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Family Conference

Family Conference

Saturday – Sunday (Sept. 8-9)

9:30am – 2:00pm

 

Please join us for two days of teaching from the Bible about how to make your most important relationships all that they can be. The conference is free, but registration is necessary to be included in the Saturday lunch (email number attending from facebook or our website).
         Our Guest speakers Dr. John and Gini Mincy were church planting missionaries in Singapore in the 1970s and then planted two more churches in California. John also founded a Christian school he administrated for nearly 30 years. In addition to raising 4 kids of their own, 3 of whom are in full-time Christian ministry, they draw on a wealth of experience dealing with “other people’s” kids.  You’ll enjoy the practical insights they bring to the subject of the family.
 

Saturday, Sept. 8

9:30am Continental Breakfast
10:00 am Foundations for Marriage and Family
11:00am Split Session
Ladies – The Word in Your Life
Men – Every Man’s Battles
12:00pm Lunch (free with registration)
12:45pm Marriage, The Way It Is Meant To Be
Q & A
 

Sunday, Sept. 9

9:30am Family, The Way It Is Meant To Be
Split – Being a Godly Grandmother
10:30am The Ideal Church
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Grace in Every Season
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Patch Club

Patch Club

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New for Kids (Grades 1-6)

coming Sept. 9, 9:30am

Background: Patch the Pirate Club emphasizes the development of Christian character through Bible lessons, take-home studies, and theme-related songs. Each month the children learn and perform a song in church for their parents. More information is available on the Patch Information Sheet.

Teacher: Christina Gradwell has been teaching piano for 20 years and has led choirs or groups for over 10 years. She will help each student reach his potential through song.

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My Right to Choose

My Right to Choose

Don’t Take My Right to Choose!

Since 1973, a mother’s right to terminate a pregnancy in the United States has been protected by law.  Many Christians believe the Roe v. Wade decision should be overturned. But should Christians expect everyone, even unbelievers, to be pro-life?

The Bible teaches that every life, even in the womb is precious: “Thou has covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:13-14). But what do we say to people do not share this belief?

The question comes down to one’s view of morality. Is morality formed by the consensus of the majority, or is morality superimposed from a higher authority?

You may have heard that Wikipedia.org has suffered “friendly” sabotage from time to time, by those who artificially introduced content on certain pages that did not square with reality (i.e. existence of pink elephants). This tampering illustrates the fact that if consensus is allowed to determine morality, results can fluctuate with votes not truth. That is not only true of the web; it is true in real life. Just because 51% agree that stealing is now permissible would not make it right, nor would it reduce my angst if my neighbor took something from my garage. Lest you think my examples ridiculous, there have been cultures that practiced stealing as a way of life.[1]

No, the belief in morality is the belief in constants/universals that apply to all people in all places. One such universal is the belief in the dignity of every human life. Our country was founded on such a belief. Thomas Jefferson wrote that our independence was based on the fact that every person has the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It is this fundamental belief that led to the elimination of slavery. And it is this belief that should lead to the end of abortion. Every life should be entitled to the freedoms protected by the Constitution. Civilized cultures have always championed life, not because of consensus, but because it is right. Call it what you will, but a developing, growing fetus is a life inside the womb, no different from a seed which contains the life of a full-grown plant within itself.

The Roe v. Wade decision put the life of the unborn outside the protection of the Constitution, which was the same rational that was used to protect slavery in this country before the Emancipation Proclamation.  No person’s freedom (i.e. a mother’s) should infringe or usurp the freedom of another. This is precisely what abortion does and this is why it is wrong in a moral society, regardless of one’s religious profession. Protecting life at every stage is the right thing in a moral society.

[1] Otto Koning in the Pineapple Story documents that a tribe in Papua New Guinea did not have a rule against stealing.

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SAFE at Church?

SAFE at Church?

