him, as well as his friends and family.

It's been a long, hard road and Christian continues, with the Lord's help, to get better every day. He is the son of Trever and Lyla Murrie. Congratulations, Christian, and we love you, buddy.

What can you do to earn your salvation? For the answer to this week's Bible quiz, turn to Ephesians 2:8-9. Pastor Paul had been advised by his doctor to lose 30 pounds or risk serious health consequences.

The good pastor took his new diet seriously, even changing his driving route to the church building to avoid his favorite bakery.

One morning, however, he arrived for Bible study carrying a gigantic devil's food cake. The class chuckled and chided him, but the good pastor's smile remained cherubic.

"This is a very special cake," he explained. "I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning, and there in the window were a host of goodies. I felt this was no accident, so I prayed, 'Lord, if you want me to have one of those delicious cakes, let me have a parking place directly in front of the bakery.' And sure enough," he continued, "the eighth time around the block, there it was."

Until next week ...see you in church.

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