Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be made of the whole inhabited world. This census — the first — took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David’s town called Bethlehem, since he was of David’s House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (Lk. 2:1-5)
Bible Study begins at 6. Come be with us.
- Episcopal Church peaked 1966 w/3.4 mil, now 1.7 mil, 50% loss.
- Presbyterian Church (USA) peaked 1965 w/4.4 mil, now 1.4 mil, 68% loss.
- United Church of Christ peaked 1965 w/2.1 mil, now 850,000, 60% loss.
- Evangelical Lutherans (ELCA) peaked 1968 w/5.9 mil, now 3.5 mil, 41% loss.
And the SBC is also in decline. Fewer and fewer are Christians because fewer and fewer take their faith seriously. Or rather, fewer and fewer Christians take God seriously.
Fewer than half of Americans consider religion to be an “extremely” or “very” important part of their identity, according to a new study. The American Family Survey, an annual national survey conducted by the Deseret News and the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University, found that just 43% of Americans viewed religion as a core component of their identity in 2018.
Etc. Unsurprising. Visit any Church any Sunday and you’ll see the evidence of that. Faith isn’t even all that important to people who say faith matters.
Please remember Kenny Rains Sr. He’s very ill. For those who aren’t familiar with him, he is Preacher Kenny’s dad.
Come join us at 10 for Sunday School and 11 for Worship.
With potentially snowy weather predicted for this Sunday, we wanted you to know. And if the Church you attend does cancel services, feel free to come on over. We’ll be here, and open.
Remember Jennylee D. She fell last week. No breaks, but plenty of bruises.
We are going to be receiving a love offering Sunday, December 2, for one of our folks battling cancer. If you would like to help out, message me for the details and the information will be shared privately. And thank you.
When Jesus had finished these parables he left the district; and, coming to his home town, he taught the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were astonished and said, ‘Where did the man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? This is the carpenter’s son, surely? Is not his mother the woman called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude? His sisters, too, are they not all here with us? So where did the man get it all?’ And they would not accept him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is despised only in his own country and in his own house’. (Matt. 13:53-57)
Do not be envious of the wicked or wish for their company, for their hearts are scheming violence, their lips talking mischief. (Prov. 24:1-2)
Let them thank Yahweh for his faithful love, for his wonders for the children of Adam! Let them extol him in the assembly of the people, and praise him in the council of elders. He has turned rivers into desert, bubbling springs into arid ground, fertile country into salt-flats, because the people living there were evil. But he has turned desert into stretches of water, arid ground into bubbling springs, and has given the hungry a home, where they have built themselves a city. There they sow fields and plant vines, and reap a harvest of their produce. He blesses them and their numbers increase, he keeps their cattle at full strength. Their numbers had fallen, they had grown weak, under pressure of disaster and hardship; he covered princes in contempt, left them to wander in trackless wastes. But the needy he raises from their misery, makes their families as numerous as sheep. At the sight the honest rejoice, and the wicked have nothing to say. Who is wise? Such a one should take this to heart, and come to understand Yahweh’s faithful love (Ps. 107:31-43)