People used to refer to houses of worship as sanctuaries, because they were a place of refuge or safety. But no more! The violence at houses of worship like Sutherland Springs, leave us all wondering where we are safe. Not at Walmart, not even in church?!

Why the madding violence? Why must we witness bloodshed in the house of God? Consider this.  In 1877 American Evangelist D.L. Moody wrote: “A good many years ago there was a convention held in France, and those who held it wanted to get the country to deny a God, to burn the Bible—wanted to say that men passed away like a dog and a dumb animal. What was the result? Not long since, that country was filled with blood. Did you ever think what would take place if we could vote the Bible and the ministers of the Gospel, and God out from among the people? My friends, the country would be deluged with blood. Your life and mine would not be safe in this city tonight.”*

Moody nailed it!

Violence follows rejection of God. And the problem with America is that we are unwilling to go there. We already made that decision when we voted God and the Bible out of our schools a generation ago. Not wanting to endorse any one religion, we offered students no religion at all. But more was lost than religion; we lost a fixed moral reference point. And things have been deteriorating ever since. The anti-hate campaigns and the “be kind” bells cannot restrain a heart that has deified itself. So let the talk go on and on and on. Let the media tell us we need better laws, better education, better safeguards. Nope! We need better people. I wonder how much worse it must get before we invite God back?

*D.L. Moody. Moody’s Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers. New York: Goodspeed & Co. 1877. p. 447.

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Our Sympathies for Las Vegas

Our Sympathies for Las Vegas

Our sympathies and prayers are with the families impacted by the Las Vegas tragedy.

While we mourn the loss, we are grateful for our Christian faith that causes us to see beyond today to brighter hope tomorrow. The Bible teaches:

1)      This world is not getting better. As much as America thinks it has moved “beyond-needing-God,” events like this show us that society cannot fix what’s broken with mankind. We can’t solve the problems of humanity with better laws, stiffer penalties, or larger fences. Our progressive, pluralistic society is not turning out better people. Only the gospel can change peoples’ hearts and save our society.

2)      The devil may smile but his ship is sinking. “He knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Rev. 12:12). We should be encouraged that these days of death and destruction will come to an end. With the increase of violence, we can be pretty sure that the devil is running out of time. The Prince of peace is on the threshold. He’s coming soon!

3)      Christians praying is the only hope for our nation. “If my people which are called by name will humble themselves and pray . . . then will I heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14). Don’t stand aghast. Drop to your knees in prayer. Pray that grace will abound over sin. Pray that the gospel will reach more people, and that hurting families may find the peace that God supplies (Is. 57:19-20).

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Sides of Kindness

Sides of Kindness

Kindness is that generous disposition which seeks the wellbeing of others. Yet if the disposition of kindness is to come into full bloom, someone must receive the kindness that is offered.

In the OT account of King David, two chapters highlight David’s kindness and how it was received (2 Samuel 9-10). In the first, David showed kindness to Mephibosheth, the son of David’s friend Jonathan, who was lame in both his feet. David welcomed Mephibosheth to live in his palace, to eat at his table, and to enjoy a royal pension the rest of his days. In stark contrast was Hanun, the new crown prince of Ammon. David sent a delegation to show kindness (10:2), but under bad counsel, Hanun rejected the kindness and humiliated David’s men (10:4-5). Same king, same kindness, two different responses.

The same things happens today. God “[shows to us] the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7). Some warmly accept God’s offer to enter His family, to eat at his table, and to enjoy pleasures at his right hand forevermore (Ps. 16:11). These are the children of God through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

On the other hand, there are those who stiff-arm God. Like Hanun, they remain skeptical, even critical of any kindness from God. They fight the very One who wants to show them kindness. They criticize God or even deny His existence. They write books like Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and/or spew unbelief in college classrooms “to overthrow the faith of some” (2 Tim. 2:18). Same God, same kindness, dramatically different results.

This is no small matter, for what one does with the kindness of God determines the destinies of men. On which side of God’s kindness are you?

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