• 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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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

A Frank and Forthright Denunciation of Internet Adult Material

The Sunday Times has a story that needs to be shared.  Even if it’s the tiny bit before you hit the paywall because it makes the point- porn destroys people.  It ruins lives.  It ruins families.  It ruins everything it touches.

The Church needs to stop being so shy about denouncing this filth.  Not simply because it’s immoral, but because it is destructive.  It ‘personifies’ the fact that ‘the wages of sin is death’.

Parents need to be monitoring their teen’s online life.  They need to be engaged and involved.  They need to protect their children before those children are robbed of their decency, respect for others, and respect for themselves.

Adult materials are too easily accessible and as far as I am concerned, regardless of what the Courts say, not free speech but perversion and perverse-ification.

So, parents, if the Courts won’t act to protect your children, then you must.  And you must start by being an example yourselves and refraining from the cheapening of intimacy portrayed by adult materials.  Sex is more than simply an act; it is the giving of oneself to another in the most serious form.  That’s why marriage is the only proper venue for its expression.

Young people are left too often to drift through the murky waters of their growing self understanding by parents too busy to notice that their curiosity will get them in serious trouble if not guided.

Of course I realize saying all of these things will eventually be little more than water off a duck’s back.  But 1) that doesn’t relieve me of my responsibility to say something aimed to spare our children misery and discontent and death; and 2) I care too much to keep quiet.  So I won’t.  even if it, as the old folk say, hairlips the Devil.

Something to Think About

Thomas-BostonEvery natural man’s heart and life is a mass of darkness, disorder, and confusion, however refined he may appear in the sight of men.… The unrenewed part of mankind is rambling through the world, like so many blind men, who will neither take a guide, nor can guide themselves; and therefore are falling over this and the other precipice, into destruction. — THOMAS BOSTON

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