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.

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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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Pray for Florida

And all those along the path of Hurrican Irma.  This is a massive storm already doing incredible damage.

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Nothing Improves a Sermon Like Repentance

Sunday the sermon was sluggish,
’Twas hard attention to keep.
The theme was faultily chosen,
It almost put me to sleep.

Monday was blue with sheer boredom;
Tuesday was carnal by choice.
Wednesday my conscience was wakened
By pleas from a still, small voice.

Prayer meeting left me uplifted,
Loyalty lingering long.
Thursday my heart was responding;
Friday His nudging was strong.

I came to thorough repentance
The following Saturday;
I yielded in full surrender
As all on the altar I lay.

Sunday the sermon was perfect,
Superb and quite at its peak;
Amazing how greatly that pastor
Improved in the space of one week!

—R. W. de Haan

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Join Us For Bible Study

We begin at 7 p.m. And you’re invited.

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Quote of the Day

Stop lamenting the small voice the church has in the world; start repenting for the loud voice the world has in the church. – Michael Svigel

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If Only…

If people were only half as devoted to Christ as they are their favorite team, there wouldn’t be enough Churches to hold all the worshipers.

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Signs of the Times

This food company erased the Cross from a Church in order to appeal to a wider market, in much the same way that many Christians erase the Cross from their own lives.

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What Happens When Attending Church Isn’t Deemed Important by Members?

This is what happens.  This is a Church in France after its members simply stopped attending.

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Pray for Texas

This is a map of people awaiting help today…..  Each marker indicates from 1-100 people… via facebook…

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The Best Way to Help The People of Texas

If you’re looking for a way to help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey, I recommend Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief.   The SBC works on the ground providing meals and other critical aid and has for many decades.

Southern Baptists do Disaster Relief better than anyone else.  And you can trust them to use your money in the wisest and most helpful ways.

SBDR teams will be on the ground for months to come. Will you join us in supporting our volunteers as they work tirelessly to care for strangers, neighbors, families and friends?

Any donation will equip our volunteers to operate units and provide hot showers, fresh laundry, homemade meals and a kind face to confide in. It’s only possible through your generosity.

Be part of Christ’s love in action, today. And please pray for those affected by Hurricane Harvey’s destruction. Thank you.

Send Hope. Send Help. Send Relief.

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Tonight is our Monthly Fellowship Meal

And Greg and Lisa D. have prepared mountains of BBQ and slaw and baked beans- so the only thing you may need to bring is a dessert if you wish.

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Remember the Folk in Texas

This is going to be a very difficult few days for many of them.  Remember them in your prayers please.

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Join us Sunday

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Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways!  For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?  Or who has ever first given to Him, and has to be repaid?  For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.  Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function,  in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.

According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the standard of faith;  if service, in service; if teaching, in teaching;  if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness. (Rom. 11:33-12:8)

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Something to Consider…

“If Jesus preached the same message some minister’s preach today, He would have never been crucified.” Leonard Ravenhill

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It’s True, Every Day

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Congratulations to Whitney and Taylor

They were married today in a small ceremony.  Congratulations to them and we pray they enjoy a very long and happy life together in God’s blessings.

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