Wednesday Night

Tonight is the final night of Revival, so come be with us.  It’s Youth Emphasis, so the young people especially are encouraged to attend.  We begin at 7.  And remember, it’s your last opportunity to hear good preaching (until January).

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Tuesday Night

Come along and join us for worship at 7.  We’ll have special singing by Tony and Pasha Cathey and we’ll hear another sermon from our Revival Preacher, Mack Smith.

If you haven’t been to worship since Sunday morning, come on out.  We’re looking for you.

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Revival Continues Tonight

Be with us at 7.  You won’t regret it because worship is never worth missing.

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Come Be With Us Tonight at 7

Our Revival continues at 7 this evening.  Following our sermon on ‘Our First Love’ this morning, everyone should feel highly motivated!

We have special music too!  Come on out.  And bring a friend.

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Revival Begins Tomorrow

Join us at

  • 10 for Sunday School
  • 11 For Worship
  • 7 For the Evening Service
  • 7 on Monday
  • 7 on Tuesday
  • 7 on Wednesday

And invite a friend to come with you.  Our evangelist is Mack Smith and we’ll have special music each service.  Come and be Revived.

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Come Sunday and Enjoy the New Pews

And enjoy worship, and Revival!

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How Do Churches Grow?

First, there are two kinds of growth.  The growth of weeds, and the growth of plants.  Weeds spring up and pass away quickly; plants take root and produce fruit.

‘Listen, a sower went out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up at once, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Anyone who has ears should listen!’  (Matt. 13:3-9).

And second, the essential of Church growth is commitment.  The early Church grew for one simple reason- Christians were committed.  There were no gimmicks, tricks, or manipulations.  They were simply faithful and God blessed them.  After Pentecost-

They accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number. These remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. (Acts 2:41-42)

They were faithful and participated in worship and fellowship.  That’s how Churches grow.  It’s how they grew then and how they grow now.  There are no shortcuts to faithfulness.

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The Refurbished, Re-Upholstered Pews…

Will be installed tomorrow!  Join us Sunday morning through Wednesday night for revival and bring a friend!

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Revival Begins One Week From Today

Be with us today for worship and then return next Sunday morning, and bring a friend or neighbor. And then come back next Sunday night through Wednesday night (the 15th – 18th) at 7 PM.

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Join us This Evening

For Bible study at 7.

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The New Church Year Begins Today…

Why not get in the habit of attending Sunday School, Morning Worship, Evening Worship and Midweek Bible Study.  There’s no time like the present and ‘maybe later, when things calm down’ never happens.

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Funeral Arrangements for Robin Fugate

Final arrangements for Robin- the funeral will be at Schubert’s in Wartburg.  The family will be receiving friends Monday 5-7 with funeral to follow and burial on Tuesday at 11:00.

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Prayer Request

Remember Paula F.  Robin was killed in a motorcycle accident this afternoon.  Funeral arrangements will be posted when known.

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Tithing Matters

If there’s one thing that makes lots of Church folks uncomfortable it’s talk about tithing. If you even say the word, defensive walls immediately go up and the minds of many turn to thoughts of ‘oh boy, here they are, asking for money again’. But the Bible talks about tithing so any preacher worth his salt has to too, whether he likes it or not. And here’s what the Bible says:

Can a human being cheat God?” Yet you try to cheat me! You ask, “How do we try to cheat you?” Over tithes and contributions. A curse lies on you because you, this whole nation, try to cheat me. Bring the tithes in full to the treasury, so that there is food in my house; put me to the test now like this, says Yahweh Sabaoth, and see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you and pour out an abundant blessing for you. (Mal. 3:8-10)

At this point Christians will sometimes excuse themselves by saying ‘yeah, but that’s Old Testament and it doesn’t apply to us’. But Jesus has something to say about that excuse:

‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You pay your tithe of mint and dill and cummin and have neglected the weightier matters of the Law-justice, mercy, good faith! These you should have practised, those not neglected. (Matt. 23:23)

There it is- Jesus himself saying that people ought to tithe- that they ought to give. Do people like to give today? Maybe. Paul says the Lord loves a cheerful giver. But if we’re honest, most people don’t really like giving (or they would do it). But ministry costs money. Operating churches costs money. It costs money to keep the church cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter. In fact, the cooler or warmer you like it, the more it costs. Missions cost money. Feeding kids costs money. Turning the lights on costs money. And if Christians don’t give, those things can’t happen.

If you don’t want ministry done here and abroad, don’t give. If you don’t want to be obedient to God, don’t give. But if Church matters to you, it ought to matter enough to be supported by you. If missions matter, if feeding folk matters, if having a place to worship that isn’t falling apart matters, and most of all if obedience to God matters, you only have one option: stop cheating God and give him what you owe so his work in this place and around the world can carry on.

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Something to Consider…

Maybe the problem isn’t so much that preaching is irrelevant, but that hearts are irreverent. – Michael Svigel

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You’re Encouraged…

To join us for Sunday School at 10, worship at 11, and Evening worship at 7.  Don’t be like the Apostle Thomas and miss out on a meeting with the Lord.

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Forgiveness

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.”  So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died:  ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”‘ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”  But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?  As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.  So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them  (Gen 50).

Few stories in Scripture show the power of forgiveness like the story of Joseph. Mistreated by his brothers, sold into slavery, left for dead, he rose to prominence because God wished to use him to preserve the lives of the very people who had wished him dead. And when he had the chance to ‘pay them back’ he refused to do so. Instead, he showed mercy and offered forgiveness. But more than that, he ‘comforted and spoke kindly to them’.

It isn’t enough for God’s people to be forgiving on the outside but harbor anger and resentment in their hearts. Instead, like Joseph, true forgiveness means taking the further step of actually comforting and speaking kindly to those who have harmed us.

That’s hard to do- but since it’s what God has done for us, it is the very least that we can do for others.

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Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World

I previewed this film and took part in a panel discussion some months back.  You’ll enjoy it, even though there are a few bits that are inaccurate.  Nonetheless, the good far outweighs the bad.

Check your local listings.  In the Eastern time zone it airs at 8 PM tonight on your local PBS station.

http://player.pbs.org/viralplayer/3003952683/

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When You Can’t See How God’s Plan Works…

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Via Taylor H.

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