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Persecution Isn’t The Problem, Apathy Is

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This is simply not true.  The early church was persecuted far more seriously and furiously than the modern Church anywhere in the world presently is.  And the early church thrived.  In fact, it grew.

The modern church’s problem isn’t persecution, it’s apathy.  Turkish churches, like American and European, are shrinking simply because Christians are apathetic.  They don’t attend worship, they don’t witness, they don’t minister, they don’t pray, and they don’t read their Bibles.  The consequence of apathy is self-evident: closing churches and a world getting worse by the day.

The cure for apathy is commitment.  And commitment can only come from within.  People have to decide to be committed to the lived expression of their faith.  No amount of badgering or sermonizing can achieve that.  It’s a choice.

If churches die (the Church never will), then it is because apathy killed them, not persecution.

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19 Aug 2018 at 12:47 pm

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Scripture for the Day

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So be very careful about the sort of lives you lead, like intelligent and not like senseless people. Make the best of the present time, for it is a wicked age. This is why you must not be thoughtless but must recognise what is the will of the Lord. Do not get drunk with wine; this is simply dissipation; be filled with the Spirit. Sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs among yourselves, singing and chanting to the Lord in your hearts, always and everywhere giving thanks to God who is our Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   (Eph. 5:15-20)

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18 Aug 2018 at 5:36 pm

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Prayer Request

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Please remember Ralph L.

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16 Aug 2018 at 7:34 pm

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It’s Wednesday…

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That means we meet at 7 for Bible study. Bible study is important. Bible study is interesting. Bible study is more interesting than whatever’s on tv between 7 and 8. Bible study is more important that whatever’s on tv between 7 and 8. Join us for Bible study.

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15 Aug 2018 at 8:14 am

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Prayer Request

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Remember Vickie W.  She had an accident at work.

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14 Aug 2018 at 2:27 pm

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Scripture for the Day

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Disaster to the rebellious, the befouled, the tyrannical city! She has not listened to the call, she has not bowed to correction, she has not trusted in Yahweh, she has not drawn near to her God. The rulers she has are roaring lions, her judges are wolves of the wastelands which leave nothing over for the morning, her prophets are braggarts, impostors, her priests have profaned what is holy and violated the Law. Yahweh the Upright is in her, he does no wrong; morning by morning he gives judgement, each dawn unfailingly (but the wrong-doer knows no shame). (Zeph. 3:1-5)

[NB- Zephaniah doesn’t get much attention in the daily Bible reading plans, but it should].

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14 Aug 2018 at 11:20 am

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Prayer Request

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Remember Priscilla F.

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13 Aug 2018 at 11:02 am

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Scripture for the Day

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So from now on, there must be no more lies. Speak the truth to one another, since we are all parts of one another. Even if you are angry, do not sin: never let the sun set on your anger or else you will give the devil a foothold. Anyone who was a thief must stop stealing; instead he should exert himself at some honest job with his own hands so that he may have something to share with those in need. No foul word should ever cross your lips; let your words be for the improvement of others, as occasion offers, and do good to your listeners; do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God who has marked you with his seal, ready for the day when we shall be set free. Any bitterness or bad temper or anger or shouting or abuse must be far removed from you — as must every kind of malice. Be generous to one another, sympathetic, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ.  As God’s dear children, then, take him as your pattern, and follow Christ by loving as he loved you, giving himself up for us as an offering and a sweet-smelling sacrifice to God. (Eph. 4:25-5:2)

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12 Aug 2018 at 8:09 am

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Quote of the Week

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If man does not give his highest respect to the God that made him, there will be something else that has the possession of it. Men will either worship the true God, or some idol. It is impossible it should be otherwise; something will have the heart of man. And that which a man gives his heart to may be called his god.  — Jonathan Edwards

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11 Aug 2018 at 6:17 pm

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Every Sunday

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Sunday School for all ages- 10 a.m.
Worship- 11 a.m.
Evening Worship- 7 p.m.
Every Sunday, rain or shine, heat or cold.

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11 Aug 2018 at 5:47 pm

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Happy Friday

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10 Aug 2018 at 10:51 am

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Scripture for the Day

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Nobody who fails to keep a tight rein on the tongue can claim to be religious; this is mere self-deception; that person’s religion is worthless.  Pure, unspoilt religion, in the eyes of God our Father, is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows in their hardships, and keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world. (Jas. 1:26-27)

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9 Aug 2018 at 7:15 am

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Prayer Request

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Please remember Donna S.  She was in an accident yesterday and suffered minor injuries (whilst Ed’s truck suffered major injuries).

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8 Aug 2018 at 9:16 am

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Food For Our Neighbors

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Many of you know that we are collecting food for the victims of yesterday’s fire.  We are asking that you have your food to the parsonage by Wednesday night.  And if you would like to provide a Walmart gift card or the like, please have that to us by Wednesday evening as well, as we are delivering everything to the family on Thursday morning.

And thank you!

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7 Aug 2018 at 7:54 am

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Prayer Request

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Please remember the Higgins family.  They lost their home in a fire today.

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6 Aug 2018 at 6:00 pm

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Prayer Request

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Please be in prayer for the family of Sallie Jenkins. She passed away last night. Arrangements are as follows:

The family will have a private service and graveside service at Oak Ridge Memorial Garden.

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6 Aug 2018 at 7:03 am

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Scripture for the Day

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“The intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful.” (Jas. 5:16)

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3 Aug 2018 at 7:25 am

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Prayer Request

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Please pray for Mike Helton and his family.  Mike suffered a light stroke yesterday and is in Parkwest hospital.

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2 Aug 2018 at 8:35 am

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Something to Remember

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“Your bad things will turn out for your good; your good things won’t be taken from you; and your best things are still to come.” — Jonathan Edwards, on Romans 8.

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2 Aug 2018 at 8:17 am

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Scripture for the Day

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Everyone who knows what the right thing to do is, and does not do it, commits a sin. (Jas. 4:17)

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2 Aug 2018 at 7:59 am

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