A New Study on Wednesday Night

Tomorrow night at 7 we begin a new series of lessons on ‘Prayer’. Come out and be with us. And invite a friend.


Scripture for the Day

Put yourselves to the test to make sure you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Do you not recognise yourselves as people in whom Jesus Christ is present? – unless, that is, you fail the test. (2 Cor. 13:5)

Why Being In Church for Worship Matters

From an essay in the Raleigh News and Observer:

Here are the reasons why, all things being equal, Christians must go to church:

Christianity is a team sport. Permit me a humble analogy. You might see yourself as a terrific baseball pitcher. But if you only throw baseballs in your backyard at a plywood cutout, you won’t progress. You’re not even really playing baseball.

To discover the full extent of your abilities, to understand the true game, you need a catcher, a coach, infielders and outfielders — and even someone standing in the batter’s box ready to swat your best fastball right back at you.

Same with being a Christian. You can’t do it well by yourself.

Communion is among our faith’s central sacraments, a ritual that celebrates Christians as members of a spiritual, God-ordained community. We’re many individuals who, joined together with Jesus and each other, form one great cosmic body. It’s in our spiritual DNA that we rely on one another; no one stands alone.

Attendance is commanded. The writer of Hebrews, for instance, warns us never to forsake assembling together with our brothers and sisters.

It’s not all about you. We’re sent to church to serve others as much as we’re sent there to be served. Believe it or not, you possess gifts and talents your brothers and sisters need. If you’re not present, you’re denying them benefits God intended them to enjoy.

Your fellow parishioners, including your pastor, will make you mad, hurt your feelings and get on your last nerve. This is exactly what’s supposed to happen. Finding ourselves offended and disappointed lets us see just how shallow and petty we are. It sands down our rough edges. We discover that, by gosh, we’re no better than all those other hymn-warbling yahoos!

Also, watching God work miracles through the smelly, imperfect, hypocritical men and women who make up a congregation reveals to us the unfathomable depths of God’s grace and love. It renews our faith. We realize he can use anybody — even us.

Your fellow Christians will reveal aspects of the Lord you’ve never seen. As we get to know our fellow pilgrims, as we hear them tell and retell their sordid stories while they’re bumbling along, we find they’ve experienced God in ways we haven’t. They’ve seen revelations we’ve never imagined. Over time, all these very different visions merge into a greater portrait of him than we’d ever otherwise behold.

Your fellow churchgoers will inspire and comfort you. Sure, some Christians will let you down, because they’re human and that’s what humans do. But you’ll also find disciples who’ll sit beside you in court when your kid’s up on drug charges, and who’ll hold your hand when your spouse is lying in a coffin, and who’ll bring you soup when you’re sick with the flu. When everything’s going wrong, they’ll assure you it’s going to be OK in the end, because they — and God — have your back.

To the extent you honor your church, you honor Christ. “In as much as you’ve done it to the least of these my brothers and sisters,” Jesus said, “you’ve done it unto me.” When you dishonor or ignore his church, you’re dishonoring or ignoring him.

You’ll get plenty of laughs. You’ll sing and pray, sure. You’ll snore. You’ll grow fidgety. But as much as anything, you’ll experience joy — and mirth. Each church is a microcosm of the human comedy. When you’re not cussing about it, the sheer surreal madness of it just leaves you clutching your rib cage, shaking with laughter, tears of gratitude streaming down your cheeks.

Scripture For the Day

You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the shelter of Shaddai,  saying to Yahweh, ‘My refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust!’  He rescues you from the snare of the fowler set on destruction;  he covers you with his pinions, you find shelter under his wings. His constancy is shield and protection.  You need not fear the terrors of night, the arrow that flies in the daytime, the plague that stalks in the darkness, the scourge that wreaks havoc at high noon. Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, you yourself will remain unscathed.  (Ps. 91:1-7)

Scripture for the Day

bible“He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1 Jn. 2:9-11)

Tippers and Tithers

Tippers don’t fund church programs and ministries, tithers do.  A Church of tippers will always be on the verge of a crisis whilst a Church of tithers will always be able to meet the ministry and mission needs of the hour.

Preachers don’t like to talk about tithing because they don’t want to be accused of being self serving or greedy or worse, like a televangelist just feathering his own nest.  But tithing is a biblical concept and since the very beginning of both Israel and the Church, it was the means by which ministry, worship, and missions were made possible.

People might not like talking about ‘giving’ but that’s usually because they don’t do it, and talk of it makes them feel self conscious or even ‘guilty’.

But the harsh truth is that if people don’t give to support the work of their local Church, before too long there won’t be a local Church for them to attend.

Tippers and tithers.  Every Christian gets to decide which they’ll be and what sort of ministry they want to fund.

Scripture for the Day

” I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place. Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; My eye wastes away with grief, Yes, my soul and my body!” (Ps. 31:7-9)

Scripture for the Day

“Keep well clear of the fool, you will not find wise lips there. With people of discretion, wisdom keeps a watch over their conduct, but the folly of fools leads them astray. Fools mock at the sacrifice for sin, but favour resides among the honest.” (Prov. 14:7-9)

Community Interest Announcement

Morgan County Emergency Management will be hosting the presentation “Sudden Acts of Violence” on Tuesday March 27th. The presentation is given by the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security. This presentation will provide citizens with knowledge of how to prepare for sudden acts of violence. Everything from fire to active shooter will be covered.

The presentation will be held at the American Legion Hall, 202 S. Kingston St. in Wartburg. Starts at 7pm and will last approximately 2 hours. There will be an opportunity for questions and answer session. Due to expected high interest RSVPs are requested to ensure enough seating. For more information and to RSVP please call Morgan County EMA at 346-1003 option 3 or email: emermgmt@highland.net

Put These On Your Calendar

  • March 30- Noon – Good Friday Service.
  • March 31- 2 PM – Easter Egg Hunt at the Park
  • April 1- Sunrise Service and Breakfast – 6:30 AM
  • April 1- Sunday School – 10 AM
  • April 1- Easter Morning Worship – 11 AM
  • April 1- We Celebrate the Lord’s Supper – 7 PM