• Our Schedule

    Sunday we have Sunday School at 10, worship at 11, Choir Practice at 6, and evening worship at 7.

    Wednesday Evening our young people enjoy 'Wednesday Bible School' (like VBS but just an hour) and our adults have Bible Study at 7.

    Friday at noon we gather for a time of prayer. Send your requests and we'll add them; or even better, come join us.

    We also have special events, opportunities for fellowship, ministry, and worship. We'd love to have you and your family join us for all of it.
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Reminder: VBS Worker Meeting After the Morning Service on April 26

If you’re working in VBS, please, be there.  Thank you!

Scripture or Culture?

One of the 16th century Reformers comments on Romans 1:32 thusly-

[This means] that men left nothing undone for the purpose of giving unbridled liberty to their sinful propensities; for having taken away all distinction between good and evil, they approved in themselves and in others those things which they knew displeased God, and would be condemned by his righteous judgment.

For it is the summit of all evils, when the sinner is so void of shame, that he is pleased with his own vices, and will not bear them to be reproved, and also cherishes them in others by his consent and approbation. This desperate wickedness is thus described in Scripture: “They boast when they do evil,” (Prov. 2:14.) “She has spread out her feet, and gloried in her wickedness,” (Ezek. 16:25.)

For he who is ashamed is as yet healable; but when such an impudence is contracted through a sinful habit, that vices, and not virtues, please us, and are approved, there is no more any hope of reformation. 

Let him who has ears to hear, hear.

The Supreme Court, Same Sex Marriage, and American Religion

Here are some very interesting statistics concerning Americans attitudes towards same sex marriage:

The most supportive major religious groups are Buddhists (84 percent), Jews (77 percent), and Americans who select “Other religion” (75 percent); additionally, more than three-quarters (77 percent) of the religiously unaffiliated also support same-sex marriage.

More than six in ten (62 percent) white mainline Protestants support same-sex marriage. Among white mainline Protestant denominations, support ranges from 69 percent support among white mainline Presbyterians and 68 percent among both white Episcopalians and white Congregationalists/United Church of Christ members, to lower support among white mainline Baptists (53 percent) and white mainline Church of Christ/Disciples (50 percent).

And while the Catholic Church officially opposes the legalization of same-sex marriage, about six in ten white (61 percent), Hispanic (60 percent), and other non-white Catholics (60 percent) support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. A majority of orthodox Christians (56 percent) also support same-sex marriage.

On the other side of the debate, majorities of Jehovah’s Witnesses (75 percent), Mormons (68 percent), white evangelical Protestants (66 percent), Hispanic Protestants (58 percent), and black Protestants (54 percent) oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. Among white evangelical Protestant denominations, white evangelical Baptists are the most opposed (72 percent), while white evangelical Lutherans are nearly evenly divided (45 percent favor, 48 percent opposed).

For more public opinion of same-sex marriage, see “Every State’s Opinion of Same-sex Marriage” and “Map: Legal Status of and Support for Same-sex Marriage in Each State.”

All of this is noteworthy because

Next Tuesday, oral arguments will begin on a group of Supreme Court cases that will determine the legality of same-sex marriage nationwide.

If you were to compare the Christian denominations which are shrinking and those which support same sex marriage you would discover an interesting correlation.  Similarly, Christian denominations which oppose same sex marriage are remaining consistent numerically or growing.  Perhaps growing a church is not the same thing as bowing to the idols of cultural morality.

Only One More Opportunity This Revival to Take Part

Our last service for this revival is Wednesday at 7.  We rejoice in God for what he has done this week and especially for the young man who gave his heart to Christ.  Continue to pray, and be with us as we open ourselves to the Spirit’s leading.

Revival Continues at 7 This Evening

Come, bring someone, and join us in worship.  You really don’t have something more important to do.

Join us Tonight at 7

Our Revival continues.

Truth

“The only thing children really pay attention to is your example.” – Scott Simon

Thought For the Day

Let no man think to kill sin with few, easy, or gentle strokes. He who has once smitten a serpent, if he does not follow on his blow until he be slain, may repent that ever he began the quarrel. And so will he who undertakes to deal with sin and pursues it not constantly to death. Sin will after a while revive, and the man must die. It is a great and fatal mistake if we suppose this work will admit of any remissness or intermission. — JOHN OWEN

From This Week’s Bulletin

Revival begins Sunday night and runs through Wednesday evening. Plan to come, and bring a friend. And pray, pray, pray for our community.

May 24– Homecoming!

June 14– Youth Day!

Please remember that we will be receiving a love offering after the morning service (as was announced last week).

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Revival

A famous Evangelist was once asked how a revival might begin. He answered “Go home, lock yourself in your room, kneel down in the middle of your floor. Draw a chalk mark all around yourself and ask God to start the revival inside that chalk mark. When He has answered your prayer, the revival will be on.” —Missionary Worker

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Evangelism, fine as it is, is not revival. After a signally successful meeting, Billy Graham was asked, “Is this revival?” Graham replied, “No. When revival comes, I expect to see two things which we have not seen yet. First, a new sense of the holiness of God on the part of Christians; and second, a new sense of the sinfulness of sin on the part of Christians.”

Revival Begins Sunday at 7

Join us Sunday through Wednesday at 7 for special singing and messages brought by Rev. Kenny Rains.  And invite a neighbor or a friend.

Another Design for the VBS Shirt

This one is Sierra’s.  When we have our VBS worker’s meeting in a week and a half we’ll choose.

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Something To Think About

It is not the glorious battlements, the painted windows, the crouching gargoyles that support a building, but the stones that lie unseen in or upon the earth. It is often those who are despised and trampled on that bear up the weight of a whole nation. — JOHN OWEN

VBS Planning

VBS workers will meet next Sunday (not the 19th, but the 26th of April) after the morning service.   At that meeting we will distribute material and decide on a shirt design.  If you would, take a look at this mock up and let the Pastor know on the 26th (or whenever) what you think of it.

And please, spread the word, that VBS workers need to be at the planning meeting.

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A Question We Should All Ask Ourselves

Do you not blush to think that worldlings are more busy and laborious about the low things, the rattles and trifles of this life, than you are about the high affairs of God and your soul, the noble and serious concernments of eternity? — GEORGE SWINNOCK

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